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Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« on: August 29, 2020, 10:10:22 AM »
Guys, on the palax processor i just bought, i only have a 4 way wedge. I'd like an 8. 

Do i fork out 800/900 dolls for a brand new one, or do i delve into making one? 

I can weld, i have a 250 amps inverter. And my hand is pretty steady with big welding rods.  ;D

What is your opinion? 


Thanks a lot guys. 
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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2020, 12:14:11 PM »
Is there even a question in there?  

Post up the results after you build it. 

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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2020, 04:36:54 PM »
Gday Satamax
To get a strong weld, its best to bevel the joints, if its to be really strong then you bevel the edge all the way. A single bevel is done from one side, double bevel is where you grind or cut in from both sides just leaving about 4mm. So when you weld from one side, then give it a grind from the other side on the first run ( root run ) then weld, Wire brush, chipper hammer between runs, you end up with multiple runs and then that joint is referred to as a full penetration weld. One thing thats helped me a lot is pre heat, run a gas torch, propane, lpg, oxy acet, anything and bring the temp up to 150 degrees c or just watch the moisture run out of the steel plus a bit before you start welding. Then afterwards, dont leave it in a breeze or cold air, better wrap it in an old blanket, fire blanket or cover it with sand. This slows done the cooling a makes a much stronger joint, far less chance of cracking.
Ive welded a lot of stuff that has been welded by a few other people before I got there and its broke a few times, for example, hydraulic cylinder on backhoe leaking. This is what I do and my welds hold. Hope this might help. You dont need a big welder most of the time if you preheat and a 250 amp will do a lot of jobs.

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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2020, 07:59:53 PM »
I was told by a shipyard welder a story about his friends wood splitter that kept breaking the wedge off, he got a piece of hardox and a few 100000 psi rods and welded a " fillet weld on each side of the weld and said there you go, his friend laughed and said that will never hold so the welder told him to let him know when it breaks and he well redo it. It had been 4 years with no complaints.

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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2020, 09:11:25 PM »
Thanks guys.

Good to know about Hardox and high. Strength rods.
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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2020, 10:19:46 PM »
I made a new splitter for the BT 6870 . I used AR400 3/4 for the sliding 4 way and 1/2 for the wings . machined a 26 degree angle on each side [ 52 degree total] . AR400 can be machined dry with replaceable carbides . lots of blue chips . I let the pro's weld the wedge .
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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2020, 03:46:02 AM »
Gearbox, thanks a lot. I don't quite see the 52 degrees total.  You mean 26 each side of the 1/2 plate. I'm afraid my milling won't be up to par on this task. I have a rong fu rebadged. 
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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2020, 04:34:00 AM »
If your using stick electrodes then just a low hydrogen electrode with some preheat will take a heck of a lot to break. They are a good rod to have about, I also use them to repair cast and jobs where high strength is required. I used to use them in dry dock for ship repair, ship building and other pressure vessell type work. We have one here WIA 16 TC and they go on like butter however Lincoln will have an equivalent. Standard low hydrogen all position except they are no good for vertical down which is nearly a useless weld anyways.

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Re: Do you make your own splitter wedges?
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2020, 06:01:00 AM »
I love 312.16 312.17 and 29.9 stainless rods. Don't know if they'd do. 

But i know how to weld, most of the time. I only do stick. Or Oxy! :D 

The question, Star wedge? 



H type wedge? 

Wedge & Split Wood Platform - Log Splitter To Firewood Processor Ep. 1 - YouTube

Box type

Log Splitter Build - Six Way Wedge - YouTube

Or real fancy thingy

NEW Game Changing FIREWOOD Splitting Wedge from @Wolfe Ridge MFG - YouTube.
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