The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Nyle Kiln Dry Systems

Chainsawr, The Worlds Largest Inventory of Chainsaw Parts

Smith Sawmill Service



Author Topic: Skidsteer splitter  (Read 726 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Cruiser_79

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 180
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Holland
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Skidsteer splitter
« on: February 15, 2021, 08:37:14 AM »
I split most of my firewood with a Wematik kinetic splitter. That works quite fast, I am satisfied with that little machine. But when I have large diameter logs that are too short or too bad for my mill, I don't like to lift them on my splitter. So I was thinking of building a basic skidsteer splitter. But in my case not a skidsteer, but telehandler/frontloader/wheelloader or forklift splitter since I dont have a skidsteer  :D 

I was thinking of making an Eastonmade style splitter, with the (adjustable) wedge on the end. In this way I can change between a single wedge and a 4,6 or 8 way wedge. And if I make multiple attachment couplers I can use it on the wheelloader or excavator for example.
Are there people who built such a splitter their self? If yes, what size I beams and thickness of wedges should I take approximately? Was thinking of an HEB beam of 10'' high and wide, and flanges of 9/16''.  Wedges I would make from 9/16 as well. Too thin or way too heavy?

I hope I can saw 3 15'' blocks, pick them up and split them in one stroke above a trailer or box. That would be quite efficiŽnt. 

Offline stavebuyer

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1187
  • Location: KY
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2021, 10:55:32 AM »
I have one I bought for reducing big blocks. I had a cheapo horizontal/vertical splitter but you still had to wrangle the big blocks up to it. I managed to throw out a shoulder on 40" oak block trying to hold it up tight with one arm and work the valve with the other so I bought a SS mounted attachment with a 30" stroke . The one I bought has single and 4 way wedges. I only used the 4-way one time. The big blocks I needed the unit for were not going to be quartered evenly as the bottom  of the wedge would be more like a radius rather than the diameter. Not all the split pieces would clear the 4-way and you couldn't adjust it very handily.

Using the single wedge worked as expected but its still slow and awkward compared to other alternatives once you have the blocks down to a size you can manage with a conventional production splitter.  Much faster than noodling with a chainsaw or back surgery from wrestling them to a vertical splitter. I think splitting into a trailer would be a disaster.

I used mine on the SS, small articulated loader, and bought a 3pt ss adapter plate to use it on the back of my compact tractor. Works fine on all 3 machines. Well worth buying to reduce large blocks to manageable size. For a regular production on blocks you whittle away on your kinetic not so much.


Offline Cruiser_79

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 180
  • Age: 31
  • Location: Holland
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2021, 03:18:10 PM »
I have one I bought for reducing big blocks. I had a cheapo horizontal/vertical splitter but you still had to wrangle the big blocks up to it. I managed to throw out a shoulder on 40" oak block trying to hold it up tight with one arm and work the valve with the other so I bought a SS mounted attachment with a 30" stroke . The one I bought has single and 4 way wedges. I only used the 4-way one time. The big blocks I needed the unit for were not going to be quartered evenly as the bottom  of the wedge would be more like a radius rather than the diameter. Not all the split pieces would clear the 4-way and you couldn't adjust it very handily.
For me it would be for the big blocks only. Smaller stuff I split with my kinetic splitter quite fast. And I don't like to get big blocks on the splitter with a forklift or loader. My splitter is too light duty for those blocks. And why don't split with the loader instead of lifting blocks on the splitter was what I thought. I think I will hang the wedge 'loose' at the end of the splitter. Than I can adjust the wedge by lowering the beam towards the ground, the wedge will touch the ground and adjust in that way. 

Offline Ivan49

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 278
  • Location: Lake City Mich
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2021, 07:17:53 PM »
I have never built one but know of some that have. Make every thing at least 2 times heaver than yo think you need. Saves a lot  of repairs that way. The one guy as splitting red oak 21/2 to 3 foot dia and it made a twisted mess out  of his first try

Offline BrushSaw

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 42
  • Location: MN
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2021, 09:44:44 PM »
I didnt build one... but I did take a tractor 3 point splitter, and converted it to skid steer quick attach. Took the unnecessary 3 pt stuff off, turned it upside down and welded it to a plate. It's not as beefy or fancy as the high end commercial skid splitters, but I'm into it for $300.





Ps. The pic was the initial test run as none of that wood really needed splitting for my owb. I only made it so I could split big hogs for the boiler without handling them. So far no cracks or repairs necessary.
can't have anything nice...

Offline Upstatewoodchuc

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 121
  • Location: Upstate NY
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2021, 06:13:10 AM »
The skidsteer or tractor mount ones can be had pretty cheap brand new, like 1900-3200 range, but if you're like me and like building stuff the one piece of advice I have is ask any of your friends in tree service for old discarded chipper knives when thwy change them. The knives happen to be the perfect material and thing to make 4 or 6 way wedges from, you just miter them where they will be welded to the main wedge and boom, done. Just be sure to put the angled edge so it forces pieces away from the I beam instead of into lol.
Current collection: Husky 3120xp,  372xp, 365, husky 55, homelite xl12. Michigan 85 wheel loader, Ford 8n with loader and forks. Farmall super C, 1988 international dump truck, John Deere 440ICD dozer, 19ft equipment trailer, 40 ton TSC splitter, modified dieder splitter with 4 way.

Offline GRANITEstateMP

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 754
  • Age: 39
  • Location: NOTTINGHAM, NH
  • Gender: Male
  • LIVE FREE OR DIE
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2021, 06:48:18 PM »
just as stavebuyer said, we bought ours to help reduce the oversized rounds.  We use the BlueDiamond to break the big rounds down to manageable size then finish them off on the regular splitter

I want to say this unit was almost double the weight of the comparable Wallenstein unit.  That w
as a selling point for me



 piling up some bigger split rounds to finish them on the regular splitter

 you can see we've tried to improve work flow as best as possible. Buck the big stuff in one area, leave enough room for the skid steer to do it's thing, then transport while splitting the bigger rounds. Finish splitting in the shade, cause it was wayyyy to hot to work in full sun!
Hakki Pilke 1x37
Kubota M6040
Load Trail 12ft Dump Trailer
2015 GMC 3500HD SRW
2016 Polaris 450HO
SureTrac 12ft Dump Trailer

Offline mike_belben

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 8707
  • Location: Middle TN
  • Pulp Friction
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2021, 10:18:42 AM »
Looks like you could really benefit from some hoppers for skid steer forks.  Toss the pieces in and not need to pick them again later.  


IBC tote baskets could easily be cut and modified into a good tip hopper with some fence wire inside and chains to hold it to the rack.  I ought to look for a few.
Psalm 37:16

Offline GRANITEstateMP

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 754
  • Age: 39
  • Location: NOTTINGHAM, NH
  • Gender: Male
  • LIVE FREE OR DIE
    • Share Post
Re: Skidsteer splitter
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2021, 10:35:55 AM »
Mike, most of it needs to be resplit off the skidsteer, unless we're doing boiler wood. We make a big pile near and onto the brow, and then it goes across the small splitter. Usually right into a dump trailer. This load was mine so we just split it into a pile to be stacked later... when it wasn't so hot (last summer)
Hakki Pilke 1x37
Kubota M6040
Load Trail 12ft Dump Trailer
2015 GMC 3500HD SRW
2016 Polaris 450HO
SureTrac 12ft Dump Trailer


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
Skidsteer Splitter

Started by Magicman on Firewood and Wood Heating

7 Replies
1330 Views
Last post March 12, 2017, 04:37:21 PM
by Magicman
xx
Hand powered log splitter, the Smar-Splitter??

Started by Chuckolicious on Firewood and Wood Heating

14 Replies
6912 Views
Last post March 23, 2010, 01:50:09 PM
by Ernie
xx
Rugged Split 37 ton splitter/splitter suggestions?

Started by jbos333 on Firewood and Wood Heating

14 Replies
9036 Views
Last post November 14, 2014, 08:57:15 AM
by ckhenshaw4
xx
JD Skidsteer

Started by bandmiller2 on Sawmills and Milling

15 Replies
1256 Views
Last post March 16, 2017, 09:00:38 PM
by bandmiller2
 


Powered by EzPortal