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Wood Splitter Built From Massey Baler
"My wood splitter started out as a Massey Ferguson baler that had been sitting in my junk pile for about 10 years. I took it to the shop and removed the hay pickup, the twine box, needles, axle and the slide where the bale comes out," says Dennis Byski, Goodeve, Sask.
  "The plunger was rusted from not being used so I had to use a sledge hammer to loosen it. I welded two pieces of grader blade to the plunger crossways. This is what pushes the wood into the axe head, which mounts stationary on the frame.
  The axe head is made from two pieces of 8 by 8-in. plate steel 1/4 in. thick. The two pieces are welded together to a point and tilted upward about 10 degrees.
  "The log to be split is held in a cradle made from a pair of 3-ft. long, 1-in. dia. pipes spaced 8 in. apart. They angle downward into the axe head. I can split logs from 4 in. dia. to 20 in. dia. and I can move the axe forward or back 4 in. as needed.
  "I pull the splitter behind a tractor with a 540 pto. I use the original shear pins from the baler but I have to heat treat them, otherwise they will snap.
  "I only spent about $100. It only takes me 1/2 hr. to split a 1/2-ton truck full. And some of it I split into four pieces. If two people are working, it goes even faster."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dennis Byski, Box 91, Goodeve, Sask. S0A 1C0 Canada (ph 306 795-2906).

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