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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #20 on: September 08, 2015, 11:22:00 PM »
I agree on the timber wolf I have a tw2 that has served me well for years!
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #21 on: September 09, 2015, 02:33:30 PM »
I am a firm believer in timberwolfs so I would suggest one of those even if you opt for the smaller model. they are top notch quality. my buddy has a husky and it is in the shop more than the woods. most of the time its the motor, I think it has a Tecumseh. junk. you get what you pay for and you will get years of use and hundreds if not thousands of cords through a timberwolf and still have something in the end.

Tecumseh engines have not been made in a while, I believe.
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« Reply #22 on: September 09, 2015, 07:25:02 PM »
That's no big loss
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #23 on: September 12, 2015, 05:26:58 PM »
Today the only way I would go is with a flywheel splitter...
Small engine and very fast...
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #24 on: September 13, 2015, 05:44:46 AM »
Maybe a used one off Craig's list?
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #25 on: September 13, 2015, 06:32:26 AM »
Today the only way I would go is with a flywheel splitter...
Small engine and very fast...
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #26 on: September 13, 2015, 08:45:39 AM »
I bought a 30 ton black diamond with a 6.5 H.P. kohler, and a two stage pump from rural king. When I hit a tough knot the second stage on the pump kicks in and drives right through it. For $1300  I think it was a great deal. I would not go with anything smaller.

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #27 on: September 13, 2015, 11:45:36 AM »
After using hydraulic splitters and splitting hundreds of face cords of firewood in my life by hand and seeing the flywheel and rack and pinion splitters, I would go with the flywheel and rack splitter.  Using inertia and spinning mass is always more efficient.  I wouldn't be holding down any firewood when it's splitting though.  I like all ten of my fingers, too.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #28 on: September 14, 2015, 05:01:17 AM »
I don't know how much fire wood you use, but it's cheap in Arkansas. You can buy many a load for the price of the splitter if it's not something you will use all the time. If you heat with wood it might be a worthwhile purchase. If you only burn a few sticks in the fire place you might consider just having it delivered. The firewood boys will be happy to cut up your downed trees for the wood and you should be able to work a deal with one of them.
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #29 on: September 14, 2015, 10:52:35 PM »
I had one of the 22 ton $999.00 Huskee splitters from Tractor Supply a few years ago. I had nothing but trouble out of it. In my opinion the warranty isn't worth the paper it's written on.
I sold it to my neighbor at about $150 loss just to get rid of it. After the 2nd year he owned it he's got it where it will work pretty good. He wound up putting a new engine, pump, and valve on it. But it does still have the original hydraulic cylinder, and hydraulic tank.  :D
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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #30 on: September 14, 2015, 11:43:59 PM »
Craigslist, love it! But there's two things I could never score a decent deal on, ice auger and a wood splitter. I bought the 27 ton Troy-Bilt with the Honda 6.5. Works great but sometimes wished it had a little more.
     My buddy bought the Cub Cadet....same exact thing, different paint, same as the Yardman. AYP makes a lot of these things and paints them to order, especially lawn tractors. My Husqvarna yt18542 and Craftsman lt1000 are identical (husq. has a drink holder and roller on front of mowing deck, $100 more though new).
     Also note, these box store units are not made for highway towing, they have plastic wheel bushings just like the lawn tractors. I have to load it on a snowmobile trailer for road travel (great excuse not to loan it out ;D)
     I feel it was worth the money, but I often just grab my Chopper one axe and got to town, like the face cord I did yesterday, wasn't worth uncovering the splitter and chasing gas from the garage. I can easily out split the Troy-Bilt........in the short run :D
     The splitter was $1,249, filled out the charge card app for 10% off, threw the card away.......
  TSC carries Huskee, not bad units, just feel I got more buck bang at SLowes.

One last thing, think I'd prefer the wedge not be on the ram rod, rather the splits drop in the front loader, and not land on the engine, which I built a box tube platform that also works good for staging logs while splitting.

I still do look at Timberwolfs, very tempting.

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Re: What is the best log splitter for small farm work?
« Reply #31 on: September 15, 2015, 06:18:05 AM »
I used a hydraulic splitter for 30 years ,3 years ago I bought a Supersplitter.I would not go back to hydraulic.My tractor loader is my log lifter for large pieces.I cut all my own logs,seldom anything over 20''.Go with the original if you buy ,the others are no comparison.
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« Reply #32 on: September 15, 2015, 09:31:23 AM »
... One last thing, think I'd prefer the wedge not be on the ram rod, rather the splits drop in the front loader, and not land on the engine, which I built a box tube platform that also works good for staging logs while splitting.

Every splitter I have seen that is convertible from horizontal to vertical has the wedge on the ram. If they didn't, they'd be trying to push the log into the ground when in vertical mode.

I agree, I'd rather have the wedge stationary and push the logs off the end. The split logs stay out of your way, and you have some interesting options for out feed: I've seem someone rig a plastic culvert split lengthwise to catch the split logs. As the next log gets split, it pushes the previous one along the  culvert - he had the other end of the culvert in the back of his pickup. With a little jockeying around, it was self-loading.

The one place where wedge on the ram is an advantage is when you need to re-split logs. They stay right there when re-split. You can just hold them, or add a cradle to catch them. A quick twist, and they are ready for the second split.
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« Reply #33 on: September 15, 2015, 10:12:52 AM »
Very good points John. There's a guy on youtube who made a conveyor to his truck bed with an exercise jogging machine, but who would ever want to give up their jogging mill given how much they get used? Then I'd have to install a new clothes rack! :D
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« Reply #34 on: September 15, 2015, 10:31:12 AM »
Very good points John. There's a guy on youtube who made a conveyor to his truck bed with an exercise jogging machine, but who would ever want to give up their jogging mill given how much they get used? Then I'd have to install a new clothes rack! :D

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« Reply #35 on: September 15, 2015, 11:13:04 AM »
 :D :D :D :D
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« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2015, 07:02:19 PM »
Kinda like tractors or chainsaws. Need a small one to do the light work and need a big one to do the heavy work. At this time I only have one wood splitter,but have 2 tractors and 2 chainsaws.  ;D
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« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2015, 09:44:40 PM »
I just bought a 22 ton County Line splitter from Home Depot.  They replaced the Husky line.  there was nothing wrong with the Husky line except the Briggs and Stratton motors.  And, I'm not sure how much of that was the motor since they seemed to be kept outside, uncovered while at the store.  Most all complaints I read about the husky line was the fact that water was/had gotten into the engine.  The new splitters are basically the same but, have a Kohler engine and at my store at least, aren't being assembled until they are purchased.  So, they have addressed the water issue evidently.

Mine starts well and has split everything I wanted upto 25-26 inch round white oak at half throttle.  So, it does well. , It splits vertically and horizontally both.  And cost $999.  It is no timberline but, it was half the cost.

I don't know if he has gotten one yet but, make sure the one he buys wasn't stored in the weather uncovered and, is not an electric type.  Eastern hardwoods and western conifers are two different things.  You need something besides electric power to reliably split what he is talking about.  Good luck and God Bless 
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« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2015, 10:00:32 PM »
I don't know if he has gotten one yet but, make sure the one he buys wasn't stored in the weather uncovered and, is not an electric type.  Eastern hardwoods and western conifers are two different things.  You need something besides electric power to reliably split what he is talking about.

I've had no trouble with the 16 ton electric splitter I own, and I'm splitting eastern hardwoods. The 20"+ stuff I split on it is a bit big for it, but it handles it OK. Generally, I'm splitting 16" and under anyway, and it handles that with no problem.

On the other hand, this is basically a 6HP gas hydraulic splitter that happens to have a 2HP electri motor instead of the gas engine (and yes, a 2HP electric will easily match a 6HP gas engine in this application). I got it because I didn't want another gas engine to maintain, and I figured I'd be doing all my splitting right near my garage. (As it turns out, I should have gotten a gas splitter, since I end up doing a lot of splitting out in the woods - which requires bringing along a generator).

Those 4 or 5 ton electric splitters that are driven by a ball screw are another story entirely. They may have their place: some people re-split wood to smaller sizes right in their house and I guess it's handy for that. They are not really suited as a primary splitter, IMO.
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« Reply #39 on: September 22, 2015, 07:18:13 AM »
I ended up pulling the trigger on the 22 ton at TSC. It was even on sale for 950. Works great. I love it so far.
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