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Re: Thoughts/opinions on Splitfire Log Splitters????
« Reply #20 on: November 17, 2009, 09:10:53 PM »
I couldn't see running up that many hours on my tractor at PTO speed to get the flow and pressure needed.

This is a really good point and there are many topics on the advantages and disadvantages of using a 3pt hitch vs. self contained unit, especially over on tractorbynet.com, seems like opinions are split both ways, one guy said it good by saying he bought his tractor to run implements and his splitter was just another implement, thought that was a really good point.  But your definitely right, your putting hours on your tractor when you could be putting them on another (cheaper) engine.

I actually don't know what RPM they were quoting for the 8 second cycle time, I'm sure it would be much higher than I would use, your right I wouldn't be maxing out my tractor just to get an 8 second cycle time. 

I have a 3pt hitch splitter now and am happy with it for the most part, in fact if the cycle time of the splitfire was identical at the speed I run at now (around 1500 or less) then I would be happy.  The most appealing thing to me is that it splits both ways.  You figure with the 4 way head, you would have 8 pieces of firewood in under 20 seconds or so.  That right there is more than I could keep up with! 
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Re: Thoughts/opinions on Splitfire Log Splitters????
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2009, 11:38:52 AM »
I don't mind using the splitter on my tractor, I find it quite handy for the amount of wood I cut.
Many times I will cut the easy to get to trees and pull them a few feet with the FEL and a piece of chain then block split almost where they dropped, turn the tractor around and load in the bucket, this saves a lot of time and saw chain not having to skid the log. I don't think a tow behind splitter would survive too long behind the tractor in my wood roads ( if your not on a rock your in a mud hole ). Another plus is the little maintenance it needs when not in use, almost none compared to a self contained unit, and no one has asked to borrow it either ;), I picked up mine for $400 (used), was planning to make one but when I saw this one I thought why bother. I will be interested on what you think of the splitfire if you get one.

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Re: Thoughts/opinions on Splitfire Log Splitters????
« Reply #22 on: November 19, 2009, 06:20:55 AM »
I think you would be happy with the Split-Fire, they make a quality product. I have had their 290 with the 4 way head and hydraulic table for about 4 years and I really like it.

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Re: Thoughts/opinions on Splitfire Log Splitters????
« Reply #23 on: November 24, 2009, 01:04:32 PM »
Stephen,
Do you have any pics of that splitter in action?  Do you know which model you were using?  I'm wondering what your opinion is on the splitter compared to the vids I posted?  Did it work just like it shows in the video? 

With my 30hp tractor and I believe only 8-9GPM flow, they said it will have an 8 second cycle time, so basically 4 seconds per split, and thats for the smallest unit.  Sounds like you were using a self contained unit which is probably even faster?

we were using the self contained base model, and no I did not get any pictures. we always rent as a good friend works at Hertz rentals and the price is perfect. This was the 1st year for this unit and by far the best we have used.

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Re: Thoughts/opinions on Splitfire Log Splitters????
« Reply #24 on: January 13, 2021, 03:11:55 AM »
Very old topic  :)
I want to build a inverted log splitter for a forklift or frontloader because I don't wanna waste my back on big rounds. I wanted to build a 120 cm (4') splitter so I can split 3 rounds in one move. And in germany and austria people split wood at this length to cut it later on. They say it gets popular over here as well. 

On the internet overhere I saw a few split fires for sale, for example a 3203 demo machine. The split length is only 2' but it will save me a lot of time building. Are they sturdy enough for using at big rounds and use them upside down on a frontloader? 
And is the cilinder easily accessible for maintaining or repairs? What pressure do the manufacturers use for calculating their capacity? They can say 20 tons but if they assume you have 200 bar instead of 120 it will be quite a different capacity. 

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Re: Thoughts /opinions on Splitfire Log Splitters????
« Reply #25 on: July 31, 2021, 04:48:21 AM »
Very old topic  :)
I want to build a inverted log splitter for a forklift or frontloader because I don't wanna waste my back on big rounds. I wanted to build a 120 cm (4') splitter so I can split 3 rounds in one move. And in germany and austria people split wood at this length to cut it later on. They say it gets popular over here as well.

On the internet overhere I saw a few split fires for sale, for example a 3203 demo machine. The split length is only 2' but it will save me a lot of time building. Are they sturdy enough for using at big rounds and use them upside down on a frontloader?
And is the cilinder easily accessible for maintaining or repairs? What pressure do the manufacturers use for calculating their capacity? They can say 20 tons but if they assume you have 200 bar instead of 120 it will be quite a different capacity.
Pretty old reply here as well  ;D  Funny this topic was brought up again.
As an update, I did end up with a self contained model 3404 with a log lift.  I've had it a few years now and have been very happy with it.  Recently started cutting/splitting more wood due to adding an outdoor wood boiler, and because of this, I would have benefited from the 30" stroke model, as opposed to my 24" stroke, however I just cut my boiler wood to 23" instead of a full 24 which is the max size.  


 
Did you end up trying out your idea to build an inverted model?  I can't answer your specific questions but the "20 ton" rating is very misleading.  I don't know what mine is 'rated' for, but there isn't a log on my property it can't split.  I thought the design they promote was a marketing gimmick, but has proven to work very effectively.  

The one problem I've found with this unit, is it's almost a 'waste' in some regards because I can never use it to it's full potential.  

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