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Re: wood splitter with motor, what to buy.

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I wouldn'y buy one any less than a 20 ton with a 5 hp Horizontal Brigs engine . Back in the 1980s we decided to start heating our home with wood . So we bought a nice safe inside wood/coal stove , I built an exterior chimney with a brick wall with a nice mantle on the inside of our Dining room . Then my X told me find & buy what ever wood splitter I wnted . So I went to a local lawn equipment store to get his suggestion . He had one sitting on the floor as a model . He was having some guy build up these splitters so there's no brand name on it . But the guy fabricated a 4" x 6" x 6' box reservoir , welded it to a tube axle with small 4 bolt wheels/tires , then he welded a short tongue & trailer hitch to the front end so it can be towed behind a vehicle . It has a nice 5 hp Briggs horizontal engine with the hydraulics mounted on top for the power unit .The Hyd control is a 2 stage which will means that nomal running its in standard mode , then if the ram hits a hard knot , the hydrolics goes into a more powerful mode to push the ram harder .I have dragged a lot of logs in with my little Fotd tractors , then cut in 20-24" chunks & split in those years. I even had trees hauled in by a tree service that he call garbage since it was so hugh that his workers couldn't hand split for selling as firewood . I'm not exaggerating a bit about size here , but I hsd oak & maple logs at least 5' across hauled in to my yard.Now as a safety issue , I chunk these humungous logs into 18-20" chunks .Then the fun of lifting & handleing those brutes began . I had fabricated a set of log lifting hooks on 3' chunk of 3/8" chain . Using my 3 pt boom on my tractor , I very carefully lifted each chunk , set it in the splitter , then ran the ram thru the cycle to split it in half for a little safer handleing . If memory serves me right , I honestly only had a few chunks that my 5 hp would not split the first time thru . Now SAFETY :: wear steel toed work shoes (if possible), wear work gloves & always know where your fingers are . Also wear safety glasses & no loose unbuttoned shirts or sleeves (long). Sorry for such a long post . Please be safe . Maybe even a short Prayer before getting started would help (if you believe in the power of prayer) . God bless , Ken

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