2014 - Volume #38, Issue #2, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Beer Keg Wood Splitter
Ingerson laughs that he doesn’t drink, but he does have fun building useful things, and the 24-in. keg is there because it makes a very practical hydraulic fluid reservoir.
“It’s great because it’s stainless steel and has an internal baffle, and it holds a lot of oil, keeping it cool,” Ingerson says.
He used a hole saw to make the top hole larger for a cap to fill the keg with hydraulic fluid. He removed the tap and made that hole larger to add a fine mesh screen and plug fitting. Then he drilled a new hole in the side of the keg to add a nipple for another filter.
The 17 hp Wisconsin 2-cycle engine that starts with a hand crank came off an old baler. He made the front wedge out of an old locomotive shaft and purchased the 8-in. steel beam, car axle and tires (“donut” tires) from a local junkyard. Ingerson purchased a two-stage pump, and his son built the fuel tank.
The splitter has a 24-in. hydraulic cylinder for Ingerson to easily split 18-in. long blocks of wood, which fuels a wood boiler to heat his home with in-floor heat.
With a ring on the front hitch for a pental hook, Ingerson doesn’t have to get off the tractor to hook up the splitter on his 3-pt. hitch to transport it.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Robert Ingerson, 1725 Lindell Rd., Russell, Penn. 16345 (ph 814 757-8023; email@example.com).
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