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    Default Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    I am looking to get a wood splitter. This one has my attention:

    http://www.braveproducts.com/uploade.../tmvh02_03.pdf

    I do not split that much wood. I hate renting stuff - it always seems broken. I hate borrowing stuff - well, you know why.

    I like the looks of this one: no additional tires or engines to maintain.

    I have a John Deere 4720 with one rear valve. I guess I will have to bungee the lever on and use the valve on the splitter.

    Does anybody have any experience with this model?

    Any other ones to consider?

    Thanks,
    D.

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    I think the tractor mounted and driven splitters are great for home use. The one in your link is OK, but here's what I don't like about it: 1) No cradles: everything you split will fall to the ground and have to be picked up again 2) Mounting parallel to rear axle: split pieces fall between splitter and rear wheel and 3) No way to split 4-ways: handy and super fast on straight-grained stuff

    BTW, what do they get for those (non-PTO)?

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    I had the same intent you have early in Dec. I was looking at the TSC 3pt mount. I ended up buying a self contained towable from TSC instead. The reasons were as follows:
    1) I don't have to remove and reinstall the Splitter when I need different implements.
    2) the self contained unit is 22 ton, the 3pt was only 12.5 tons on my tractor(2000psi)
    3) I can leave the splitter at my wood pile and use it for quick work when I need it.
    Harold

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    [QUOTE=bjcsc]I think the tractor mounted and driven splitters are great for home use. The one in your link is OK, but here's what I don't like about it: 1) No cradles: everything you split will fall to the ground and have to be picked up again
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    Good point. I figured I would be doing most of my splitting in the vertical anyway, but I might be wrong.


    2) Mounting parallel to rear axle: split pieces fall between splitter and rear wheel and

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    An even better point.

    3) No way to split 4-ways: handy and super fast on straight-grained stuff
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    Yeah, they dont offer a 4 way on it - I asked.

    Who does offer a 4 way on their 3 pnt models?

    BTW, what do they get for those (non-PTO)?

    Non - PTO shipped -> $1195
    PTO - $1695

    What splitter did you buy?

    D.

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    [QUOTE=hbaird]I had the same intent you have early in Dec. I was looking at the TSC 3pt mount.
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    I looked at that one and I don't need a project. I want something I can hook up and go.


    I ended up buying a self contained towable from TSC instead. The reasons were as follows:
    1) I don't have to remove and reinstall the Splitter when I need different implements.
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    I am getting good at it - why change now? :-)



    2) the self contained unit is 22 ton, the 3pt was only 12.5 tons on my tractor(2000psi)
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    This one I am looking at is 20 ton. I think 20 ton is the minimum number I am going to go with.


    3) I can leave the splitter at my wood pile and use it for quick work when I need it.
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    That is a good point.

    I don't care about the trailer piece. Anywhere i go I would be going a long ways and at too high a speed I bet for the little tires on these trailer models.

    I guess i could always pull it up on one of my bigger trailers.

    Which one did you get at TSC? All the ones I saw there had non-Honda engines. I am sold on HOnda engines. Briggs sucked so bad as a kid - I will never own another one.

    Thanks,
    D.

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    I've seen some (at Home Depot, maybe?) with Honda engines for real close to the price of that 3pt splitter. That just seems like its a bit costly for a unit without a pump or engine. I still use a splitting maul, though I don't burn a whole lot of wood. It is cheap to maintain though!

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    I used a 3pt splitter for several years but found it to be too slow for my liking. I bought a 5.5hp motor, pump,and converted it. It's much faster now.
    I can't control my day but I can control my attitude.

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    Quote Originally Posted by shvl73
    I've seen some (at Home Depot, maybe?) with Honda engines for real close to the price of that 3pt splitter. That just seems like its a bit costly for a unit without a pump or engine. I still use a splitting maul, though I don't burn a whole lot of wood. It is cheap to maintain though!
    Maules work - I grew up doing that stuff. I am done with that.

    Anybody have a wikco?

    Logsplitters/Woodsplitters

    D.

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    Has anybody used a timberwolf?

    Timberwolf Wood Processing Equipment

    D.

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    Default Re: Wood Splitter - Iron & Oak - Need feedback

    Last year I bought a used trailer model 5.5hp, 22 ton Brave. It had to be pretty old because it called for Dexron II in the hydraulics. The machine was clean and only cost $500. I was aware of the speed limitation, but towing it at 60 mph for 190 miles to my farm had no deliterious effects. It split 2 cords this fall very easily, running like a champ. Unless your logs are small, you will be using it vertically as you will not want to lift them into the cradle. Splitting a cord of wood is still a lot of work even without having to lift them. The trailer model can be pulled and used behind my pickup as well as the tractor, and I do not need to remove any 3pt device already on the tractor. I find that if I put Slime or the inexpensive Prestone equivalent available Walmart into the tires, then I do not need to worry about hazards in the field. But do not tow at high speeds with Slime.

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