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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #20 on: October 30, 2018, 09:05:13 PM »
The spine was designed to work hard then rest well.  Its how the fluid in your disc gets squeezed out (work) and replenished with whatever nutrients and oxygen etc by the blood stream then sucked back in.  rest and stretching elongate the spine and make the disc suck the fresh fluid back in.  

Without exercise and rest you get degenerative disk disease.. The gel in your spine dies from suffocation basically. Use it or lose it.  Swimming laps always fixed me right up. 

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #21 on: December 26, 2018, 12:30:37 PM »
I've split about 3 cords with the new (to me) splitter which, in addition to what I'd already hand split, should be plenty for next winter. Sure am glad I got it. Really sped things up and pretty much all the wood I split with it were logs I would have turned up my nose at if splitting by hand. It's nice to be able to use those logs for myself rather than giving away the tough to split rounds.

I didn't think I'd make much use of the vertical splitting feature. Figured I'd just load up the loader bucket with rounds and put it at a comfortable height. But it turned out that often when I had time to split wood the loader wasn't at the same location so I ended up using the vertical splitting feature quite a bit on the bigger rounds.

The splitter is rated at 22 tons and while it grunted a few times it handled pretty much everything I threw at it. There were a few crotch pieces where I split off the outside and decided not to tax the splitter by trying to do the whole thing but overall I was very impressed.

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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #22 on: December 26, 2018, 06:20:58 PM »
Mike I was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease in about 1987 when a young 50 yrs old.
Did some exercises and improved my posture and am still going
BTW I quit hand splitting in 1978 when I built a log splitter., 8HP (B&S) craftsman engine and various hydraulic parts from what was at that time Central Tractor, Now TSC
Energizer bunny splitter "still going" but on second engine, a Honda 5HP
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #23 on: December 26, 2018, 09:05:40 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.

I used to think that,  too. Especially with a slow splitter. The slow splitter will go all day long without a break. A fast splitter will eat the straight and the knotty all day. My splitter runs off my backhoe ports. No way i could keep up with it. 
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Re: Went over to the dark side
« Reply #24 on: December 29, 2018, 05:05:05 PM »
Wow, that splitter is wicked fast Dave.

I added another 20"X12' log (not shown) to this firewood whack yesterday.  Guess that I will be bucking/splitting firewood for Winter after next.  :o
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