2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6, Page #41[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Hand-Operated Winch On Ladder
I came up with this hand-pumped splitter that's powered by a standard 6-ton bottle jack. The splitter is made from 1/2-in. thick steel. The jack bolts on top of the splitting wedge. I just set a log below the wedge and pump the handle to split it. It's safer than an axe or powered splitter, and it doesn't take up much room so I can keep it handy to use whenever I have time. The jack raises nine inches. (Frank Krakow, New Albany, Ind.)
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