personally for 300 more you can get a stand alone splitter. I have 6 machines and would not hook a splitter to any of them. Its just to expensive to run that way. Your running a 33hp motor or more to do what an 6 or 8hp motor can do.All good points. The one I was looking at doesn’t flip vertical but does seem handy to raise and lower. I see a 22ton for $700 online that a guy in a review says he’s running with a 25h mahindra . My tractor is a 33h new Holland so it would probably work fine. 16 second cycle time doesn’t sound awesome. Ya, doesn’t make good sense to put hours on a tractor to do anything when it comes down to it. Spendy little things they are
I’ll take the wear and tear of a 300 motor and an oil change over under utilizing a 40-50K Diesel engine. If the engine is turbo charged it’s even worse for it to sit there idling.My grandfather built one out of scrap for a 1944 M-F. He found an old belt driven pump off of something and an old cylinder that didn’t leak too much. Mounted it to the three point. I’m sure he didn’t know the flow rate. It wasn’t the fastest and would often stall out splitting elm. Having it on the three point was the best feature.
My thoughts are one less engine to maintain is a good thing.
I agree. On the other hand if someone has an old tractor that isn't worth a lot and another 20 hrs a year won't hurt resale, why not? I have such a tractor, but bought a 30 ton TSC splitter anyway. Much more efficient and cheaper than getting a pto pump, etc. I would rather listen to someone's 30hp diesel than my 9.5 hp kohler though.......I’ll take the wear and tear of a 300 motor and an oil change over under utilizing a 40-50K Diesel engine.