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Will wd45 run a wood splitter

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John B In.

02-26-2003 16:14:03

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i have a 53 wd45 ingood condition and was wondering if a guy could build a log splitter that would run off the hyd.

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Jim in N.D.

02-27-2003 16:56:47

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 Re: will wd45 run a wood splitter in reply to John B In., 02-26-2003 16:14:03  
John, I run a splitter on my WD using a PTO pump and hydraulic res. independent of the tractor hydraulics. It will split just about anything that I've put in it except for some elm that was still green(and too large!). E-mail me if you want any more info or photos. Jim

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02-27-2003 06:51:05

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 Re: will wd45 run a wood splitter in reply to John B In., 02-26-2003 16:14:03  
it will run it but as has been said below it will be slow but if you have a good splitter it will split just about anything you put in it i have a 3pt splitter and i havent found anything it wont split nots or not if your not in a hurry its great here is a picture of mine its kinda big but i live it if you want to build one you can e-mail me and i can get you some specks. sHan

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02-26-2003 20:43:49

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 Re: will wd45 run a wood splitter in reply to John B In., 02-26-2003 16:14:03  
Those AC WD/WD-45 tractors have a high pressure (about 2500 psi) but extremely low volume pump. They were intended only to run the cultivator lift cylinders which are small diameter and only need little volume for full stroke.
If you did connect your wood splitter expect it to be very very slow.

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Ross Provine

02-26-2003 20:08:51

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 Re: will wd45 run a wood splitter in reply to John B In., 02-26-2003 16:14:03  
My dad has a pump he ran off the belt pulley of his WD. It worked well as well as giving him a separate hydraulic from his snap coupler. I think a separate pump on the the belt pulley or pto would be better as well as faster.
Just my opinion

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02-26-2003 19:21:44

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 Re: will wd45 run a wood splitter in reply to John B In., 02-26-2003 16:14:03  
yes you can do it, but remember the capacity of the oil reserve is not overly large. Watch the size of cylinder you use. You have a single acting hydraulic system now, with one hose outlet (pressure) to the "new splitter" We built a splitter and connect it to the 3 point hitch, you could also use a drawbar. Put a two way valve on the splitter as the control. Run your hosie into the valve as the "pump supply". Run two hoses off the new vavle to both ends of the cylinder. Run a hose from the sump side of the vavle back to your hydraulic resivoir (case). You need to engage the tractor hydraulics lever and lock it into position so it sends oil to teh rear vavle. NOw run the valve in or out to control the cylinder. When the valve is in neutral position, the oil just goes thru it back to the tank (case).

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Mike R.

02-26-2003 18:46:39

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 Re: will wd45 run a wood splitter in reply to John B In., 02-26-2003 16:14:03  
You could also look at getting a pto driven pump. Then you could run it with ease. Mike

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ANY tractor

02-26-2003 21:52:14

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 Re: Re: will wd45 run a wood splitter in reply to Jim Danforth, 02-26-2003 16:23:58  
with hydraulics can be converted to a two-way system. Just run the return hose back to the resevoir, and use the one-way valve to supply power to an additional two-way valve. Granted, the WD is a low volume, high pressure system, but it can work.

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