Buying a splitter need some recent equipment feedback.

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davidki

New Member
May 21, 2021
16
Tennessee
Also remember that you'll be able to sell it somewhere down the road for 40-70% of what you paid. Deduced that from your projected usage rate and from what appears to be your motives to keep things clean and nice looking. Most of the splitters I see, including mine, look like they've been through a ground war but still keep cranking away, thus I suspect that a lot of the ones you looked at from CL and the like were probably fine.

With a little luck and good maintenance and at my guess is my kids will have to deal with it once it isn't needed anymore :) but, in the mean time.... Bring it on!
 

davidki

New Member
May 21, 2021
16
Tennessee
Certainly not...there are quite a few here that split all their wood with a 5-7 ton electric splitter...I have a 5 ton in the garage that I use for resplitting "too big" splits...I almost never stall it.
Congrats on your new "Hoss" though! :cool:

Well I usually go a bit overboard... I've been using a nice John Deere 4033 25 HP tractor around our place for 14 years and this year (a little estate planning) we bought a new JD 4066 = 66HP Turbo diesel tractor to use around the property.. did I need it.... no but then again... Need is only part of the equation in my book.. My guess if there were more options in the area I could have made a different choice but the opportunity was there to get it now.. .So, I pushed the buy button!
 
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blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,672
WI, Leroy
NIce tractor, been digging around myself for something in that hp class, course brand new is out of my price range- then again the used market is even more crazy priced than the splitters.
 

VirginiaIron

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2013
1,086
Central Virginia
I have the champion 27 ton- full beam and I am very happy with it. There are two types of this unit. One type from HD has the engine closer to the ground and the reservoir. The other type could be found at some TSC stores and that engine is mounted higher and above the tank. I prefer the lower engine but it could be problematic if you run the splitter over a stumpy area.
 

bholler

Chimney sweep
Staff member
Jan 14, 2014
25,004
central pa
The question is it would have been cheaper for who to replace it.

TTI was on the hook for the repair, so they either have to pay a HD tool tech to order all the guts and replace them (an hour of shop time on a $50 tool), or they could pay their guy his hourly wage to do it with their almost-free parts. (That's assuming TTI has a dedicated service center somewhere, not all oems do.) But assuming they get $30 from HD for that tool brand new, it's still hard to see how they come out ahead on an hour of labor and 2 shipping charges- but it would make more sense on a more expensive tool.

As a side note, Ryobi power tools are made by the same company (TTI) as Ridgid and Milwaukee. All those tools come from the same factory complex, but you only get lifetime warranties on the Ridgid-badged ones. Covers the batteries too.

Lowes and Menards should both have splitters too. I got my DHT from a Lowes some years ago.
Yes some of the rigid tools, Ryobi and Milwaukee are made in the same facility. But they are far from the same tools. Also the rigid lifetime warranty doesn't cover abuse or misuse. Milwaukee's 5 year covers everything I have done to a tool so far at this point from dropping 30' to submerging in water.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with rigid or Ryobi but they simply don't compare with Milwaukee when it comes to comfort or performance for someone who uses them all day.
 

davidki

New Member
May 21, 2021
16
Tennessee
Here it is... .just picked it up... spent a couple of hours today splitting some fairly large walnut rounds and the splitter didn't even breath hard :) I am happy so far..... only one thing that I see so far that could be improved is the trailer hitch part and the drop down wheel they seem pretty light.... I have a 5 year bumper to bumper parts and labor warranty which they call a Non fault so If I have issues I know I'm covered.

As for speed, I can't really comment that but it worked as fast as I do and anything quicker may make it more like work .... All I can say I am glad I bought it rather than trying to rent one.... After 3 hours at 85 degree heat I was ready to put it up.
 

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gzecc

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2008
4,829
NNJ
Looks like a beast!
 

salecker

Minister of Fire
Aug 22, 2010
1,460
Northern Canada
Thats the sane drop down wheel that gets used on big trailers.It will last forever on a light splitter