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Tractor Mounted Wood Splitter
"The best thing about it is that it's built big and tough," says Tom Gariety, pleased with the heavy duty, tractor mounted splitter he designed and built for his own use.
The big splitter mounts on the tractor 3-pt. and is powered by hydraulics. Built-on stands make it easy to mount and dismount.
"I cut an old 6-ft. cylinder down to 3 ft. to get a ram cylinder with a 35 to 40 ton push. The frame is an 8-in. I beam with 1/8-in. steel sidewalls welded to the sides. One unusual feature is that we mounted the wedge on the cylinder ram rather than on the stop plate because it's less dangerous and because, like swinging an axe, it's the natural way to split."
Tom mounts the splitter on a 1977 686 International and says he's had no trouble with it so far. "We load our pickup with wood and position the splitter on the tailgate. As we split the wood, we throw it to the ground." He's split pieces up to 3 ft. in dia. Remote hydraulic controls on the unit make operation easier.
"It's built heavy, unlike many of the splitters on the market. We expect to use it for years," says Tom, noting that he'd be interested in comparing notes with interested manufacturers. He spent about $240 to build it.
For more information, contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Tom Gariety, 10039 Versailles S.E. Rd., Versailles, Ohio 45380 (ph 513 526-4488).

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1982 - Volume #6, Issue #4