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Splitter made from old baler parts
"After using several commercial splitters, I decided to build one where I wouldn't have to work on my knees or stand bent over," says Max by, who used parts from an old New Holland 66 hay baler to build his splitter which rides on 15-in. auto wheels.
Using a 6 by 8-in. H-beam as a table for the splitter, it brings the working height of the sputter up to 27 in. off the ground, which Hoy says gives him a lot fewer backaches. The splitter features a "winged" splitting wedge. He says it splits easier and spreads the split chunks apart, making a cleaner cut, especially in hard woods like red or white oak. He made the wedge out of a bucket cutting edge off an industrial loader bucket flanked by two curved wings made out of scrapped grader blade. The straight cutting edge protrudes about 1 1/2 in. ahead of the curved wings.
The splitter is powered by a 2-cyl. 12-hp. Wisconsin engine salvaged from the New Holland baler. The fuel tank and other miscellaneous steel brackets and pieces also came from the baler. He found a used hydraulic pump at a junkyard. A 4 by 24-in. hydraulic cylinder does the splitting. The cylinder and its controlling hydraulic valve are the only new parts on the splitter.
"We've used it to split more than 30 cords of wood a year with no problems at all. I've built a number of other splitters like it to sell to friends and neighbors. Everyone likes them. They sell for $400 to $600. I built one with a 32 in. cylinder for splitting longer wood for a heating stove," says Hoy.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Max M. Hoy, 2012 Jackson Run Rd., Warren, Penn. 16365 (ph 814 489-3118).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #4