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Home-Built, Pull-Type Log Splitter
"I'm too old to spend all day bent over splitting wood, so I built a pull-type vertical log splitter. I do have to lift the wood up onto a tray, but most of the wood I split is only about 12 in. in diameter, so I can lift that easily," says Loren Hegar of Milwaukie, Oregon.
  The splitter rides on a pair of car wheels and is powered by a 30 hp, 4-cyl. Wisconsin engine that mounts on the tongue. The wedge is mounted on a rectangular steel frame behind the engine. The engine shaft-drives a hydraulic pump that drives the wedge.
  "I share it with my brothers and sometimes other people. We pull it behind a pickup from house to house," says Hegar. "I found the engine at a junk yard, and it came without either a starter or a distributor. To solve the problem I matched the starter ring gear off a Buick 300 with a Porsche starter. I also added the distributor off a Chevy Vega.
  "Both the hydraulic pump and cylinder are off a dump truck that I found at a scrap metal yard. I paid $50 for both of them, and another $50 for the engine. The engine came off a generator and had run out of oil, so I had to rebuild it.  
  "The cylinder is really strong and can apply 100,000 lbs. of pressure. I've never found a piece of wood that it can't split."
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Loren Hegar, 3625 Hill Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97267 (ph 503 653-5379).

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1