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35 Ton Wood Splitter
"It'll cut railroad ties crosswise," says Dennis Koep about the wood splitter he built out of scrap parts on his Sauk Rapids, Minn., farm.
"We started with an old car rear end and welded a 90 by 6 by 61/2-in. "H" beam to it," says Koep. "On top of that we mounted a good used 6-in. dia. by 30-in. stroke Caterpillar dozer cylinder with a 3-in. dia. ram.
"The front pusher is 10-in. wide, cut from junk angle iron 9 by 9 by 7/8 in. thick. We used by 3-in. guide plates bolted to the pusher with 83/4-in. bolts.
"The 16-in. high splitter wedge is a piece of scraper cutting edge sharpened razor sharp at a 15? angle. We reinforced the wedge and travel area of the beam with 4 in. I-beam.
"The splitter control valve is mounted upside down on the return port of the cylinder. We purchased a new 11 gal. per minute 2-stage pump and a new high pressure hose. We borrowed the 5 hp. engine from a garden tiller and mounted it so we could easily take it off and use it on the tiller again in the spring.
"The splitter generates about 35 tons of force to split lengthwise or crosswise. The larger ram makes it fast-acting, too. Similar size splitters on the market sell for over $4,000 while our cost was approximately $450."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Koep, 620 4th Ave. N., Sauk Rapids, Minn. 56379 (ph 612 251-2030).

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1985 - Volume #9, Issue #6