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Author Topic: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?  (Read 7166 times)

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anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« on: January 08, 2015, 08:04:33 PM »
Hi folks!
new to the forum, Way Cool!!
I have a Lafont SS-450 Super Log Splitter that has been in the family for 30 years.
It will make 2 men old very fast attempting to keep up with it.
its lack of modern day, home owner, splitter safety features are totally awesome.
hit the lever and go get more wood!
my grandfather darn near got in a fight with the rebuild shop when they said the hydraullic servo.. or what ever couldnt be repaired..
low and behold they fixed it..
very little info available, one good video of an ss-500 on youtube.
let me know your thoughts!
Thanks guys !

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2015, 09:45:13 PM »
Very well built (obviously), some might say historically significant.
SS500 is on my want list.

Detailed photos please.

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2015, 09:37:55 AM »
Please post a link to the video; I can't seem to find it.... ???

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2015, 10:36:01 AM »
Didn't find the video either, but did find some evidence that the LaFont was lacking the safety controls, as mentioned.

This lawsuit, suing the maker of the valve that wasn't a "deadman", i.e. it operated the ram without a person holding the valve lever, a result of a man losing a thumb and both legs in the LaFont splitter.

http://www.leagle.com/decision/1989933888F2d45_1920.xml/CHILDRESS%20v.%20GRESEN%20MFG.%20CO.
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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2015, 01:05:36 PM »
having a hard time posting a pic of the machine
any sugguestions?

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2015, 01:39:18 PM »
Can't say for sure what is giving you a hard time, but go to the "Home" page and scroll to the bottom to see where pic posting help is at.
The short of it is.. with a pic in .jpg format on your computer, you upload it into your gallery, and put it in to your post from your gallery. Done by clicking on the "Click here to add Photos to post" line below this posting window. Can upload another pic, or go to "My Gallery" in the menu bar to find a pic posted. Then bring that pic up and scroll down below it to see where you click to link it in your post. Sounds more complicated than it really is.
Let us know which step doesn't work, or is giving you a hard time.We can help.
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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2015, 10:53:22 AM »
 

  

 

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2015, 11:09:21 AM »
put a little effort into my gallery and got these 2 pics up and on there.
Sounds to me like the fellow who lost his legs to a lafont must have been over 6 foot tall.
he must have slipped forward and fell waiste first ontop of the machine with the ram "obviously" ingauged.
care must be taken when operating these machines. 2 people can work these splitters *DanG steady but always keep in mind your not going to out run it. i freqently re ingauge the ram forward before it makes a full return but any further back your risking a crushed hand.
"i pushed my grandfather over hard 1 day when he wasnt paying attention"
I replaced the worn out 8hp this fall with the 10hp that actually was on the machine origionally.
i figured it was toast but actually had 70psi compression.
Wow what a difference, does all the work i need at half throttle 
i made a hydraullic tank heater out of a soldering pencil, i think if i go up to 60watt from 30 i will get better results.
only downfall with these style briggs motors is carburator icing at temps below freezing.



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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2015, 11:23:41 AM »
I couldnt find the video i was talking about.
dont think it was on youtube. but there is a video on there of a lafont ram cycle.
at one time the 450 had a hydraulic wedge adjuster, it was removed many years ago do to impracticalites.
alot easier to lift the wedge as you go.

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2015, 12:34:04 PM »
Try Google ,Lafontss550 and the video will come up.That's quite a wood splitter.
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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2015, 03:33:52 PM »
Thanks for the photos.
Links to video clips in first post:
http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/my-splitter-thread-by-popular-demand.52415/

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2015, 05:30:08 PM »
That ram is huge!!
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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #12 on: January 12, 2015, 06:02:05 PM »
Thanks guys, i book marked the video.

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #13 on: January 13, 2015, 02:08:18 PM »
That's a nice looking machine there Mopar!

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2015, 03:07:59 PM »
What's the spray bottle for in the first picture?
What's the little roller for on the top of the cylinder's push plate for in the 2nd picture?
Do you have any other pictures of the wedge set-up?

Thanks!

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2015, 04:16:04 PM »
My guess is that the roller is to kick the control valve in to "neutral" upon return.

And I didn't identify the spray bottle at first, but think you are right about it. Maybe sprays the sliding parts of the head with oil to decrease wear ??
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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #16 on: January 13, 2015, 06:41:00 PM »
your 100% on the spray bottle and the roller.
I oil up the base of the ram and anything else that looks dry with oil when i am done for the day and cycle the ram a time or two.
I have found a defect in the control cylinder, the end of the cylinder is threaded into the handle asembly
 the cylinder-threaded end are free floating and will turn out of the handle.
We had to weld a new bolt onto the end of the cylinder due to this problem.
Thanks guys!

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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #17 on: January 13, 2015, 06:52:00 PM »
bad terminology.
The control cylinder isnt free floating but likes to turn out of the control valve counter clockwise

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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2021, 12:29:40 PM »
Nice splitter im about ready to pull the trigger on a lafont ss 500 that has all the additional wedges and has been updated and rebuilt some hope to snag it in the up coming week it my loader sale goes through. Might also pickup a little giant conveyor and pair them together for a nice complete package. 🙂
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Re: anyone heard of a LaFont wood splitter?
« Reply #19 on: March 24, 2021, 03:08:27 PM »
There is a LaFont firewood processor for sale near me that I'm real tempted about. Has a timberwolf conveyer added and has been repowered  y a 4 cylinder john deere diesel. Looks old, early 80's ish
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