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Modified Log Splitter Lets Him Lift Big Blocks With Ease
Here's a contraption I added to my log splitter last spring that lets me lift big blocks with ease. It has saved me a lot of lifting and strain on my back. In the past I sawed large oak blocks - some of them 40 in. in dia. and 18 in. high - into four pieces or even used a backhoe to place them on a splitter. At 79 years old, I had to figure out an easier way to handle these big blocks by myself.
  I mounted an angle iron boom on the splitter, fitted with a pulley. I also attached a pulley to the splitting wedge. A cable runs down through the pulley on the wedge and back up through the pulley at the top of the splitter.
  There's a length of chain with a spike attached to the end of the cable. I drive the spike into a block of wood and then activate the splitting wedge to lift the block of wood. I have to unhook the pulley from the wedge to split the block.  I leave the tongue of the splitter hooked to the tractor while in use. To remove my contraption from the splitter, all I have to do is take out two bolts and unhook the pulley from the wedge. (George C. Glover, 1116 Glover Acres Place, Lenoir, N.C. 28645)

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2001 - Volume #25, Issue #5