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3-Pt. Mounted Screw-Type Splitter
“I haven’t found a block of wood yet that it won’t split,” says Garry Steeper, Ailsa Craig, Ont., about the 3-pt. mounted, hydraulic-operated screw-type log splitter that he built using parts from an old barn gutter cleaner.
  The gutter cleaner had an electric motor that belt-drove a shaft that powered the gutter-cleaning chain. Steeper replaced the electric motor with a hydraulic motor. It runs slower than the electric motor, so he mounted a coupler on the splitter to chain-drive a jackshaft, which in turn chain-drives a bigger sprocket that drives the vertically-mounted splitting screw.
  It works much like a posthole digger, with the screw pointing downward.
  “It eliminates the need to do any lifting and saves a lot of labor,” says Steeper. “We have an outdoor wood furnace equipped with a 3-ft. long firebox, so to fill it up I like to cut wood into blocks that are 30 in. long or more. With my 3-pt. mounted splitter I don’t have to move the wood to the splitter.
  “If a wood chunk starts to spin I just pick it up and back it against something solid. The screw turns quite slowly so it’s not as dangerous as some I’ve seen that are pto-driven or bolted to the drive axle of a vehicle.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Garry Steeper, 3437 Mooresville Dr., RR 3, Ailsa Craig, Ont., Canada N0M 1A0 (ph 519 294-6153; gb@steeper.ca).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #2