I don’t care for using my splitter in the vertical position either and I’ve never used it that way i end up hoisting some heavy rounds because of it lol.Try digging your foot plate into the ground a bit so everything is level- stops that walking away deal. personally I do not like the vertical and messing around all bent over . now if it was vertical say about 30 inches up off ground that wood be ok. There some units made that way. I have all seen one that operates at apx 35deg incline.
Have you split any tough elm? Most elm isn’t too bad to split but I get some that my newer 37 ton machine has a hard time spitting. I know some on here say to just throw it to the side and get rid of it if it won’t split but I can’t throw good wood away. It’s kinda like I have to stop and pick up wood that has fallen off peoples trailers up here lol. This round I took a photo of stopped my big splitter then the 2nd stage kicked in but it still had a hard time with this one.Cycle time is very important to me, my splitter has about an 8 1/2sec cycle, with that said, that 8 1/2 sec's is just a hair faster then my typical working speed on most wood splitting that I do. The second most important thing is 2 stage tonnage, generally speaking mine is a 20 ton unit and I've never had an issue yet.
Or get out the skid and inverted splitter and cut them down to size for your other splitter. I did it that way for awhile but the skid steer had to go since I hardly used it anymore and I gave the buyer a very good deal on the splitter just to get it out of my yard. It kinda stunk really but I can live without it.
Yes right. You can see the edge on my wedge in the photo above, it’s pretty sharp and that’s the way it came from the factory. It will kinda cut through knots and narlies.Elm and the like is why I have a thin wedge with a spreader located behind it.Shears its way through rather than blunt force.
I've used ours about 75% vertical and 25% horizontal. A lot of our splitting has been seriously large doug fir rounds. Like 30-40" diameter. I can whale on them with wedges and a maul for 10-15 minutes, or the two of us can move it to the spitter and start breaking it up in a minute. My back won't tolerate lifting the heavy chunks for hours, but I can work for quite a while on big pieces splitting vertically with a helper. If the rounds are 16" or less than I split horizontally.I don’t care for using my splitter in the vertical position either and I’ve never used it that way i end up hoisting some heavy rounds because of it lol.