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One man wood processor
"One man working along can process 1.5 cords of wood per hour with this machine," says George "Ole" De-mars, Jr., designer and builder of what he calls the "OK Wood Processor."
"It handles logs up to 20 in. in dia. and in lengths up to 60 ft. or more. The log loader, a Lemco 5000, can load from either side of the machine and easily handles tree-length logs. The loading deck will handle up to 3/ 4 of a cord at a time.
"The trough conveyor is double chain drive with 8 in. crossbars. The arbor has 1-15/16 in. bearings and takes a 44 in. saw that makes a 19 in. cut. The bumper plate is adjustable from 16 to 28 in. and automatically re-coeds 2 in. as the saw is moving through the wood to eliminate any pinching.
"Logs are split with a 4.5 by 30 in. cylinder which has a cycle time of 5.2 seconds. Equipped with a four-way knife, it can split two blocks at a time.
"The splitter assembly moves back and forth hydraulically to line up with the bumper plate for different lengths of wood.
"This processor has a tandem commercial pump (30 gal.) for the splitter and a 15 gal. pump for the conveyer, deck, and loader. Power is provided by a Deere 4 cyl., 40 hp gas engine. Seat and controls are located close to the splitter so the operator can handle any logs that fall crooked into the splitter.
"Entire processor is easily moved from one location to another with a pickup."
George welcomes inquiries from anyone interested in building a similar machine, or having one custom built.
Contact: George Demars, Jr., Rt. 2, Box 179, Bovey, Minn. 55709 (ph 218 245-1059).

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #6