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Went over to the dark side
« on: October 24, 2018, 09:48:41 AM »
I've been a happy hand splitter for the past 10 years but the other day I broke down and bought a used splitter from just down the road. It's a little Speeco 22 ton and it sure was nice to fire it up and split a dozen twisted crotchety rounds that I'd set aside as too difficult to split by hand. Now that I have a sawmill the nice logs are going to that instead of firewood which means I'll be dealing with harder to split rounds and it seems like I have less time too. Hopefully I'll still pick up the axe for a little fun and exercise but I think I'm going to like this splitter. Too bad it's so noisy.

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2018, 11:08:26 AM »
Those gas engines can be loud.
I was at a show once and what I think was a super splitter with an electric motor on it. Very nice. Quiet!!!
Reason I got one because of the cook stove. Wood has to be split about 4 inchs across. Takes a while to split that way. Seem like I was picking up pieces more than I was splitting. ;D
Now with the OWB I split some knotty pine with ease.
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2018, 11:58:32 AM »
Ive split by hand for a long time.   Last winter I worked out a deal to get a 27 ton troy built splitter with Honda engine for an afternoon of chainsaw work.    It was someone I knew from back where I grew up.   I know for a fact it had less than 5 hours of work on it.   

That quiet Honda engine is just the sound of not getting tired and the wood piling up fast.

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2018, 03:16:04 PM »
I've been a happy hand splitter for the past 10 years but the other day I broke down and bought a used splitter from just down the road. It's a little Speeco 22 ton and it sure was nice to fire it up and split a dozen twisted crotchety rounds that I'd set aside as too difficult to split by hand. Now that I have a sawmill the nice logs are going to that instead of firewood which means I'll be dealing with harder to split rounds and it seems like I have less time too. Hopefully I'll still pick up the axe for a little fun and exercise but I think I'm going to like this splitter. Too bad it's so noisy.

Alan
If you have a saw mill just put the log up make one cut down the middle , flip it uip and make one more cut down the middle of moth halves. I use to do that with everything so I had no splitting. For me it was faster that way

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2018, 03:19:40 PM »
Must make some heavy quarters if the log is very large in diameter.
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 04:40:44 PM »
Older fellow by me splits all his wood on the bandmill in 8 to 12' lengths he then cuts it to length with a 12" Dewalt chop saw.

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #6 on: October 24, 2018, 07:22:08 PM »
With the swing blade on the entry slab I just break it into pieces no bigger than about 3x3, the rest of the waste is smaller. I pick it up on forks and alternate cutting from each end to keep it balanced till its whittled down.

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2018, 07:34:59 PM »
I've been known to make firewood with my mill too. 

Got some big ugly logs that even a splitter might struggle with, not to mention wrestling 3ft dia rings around. Drop the logs under the mill and saw them into 4x4 or similar. Big enough to make firewood, small enough to cut fast and handle easy. Then chainsaw them to length later.

I figure it's no more work than sawing the log into rings, and then pushing those into a splitter. Mill uses about the same gas as a splitter etc, blade cost on a swing mill is low. Makes a bit more sawdust, but the logs are free, as is a hole to dump the sawdust in. And most importantly, I've got a mill, I haven't got a splitter.  :D
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2018, 07:59:49 PM »
I have been cutting up firewood logs on the mill. Then I'd hold them in the grapple over the dump trailer and start whacking off 18" at a time. Works great for all but the 4' or so hidden in the grapple. It's a nice way to do it but I've only had limited time available at the mill and prefer to use it on sawlogs and, to be honest, I just don't much enjoy processing firewood that way. I like bucking logs but don't like standing in a dump trailer awkwardly bucking those slabs.

More enjoyable to me is to buck the logs and stack the rounds at my house where I can spend as much or little time as I want processing them at any given time. Relaxing isn't quite the right word for it but something along those lines. Maybe cathartic.
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2018, 08:59:55 AM »
I've been a happy hand splitter for the past 10 years but the other day I broke down and bought a used splitter from just down the road. It's a little Speeco 22 ton and it sure was nice to fire it up and split a dozen twisted crotchety rounds that I'd set aside as too difficult to split by hand. Now that I have a sawmill the nice logs are going to that instead of firewood which means I'll be dealing with harder to split rounds and it seems like I have less time too. Hopefully I'll still pick up the axe for a little fun and exercise but I think I'm going to like this splitter. Too bad it's so noisy.

Alan
Enjoy that splitter. Just put some ear plugs in. Don't be like us old guys that spent a lot of time around noisy equipment when we were younger with no ear protection and have lost some of our hearing. The last 10 years I always were ear plugs around noisy equipment. 

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2018, 02:20:54 PM »
Depending on the engine sometimes better mufflers are available.
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2018, 02:24:05 PM »
I don't think it's a particularly noisy engine but it's just that I'm used to splitting wood being a quiet time when I can hear the birds and the dog and cats running around the yard. The splitter drowns all that out.

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2018, 01:54:48 AM »
I do not regret my choice to switch to a splitter at all. I get what I need done quickly and way less strain. 
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2018, 07:20:49 PM »
Congrats! If yours does not have the catch tray on the side I can highly recommend getting one, saves much bending over for splits. We also fabricated a stout steel plate to protect the engine from debris/falling chunks, plus a plate to protect the hydraulic oil filter. Mine has split alot of wood with zero problems. I also bought the four-way wedge, but after a couple repairs relegated that to splitting clear straight stuff into cook-stove size wood and kindling. Good Luck...


 

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2018, 08:10:34 AM »
 
. Don't be like us old guys that spent a lot of time around noisy equipment when we were younger with no ear protection and have lost some of our hearing.  -----------true story .50 years of industrial noise ,chainsaws ,old bull dozers with straight exhausts and high powered rifles takes a toll .

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2018, 09:38:02 AM »
 I do wear hearing protection but I wonder how much it really helps. My 90 year old mother is pretty much deaf and she had an office job, no guns, no mowing or chainsaws etc., there are several other older people I know that had little exposure to loud noise and they all lose their hearing.
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #16 on: October 28, 2018, 10:16:39 PM »
Have split about a cord with the new splitter over the weekend. Pretty much all of it was large stringy crotchy rounds that I wouldn't have even bothered with when hand splitting. Nice to use it rather than giving it to friends that have splitters. Very happy with my purchase.

I used to think that, given good straight grained rounds, I could split by hand faster than a splitter. Pretty sure I was wrong. 

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #17 on: October 28, 2018, 10:32:53 PM »
Glad you are enjoying the new to you splitter.  I bet your back is also!

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #18 on: October 28, 2018, 10:39:26 PM »
Glad you are enjoying the new to you splitter.  I bet your back is also!
For the past 9 months I've been having back issues for the first time in my life. Oddly enough, even when it was at its worst and I could barely walk, hand splitting wood not only didn't hurt much but actually made it feel better. I certainly couldn't swing as hard as I wanted and had to adjust my form a little but it seemed to loosen it up when nothing else would. 
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2018, 09:30:15 PM »
I to have made firewood on the circle mill . Just one wrong pull on the lever and make a good oak log into firewood .
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