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Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« on: November 24, 2003, 11:06:51 PM »
I've only had the chance to use a hydraulic wood splitter once, it was nice to be able to just put the piece of wood in the slot and push the lever forward and have the hydraulics do all the work, but I'm young still and it wont hurt me to use an axe to split wood, besides I dont own a wood splitter "other than m yaxe":P haha

i can probably split fater than one anyway. unless i were to take an put an 8ft log on the splitter and split it, then just cut the two pieces into 14" lengths.

anyway who likes what ?

p.s. i found that most hydraulic splitters have troubles on wood bigger than 24". mean while i can split that with an axe :)

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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2003, 01:20:43 AM »
I like the splitters, they are slow enough for me. I'm old and worn, used hard and put up wet.  :-/
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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2003, 01:27:38 AM »
I split over 50 rick (17 cord) of wood a year.  I used to do it with a splitting maul.  A year ago I broke down and bought a hydraulic spiltter.  For a while I used both, using the splitter for really big rounds and narly stuff.  Now I use only the hydraulic splitter.  It is faster because I handle the wood less.  I miss the exercise but I have plenty of other things to work up a sweat with.
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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2003, 04:31:07 AM »
I've quit using both and started using my woodmizer to split.  Hydraulic loader, log turner and the ability to split in 16 foot or longer lengths is really cool.  I can split up a pile in a day without really working.  I may let it dry in those lengths and then saw it into blocks later too.  

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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2003, 05:54:09 AM »
Good clean wood is easy enough to split with an ax or maul, but the rough knarly stuff is best handled with the hydraulic splitter.  Often I will split large rounds with the ax so that I can move them easier to the splitter.  On the really rough stuff, sometimes the hydraulic splitter will just mash them into pieces as opposed to splitting them.

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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #5 on: November 25, 2003, 06:54:06 AM »
I like to split black ash when it is cold (-20F or so). You just barely hit it with the maul and it would jump apart like it was spring-loaded. Birch was almost as easy. This elm I have now don't split so good, in fact much of the time the splittler is actually cutting the wood fibers instead of just separating them. My dad used to say the only way you could split elm is with a chainsaw. That was before hydraulic splitters were common.

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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2003, 09:22:05 AM »
Mark,
Try splitting a 2 to 4 inch slab off the side instead of going too deep.  I can split them that way with a maul, but prefer hydraulic or sawmill.  ;D
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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2003, 09:29:15 AM »
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I like to split black ash when it is cold (-20 or so). You just barely hit it with the maul and it would jump apart like it was spring-loaded. Birch was almost as easy. This elm I have now don't split so good, in fact much of the time the splittler is actually cutting the wood fibers instead of just separating them. My dad used to say the only way you could split elm is with a chainsaw. That was before hydraulic splitters were common.

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yeah when its that temp they just crack under the axe and split nicely, actually its -22 right now :) so im gonna go split a few of my bigger ones since i have nothing to do today.

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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #8 on: November 25, 2003, 10:47:50 AM »
Elm is the only option we have for firewood here in SD and I split it with a maul. The bigger stuff I rip part way with the 2100 and it splits fairly good that way. Mark, I miss that ash too. It was good wood from more than one standpoint.
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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #9 on: November 25, 2003, 04:12:54 PM »
Swinging an axe is one of the more enjoyable things I have done in my life.   I can't do it anymore though because of these DanG worn out shoulders.   I have a hydraulic splitter though and it works just fine.  I think it is fun.  This thing is powerful and carves right through twisted grain and knots that would have given me a real problem with a maul. :)
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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #10 on: November 25, 2003, 04:27:11 PM »
When I am going to split a lot of firewood I use my wood splitter.  Bought it in 1977 and it still runs!  However, when I have just a few logs I use a maul and wedge or this new top-shaped splitting tool I bought at northern tool Note:Please read the Forestry Forum's postion on this company last week.  Lately I have been sawing up slabs and burning them in the furnace. ;D
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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #11 on: November 25, 2003, 05:28:11 PM »
I like these





I still have the mauls and wedges, but a back operation in 95 put a stop to that, cides I did 44 cord so far this yr.
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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #12 on: November 25, 2003, 08:05:52 PM »
Confusus say:  Man who splits his own wood, warms himself twice.   :D :D

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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2003, 08:34:04 PM »
So then, dat Albert Einstein fella once said something about splitting wood being most satisfying because you could immediately see the fruits of your labor. I think he was right.

Mark

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Re: Axe vs. Hydraulic wood splitter
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2003, 08:52:57 PM »
I bought my splitter in '82, at the time I was making wood for myself and my mother-in-law. My brother, stepdad, and quiet a few friends all called me a wussy.
Funny thing is though, they still all argue who will get to use my old splitter next.  ;D
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