Posted by willie in mn on January 19, 2013 at 19:39:02 from (220.127.116.11):
Thread below about having youngsters help split wood reminds me of a nifty one-man, no-lift setup I saw at a tractor show a few years ago. Guy started with an old garden tractor. Used the tractor engine to drive the pump. Moved seat & driving controls to one side, mounted the splitter beam down the middle. Had catch tables on both sides at the business end, & a lift arm for big stuff. Lift arm was simple & cheap. A piece of cable to activate the arm, a pulley, & a hook on the plunger. Extending the plunger pulled the cable & lifted the big log. Roll the log onto table without hand lifting. Retracting plunger lowers the arm for next log. Tables keep split chunk from dropping, & hold the big chunk for second cut. When working small stuff just unhooked cable & let arm rest on ground. After finishing a pile, jump on seat & drive to next pile. p.s. I don't burn wood, use pellets with nat gas for supplement in severe weather. Willie
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