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Heavy-Duty Log Splitter
"After looking at several heavy-duty commercial log splitters, I decided to build my own," says Rick Clow, Prince-ton, Minn.
The splitter is powered by a 10 hp Tecumseh gas engine and equipped with a 2-stage hydraulic pump. It has a 30-in. stroke, 5-in. dia. cylinder mounted on top of an 8-in. wide, 10-in. high H-beam. The splitting wedge is 12 in. high. Clow equipped the splitter with 13-in. wheels and hubs from a junked car.
"I tried to incorporate the best features from other splitters," says Clow, who runs a machine shop. "I built it for a customer who got tired of using splitters that weren't built heavy enough. The beams would bend or the wedges would break. This splitter is built heavy but is lightweight and well balanced which makes it easy to hook up to a vehicle. There's a lift handle on the hitch end and a slide tube jack on each end. The engine and cylinder are mounted on the hitch end of the splitter, with the wedge on the other end, so you can split a pile of wood and then simply drive away from it instead of having to move the pile.
"The table is built high so the operator doesn't have to bend over as far to operate it. The 10 hp engine doesn't even work up a sweat. If the wedge hits some tough wood, the 2-stage pump automatically kicks down."
Clow builds the splitter for sale for about $1,800.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Rick Clow, Box 145, Princeton, Minn. 55371 (ph 612 389-5284).

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1994 - Volume #18, Issue #4