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Woodsplitter Features A Lift Arm
Alan MacLean, Kingston, Ont., built a woodsplitter and added a back-saving block lifting attachment that lifts logs from the ground up to the splitting beam on the splitting cylinder's return stroke.
After lifting the log to splitter height, you roll it onto the splitting beam and then drop the arm so it's out of the way. MacLean notes that the arm can lift logs up to 3 ft. in dia.
He built the splitter using a rebuilt 7 by 24 in. dump truck cylinder, and a 38 gpm pump driven through a Rambler transmission powered off a tractor pto. The ram is mounted on a 10 in. H beam mounted on an axle for towing. MacLean says he likes the pto drive because of the power it provides.
He also made a pipe bending attachment for the splitter to bend 1/2 to 2 in. pipe to the desired angle. A "shoe" clamps to the post on the back of the splitter and then the splitting cylinder, with a plate on the front, moves forward to bend the pipe.

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1984 - Volume #8, Issue #2