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New Splitter Swallows Logs Whole
You won't believe your eyes when you see the new Klapi-Tuiko log handler swallow a 10 ft. log in seconds, then spit it back out cut and split to perfect firewood dimensions.
"So far as we know, this is the only machine of its kind in the world," says Manfred Bauer, West German distributor of the Finnish-made machine. "It works as fast as a wood chipper on full-size logs except that it splits wood into perfect fireplace size."
The pto-powered wood handler is designed to handle soft or hardwood. Mounted on a minimum 35 hp. tractor, it'll handle logs up to 7 1/2 in. in dia. of any length.
As the log is fed into the machine, it is first split with, a curved blade mounted on a heavy-duty rotating shaft. The wedge-shaped blade splits the log one way down the middle and then withdraws. If you want to split the log into four pieces rather than two, you simply turn it quickly in your hands and the blade will split it again on its next downstroke. Then, the log is pushed in all the way to a rear stop plate and cut off to length by a second blade. You can completely process a log as fast as you can physically feed the log in.
The blades never have to be sharpened because they are designed to cut with a wedge-type pincer action. They're chain driven by a sprocket driven by the pto, with enough power to split logs of any size. The machine was limited to this size, however, because of difficulties in manually handling larger logs," explains Bauer.
According to the company, the splitter can split 3 to 4 cords of wood an hour. There is an overload switch to prevent damage to the equipment should the blades hit an obstacle. The length of the cut pieces can be varied from 10 to 24 in. by adjusting the position of the back plate.
The new machine sells for $3,000 in West Germany. The company is looking for distributors in North America.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Manfred Bauer, Baugerate Union, Hardstrasse 9, 8800 Ansbach-Brodswinden, West Germany (ph 09 81 75 26).

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