The vertical feature is importaint unless as Rick's friend had, it sits on the ground, either way it is still had on the back. My grandfather built a big heavy duty three point hitch splitter for the Hesston when we were logging off the land, after sawing down the logs into boards he would hook up the pto pump to the splitter which lived right next to the mill on blocks and using a small ramp, cants and the hillside we rolled the blocked wood onto the splitter but after quartering the chunks it got hard for him to move around and that's were me came in handy.
After he got sick and sold the mill i would hook it up to the tractor and park the front of the tractor on a roll on the hillside next to the woodshed and place the splitter in a trench so it was almost level with the ground, it made moving the large chunks easier and raise the splitter to waist level for the little blocks.
We i help my uncle split with his tow behind we like to split right off the truck so there is minimum bending over, he tends to one side putting the halfs and quarters onto a block for me to grab and splitting/chucking the finished chunks into a pile while levering the cylinder and i pull from the truck and focus on quartering down the blocks, we can do a few cords in a 8 hour day so long as some one is there to swap out trucks.
Splitters live a very hard life, i prefer the three point pto driven one because there is one less engine to worry about sitting outside exposed to everything, living on a farm mickey mouse and his family does a lot of damage to gas engine and carb problems that never ends always made it longer and harder then it really needed to be.
If i ever built one it would be a semi-portable with reserve tank and live hydraulic lines quick connect to a direct coupled 2 stage pump and nothing like the flimsy ass backwards junk currently being sold, my Allis Chalmers B-10 currently being re-powered with a diesel is going to have the front grill modified so should the need of a direct coupled pump arise i can just remove the cover, bolt on the pump, drive up to the splitter, connect the lines and go.
Edited by trowel, August 31, 2014 - 08:12 AM.