2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #16[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Home-Built, Pull-Type Log Splitter
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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