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Powerful Guillotine-Style Wood Splitter
When Dan Scherzer bought a used Farmall tractor, the farmer he bought it from insisted that he look at a neighbor's wood splitter. The guillotine-style splitter was attached to a tractor but mounted on its own axle. It was impressive enough that Scherzer went home and built a similar one to mount on the Farmall.
  "It has never bent a cylinder," the Freeland, Mich., mechanic/welder says. He spent only about $200 to build it, using mostly scrap materials, including old forklift parts including the pto pump, air tanks that hold hydraulic fuel, and the 2 1/2-ft. splitting wedge. He welded the setup on the tractor hitch and back end of the tractor.
  A 4-in. cylinder with a 20-in. stroke provides the splitting power. Two pipes on either side provide support. Expanded metal welded on an I-beam keeps the blocks of wood from sliding around. Scherzer operates a lever on the left side to drop and lift the cylinder.
  "I like them because it'll take big diameter logs and split them nice and clean. I can split a big log three times and turn them and have six nice pieces," Scherzer says.
  Scherzer has built four wood splitters over the years - all have been different. His tractor/guillotine splitter has been dependable and efficient. Though it can be removed, he leaves the splitter on the tractor all the time.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Dan Scherzer, 9100 Webster Rd., Freeland, Mich. 48623 (ph 989 695-6391; kscherzer@sbc global.net).

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2008 - Volume #32, Issue #6