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Rotary Woodsplitter Screws Through Wood
After some of his customers asked Calvin Hamm, owner of Wild Rose Machining Ltd., Didsbury, Alberta, about making them a woodsplitter, he did a little research and experimentation and came up with a pto-powered rotary splitter that mounts on a tractor 3 pt. hitch.
Hamm tried several different combinations of screw pitch and taper before hitting on one that would quickly split just about any chunk of wood he tried.
"The splitter works faster than most hydraulic splitters and customers really like it," says Jim Chaney, who works with Hamm. "Even though it mounts on a tractor, it wasn't as handy to use as some people wanted, though."
So Hamm and Chaney put their heads together and came up with a self-powered version of the splitter.
It mounts on wheels, so it can be moved around easily when splitting. It also comes with a receiver hitch mount, so it can be easily transported on back of a pickup.
The engine is fitted with a Honda 6:1 ratio gearbox. They slowed it down even more by putting a small sprocket on the gearbox shaft that runs a chain to a larger sprocket on the shaft that turns the splitting screw.
Chaney says mounting the splitter on a receiver hitch puts it at a comfortable working height. "And with the splitter right there behind the pickup bed, you can split wood and toss it into the pickup. It makes loading easier," Chaney says.
The Wild Rose pto-driven 3-pt. mounted splitter sells for about $1,220 (Canadian). The 9 hp splitter is priced at $2,270. A smaller 5 1/2 hp. version sells for $1,750.
Wild Rose splitters have a one-year warranty on workmanship and parts and the powered versions come with standard Honda engine warranties.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Calvin Hamm, Wild Rose Machining Ltd., No. 2 Co-Op Road (Box 95) Didsbury, Alberta, Canada T0M 0W0 (ph 403 335-8780; fax 403 335-8790; E-mail: wilrose@telusplanet.net).

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5