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Two Way Log Splitter
"One operator can keep three people busy with this dual-action splitter," says Ed Paepke, owner of Paepke Machine Tool about his two-way splitter that splits on both its forward and return stroke.
He built the new splitter because he felt most single-action splitters are too slow and built too close to the ground. Because the cylinder is positioned below the cutting table on his splitter, the operator doesn't have to bend over as far to operate it.
"I built it in 1982 and it's still in excellent condition. It shows minimal wear on all sliding and moving parts. It'll cut 24-in. long chunks at either end. Wings on both sides of the cutting table hold wood in place. It's equipped with snowmobile trailer tires, which we run at low pressure to prevent bouncing in transit. While splitting, the hitch folds down out of the way. It trails well behind a car or truck but is also easy to pull by hand in the woods. Takes only about 45 min. to split a heaping pickup truck load of wood," says Paepke, noting that the cost of new parts to build the splitter would be about $960 today. He sells plans and a parts list.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Paepke Machine Tool, S3296 Fox Hill Road, Baraboo, Wis. 53913 (ph 608 356-6922).

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1991 - Volume #15, Issue #4