Yeah my Forest King Pro 37 ton splitter made by YTL International Inc. (not he other Forest King splitter I had pictured below) has a H on the back of the stop also. And it has nothing to do with Huskee.I would be surprised if that’s the case. Huskee was just TSC’s made up brand name for the splitters they were buying from Speeco, at that time, as I understood it.
As well as a bunch of others by YTL. It's funny how a Chevy used to be a Chevy, with a following and brand loyalty. Now dicy at best, or nothing at all.Yeah my Forest King splitter made by YTL International Inc. has a H on the back of the stop also. And it has nothing to do with Huskee.
My splitter has the same channels and oval holes at the end of the beam from the sounds of it and I’m often quickly throwing out the bigger pieces of bark and splinters out of the end and brushing out the fingers stuff down the holes with my gloved left hand. There gets to be a good sized pile of stuff underneath those holes after some time. The corners of the back plate get jammed up,with wood after some time and I was goi g to clean them out with a big flat blade screwdriver a week ago I couldn’t get the stuff to budge it was in there so tight. No big deal it doesn’t hurt anything I guess. I’d have to loosen it with a drill if I wanted to get it out. I never run my splitter in vertical position. If I get a round too heavy for me I use the skid splitter or have someone help me hoist the heavy round up onto the splitter.Update: So last weekend I ran the new Power Pro splitter for maybe 7 or 8 hours.
Overall I like it. It "sits" higher so I find I am not stooped over as much . . . of course it also means I have to lift the bucked wood a bit higher as well.
I haven't tried going vertical yet (with apologies to Backwoods Savage) . . . but that will happen soon as I have some large pine to split up at some point this Fall.
I do have two minor complaints.
1) The Honda engine sometimes "bogs" down when the ram is retracting and before it fully retracts I grab the valve control and go forward as I am ready to split the next piece. It doesn't always happen, but happens quite often as it will bog down slightly (as if shifting into a lower gear so to speak) before ramping back up again. Not sure if this is an issue or just the nature of this particular beast.
2) The wedge runs along channels set along the beam . . . and at the end of the beam sits the flat. The splitter does have two ovals for splitter debris to fall through which works OK most of the time . . . unless I am working with a wood like pine which tends to have a lot of the bark fall off in which case it builds up.
Again, minor complaints.
It occasionally bogs down when I go from retracting to moving forward . . . no issues with it bogging down while retracting.If your engine bogs while the ram is retracting, make sure there is no binding with the wedge. My splitter started doing the same thing last year. I removed the wedge and discovered a piece of wood had become wedged under the plate that caused resistance. Just a thought.