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Redoing homemade spliter
« on: December 18, 2018, 09:49:11 PM »
I made a wood splitter a few years ago, now I bought a skid loader and want to put splitter on skid loader, I made a boom and mounted splitter i-beam upside down under it, the problem is the hoses point straight down out of cylinder, can I loosen the 4 long bolt on cylinder and spin the tube a quarter turn so the hoses point out sideways or even up some? The cylinder is 5" x 24 , was a replacement for mtd or something, has 4 bolts on the corners that run the full length of cylinder, has steel tube with square cast end caps with the bolts holding it together. thanks for any advice.

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2018, 11:29:47 PM »
Yes, you can clock the endcaps to suit your needs on a tierod cylinder. 
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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 09:40:45 AM »
You can clock a tie rod cylinder. Depends how old the cylinder is but I would take the end caps all the way off when you move them to keep from damaging the O rings that seal the end caps to  the barrel. If the cylinder was used when you built the splitter I would take it all the way apart and take the parts to a hyd shop and get a seal kit for the cylinder and rebuild it while you have it apart.  

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 08:35:27 AM »
its a new cylinder, the fittings are in the end caps i can turn the front one a quarter turn but the back one has yoke built on it so it is either up or down, and their isnt enough room between cylinder and i-beam for fitting. i will have to make a gaurd for it so i dont break fitting and hose off. thanks for help. 

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 06:17:15 PM »
I figured it would be ported castings, i dont think ive ever seen em welded into the barrel.  Would a 90* or 45* jic adapter swivel help?  Only a few bucks.
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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2018, 08:59:43 AM »
i have 90's on it now, but it's the lowest thing and i'm worried about hitting a rock or stump and busting them off, if i turn the front one and make a gaurd for the back one it should work if i'm careful. thanks

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2018, 10:04:46 AM »
Can you notch the beam on the back one and weld some bracing around were the notch was taken out? If you build a guard I sure would make it out of 1/4" plate. Seems like skid loader's and fire wood makes for bent equipment. I know when I bought my grapple the boss {WIFE} thought I was spending too much money on it. We had a bunch of pasture to clear so I am glad I went big and heavy on the grapple. 

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2018, 06:36:54 AM »
Can you weld on new plates on and turn the cylinder 180 so the fitting are between the beam and the cylinder?

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2018, 09:26:39 AM »
Turns out their was a plug on the other side of the clyinder i didnt see, i switched the fitting and plug, then turned the front 90 now both come out the side, a+. thanks

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2018, 10:01:08 PM »
Perfect.  8)
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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2018, 08:36:43 AM »
Turns out their was a plug on the other side of the clyinder i didnt see, i switched the fitting and plug, then turned the front 90 now both come out the side, a+. thanks
Its nice when a plan comes together. Have a Merry Christmas. 

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2018, 09:28:25 AM »
I have another problem, when I made my splitter I got some of the steel from a friend that hauled for a steel company, a piece 2"x 6"x 16" of tempered steel for the end plate. I had a friend working at a welding company so I had him weld it to the end of the 6x8 i-beam with their huge wire welder no problem but it wasn't very big and some wierd pieces would slide buy the end so I have another friend give me a piece 1/2"x 10 x 12 tool steel to weld in front of thick piece but the welds keep breaking out, either out of thick piece or out of thin piece, the weld isn't breaking. Do I need to preheat or something? thanks

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #12 on: December 26, 2018, 11:15:30 AM »
That is a problem when you start mixing grades of steel. Steel for tooling is a whole different animal. You may have to preheat the 2" up to get a good weld. I would try welding it pretty high amp on DC with 7018 rod. If that doesn't hold you will probably have to get another piece of steel for the 1/2" 10X12. Make sure you grind all the old welds out and both pieces are ground clean. 

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #13 on: December 26, 2018, 02:43:32 PM »
There is likely too much carbon or chromium in the tool steel which melts into your welds and makes them brittle.  Preheat and postheat will help.  Dont waste a bunch of torch gas, just plop the piece ontop a woodstove or in a fire then pull it out with vicegrips and welderup.  Heating after is just as important.  Plop it right back into the coals for a slow cooldown if you can.

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2018, 11:02:09 PM »
I'm thinking i am going to get a new piece

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Re: Redoing homemade spliter
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2019, 06:25:37 AM »
limbwood how is the splitter going??


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