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Here's another interesting wood splitting tool.

The article explains that the design of the axe does most of the work but as many have observed on this thread. . . where does that straight grained wood come from?





http://www.geek.com/news/physics-exp...-time-1591725/
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Sure hope that works well for $300.

If I understand it correctly, the head has to twist in order to act as a lever. Seems that would put some serious strain on your wrists...

My ISP seems to be throttling video pretty severely today, so I couldn't watch the whole video. Maybe I don't completely understand how it works.
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You are a very considerate husband.
Now I'm going to get some popcorn and watch the show you just started.
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You are a very considerate husband.
Now I'm going to get some popcorn and watch the show you just started.
Pop me some too.I'll get us some sweet tea.
I saw that on a news thing the other day.
I have split some wood in my day and this would take longer to figure out than it would to just swing that axe standing against the shed. :
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If I was to go to burning wood full time again like we did when I was at home with mom and dad. I'd build me a splitter like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbYp0bVn4pI

I've swung my share of spitting malls axes and berried my fair share of wedges. Now if I had to go to splitting wood like I did when I was a kid it kill me now. Well maybe not kill but it sure make me go to hurting.

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If I was to go to burning wood full time again like we did when I was at home with mom and dad. I'd build me a splitter like this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbYp0bVn4pI

I've swung my share of spitting malls axes and berried my fair share of wedges. Now if I had to go to splitting wood like I did when I was a kid it kill me now. Well maybe not kill but it sure make me go to hurting.

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I liked this thing till I saw that they wanted $250 for it. Sorry, that is just out of my "radar"...but it was a cool item. Split wood really well as long as it was nice hardwood that was properly cured/dried.
Maybe WalMart will copy it and sell it for $19.99!
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I can't believe I just watched 20 minutes of different logsplitters on youtube.
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I can't believe I just watched 20 minutes of different logsplitters on youtube.
But wait, there's more! I really like the splitter cone style -- fast, relatively safe and seems to work on anything.

https://youtu.be/MV6Pd1d9Tm4

https://youtu.be/N1HZztie5ac

https://youtu.be/40sCGb678sQ

https://youtu.be/Qj9BNib3yC0
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Default coil spring log splitter

Here's a splitter which uses a coil spring as a counter balance. Takes a little more arm work than some but it still seems effective.

https://youtu.be/MAEXsXJ0aTY
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I've seen these before... Good way to do small kindling etc.. Very useful as no outside energy needed (electric power, gas, etc.)

If I were to build it would be a vertical only on a tractor 3pt hitch.. It would have a moving wedge and a big enough foot that you could split small sections off even the biggest rounds.. I would have to run it with an independent oil reservoir and pump driven off the tractor PTO...

My tractor produces plenty of pressure, but not enough volume of oil to use the on board hydraulic pump... It would cost a lot to get a tractor big enough to produce the same oil volume of a stand alone splitter..

I know I can buy a machine like this... But would build it just because I can.

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Well --- I still split all my wood ( 7-9 cords / year) with one of those old wedge shaped monster mauls. Not sure. But probably around 15 pounds. Most of wood I have is good straight grained post oak - real easy splitting . My water stove will take 2-foot lengths but I have cut it back to 18" ( lenght of chainsaw bar) . Post oak - that lenght splits real easy. Fellow I am cutting on is it another retired galoot clearing land so he can run a few head of cattle . Sometimes I get a hickory. Burns longer but much harder to split. Sometimes this take wedges. I may buy a splitter if it gets to be to much but honestly the loading into the trailer is lots harder on me than the cutting and splitting.
There some ways of making it easier. Put butt end up. Split same way a tree grows. Watch how to cut around the big side limbs. Cut do they are on end and split from other end..

I have an old 8 pound wedge splitter need a handle . Got some good debarked straight grain hickory inside that should be ready next spring . . Will get on it .
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Here's another interesting wood splitting tool.

The article explains that the design of the axe does most of the work but as many have observed on this thread. . . where does that straight grained wood come from?





http://www.geek.com/news/physics-exp...-time-1591725/

Yea, where does one find such easy wood to split like that?
All I have ever seen around here that easy to split is poplar and I can split that with a regular maul or even an ax.
I'd love to see them attack some of what I have been splitting with that twisted object they have there and see how they do..........
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Default Crazy Russian Wood Splitting Technique

Low tech and makes sense:

The crazy Russian props up one end of his splitting wood by laying the end on a horizontal log on the ground. Much easier than trying to get the wood to stand upright on a splitting stump.

Here's the video:
https://youtu.be/G8bORB79Clo

And where does this easy splitting wood come from anyway? Everything we have around here is a gnarly mess!
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Low tech and makes sense:

The crazy Russian props up one end of his splitting wood by laying the end on a horizontal log on the ground. Much easier than trying to get the wood to stand upright on a splitting stump.

Here's the video:
https://youtu.be/G8bORB79Clo

And where does this easy splitting wood come from anyway? Everything we have around here is a gnarly mess!
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Makes sense... It is always easier to split any size round, regardless of length, when you start on one edge and wedge your way across..

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Low tech and makes sense:

The crazy Russian props up one end of his splitting wood by laying the end on a horizontal log on the ground. Much easier than trying to get the wood to stand upright on a splitting stump.

Here's the video:
https://youtu.be/G8bORB79Clo

And where does this easy splitting wood come from anyway? Everything we have around here is a gnarly mess!

I was wondering same thing.. All nice and straight and no knots or side limb cutoff and all nice and small - I wouldn't even bother splitting stuff that small.
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I decided to go to the definitive source " An Axe to Grind" (written in Late 90's) and low and behold found this method of splitting on page 51.


http://www.fs.fed.us/t-d/pubs/pdfpub...823Pdpi300.pdf
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I've also seen an old tire or two with ID just a little bigger than your target log to be split set on top of your chopping block to hold the log upright and keep the pieces from flying off the block. I haven't tried it yet but plan to: seems like it would save a lot of time and bending chasing the halves to make them quarters.
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I keep updating this thread as I find different ideas. Now it's starting to become real. I've just built a rocket stove -- more on that in a few weeks after I finish tweaking it.

We have a boat load of stringy elm wood after our 60' tall tree split in half so I decided we need to get serious about burning some wood. I've been pondering the wood splitting challenge because rocket stoves don't use logs, they need skinny stuff. I sketched out an idea in my head and, as usual, there's nothing new under the sun. Someone is making the same basic design that I concocted only elegantly better.

Check out this STIKKAN kindling splitter. Very nice!

http://www.plowhearth.com/stikkan-wa...d-splitter.htm
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Best innovation for splitting wood that I've come across is called-----a grandson

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