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Posted March 28, 2013 - 07:32 PM

Fred stopped by showing me his progress on his log splitter this evening.  Tilts back for splitting, folds down for transport/parking.  He still has a lot to do, but it's coming along.  Has the 20hp Kohler that came off the Simplicity Sunstar I used for parts, and he bought a new 2 stage hydraulic pump, and a new self returning hydraulic control valve.  

 

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Posted March 28, 2013 - 07:37 PM

Nice!!! Should have plenty of power with that engine. Our splitter has a 6.5 horse B&S.


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Posted March 28, 2013 - 07:45 PM

Nice!!! Should have plenty of power with that engine. Our splitter has a 6.5 horse B&S.

That's an understatement, Man talk about over kill on the power, my 24 ton only has 6.5 too :D



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Posted March 28, 2013 - 07:58 PM

He will have way more power then he could ever want with that engine!



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Posted March 28, 2013 - 08:16 PM

First thing I thought of as well, a little over kill on the engine. But it's better to have to much then not enough.
Mine has that 8 HP Kohler and it never even comes close to straining.
I really like the height of the bed when it's horizontal. I jack and block mine up to waist height, which is about 36" - 38"
Nothing worse then bending over all day splitting. The tilt feature is nice for those big rounds to at least quarter them. I just quarter mine with a few big wedges, or lift them up to the bed with a loader.
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Posted March 29, 2013 - 02:15 AM

nice! i have a better chance of finding a gold nugget in SE CT then one like this to fix up. maybe I'm just cheap. what is that trailer it sitting on?



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Posted March 29, 2013 - 03:36 AM

Nice splitter! Shouldn't have to worry about overworking that engine!


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 06:41 AM

That's a lot of HP. You may be able to run the engine at a lower RPM than 3600 for less noise and better fuel economy as long as the pump can output enough fluid at the lower speed to give you fast cycle times. 


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Posted March 29, 2013 - 08:04 AM

  what is that trailer it sitting on?

 

 

Some rear portion of a Ford pickup.  I think that's a 9" diff too.  



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Posted April 04, 2013 - 12:34 PM

Thanks Daniel for putting the pic's up :)   I hope to post some more pictures soon. This is a project I started because my JD2020 went down. I have had the truck bed trailer for years so I figured I would put it to use with my 3-point splitter. Fired it up last night to check for leaks and everything seems good. Very impressed with the two-stage pump, lots faster cycle times than tractor setup. I do occasionally split some pretty mean stuff, even got the attention of the idling 54hp JD  at times. I borrowed dads splitter before i started this project to see what would be a good setup. His has a 6.5hp engine and he has the bypass set to where it kills the engine before it will bypass, I got tired of stopping to restart the engine so that's where the 20hp ideal came from.


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Posted April 04, 2013 - 03:29 PM

I like the idea of that, use it vertical for the big heavy lumps or horizontal for the smaller ones, good job.

20 horse engine will do fine, we have to use the parts we have lying around, adapt and improvise...my splitter is powered by a Lister twin diesel 10HP, which is a bit on the heavy side.

 

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*Edited to add pic, I know you guys like them.


Edited by Sam, April 04, 2013 - 03:32 PM.

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Posted April 04, 2013 - 03:55 PM

Fred, That's one Mean, but not GREEN log splitter. :thumbs:  I bet you can't keep up with it with all that HP. :poke:

 

Very nice JOB !!



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Posted April 04, 2013 - 06:51 PM

I like the idea of that, use it vertical for the big heavy lumps or horizontal for the smaller ones, good job.
20 horse engine will do fine, we have to use the parts we have lying around, adapt and improvise...my splitter is powered by a Lister twin diesel 10HP, which is a bit on the heavy side.

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*Edited to add pic, I know you guys like them.

Not much room to split anything over 15-16" in length by the looks of it. How does that work out for you ? Feeding a small stove I assume ?

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Posted April 04, 2013 - 07:23 PM

I like the idea of that, use it vertical for the big heavy lumps or horizontal for the smaller ones, good job.

20 horse engine will do fine, we have to use the parts we have lying around, adapt and improvise...my splitter is powered by a Lister twin diesel 10HP, which is a bit on the heavy side.

 

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*Edited to add pic, I know you guys like them.

Oh Wow!  A hand cranked Lister!  For years we had to crank one to run the generator for the house.  Flip the compression release open, start spinning, and then flip it shut!  No fun when it didn't start!  I want to say ours was a 7.5 Kw, but that seems to scale out as 10 hp, and I'm pretty sure ours was a 3 cylinder job.  I suspect what I'm remembering is the total capacity of the generator itself, and the motor was probably larger than that.  Way Cool!


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Posted April 05, 2013 - 07:57 AM

Fred, That's one Mean, but not GREEN log splitter. :thumbs:  I bet you can't keep up with it with all that HP. :poke:

 

Very nice JOB !!

Soon to be green :thumbs:  and thanks....






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