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splitter opinoins
« on: February 06, 2021, 05:19:30 PM »
I have decided I would like a splitter with log lift and 4 way wedge.  So far I like the wolf ridge splitter and it is made a couple hundred miles from me which is driving distance. I sell a couple cords of wood a year and would like a new toy to make it easier. I now have a 37 ton horizontal - vertical  splitter. The wolf ridge has a pan beyond the wedge that i think I could put the bucket of the tractor  under to catch the split wood. Opinions on this and others like it are welcome.  Not handy at frabicating anything myself.
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2021, 08:48:39 PM »
Have you taken a look at the Ruggedmade 37 ton? Comes with a log lift and 4 way wedge and a nice log table. I'm going to pull the trigger on one very soon. Much lower price point. Only down side is "some assembly" is required. 

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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2021, 09:58:20 PM »
china engine and not as refinded in my opinion.  things like hydraulic 4 way wedge. and larger hydraulic tank.  but thanks for sujestion If I could look at one in person it might change my mind.
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2021, 10:03:23 AM »
I agree with both your points, and if that is important to you and you have that money to spend on it, go for it. 

I would like to see one in person too, but can't locate one close to me. I asked them for references and they said they couldn't give out that information. (good that they value privacy). I watched a lot of videos on line and really haven't heard negatives other than the assembly concerns (not a big deal to me). There are a couple guys on line who modified it for a hydraulic wedge. 

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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2021, 10:58:17 AM »
Wolfe Ridge, and Brute Force makes some nice splitters in Wisconsin as well. Eastonmade makes fine machines as well. In my opinion, if you want a tool spend the extra money and skip the Chinese crap. 
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2021, 11:42:37 AM »
The only higher end factory made wood splitter I have been around was a TimberWolf TW5 or TW 6. A buddy of mine and myself went over to Iowa a few years ago to help work up some wood for a friend that was laid up. We ran his timberwolf for three days probably ten hours a day and by the end of three days I couldn't stand up straight. My back was done. The splitter was great log lift, four way but the working height was too low for us. Both of us are around six foot. I wish I would have hauled my homemade one with the log lift over there. If that said I would go ran a Wolf Ridge and make sure the working is were you want it and if it isn't have it built so it is. Enjoy the new tool {TOY}.  

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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2021, 12:53:40 PM »
Stay away from Rugged made
Friend bought one told him not to.
Look at Woodmizer and Woody's equipment as well.
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2021, 01:34:17 PM »
For comfortable working height with a log lift I'm real happy with my Timberdevil. Foot actuated splitting ram very well built. Timberdevil has been at it since the late 70's.
 In a hurry, forget it ,they are backed up 3 months.
 
 This is what I bought in 2017




 I converted it to self propelled this fall.Splitting wood is almost fun now.This is my 3rd and last splitter.

 

 
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2021, 07:33:33 PM »
Stay away from Rugged made
Friend bought one told him not to.
Look at Woodmizer and Woody's equipment as well.
Can you add some meat to those bones? Did he have issues or was this your opinion that you gave to him (and now me), and if so, what is the basis?

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« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2021, 08:04:02 PM »
A bunch of the parts didn't fit right. He had a tough time getting the valve bank put together and when he did it had bad parts. Had to wait for replacements and do it all again.
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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2021, 08:06:11 PM »
I would put my money on any of the others mentioned. 
Just my opinion. 
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2021, 09:31:02 AM »
I own 2 splitters, both home made, a 3 point hitch splitter that I use occasionally and a big horizontal that needs a pump and motor but when I have a bunch to split I borrow the neighbors Iron & Oak splitter that seems well made. The reason I don't buy one or fix what I have is that the neighbors splitter comes with a powerful teenage boy that I let hunt in my woods. 
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2021, 10:35:02 AM »
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2021, 11:33:12 AM »
Looking at diferent splitters on line the wolfe ridge and brute force basic models are basicly similar.  Only difference between them is wolfe ridge 4 way is hydraulic and brute force is manualy adjustable. how important to have 4way hydraulic adjustable? 
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2021, 11:54:22 AM »
I think it depends on how often you will make the adjustment.  if 90% can be done in one position, fine, if each log needs an adjustment then hydraulic.  it would depend on the price difference as well.  I made an 8 way that slips over the face of mine, and I almost never use it.
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2021, 12:24:20 PM »
On my processor that has an adjustable wedge, if there is wood in it, it only goes one way- up. It can't go down because wood is wedged underneath it. So I have learned to sort my wood by size so I don't need to adjust it. Still, when it is time to move it it's nice to hit a lever instead of finding a wrench to loosen a bolt to manually adjust the wedge. BTW, I think the Brute Force entry level model is more comparable to the Eastonmade Ultra- they are set up with a smaller cylinder and still have a larger engine/pump for fast cycle times.
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2021, 12:49:24 PM »
If I was spending $$$ on a splitter the hydraulic wedge adjustment would be important to me.  The wood I process varies greatly in diameter.  I'm constantly adjusting the wedge height on my processor. 
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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2021, 01:37:06 PM »
Looking at diferent splitters on line the wolfe ridge and brute force basic models are basicly similar.  Only difference between them is wolfe ridge 4 way is hydraulic and brute force is manualy adjustable. how important to have 4way hydraulic adjustable?
If you are going to spend the money to have a nice splitter. Spent a little more and get the hyd adjustable wedge. You won't be sorry you got the hyd wedge. 

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Re: splitter opinoins
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2021, 03:01:19 PM »
barbender brute force has an option for a 4 1/2 in cylinder.  Planing on a road trip to look at both in person if the weather moderates next week.
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« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2021, 04:18:32 PM »
For what I do, I'd want the speed of the smaller cylinder. Too many people go with a splitter that will split the biggest ugliest hardwood crotch they can find, when those are such a small part of what you'll probably end up splitting. Half the time they're not worth the fight anyhow. Watch the videos on the Eastonmade Ultra, they split some stuff that is ugly enough, and I believe they use a 3.5" cylinder.
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