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Hands-Off Firewood Processor
of the time and labor he put into building a firewood processor 4 years ago.
I dont have to touch the wood with my hands at all, he notes, except for throwing it into the outdoor stove that heats his Wisconsin home and 2,000-sq. ft. shop.
He picks up several 10-ft. logs at a time with the grapple on his skidsteer and drops them on to the live deck of his processor. It drops one log at a time on a belt that takes it to a 24-in. saw with a carbide chain. The firewood length blocks drop into the splitter that self-centers the block to be split in half or quarters. The split wood falls onto a 24-ft. conveyor belt that carries it to the woodshed where it falls in a pile.
With experience in maintenance and equipment design, Belohlavek looked at many processors to pick out the best ideas to create his own. (FARM SHOW readers may remember the composter he built, Vol. 32, Issue 3).
I bought the power unit with the hydraulic reservoir and cooling system. The rest I designed and built, from the trailer on up, he says. Since he plans to use it for a long time, he purchased new steel and hydraulics. He estimates he spent about a third the cost of purchasing a processor.
It handles wood up to 18-in. in dia., and I can cut off an 8-in. oak log in 3 or 4 seconds, Belohlavek says. It has only a 23 hp. Kubota motor so I can run it 8 to 10-hours a day and it uses less than 8 gal. of fuel.
With a ball hitch and sections that fold up, such as the live deck, its portable and can be stored inside a building.
It gets plenty of use processing the 15 cords of firewood he needs each year, plus wood for all the friends who he helps out.
Ive had it 4 seasons and it works just fantastic, he says.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carl Belohlavek, 150680 Redfield Rd., Mosinee, Wis. 54455 (ph 715 581-3501; carlb@tds.net).

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