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Snaggy

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Icon 6 posted November 22, 2007 20:08      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a ton of wood to split, and it is in huge logs... (remember that maple tree cluster we had cut down last year?) I tried hand splitting them, no go, these things are mammoth.

So I rented me a wood splitter and I'm going to be splitting wood for the next few days. I tried it out tonight... oh man it is sweet!

Powered by a Honda engine, can be operated in two positions in the traditional horizontal position, where the log is lifted to the beam, and in the vertical position, where the log is split on the ground. So Nitrozac doesn't have to lift the super heavy chunks. [Razz]

Here's a picture of one that is like the one I rented, sort of...

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Zwilnik

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2007 20:19      Profile for Zwilnik   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
fun [Smile]

I always wondered though if the ancient stone splitting trick would work with logs. Drill a few vertical holes into each log, fill with water and leave them to freeze. In theory the freezing water will split the logs.

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Icon 1 posted November 22, 2007 21:29      Profile for Sxeptomaniac   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Zwilnik:
fun [Smile]

I always wondered though if the ancient stone splitting trick would work with logs. Drill a few vertical holes into each log, fill with water and leave them to freeze. In theory the freezing water will split the logs.

I think the logs would probably tend to absorb enough water and have enough give that it wouldn't work well enough to be very effective.

Those splitters are pretty handy when you have to do a lot of it. I've used one before, too.

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/me does a Tim Allen grunt... make sure you have fun for the rest of us who don't have such fun toys to play with. [Smile]

Don't forget the checkered flannel shirt. [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2007 02:12      Profile for TheMoMan         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Snaggy ______________________________ I remember as a teenager haveing to split fire wood. It was one of those chores that I did not want to learn. That some of the wood was split in the fall after drying and some in the winter after it froze. Dad had some nice wedges and a big maul for the chore. How he knew what wood to split in fall or winter must have been from his prior knowledge.

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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted November 23, 2007 17:17      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OK progress report.

I arrived at work about 10am or so, after shipping a large beanie order. Splitter works like a dream. I split and piled about 2 face cords before lunch. Note, splitting wood involves rolling huge "bucked" log segments around. These are about three feet in diameter!

At 12:40 my trustee assistant Nitrozac arrived with sandwiches and tea, very nice. We then worked casually for the rest of the afternoon, with Nitro doing a bit of spitting, some piling, and a lot of watching. [Smile] And my mom also came out to watch too. I tried the Tom Sawyer technique on them, they didn't fall for it. [Razz]

So by the time I quit around 3:30-4, we had split and piled around five face cords or so, which is about an 8th of what is out there. I'm completed tired and sore everywhere, with that outside all day tired. (For some reason, working at a computer 6 or 7 days a week for 10 hours a day isn't keeping my fitness level up. Go figure! [Razz] )

Currently burning some of the nice maple in the woodstove. Expect to crash hard after dinner.

Back again tomorrow if I can get out of bed.

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Icon 1 posted November 23, 2007 18:21      Profile for MacManKrisK     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think I speak for all the forum members when I say:

PICS!!!!

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Icon 14 posted November 23, 2007 19:17      Profile for Mr. Dave     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
#pragma NOSTALGIA BEGIN

That's a nice-looking splitter. We used to have one that the local blacksmith built for us about 35 years ago. (My cousin has it now.) It was based on a forklift main ram, and ran off the tractor PTO.

Every once in a while, I'd get a [email protected]$$ block with a knot in it. The first few strokes, the blade would barely mark the block, but if I kept turning it until I found the grain, suddenly the blade would go in like a hot knife into cheesecake. If you do this, though, DO NOT stand to the side of the machine; those blocks can launch themselves a fair distance when the knot lets go.

#pragma NOSTALGIA END

Oh, yeah - you probably already know to stack with the bark facing up, to shed the rain.

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I couldnt resist.... [Big Grin]

Monty Python Lumberjack Song Lyrics

I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK
I sleep all night and I work all day.

Chorus:
He's a lumberjack and he's OK
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I eat my lunch
I go to the lavatory.
On Wednesdays I go shopping and have buttered scones for tea

Mounties:
He cuts down trees, he eats his lunch
He goes to the lavatory.
On Wednesdays he goes shopping and has buttered scones for tea.

Chorus:
He's a lumberjack and he's OK
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I skip and jump
I like to press wild flowers.

I put on women's clothing and hang around in bars.

Mounties:
He cuts down trees, he skips and jumps
He likes to press wild flowers.
He puts on women's clothing and hangs around in bars?!

Chorus:
He's a lumberjack and he's OK
He sleeps all night and he works all day.

I cut down trees, I wear high heels
Suspenders and a bra.
I wish I'd been a girlie, just like my dear Papa!!

Mounties:
I cut down trees, I wear high heels?!
Suspenders...and a bra?!...

Just the Lumberjack:
I wish I'd been a girlie, just like my dear Papa!!

The Video

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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted November 25, 2007 20:56      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OK, after two and a half days of back breaking, neck straining, knee scraping, mud encrusted work I ended up with about hmmm, at least 10 cords and a totally aching body. It was glorious. [Smile]

Here's the video...

http://www.geekculture.com/images/splitter.mov
(600 k)

Marvel at the mighty wedge!!

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All hail hydrulics and thier mighty power [Big Grin]

I recommend going to the spa now and have one of those Asian women work you over. [Razz]

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Icon 1 posted November 27, 2007 15:00      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by hal9000:
The Video

Your link is broken dude. Here is one that works.

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Wow!

Kinda like going to a tractor pull!

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Colonel Panic ___________________ Tractor pulls got spoiled for me at the Ionia Free Fair, when an Old Steam Traction Engine outpulled ever thing there with only a FIFTY HORSEPOWER two cylinder engine, it also had a two cylinder engine for the power steering. I should also point out that it damn near out weighed the pull sled. Sure was slow but went right off the end of the track and headed for the gate. WOof, WOof, WOof, TOOT, TOOT, WOof, WOof, pitch never changed just the volume (Loudness) as the governor opened the steam valve.

I was told by a friend of the owner that a large sum of money was bet on the pull and the steam tractor owner had said "Where in the State do you want that trailer delivered".

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