I made a log splitter out of materials I had laying around our shop. I used a 15-in. (-beam, a motor with a gear reduction of 9 to 1 , and a hydraulic pump from a backhoe that applies 2,000 lbs. of pressure. The splitter is a lot heavier than anything else on the market today. After finishing the splitter, I came up with the idea of adding a "smasher box" to crush cans. The box is made out of 1-in. thick steel and is removeable from the split-ter when not in use. It smashes 36 cans at once into a 1 1/2 in. thick block of aluminum. It's great for storing the metal until you get enough to sell. We've used the splitter/ smasher for over 2 years and have smashed over 2,000 lbs. of cans. (Steve Shirley, Rt. 1, Box 16, Mattoon, Ill. 61938)
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