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Re: New processor
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2020, 10:03:17 PM »
Hopefully they get it squared away for you. Hydraulic tensioners are great when they work, and not great at all when they don't. Do they sell the manual type tensioner for their saw as well?
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« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2020, 04:41:39 PM »
They do put them on the smaller machines. Auto tension is an option. Today we did 3 cord of boiler wood threw the chain off once. Next we did about 10 cord of 16Ē long wood out of about 8-10Ē average diameter logs and didnít throw the chain off once!  Not sure if Iíll put the new tighter spring on just yet. I might wait till I have to do a big batch of big boiler wood. The lighter spring thatís on it now will wear the bar less in the meantime. 
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« Reply #22 on: August 01, 2020, 04:42:33 PM »
Do you guys use the auto tensioners on mechanical harvesters?
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« Reply #23 on: August 21, 2020, 07:53:58 PM »
Have owned my Blockbuster for 7years and 100's of cords for the two outdoor woodburners on the farms.  The only thing replaced is the manual chain tightner.  Normal wear from use.   I always feather the hyd chain when starting a cut.   Have never had any issues.   Well built heavy machine.  Mine is the pto driven machine rated at 1 cord per hour and i can produce 2 cords/hr.   When the machine is running full capacity and no down time.   I power it with a 74 hp MM tractor.  When i move it, lift the 3pt and go.   It is about the width of my corn planter (14 ft). 

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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2020, 10:26:52 PM »
Lima Findlay area
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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2020, 01:25:25 AM »
All of our Ponsse harvesters have hydraulic tensioners. They work very well, but you can still throw chains, for instance hitting small brush on the back of a cut. They wouldn't be throwing chains in the situations you describe, OH, unless something was wrong, like a bad bearing on the shaft.
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Re: New processor
« Reply #26 on: Yesterday at 06:44:31 AM »
OH Logger, how are you liking your blockbuster? I bought a new 18-20+ last year. I sold it about a week ago. I wasn't over ally impressed, the wedge setup really annoyed me with it always raising while splitting and seemed like i could never get consistent pieces out of the machine. I ended up drilling a hole in wedge and putting a pin in it so it wouldnt lift completely out of machine while splitting. I got the attached 12' conveyor, i took that off the machine within the first 15 hours of using it. Always getting jammed up , and stopping production.
I'm not sure what to buy next, really wish the logging expos would have been open this year. Im thinking a multitek, with a circular blade. The bar setup worked, but it is definitely slow.  

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« Reply #27 on: Yesterday at 07:11:04 AM »
Sorry to hear that.  Can you please post some pictures of the wedge and conveyor design so no one clones them on a build?  
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« Reply #28 on: Yesterday at 07:04:54 PM »
I really like it now that i put  the heavier spring in the auto tension. I see what U mean about the wedge coming up and even worse almost out of the machine. That sucks. As far as the pin u put on the wedge did u attach it to the arm that raises the wedge? Or just through the wedge so it canít come up and out of the slot itís in? I didnít get the attached conveyor NoW Iím glad I didnít. I already had a 40í conveyor from them. The only time I need another little conveyor is when I split and load directly onto a truck which I only do prolly 100 cord like that. So I just bought a 12í ABS stand alone conveyor a month or two ago. Cheaper than attached and put it in barn when Iím not using it. I put it right behind the processor and it dumps into the cleaner and that dumps into the big conveyor and onto the truck. 

As far as a different brand Iíd look at bells. But if I HAD to get a circle saw Iíd dang neared only get a multitek. The 2020 I think it is. They make 2 with the guillotine style and itís the bigger one of the 2. Seems not as fast coming down as the regular style but seems like the guillotine style would be WAY less stressful on the machine. 

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« Reply #29 on: Yesterday at 07:39:41 PM »
Also what wedge were you using most of the time?  I bought the 4,6,8,12 way with it. I thought I was gonna use the 12 way quite a bit. I tried it for a few hours one day. Itís kinda hard to explain but the bottom wings on the ďboxĒ part of the wedge are angled pretty decently down so the wood donít get jammed in the box part as it goes through. That is nesessary. But itís also a problem cause the wedge floats. So if itís a smaller log that only contacts the bottom half of the wedge it wants to lift the wedge. Then the next piece and the next piece so pretty soon itís REAL high. I think itís gonna work fine when in big wood that makes contact with the upper part of the wedge as well as the lower part of the wedge. Does that make sense to anyone else but me? Iíll just have to sort my logs which I really didnít want to do but I might have to. Lately anything thatís too big for the 8 way to make nice sized wood Iíve been separating to use the 4 way on for boiler wood
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« Reply #30 on: Today at 02:32:59 AM »
The floating wedges on my Dyna had the same issue of continually creeping up. I would have to run a small piece through and empty the wedge in order to reset it. My Eastonmade splitter wedges were height adjusted by a hydraulic cylinder which held better than the Dyna but still suffered the upward "creep" and would need to be cleared before you could lower it back. Made no difference; 4 way, 6-way, or box they all crept up. I think a wedge would need to be bolted or pinned in place for it not to be forced up but then you probably will start destroying wedges. Some stuff is better left to rot.


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