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    Quote Originally Posted by 99johndeere99
    I was driving by a pawn shop and saw this 35 ton out front it look brand new was not used much paint not wore off.
    I paid 900$ for it. The Briggs engine starts on first pull. This my first splitter it has done every job with ease
    Splitting mostly oak and mesquite.
    I see you've got a trailer jack on your's too.

    Did you add it, or was it on it when you "found" it?

    Either way, what a great deal!

    Congrats!

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    Default Re: Another Log Splitter Question . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by 99johndeere99 View Post
    I was driving by a pawn shop and saw this 35 ton out front it look brand new was not used much paint not wore off.
    I paid 900$ for it. The Briggs engine starts on first pull. This my first splitter it has done every job with ease
    Splitting mostly oak and mesquite.
    That is a good deal for that. It sure seems heavy duty enough. I just have to put a jack like that on mine.

    A question I have is, does bark and chips get jammed in the platform. Looking at that, it sure seems it would. I have a Duer splitter which has a clear I beam and the only place chips get jammed in, is back by the cylinder and that is irritating enough for me. Just wondering about yours because I see a lot of your design around.
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    Default Re: Another Log Splitter Question . . . I Made a Choice!

    Quote Originally Posted by 99johndeere99 View Post
    I was driving by a pawn shop and saw this 35 ton out front it look brand new was not used much paint not wore off.
    I paid 900$ for it. The Briggs engine starts on first pull. This my first splitter it has done every job with ease
    Splitting mostly oak and mesquite.
    99johndeere99, Wow, that is some deal! It appears to be this model from TSC and you saved $1,100.00. Nothing like "being in the right place at the right time."

    I decided to order this 27 ton splitter from Sears. It has the trailer jack and coiled wrapped hoses that I wanted and will probably be all the log splitter my brother and I will need. Some may not feel confident of the Sears motor quality, but I have a Sears lawn leaf pull-type vacuum that has not given me any engine problems for over 15 years.

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    Default Re: Another Log Splitter Question . . . I Made a Choice!

    I just purchased a North Star 30 ton with the Honda 160 GX motor. I also had to purchase the 8 1/2 gal of hydraulic fluid. I had to assemble all the major components which was a bit of a pain. Some of the bolts were missing along with bolts that were the wrong size. I called customer support for replacements- we'll see how they do. Haven't tried it yet, but others have said it's a good splitter.

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    Their are holes cut out for bark to fall out. The one thing I don't like when used vertical the bark will fall on muffler start to smoke.
    Going to build a shield over it

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    Default Re: Another Log Splitter Question . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by 99johndeere99 View Post
    I was driving by a pawn shop and saw this 35 ton out front it look brand new was not used much paint not wore off.
    I paid 900$ for it. The Briggs engine starts on first pull. This my first splitter it has done every job with ease
    Splitting mostly oak and mesquite.
    What a deal. I'm jealous. The 35-ton units usually go for $2k plus.

    I wouldn't settle for the smaller tonnage units. I usually split by hand, but I borrow my neighbor's 34-ton unit when I have some really tough stuff to split, and I regularly make it grunt, and occasionally have stopped it dead. Part of the reason is that I heat my home with wood, so I am always on the lookout for free firewood. As a result, I sometimes end up bringing home trunks that are so large that nobody else really wants them. The current record is about 5' diameter that a local tree service guy dropped off for me. They were too big for my saw, no matter ho I came at it, so I ended up hiring a local arborist to cut them into rounds "on the side". Then I broke them down a piece at a time with a maul and three wedges--first, splitting off the outer "doughnut" of wood and then splitting the more reasonable-sized core down the middle.

    I know that not everybody splits tough wood like that, but if I was shopping for a splitter, I would look for as much power as I could get, even if it meant saving up. In the mean time, I'm glad my neighbor doesn't mind lending me his.

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    Default Re: Another Log Splitter Question . . . I Made a Choice!

    Quote Originally Posted by wjb-49 View Post
    99johndeere99, Wow, that is some deal! It appears to be this model from TSC and you saved $1,100.00. Nothing like "being in the right place at the right time."

    I decided to order this 27 ton splitter from Sears. It has the trailer jack and coiled wrapped hoses that I wanted and will probably be all the log splitter my brother and I will need. Some may not feel confident of the Sears motor quality, but I have a Sears lawn leaf pull-type vacuum that has not given me any engine problems for over 15 years.

    -sears-27-ton-jpg
    That's the basic MTD log splitter. My guess is MTD will build it's design with what ever options you want. The brand and type of engine, if and what color fenders, the basic or nicer folding leg, the outer springs on the hoses, etc. That splitter will split almost anything you put on it. Plus Sears will always have parts for it.
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    Default Re: Another Log Splitter Question . . .

    This past weekend I Picked up the 27 ton Wheel Horse/Honda engine at Loews. Split about a half cord of gnarly pin oak limb wood and some straight grained big rounds of cottonwood. The cottonwood is split real slender for kindling as that's about all I'll use it for. The machine was very easy to use - very easy starting, quiet and didn't use much fuel for the time it was running. It tore thru some knots and crotches with ease.

    This is my first splitter, if you don't count the axe, the sledge & wedges, or the maul. So I am a newb to splitters and really was overwhelmed by all the choices. Your collective comments guided me to get this model, so thanks for all the help!
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    Default Re: Another Log Splitter Question . . .

    I can't comment on Huskee vs. Troy Built but I can say I bought a 22 ton splitter from TSC made in China by Champion and when it broke down in less than a year TSC would not do anything for me and I had to deal with Champion. That was less than a satisfying experience.

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