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#1 NJKen OFFLINE  

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Posted March 16, 2013 - 02:20 PM

I bought a 4 way wedge for my splitter about 10 years ago and it worked great till my crack head neighbor borrowed it and twisted it all cockeyed. (Reason # 37 that I don't lend tools out)

He was supposed to fix it, but we know how that goes at times.

I have a ton of wood to split so I dug it out and was going to take it to someone with a hydraulic press, then thought. "Gee, the splitter is sorta like a press, some blocks of wood and 15 mins later it was fixed, except a weld cracked. Had it welded yesterday then I ground it sharp.

It twisted before because it would vibrate sideways at times and u had up watch it close. Problem solved, I drilled and tapped two 1/2-13 holes, used all thread, a Unistrut connector and 2 big wing nuts. It's working great again. I have to get two 1/2-13 wing nuts with nylock in them, they need to stay a little loose so is can move up and down with the grain of the wood, or it jams up.

I can't believe I let fixing this go for so long. (3-4 years)

My production will double or darn near double.

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Posted March 16, 2013 - 02:26 PM

Looks good! I bet that will be much better then before!

 

A friend of mine owns a tree business and he has a splitter with a wedge 18 inches tall, and one of those fancy cross pieces 18 inches wide! Then on the other side of the wedges was a conveyer belt that would put the split wood into the back of a dump truck. The splitter was homemade and nicknamed "The Woodmaster 2000" and the woodmaster it was!



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 02:27 PM

Pretty neat thing you have there , was it a store bought wedge or did someone make it ?


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Posted March 16, 2013 - 02:36 PM

Nice job Ken, I have the same issues with loaning tools out. They almost always come back messed up some how. The all thread and unistrut should hold out for a long time. And Yes, you own a great HYDRAULIC press, portable even.


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Posted March 16, 2013 - 02:45 PM

My production will double or darn near double.

Nice repair on the splitting wedge! With the amount of wood you drag home any increase in production has to be a good thing! :thumbs:


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Posted March 16, 2013 - 02:55 PM

Pretty neat thing you have there , was it a store bought wedge or did someone make it ?


I bought it on E-Bay. Not sure how much, but it was made in the US.
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Posted March 16, 2013 - 04:54 PM

Ah, a repair that reminds me of an electrician. Unistrut and all thread.  :bigrofl:    A friend of mine is always telling how useful it is for just about everything.



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 05:26 PM

You came up with a great solution for your problem. :thumbs:  Now if you could fix the neighbor............?


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Posted March 16, 2013 - 07:24 PM

Looks like a pretty nice 4 way head.  Good repair.  

 

As for the neighbor.........


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Posted March 16, 2013 - 07:46 PM

<p>Ah, a repair that reminds me of an electrician. Unistrut and all thread. :bigrofl: A friend of mine is always telling how useful it is for just about everything.</p>


I love Unistrut ! It's has so many uses. If you have time, look through this catalog.

http://www.power-str...atalog_2008.pdf

My shelves in my garage are constructed with it. 10' high X 40" deep X 30' wide. I could fill them with rocks and they could hold it.

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Posted March 16, 2013 - 07:52 PM

Never thought of using unistrut for shop shelving,we use it at work to hang furnaces and air handlers,looks like I need to start thinking outside the box a bit more often.Thanks for the idea! :thumbs:



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Posted March 16, 2013 - 11:38 PM

CONGRATULATIONS NJKEN!!!  Your 4 way splitter repair has been selected as our "Product Repair of the Month"!  We at Shoddy Industries want you to know that you have lived up to the very same standards that have guided our company mission through the years and from which our company name was derived.  Bravo!

 

(signed)  Hydro d'Harold, CEO Shoddy Industries LLLLC


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 12:02 AM

The 4 way wedges are great. We have one on our American brand wood splitter. It is removable so if you are splitting really small wood or really large you can just go to a 1 way. They REALLY speed up production when you have a bunch of pieces that only need to be run through the 4 way once.


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Posted March 17, 2013 - 03:16 AM

CONGRATULATIONS NJKEN!!!  Your 4 way splitter repair has been selected as our "Product Repair of the Month"!  We at Shoddy Industries want you to know that you have lived up to the very same standards that have guided our company mission through the years and from which our company name was derived.  Bravo!

 

(signed)  Hydro d'Harold, CEO Shoddy Industries LLLLC

 

Wow! I hear his trailer repair project is also in the running for the same award from American Society of Sufferers of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!

 

Way to go, my friend.


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Posted March 18, 2013 - 05:10 PM

Improved the improvement.

Kept the regular wing nuts and just added nylock nuts on the other side of the bar. Also added nuts and lock washers where the all thread threads into the wedge.

Now The wedge can't fall off or twist, but it can slide up and down as needed with the grain of the wood.
It only takes seconds to remove the 4 way when I need to split big stuff.

Next improvement ? Actually I plan on two.
1) A hydraulic log lift of some sort.

2 ) Flat steel cradle equal with the wedge at the beam level so the split pieces don't fall on the ground, some need to be split again and if not, it gets old bending over to pick them up to toss in the trailer.

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