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Self-Propelled Log Splitter

"It lets us get the job done fast," says Robert Volk, Harvey, N. Dak., who built a powerful "go anywhere" splitter.
The self-propelled wood handler is fitted with a hydraulic powered splitter that's powered by a 4-cyl. gas engine salvaged from an old International 161 swather.
"I got the machine from my dad who had originally built it for use as a field sprayer," says Volk. "He used the frame and rear end off an old Mercury car and the 4-speed transmission out of a pickup. The splitter travels at speeds of 35 mph on the road so it doesn't take long to get around. I can also pull it behind my pickup. "The rear-mounted splitter is really convenient. I back my loaded trailer or pickup up to the splitter and roll the logs off onto the steel H beam that serves as the splitting table. When wood piles up I just drive the splitter ahead and start splitting wood again. I plan to add a boom that will let me lift heavy chunks onto the splitter table. I also plan to mount a belt-driven buzz saw."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert D. Volk, Rt. 1, Box 16A, Harvey, N. Dak. 58341 (ph 701 324-4940).


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1993 - Volume #17, Issue #5