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Tire Quicksplit
You can make it easier to split wood with the "Quigley Quicksplit" developed by a forestry professor, Don Quigley, at the University of New Hampshire.
According to a recent report in The American Tree Farmer, the idea is to bolt two tires together, one on top of the other. Quigley suggests bolting the tires together at three points along the sidewalls. To split, you simply place the wood chunk at the center of the tires. One advantage is that it greatly reduces the amount of bending required to split since the pieces always remain standing upright after being split. It also protects bystanders from flying chunks of wood. Another advantage of the tire-splitting method is that it protects handles on your ax or maul. The tires act as a shock absorber if you under or over-shoot with your swing.
Size of tire should fit the general size of wood you chop. Some wood cutters make up several tire Quicksplits of varying sizes. A flat wood portal can be placed below the tires to provide a firm foundation.

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1987 - Volume #11, Issue #6