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#1 Racerxxx OFFLINE  

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Posted October 03, 2013 - 06:57 PM

Im going to build a real "poor mans" firewood processor.

Ive got : 10 1/2 ton log splitter

            : Husqvarna 18inch chain saw

            : 12 volt 3000 pound winch

            : old pop up camper frame to use a trailer and foundation for the machine

            : mid 40's willys jeep frame to use as a wood table and work area

Im going to mount the saw on a pivot to allow the cutting of the logs into blocks. The pivot assembly will allow the saw to be removed and used normally. Blocks will roll down onto the splitter beam to be split and pushed off the machine to be stacked or piled. I need to figure out a way to run a 12 volt alternator to charge a battery to run the winch off of. Would like to do it without installing another engine.

Any ideas on how to run a alternator?

Any ideas on design?

Pros?

Cons?

I will try to remember to take pics.

Should I start a build thread?


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 07:00 PM

Don't know how big of a winch you have, but we had to add a 2nd battery to our 4 X 4 field fire fighting unit because the winch drained the single battery really quick....

Good luck, and keep us posted.


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Posted October 03, 2013 - 07:22 PM

I'd start a build thread.



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Posted October 03, 2013 - 07:43 PM

I vote for a build thread.  And if you run out of wood to split come see me. :D   Rick



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Posted October 03, 2013 - 07:55 PM

Should I start the build thread here or in another topic area?



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Posted October 03, 2013 - 08:43 PM

Might take a little while to get started as Im nurseing a broken foot.



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Posted October 04, 2013 - 05:34 AM

Basically, you have started the build thread, so when your foot gets better, go for it!



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Posted October 04, 2013 - 07:08 AM

How long do you expect the winch would be running at a time ? Is it just to move the logs closer to the saw ? I think most of those winches have a certin run/off time to keep from overheating .Sorry I can't picture what it will look like .

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Posted October 04, 2013 - 08:04 AM

The winch will be a run then stop type of arrangement. Run just long enough to advance the log to be cut again. Motor overheat shouldnt be a problem. If it becomes a problem I know ways to get around that.

Im baseing my design on this. (gonna try to post a video)

 

Cant post a video.

Check youtube for "homemade firewood processor" by onetrickypig.

 


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Posted October 04, 2013 - 08:06 AM

The machine in the video is electric start so that solves the problem of a generator to charge a battery to run the winch.

My log splitter is recoil pull start.


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Posted October 04, 2013 - 08:33 AM

Just watched the video and it sure looks like it worked well for those logs at that size . Good luck and looking foward for the build

Edited by Alc, October 04, 2013 - 08:34 AM.





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