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    Default Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    Howdy, folks. As mentioned in another thread, I am looking into log splitters. I've never owned one before.

    Having one that can switch from horizontal to vertical splitting is appealing to me because we have some large trees that I just cannot maneuver up on a horizontal splitter.

    I suppose I _could_ spring for a log handler, but that's extra money I'd rather spend elsewhere I think, and I'm not sure how big a bolt of wood one could handle anyway.

    I was looking at a Husky yesterday at TSC, because a surprising number of folks here seem to be happy with them. When you place one of these splitters in the vertical position, you've got that metal plate on the ground on which you place your wood, so your wedge can have at it.

    With a smallish diameter log I see no problem, but I was wondering (okay, the spousal unit was wondering) about what would happen when you try to plit a big log, that metal plate would be just under the edge of the log and tipping it away form the wedge.

    Is that realistic? Does that create any extra hassle? I was thinking I'd just slip have a board done one the ground and rest the log on that so it would be straight up and down. Does that make sense or am I way overanlyzing this (and displaying remarkable ignorance).

    thanks, bws

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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    You are certainly overanalyzing. In the vertical position, slide the chunk of wood in place and split. Once the wedge puts pressure on the wood, it holds it there between the wedge and toe plate till the the piece splits. I've never had to put anything under the end of the wood sticking out of the splitter to make it level prior to splitting ....... and i split plenty of large pieces.

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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    I agree with ducktape, just this one time. But, when I purchased my splitter I decided on one with larger tires. Mainly because it would be easier to move around in the woods. The load height is a bit higher and it is only horizontal, but there is nothing I haven't been able to split with it.

    Not sure where you are located, but suggest you take a look at this splitter.

    Log splitter, wood conveyor and firewood processor by American CLS

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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by WayneB View Post
    Not sure where you are located, but suggest you take a look at this splitter.

    Log splitter, wood conveyor and firewood processor by American CLS
    Do you have any idea who in New England carries these? I have looked into them online, they seem well made, lots of good feedback. I have sent emails and left messages with the company but no response.
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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    Wayne...... agreeing with the likes of me can only drag you into the gutter! Beware!!!

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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    IXLR8..... MB Tractor here in NH sells American. They make nice equipment.

    P.S., and as you know...... sales tax free !!

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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    IXLR8

    I see you are in mid-coast Maine. Hammond Tractor (locations in Union, Fairfield and Auburn, ME) carry the American CLS log splitters. I know the have several of the horizontal splitters at their Union location.

    What dealership did you buy your Kioti tractor at?

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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    My brother worked for a guy seasonally that split wood for resale. Everytime they would get a new splitter, my bother would figure out some way for me to end up putting a larger plate on the bottom of the splitter to either go around the existing foot, or to go over the top of it. I gathered the reason for this was due to large pieces of wood, when they split, would "hop" off the small foot, and would require being picked up again and placed on the small foot. When splitting pieces several feet in diameter, picking them up could be a major problem. With the larger foot, it allowed for the piece to be spun on the plate, instead of in the dirt where they always worked.
    It does require a piece of steel at least an inch thick, which messes up the balance of the unit. Takes a little more effort to get it horizontal, and a lot less to get it vertical.
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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by WayneB View Post
    I agree with ducktape, just this one time. But, when I purchased my splitter I decided on one with larger tires. Mainly because it would be easier to move around in the woods. The load height is a bit higher and it is only horizontal, but there is nothing I haven't been able to split with it.

    Not sure where you are located, but suggest you take a look at this splitter.

    Log splitter, wood conveyor and firewood processor by American CLS
    I disagree in principle with any singleton use splitter that pushes the log rather than the wedge. Splitting and placing appropriate pieces off the stationary wood right in front of you is less work.
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    Default Re: Using a horizontal-vertical log splitter

    Quote Originally Posted by SPYDERLK View Post
    I disagree in principle with any singleton use splitter that pushes the log rather than the wedge. Splitting and placing appropriate pieces off the stationary wood right in front of you is less work.
    larry

    Each to their own, I have had very little problems with the splitter and also have a four way adapter that splits wood into four pieces. I do have the side trays too so once the block is spit the two sections are right there waiting to be put into the splitter.

    I only do about ten cord a year and it has been faster than I desire to go.

    Ducktape, I hear you and will be careful about agreeing with ya....lol. I bought it at MB tractor in Tilton. Not sure what they are selling for right now, but a couple of years ago I bought it for 2K.

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