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Old 12-10-2011, 09:57 AM   #1
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Default How to build a Log Splitter?

I'm thinking about building a gas powered hydraulic log splitter. I figured I'd see what the members have to advise before I begin. Any good plans? Or suggestions on how to build one?
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:12 AM   #2
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make it split the biggest thing possible... so you don't have to stop, re-cut the log, and then put it back in....
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:12 AM   #3
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This look like it works pretty well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXNn9...eature=related
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:33 AM   #4
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

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This look like it works pretty well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXNn9...eature=related
That's a cool setup.

I have two 10 hp hydraulic tank and pump set ups (electric) I'd love to use for a log splitter, but not much of a Fab person though.
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:34 AM   #5
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

Unless you just happen to have 3/4 of the pieces in your inventory already, you can buy a new machine much cheaper than building one.

I bought a Speeco 28T a couple years ago, works great.
http://www.speeco.com/products.php?id=95
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Old 12-10-2011, 11:47 AM   #6
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easy

hand the wife/kids a maul and splitting wedge





unless you have the motor and hydrolics it would be cheaper to just buy one
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:03 PM   #7
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

Yup, I have a fab shop and if my goal was to split wood I would tend to buy one, same for most common trailers.
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:22 PM   #8
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

Find and old splitter and rebuild it.

Going to be much cheaper and easier to do than building one from scratch.

I did just that a few years ago. Picked up on old splitter from gramps' when he passed away, and I brought it back.

It kicks ass, and it is nice to hold onto something with some history.





It hadnt been used for probably a decade. Though I remember using it as a child.

Now it routinely splits 5+ cord a year.

Here is a picture of it after the rebuild. Since I have upgraded the fluid capacity. It now has a 3 gallon hydraulic fluid tank. With the small original tank the fluid wold overheat after an hour or so of use.

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Old 12-10-2011, 01:25 PM   #9
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The fastest ones, and relatively cheap and easy to build if you can locate all of the parts, are the "wheel of death" style log splitters !
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:36 PM   #10
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

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easy

hand the wife/kids a maul and splitting wedge
Or use this, much simpler!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=N1HZztie5ac

These seem fairly common in Europe...I found several variations on the theme..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1QW9...eature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Sd_c_OYjFuA

This one is scary as hell, but seems to work, and shows that you don't need complicated hydraulics or even a lot of HP'''

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E4Gm...eature=related

and lastly this one shows you don't even need a motor, just some scrap metal and an old car spring!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0cp...eature=related

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Old 12-10-2011, 02:39 PM   #11
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

Personally Im a fan of the wheel of death type of splitters
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bVAA...eature=related

Heres a similar concept excpet its driving a ram like a trains piston. You can see the 2 belts in the back.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUeFC...feature=fvwrel

And just a cool old one kinda thinking out of the box with any motors or hydros
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0cp...eature=related

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Old 12-10-2011, 02:43 PM   #12
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

A whole lot depends on the kind of wood you are going to split.
Out West there is usually small diameter logs, less that 24 inches, with pretty straight grain. Pine, Aspen, etc.
In the Midwest and East it is often large diameter. 36 to even 48 inches.
And often twisted grain Oak, Hickory, etc.

The big stuff needs more power and either a way to lift the wood up to working level, small wheels to get the ram down low, or a vertical ram.
(Some of that European stuff shown on the YouTubes I wouldn’t even bother to split.)

An under appreciated need is for the beam the ram slides on has to resist a lot of twisting pressure if you are going to be splitting twisted grain.

There are all kinds of plans and build logs on the internet.
Do your research with the kind of wood you are working with in mind.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:14 PM   #13
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

Idasho, I have a splitter very similar to that, but it's green and seems to be an old Poulan. It belonged to an old guy and my step-dad got it when he passed away. I replcaed the engine with a new gas Honda, makes the world of difference.

Honestly, making one isn't that cheap anymore unless you get parts really cheap or are used old stuff. Finding a suitable I beam isn't easy as it used to be, a lot of small stuff has gotten scrapped out in the last few years. Hydraulic pumps and valving has gone up in prices. My 5 hp Honda cost me about 325 bucks. You'll need a tank for hydraulic oil and some custom length hoses, plus some type of tires/axle.

Don't get me wrong, quite a few guys have access to all that but I'd suggest trying to find and older splitter that you could buy cheap and possibly rehab and make usable.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:18 PM   #14
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

http://www.arboristsite.com/ go to the firewood section and search there is enough info on that site to make your head spin.
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Old 12-10-2011, 03:39 PM   #15
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Default Re: How to build a Log Splitter?

Getting some helpful thoughts here.

Good point on the type of wood being split. We are in Iowa, so as mentioned will likely be larger diameter, twisted grain.

This is actually going to be for my son. He and a friend of his are clearing some timber on a farm close by and selling the wood. So going to be a low bucks project.

I will have to check to be sure what all I have on hand. But pretty sure I will be able to come up with a beam. I have a good Kawasaki horizontal shaft engine, left over from a trash pump that froze and cracked the pump casting. Pretty sure I will have a cylinder and valve that will work. And tank and hoses should be no trouble.

So far nobody has said anything about design and specs on what is needed for a splitter. Sure I can look at one and start building, I just thought there'd be some ideas others have already been through.
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Old 12-10-2011, 07:36 PM   #16
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Sorry cant help much on ideas or specs i dont use a Hyd. splitter but one of these
http://supersplit.com/

Is this going to be a one time use deal? If it is and depending on how much wood there is it might just be worth renting one for a weekend. If there is a lot of wood 50+cords it might be worth it to have someone come in with a processor.
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Old 12-10-2011, 08:45 PM   #17
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a suggestion,,when you make it, have it split away from the trailor hitch,so you don't fill between the hitch and wheels with logs you split
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here's a real splitter http://www.chomper.net/video/chomper-high.wmv
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and lastly this one shows you don't even need a motor, just some scrap metal and an old car spring!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0cp...eature=related

I like this one. Wonder how it would do on oak, mesquite and pecan?
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Getting some helpful thoughts here.

Good point on the type of wood being split. We are in Iowa, so as mentioned will likely be larger diameter, twisted grain.

This is actually going to be for my son. He and a friend of his are clearing some timber on a farm close by and selling the wood. So going to be a low bucks project.

I will have to check to be sure what all I have on hand. But pretty sure I will be able to come up with a beam. I have a good Kawasaki horizontal shaft engine, left over from a trash pump that froze and cracked the pump casting. Pretty sure I will have a cylinder and valve that will work. And tank and hoses should be no trouble.

So far nobody has said anything about design and specs on what is needed for a splitter. Sure I can look at one and start building, I just thought there'd be some ideas others have already been through.
Actually a person posted a link to a site that has manuals for all their models. There's a lot of good information in those manuals. This will give you an idea of what you can expect from different cylinder, pump, and motor sizes. The one thing, actually two, I will suggest is, use a return line filter and don't skimp on the hydraulic reservoir size.... it acts as a heat sink to keep the system from over heating. Clean, warm oil will greatly add to the life of the machine. These are commonly overlooked in home builds.
Here's the link to the site I mentioned, click on a picture and it will give the specs for each machine. You can also look at each machines manual this will give you an idea of what's needed to build a splitter: http://www.speeco.com/products.php?id=95

Here's a nice one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSYYY..._order&list=UL

And another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7CCm...eature=related
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