Locust vs 4 way electric splitter

Isaac Carlson

Feeling the Heat
Nov 19, 2012
461
NW Wisconsin
I split up some locust today and figured I might as well make a better video of the splitter. I was by myself for the video, so I had to run the splitter and feed it. It's a lot better with two people. I split a good face cord in about 15 minutes. My son came out at the end and picked up the 3-4 bigger pieces that fell off and helped split them, then he stacked while I took a break. I don't have any plans to go back to a single wedge.

 

Diabel

Minister of Fire
Jan 11, 2008
3,038
Ottawa, ON
Looks good! I like my splits on the large side. Single wedge gives you that option.
 
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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
1,846
Marshall NC
That is some beautiful locust.

Tell me, do you still have big locust trees growing up there? Here in North Carolina, a blight swept through 20 years ago and killed all the locust trees. I have a few left, dead standing, and then all the locust will be gone.
 

Isaac Carlson

Feeling the Heat
Nov 19, 2012
461
NW Wisconsin
We still have some locust trees. A lot are dying, but there are still quite a few. They grow in groups and only kn certain areas.

The 4-way is removable.

 

qwee

Member
Jan 17, 2013
77
Could you go into some detail on your electric splitter? I've never heard of anyone using a 4-way wedge on an electric splitter before.
 

Isaac Carlson

Feeling the Heat
Nov 19, 2012
461
NW Wisconsin
Could you go into some detail on your electric splitter? I've never heard of anyone using a 4-way wedge on an electric splitter before.
It used to be gas powered, but the motor finally wore out so I replaced it with a 3hp 240v single phase electric. It is 20+ ton and costs about 15 cents an hour to run. No vibration, no loud gas motor, no pull starting in the cold, no fumes, no oil, just relatively quiet splitting.

This is a 3600 rpm motor to get full flow from my pump, but Iwould prefer to use a 1725 rpm motor and a 2× bigger pump to get the same flow with less pump noise. The motor is near dead quiet, it's the pump that whines. They make lobed pumps now, but I already had this pump and only had about $100 to spend, so I used it. It's 11.x gpm to start and drops to 1.8 gpm for high pressure.

The 4 way is removeable for tougher pieces, but I have only had to remove it 2-3 times. I am going to build a chute to get the wood out in front of the splitter more.

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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,716
Kirtland Ohio
Nice looking locust great heat!