2020 - Volume #44, Issue #1, Page #27[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Splitter Has Quick-Attach Heads
He spent about 5 years developing the Wood Shark Wood Splitter, which was recently granted a provisional patent.
What makes it different from other splitters is Essary’s quick-attach system for interchanging the splitting wedges. There are no pins or bolts to deal with, or expensive hydraulic setups required to change them.
“I have 4 different heads that I can use,” Essary says. “That’s important because the operator can choose the output of the wood and speed they split. I cut my splitting time about in half.”
The heads are: 4-in. and 6-in. multi-split, single wedge, and 4-way wedge.
The machine is powerful enough to slice through knots or twisted grains if needed. But if the block is crooked, he normally puts on the single wedge to allow it to fracture along the wood’s natural grains.
“I built it to be an industrial machine so it has industry leading components for the mechanical parts. This machine will last a long, long time for the standard user,” Essary says.
He built one machine that he and family and friends use, and he would like to make more. He welcomes inquiries about manufacturing the Wood Shark. Check out the video of it in action at www.farmshow.com.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Joshua Essary, 1241 200 St., Leighton, Iowa 50143 (ph 918 797-5196; www.woodsharksplitter.com; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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