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Author Topic: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?  (Read 23456 times)

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Offline mf40diesel

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #40 on: September 23, 2015, 06:15:09 PM »
While it's not made in the States, my old man and I have been extremely happy with the Splitfire splitter that we have.  (Made in Canada) Ours is a 3pt hitch model, I can't recall the tonnage rating, but its a beast.  What I like about it, is that is splits in both directions, the knife/wedge, is attached to the ram and travels back and forth.  With one person running the lever and at least one other person feeding it with wood, you can really charge through a pile quickly.

Last I knew they had three variations,  3pt hich, so you need the tractor's hydraulics.... cheaper, and one less engine to maintain.  Then they offered two engine models, the cheaper Briggs and Stratton, and then the more expensive Honda.

Of course there are a few tonnage options too.  We have had ours for about 10 years and it is split many many cords of fire wood.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #41 on: September 29, 2015, 12:11:30 PM »
If You have a tractor with hydraulic remote, I'd look @ those. I'm not a fan of gasoline engines - down time plays hell on the gas and carburetor ..... I use a KELLY 3 point, welded a platform tray to catch the split woods - running for 20+ years. Big stuff, I just let it down to ground level, and roll the log on.  Splitfire makes a 3 point, that splits on forward and return strokes.  Both splitters are priced under $1200 US.
If You have a loader w/hydraulics (either to the plate, or remotes) is another option for tractor use

   

 

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #42 on: September 29, 2015, 05:42:54 PM »
After renting a number of gasoline engine powered splitters, I decided I did not like the heat, noise and fumes. So, I went out and bought a 20 ton Ramsplitter, which is powered by a 3 Hp electric motor. It obviously cannot go into the woods, as it requires 220 volt power. But since a 3 Hp electric motor delivers 6 Hp intermittently, it has plenty of power. So far, it has been able to split anything the 25 ton rental splitters can split. It has a more acute wedge geometry to allow this. It is much cooler, quieter and lower maintenance than gas models. I am glad I got it.

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #43 on: September 30, 2015, 02:07:54 PM »
My first wood splitter was a "Go Devil", it worked good once you got the hang of it. lol Then I made one, still have and use and then bought a 3 pt. hitch one...seldom use. In the meantime I bought a "Monster Maul" and still use that to some extent.

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #44 on: September 30, 2015, 08:45:25 PM »
I have a Iron/Oak 30 ton fast cycle splitter with the 4 way wedge, very good splitter ! I split 22 inch wood , some so big I use my log loader to set it on!
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #45 on: October 09, 2015, 01:32:36 PM »
I love my Swisher 28-Ton Vert/Horizontal splitter. Splits better than a gymnist!
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #46 on: October 09, 2015, 07:15:49 PM »
the  3 point hitch splitter from tsc is a decent splitter for the money. I got mine for about 700 dollars on sale.i made the wedge about 6 inches taller and now it splits big stuff better.

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #47 on: October 12, 2015, 07:45:00 AM »
I have not read the thread, and I have no basis for comparison, since I have only ever used one log splitter, in total, in my life, but the 22-ton log splitter I got at Tractor Supply ($900 with a 10% off coupon) has handily split everything I have thrown at it, including some pretty knotty white oak stumps. The reviews I read on the TSC website looked pretty good, and the consensus seems to be that you don't need anything bigger than 22 ton...

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #48 on: October 14, 2015, 10:07:18 PM »
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