2012 - Volume #BFS, Issue #12, Page #58[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story ]
Automatic Firewood ProcessorMaking more firewood in less time was the main objective of Warren Aikins, Rainier, Ore., when he first designed his “Chomper” Firewood Processor several years ago. Since then, he has reworked and refined the machine to the point where he now produces several versions of it for sale through his company, Rainier Hydraulics.
The Chomper processes firewood from cut logs of any length. It uses a shear blade to slice logs into lengths from 12 to 20 in. long. All functions are hydraulic, including the winch that pulls logs into the processing chamber and shear.
Here’s how it works: A winch pulls logs into the processing chamber. Once the log is loaded, a shear blade cuts 80 percent of the way through the log. Then the shear blade moves forward, pushing the log through a set of fixed splitting blades. Once the log is split, the shear blade completes the cut. As the split firewood falls forward, the shear blade raises up and moves back to begin the process again.
“What makes the design unique is the way the shear blade cuts only part way through the log and is then used as the mechanism for automatically feeding logs into the splitter,” notes Aikins.
Prices range from $14,500 for the pto model to $45,500 for the largest self-powered Chomper. Belt conveyors to stack or load wood are available. Other options include trailer packages, fenders and lights, automatic engine shutdown system, and tachometer/hour meter for the engine.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Warren Aikins, Rainier Hydraulics, Inc., P.O. Box 748, Rainier, Ore. 97048 (ph 800 457-9136; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: www.chomper.net).
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