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Ever use a screw cone type of wood splitter?


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#1 propane1 ONLINE  

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Posted September 22, 2015 - 09:37 PM

Just wondering your thoughts are on using a screw type wood splitter. Pros and cons. Are they still available. Thanks for any info, Noel.

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Posted September 22, 2015 - 09:42 PM

The one they call the "Man Killer"?  Never wanted to try one


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Posted September 22, 2015 - 10:15 PM

use is forbidden in germany


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Posted September 22, 2015 - 11:07 PM

I think there are variants of them still made--- What could possibly go wrong  :(  


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Posted September 22, 2015 - 11:31 PM

Split a bunch of wood with the Father in-laws. It was mounted on a tractors PTO shaft. Never had an issue with it. Have split a lot of wood with different types of splitters & I would say the screw splitters are no more dangerous than any other type. The thing to remember is they were never intended to be run at high revolutions. Keep in mind also that there are people out there that can hurt themselves with a door knob. 


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 03:04 AM

I've seen those in old days that mount on a rear hub of  your car/truck after taking off wheel. Had to block up vehicle and looked like pretty easy to knock it off the blocking when getting into the work. Hate to catch a shirt or jacket sleeve in it! 

  If you want diff, how about one that uses no hydraulics, but has a quick clutch to hit lever and it push wood instantly into the split ram. Saw one at a show a guy made, then later see DR has just that splitter all refined and neat. Was wondering if guy sold the idea to them or not?


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 03:32 AM

Looks to me like they would be limited to straight grain logs.  Anything with a knot or fork in it would be real tough going.  Always looked to me like there would be a problem with keeping the wood from turning if the going got tough.  I'll stick to my ram type spliter, pushes the wood through the wedge.  I have run a lot of wood through mine in the last 12 years.  Personally, I would not have one around.


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 04:23 AM

Don't get your pants or shirt too close to it!


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 04:29 AM

 Keep in mind also that there are people out there that can hurt themselves with a door knob. 

That's provided they can figure the door knob out.  Respect the door knob.


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 05:11 AM

I've seen them at tractors shows , our Oct show sometimes brings them out and I will ask if they are just for show , I remember one for a Gravely like this was there one year

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Posted September 23, 2015 - 06:22 AM

In the seventies when there were oil shortages, many people rediscovered wood burning stoves. Those sticlers became popular for awhile but then faded away. I've never used one but don't like the looks of them. They just look like too much hassel. I'll stick with my Brave horizontal and verticle splitter. Its a well built hydraulic machine. I can controll the size of the pieces. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 07:17 AM

Looks like fun!


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 08:32 AM

 

  If you want diff, how about one that uses no hydraulics, but has a quick clutch to hit lever and it push wood instantly into the split ram. Saw one at a show a guy made, then later see DR has just that splitter all refined and neat. Was wondering if guy sold the idea to them or not?

 

 

FXG Corp in Massachusetts developed that idea back in the 1970's, and had those splitters in production back then.

 

My father-in-law sold firewood and bought one of those splitters because he said he didn't have time to stand around waiting for a hydraulic splitter to cycle.

 

I laughed when I saw his splitter.  ...It was powered by a 3hp B&S engine which drove 2 flywheels with just a belt wrapped around a flywheel.  ...The splitting wedge was only about 5"-6" high, and the "thumb" which pushed the log into the wedge was only about 2" high.

 

The cycle time was advertised as something like 3 seconds, which was quite fast when most of the hydraulic splitters of that era had approx. 20 sec cycle times.  ....Instead of having a slow "pushing" stroke like the hydraulic units, his splitter was more like the force of a splitting maul.

 

After using his splitter, he made a believer out of me!  ...He split hundreds of cords of firewood, and the splitter is still alive today.  ....The engine, and some other parts have been replaced, but that splitter is still in use by his sons.


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 08:32 AM

There is a video on youtube of a guy with one mounted to the back of a trans am.

I'll pass.


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Posted September 23, 2015 - 10:06 AM

We used the Father in-laws in all shapes and sizes of wood. I did break the tip off once and had to weld it back on. With the tractor engine running slow and using the draw bar to hold the wood, setting on a chair made wood splitting easy. 

Got my hand pinched in a hydraulic splittter once when the wood twisted. That's when you realize how slow they are. My Son uses a 20 ton Hydraulic splitter and we are both impressed with it's design. 

Guess it all amounts to being safe and what your used to.

Thought this screw splitter was pretty neat. Lister diesel and a screw splitter. The guy must have a small stove though. 

 


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