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    Home Grown Convertible Log Splitter

    About 35 years ago I decided I needed a log splitter. No money to buy one, so I built one for the 3 point hitch on my tractor, powered by the tractor hydraulic system. It worked great as long as I didn't cut too big a tree. Being a horizontal splitter, the logs had to be lifted up onto it. Over the years I've acquired some logs that were entirely too big for me to lift, and lifting logs is not nearly as much fun as it used to be. Thus was born the idea to modify my old splitter to work vertically or horizontally. It's taken me a couple of months to do the modification, but it got its maiden flight today. My neighbor gave me some 26" diameter logs (BRANCHES from the red oak tree in his yard). Even wrestling those things onto the foot of the vertical splitter was a chore, but infinitely better than lifting them a foot off the ground to put them on the rails. I split two of the monster logs today before the thunder chased me inside.

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    Getting the splitter from horizontal to vertical is a chore in itself due to the weight of the cylinder. No way to put the pivot nearer the center of gravity, because the 3 point hitch only lifts it 26" above the ground. That caused me to do some head scratching and come up with a solution. Using the splitter's hydraulic ram and a 6' piece of steel cable, I now can attach one end of the cable to the framework under the splitter and the other end to a hook on top of the wedge. Then by retracting the ram, it pulls the bottom end of the splitter down until it reaches the breakover point, then gravity takes over. See a brief video here:

    https://vimeo.com/271769346

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    I like your solution. I always drooled over the ones with a log lift on the side. My answer has been to use a set of skidding tongs on my tractor bucket to lift them onto my horizontal splitter

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    If my splitter wasn't firmly attached to the rear of my tractor, I'd have done the same. It'd be a pain in the wherever to have to disconnect the splitter and use the bucket to put a log on it.

    The ideal solution would be one of those Bobcat-mounted splitting systems that feeds the log, cuts it to length and does a 4-way split all in one operation. I don't think my CFO would approve that line item in the budget, though.

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    https://youtu.be/fQQjxe0-Sdw

    Bobcat? You are thinking too small

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    Holy cow! I'm not a doctor and can't afford any of that stuff. Besides, the Bobcat would do all the wood we need for a year in about 20 minutes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0-1Rx1NNDY

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    Hey, a guy can dream.

    I just switched to a hydraulic splitter from hand. If I only need a few, or they are good, straight grained oak, I still like using the maul. It is a good way to work out frustrations.

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    We use about 1 - 1 1/2 cords a year using wood exclusively for our heat in winter. At 76, I'm not into swinging a maul that much anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by olfart View Post
    We use about 1 - 1 1/2 cords a year using wood exclusively for our heat in winter. At 76, I'm not into swinging a maul that much anymore.
    Amen brother ! Im 54 and have no desire to swing that maul. Last time I tried, it bounced back at me.
    Someday I'm going to pull my life together. But that day is not today. Today I'm driving a stolen police car.

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    I actually enjoy the workout and blanking my mind, I just don't have time. The logs I have gotten recently are big enough that I have no desire to tackle them with a maul until they are quartered. We run through 2 to 5 cords depending on the winter and how lazy I get with us g the hvac.

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