Combine Converted 26 Ton Capacity Wood Splitter
We used the frame, wheels and axles, twin-cylinder engine, and elevator off an old Deere pull-type combine to make a 26-ton capacity wood splitter. It uses an 18-in. high splitting wedge that we made from an old grader blade. The front edge starts out like a splitting axe but 3 in. back it tapers into a splitting maul that can go through even the toughest wood. The wedge is moved back and forth by a 6-in. dia., 42-in. long hydraulic cylinder salvaged from an amusement park ride. The cylinder is powered by a hydraulic pump (salvaged from an old tandem gravel truck) that's belt-driven off the engine. The pump is operated by a double bank of flow control valves. One valve operates the splitting cylinder and the other operates the swing arm on a boom truck equipped with log tongs. We use the boom truck to pick up logs and set them onto the beam for splitting. We use a circular saw mounted on the rig to cut small wood. (Howard Mattson, 2137 295th Ave., Luck, Wis. 54853 ph 715 648-5337)
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