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Old 01-16-2015, 08:38 AM   #1
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Kinetic wood splitters?

You've probably seen the various home made wood splitters.

The famous one with the spring and large splitting head:



Another one is a large exposed flywheel - always seemed dangerous to me.



I saw these on FB yesterday:

http://www.drpower.com/power-equipme...fire-splitter/

Which DR called "the magic of flywheel technology". Uh yeah, right - magic. Go back to marketing school.

Here is an actual user of a different brand:



I generally split by hand, as I found that lifting the wood up hurts my back (back/neck injury) and is an extra step and I can get it done faster with a splitting maul, but this seems pretty fast.
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Old 01-16-2015, 10:26 AM   #2
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Top one would work good on straight grain dry wood.

Middle one just looks fookn scary.


Wood being split in bottom vid is pretty rotten. You can see the spalted sap wood. You can also see where it kicks back on one log. I bet it would be useless on woods like live or post oak which we have down here.

I saw the Dr commercial and all the big logs they run through it are pre-split to some degree.

I'll stick with a hydraulic spliter.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:45 AM   #3
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This seems a little more real world:



He has some serious wood there and it isn't rotten.

He also reports some problems.

I don't split that much wood, so I think I will stick with a maul for now.

I would like to make something like the first vid above with the spring.
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:58 AM   #4
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Very Cool. I'd never really seen a kinetic one before. The top design is quite interesting and simple.
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:25 PM   #5
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:47 PM   #6
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looks like too much work for what he's getting done, i'll take my stand up hyd splitter any day.
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:09 PM   #7
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The one made by DR is an evolution of the SuperSplit design (they bought the design). Typically when DR makes stuff now, it evolves to be worse...

Anyway, we have one of the SuperSplits. Used it commercially for a while. It's had more than 500 cord split over it. No hydraulic splitter under $3-4k will hold a candle to it.

It's not the safest splitter, mostly because it's fast and you don't have much time to react. Occasionally it will kick a piece of wood up. It's ok if you're ready for it. Painful if you're not.

So I can't speak for the current DR version, but the original SuperSplit is great. Only real issue with it is it only splits up to 22" wood. Requires some minor maintenance on the track (lubrication for proper return) but it's not bothersome.
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:14 PM   #8
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I would think that if they added a horiz. blade near the top of the vertical blade that it might reduce the tendency of the wood to kick upwards.

I also have to wonder how the rack and pinion holds up to engaging repeatedly.

The thing that I noticed was that they had electric models that seemed more powerful than their hydraulic equivalents (power source).
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Our supersplit has a 9 HP Honda. Does OK most of the time. Some guys have made 4 way wedges, I haven't experimented with that. It's really not that hard or slow to split a piece in half and then re-split the halves. They don't fall off the table until you put the next piece through behind them.

Sometimes I wish we also had an electric one. We split a lot of wood near the shop, and the electric would be quieter (and cheaper) to run. Maybe will switch it over someday, or set it up to run either.
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My 36" Fiskars splitting axe stopped me from buying a hydraulic splitter. A 30" log-Rite hookaroon rounded out my splitting program. I split 4 cords this summer, 3 pine, 1 apple/spruce/maple, all cut about a month before splitting.

I also have 14 vertabrae fused. Calling it a bad back doesn't cut it.

http://www2.fiskars.com/Gardening-an...6#.VLmE6ivF92E


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Old 01-17-2015, 04:25 PM   #11
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I used to borrow a super split from a friend, it's a great way to split wood. Much faster than hydraulic
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Old 01-17-2015, 04:35 PM   #12
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My 36" Fiskars splitting axe stopped me from buying a hydraulic splitter. A 30" log-Rite hookaroon rounded out my splitting program. I split 4 cords this summer, 3 pine, 1 apple/spruce/maple, all cut about a month before splitting.

I also have 14 vertabrae fused. Calling it a bad back doesn't cut it.

http://www2.fiskars.com/Gardening-an...6#.VLmE6ivF92E


http://www.logrite.com/store/Category/hookaroons
Buddy has one LOVES it ..... For camping yes for home I like my tractor powered hyd. splitter .... yea I guess I'm lazy ....

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Old 01-17-2015, 05:16 PM   #13
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My 36" Fiskars splitting axe stopped me from buying a hydraulic splitter. A 30" log-Rite hookaroon rounded out my splitting program. I split 4 cords this summer, 3 pine, 1 apple/spruce/maple, all cut about a month before splitting.

I also have 14 vertabrae fused. Calling it a bad back doesn't cut it.

http://www2.fiskars.com/Gardening-an...6#.VLmE6ivF92E


http://www.logrite.com/store/Category/hookaroons
Dear Old Dad has one of these he splits wood with. It works very well. It is also a "Kinetic Log Splitter".
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:28 PM   #14
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These seem the equivalent of those 'lectric scooters that fat people use in grocery stores.

If you're going to live way the fuck out where you need to split wood to cook over or keep warm, you damn well better be fit enough to swing an axe. for three hours straight.
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Old 01-17-2015, 06:51 PM   #15
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Get up, have a good cuppa coffee, ( none of that Decaf ) and visit your woodpile for one hour EVERY MORNING with your Splitting Maul. Repeat, every morning. No hydraulics, no flywheels, no electric, no shit. Then go have breakfast and get going.
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