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    Default 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    Can you guys show me your 3 point log splitters? I don't like how much a small engine one cost now days. I would be happy to buy a 3pt one and use it on my own tractor.

    Do all use the tractor hydraulics as provided by hoses and couplers? My tractor only has a PTO and a 3pt. Thank you.

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    Default Re: 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    I believe your best bet , given the tractors you have, is a 3point with its own pump and tank or a gas standalone.

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    Default Re: 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    You will likely pay more to add auxiliary hydraulics to your tractor than you pay for a TPH splitter. If you really hate the idea of another small motor to maintain, consider a PTO driven TPH splitter. With these, your PTO supplies the power for integrated hydraulics. But you won't be saving any money over a small engine powered unit.

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    Default Re: 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    Quote Originally Posted by greg_g View Post
    You will likely pay more to add auxiliary hydraulics to your tractor than you pay for a TPH splitter. If you really hate the idea of another small motor to maintain, consider a PTO driven TPH splitter. With these, your PTO supplies the power for integrated hydraulics. But you won't be saving any money over a small engine powered unit.

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    Yes sir, thanks for the post! With me sometimes its not about saving money its about not having another engine to maintain. Between my dad and I we have a 6 foot blade, disk harrow, landscape rake, brushhog, and others. If one tractor breaks or will not start etc we can switch the implement to another tractor. In the same way I'm not crazy about buying a log splitter that can be only used on one engine. I would like a more versatile log splitter. Cost is not everything. I want it to be practical for a guy like me.

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    Mine is a speeco from tsc. I run it off of my power beyond for the backhoe. I really like it and have had no problems, nothing to maintain. But like others said, for the ability to change between tractors may be best to go with a pto driven pump.
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    Forgot to add. Only downside is that when I hook it up I have no 3 point hydraulics. I could plumb it so I did but it really hasn't been a problem. You can see it if you zoom in there is a hose disconnected.

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    Default Re: 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    Own a Speeco 3pt splitter. Ran it for two years on my JD4500. Puts lots of hours on the tractor engine and doesn't run very fast. This past year, mounted that splitter on a small trailer I had. Bought a 212cc, 6.5hp (imported) gas engine from Harbor Freight for $100. Paired it with a tank and two stage pump from Northern Tool. Runs much faster, has plenty of splitting power and am much happier. Total investment about $1100, but better components than a comparably priced stand alone splitter. Remember that most of the 5hp Honda engines that are on splitters in this price range are imports as well.

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    Default Re: 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    Considering that a 3PH splitter with its own pump cost as much if not more than a stand alone, I would go with the stand alone.

    With one ran off the tractor VIA PTO pump, you loose the use of the tractor while splitting.

    Yes, having another motor may be a PITA for some, but seriously, they are air cooled, very reliable for many years, and really only require a filter an oil once a year. But for the speed of the two stage pumps, efficency of the smaller motor, and being able to tow where-ever you want, and with whatever you want, it is nice.

    But to each his own. IF you do go 3PH, like others said, get the PTO pump. It will cost more, but not if you count having to add hydraulics to your tractor, and it will be faster than one ran off your tractor.
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    Default Re: 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    Quote Originally Posted by LD1 View Post
    Considering that a 3PH splitter with its own pump cost as much if not more than a stand alone, I would go with the stand alone.

    With one ran off the tractor VIA PTO pump, you loose the use of the tractor while splitting.

    Yes, having another motor may be a PITA for some, but seriously, they are air cooled, very reliable for many years, and really only require a filter an oil once a year. But for the speed of the two stage pumps, efficency of the smaller motor, and being able to tow where-ever you want, and with whatever you want, it is nice.

    But to each his own. IF you do go 3PH, like others said, get the PTO pump. It will cost more, but not if you count having to add hydraulics to your tractor, and it will be faster than one ran off your tractor.
    Yep.....that's what I found too. I needed the tractor to move logs, or fill the loader bucket or whatever....having that "stinger" on the back end was a PITA.

    And tractor hydraulics don't normally put out enough to cycle the splitter ram very fast.

    SO, after a few years, I took the PTO deal, added axle/tires, pump engine combo (8hp Tecumseh, 16gpm 2stage pump), tank and made a stand alone splitter. Last year I changed out that aggrivating Tecumseh for a Honda that starts first time every time no matter how long it sits, and love it. I bought the electric start Honda, and have yet to use the starter feature it pull starts so easy. I was thinking down the road for old age an electric starter might be nice.

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    Default Re: 3 pt log splitters? anyone own one?

    here's my mitsubishi MTE2000d and Powerhorse splitter ,plumbed in my own quick connects works great and 3pt still works (helps to get bigger logs up on table) might eventually build a hydraulic lift arm for it
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