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    Quote Originally Posted by hunterridgefarm View Post
    This thread is just what I needed to read. I have been trying to decide or the Troybuilt form Lowes 27 ton or the one from TSC 22 ton. Price difference of $300-$400. I think I will get the one at TSC.
    I went Saturday evening to TSC and bought the 22 ton. I had cut up a bunch of logs that morning and decided it was time to buy and I would be able to split for a couple of hours that evening.

    I got home with the splitter, hooked it to the mule and went to the log pile. Primed it and pulled the rope, fired for about 1-2 seconds then would not crank. I started looking over the Briggs motor to see if there was a switch which I knew there wasn't and found a crack in the housing! Conpressions was still there but not what it should be.

    I hook it back to the truck and back to TSC and got a refund. I told them I would come back next weekend since there was not enough daylight to split any once I got home. I will be buying the larger model with the Honda motor now. They offer me another 10% off if I came back to get it. I will buy the larger one with the Honda or go to Lowes for the Troybuilt with the Honda motor. I told them I did not think the rod was thrown but it would not take much for the housing to go once cracked.

    I had wanted to start it before I bought and they offered to go get gas and crank it but I decided it was not necessary...I should have started it would have saved a lot of time.

    Everything like this I have has Honda or Kawasaki motors. so it will be the same for the log splitter now!
    I suffer from MPD...Multiple Project Disorder

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    David,
    was the original motor a Briggs or a clone? If a Briggs, I'm curious as to which model. I have the B&S 1650 in my TSC-Huskee splitter and it has been flawless.
    If the Honda alternative was a GX spec one, I'd see the advantage. If the lower GC model, I'd stick with the Briggs. The non-Honda motors tend to be offered in a larger size
    than the Honda option and one can only speculate why. Drew
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    Drew,

    The motor was a Briggs and original. I am not sure the model but the 22 tons all have the same Briggs motor. The crack was a spider type, lots of little fingers where it was hit or droped at one time. No oil was escaping and it look as though it could go at any time. The industry I work in machines a lot of casting and this looks like it was damaged during assembly or the motor was painted over after the cracking.

    I am sure the Briggs would have performed great. It is just that once this happens I have to walk away for a while before I buy another. I would have done the same thing if it had been the Honda motor.
    I suffer from MPD...Multiple Project Disorder

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    well, the GC190 in my Husq push-trim mower certainly does run nicely...
    The 35 ton is pretty overpowered with the 1650 Briggs (boy I wish they would agree on a hp nomenclature) and I always run
    it at substantially less than full throttle. What I think might be nice, and the Honda version might offer it, is auto idle on the throttle.
    With three guys I can keep that splitter humming, but when I'm doing wood by myself, and walking here and there with the wood, having the motor
    idle down might save both gas and wear and tear. Wonder if Honda still has a patent on that feature; their gens all have it.
    2012 Kubota L5740HSTC3 with FEL and Long grapple, 1986 Case IH 255, Land Pride PD10 PHD, Land Pride RCR60 & RCF2084 mowers, Land Pride 4' box blade and rear rake, Fred Cain subsoiler, County Line potato plow, County Line 1 bottom plow, 1986 Gravely 8199G with tow behind DR rototiller, 50" deck+40" Gravely wing mower, Gravely snowblower, Swisher 44 rough cut mower,Ariens snowblower, Echo 450-18 & 600-24, Echo PPT280, 2006 JD LX280, , 1968 Cub Cadet 125, Husky-Speeco 35 ton splitter

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    Picked up the Huskee 35 ton used - $1200. Slick rig. Aside from the plastic fenders I wouldn't change a thing on that machine. I don't have a problem converting from horizontal to verticle. A tad heavy for the first few inches but the piviot point balances well. Haven't run into anything it can't split. Only maintaince has been an 'o' ring kit.
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    Default Re: Log splitters

    Quote Originally Posted by retiredmgn View Post
    Picked up the Huskee 35 ton used - $1200. Slick rig. Aside from the plastic fenders I wouldn't change a thing on that machine. I don't have a problem converting from horizontal to verticle. A tad heavy for the first few inches but the piviot point balances well. Haven't run into anything it can't split. Only maintaince has been an 'o' ring kit.
    I have dropped plenty of heavy wood on those fenders and am glad that they are soft plastic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retiredmgn View Post
    Picked up the Huskee 35 ton used - $1200. Slick rig. Aside from the plastic fenders I wouldn't change a thing on that machine. I don't have a problem converting from horizontal to verticle. A tad heavy for the first few inches but the piviot point balances well. Haven't run into anything it can't split. Only maintaince has been an 'o' ring kit.
    I'm a little leery of the 35 ton Huskee's hydraulic hoses so suggest you check them. But those plastic fenders have never broken, or even scuffed badly no matter how many times I've dropped logs on them or squashed them while loading on a trailer. If they were metal, I think mine would look like a contestant in a demo derby. Maybe I'm just extra clutzy. I keep them sprayed down with Napa Protectant which keeps them slicker and sort of self cleaning.
    If you know how to weld and could make some really HD fenders, the rest of the splitter is sure large enough to warrant them. When that second stage kicks in, it doesn't care if the woods splits or gets cleaved, it's coming through no matter what. Hit a big knot and it gets entertaining, though you might want to back up a smidge.

    I'd also check on the transport tires for sidewall checking if your machine is older. That machine bounces around like crazy behind my truck even with limiting speed to 45 on our bumpy back roads. I'm always expecting those tiny
    tires to fail, but they don't. I think I keep 30 pounds in them normally but they can be pumped up more. And don't forget your choice of travel plug in the oil reservoir air vent or you'll have oil everywhere.
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    split fire 6.5 has not let me down in 5 years...........as we say in New England wicked pissah
    Quote Originally Posted by Botabill View Post
    I couldn't disagree more with regards to LDTs opinion on bi-directional splitters below.

    "I am not a fan of the bi-directional splitters. For about 70% of what we split, it only takes running the ram half way out to bust. So now you have the wedge right in the middle of the table and the options are either retract it for the next split, or extend it the rest of the way out for the next split. This would make a bi-directional splitter just as slow as the old style. And also keep in mind that the bi-directional splitters dont have as much power in reverse."

    I have only operated a Splitfire bi-directional. They are in my opinion the cadilac of the woodsplitter. It is quality made in North America. They are as powerful on the outstroke as on the back stroke. I split a lot of elm and it never splits half way. In fact you have to cut it right up to the end of the stroke. Even if a log does split half way IMHO it is more efficient to continue to a point where there is room to put the log on the cradle to then reverse it rather than pulling back on the lever to get the ram back for re-loading. Often a splitting log will jam on any splitter. With the bi-directional you can simply put a log on the other end and as you split it the bound piece will be pushed out. No wrestling with a half cut knarly piece of wood.

    Now having expounded on the best woodsplitter made I must admit I bought an $1100 22 ton champion chinese splitter rather than the $3300 ade splitfire. The reason was simple economics. I only split a few cords a year and when I own the unit I don't need a speedy machine. I haven't found a piece of wood that my 22 ton can't split.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotorSeven View Post
    I'm using a 26 ton now. It works fine, but it's loud and I really hate standing over the engine(breath deep). My next one will be a PTO splitter...one less engine to take care of:

    CountyLineď˝® 3-Point Hitch Log Splitter - 2153304 | Tractor Supply Company
    Old thread, but I ended up going with the NorthernTool dual action(splits both directions). I have done 6-7 cords so far and love the thing:


    Here is a short video to show the speed behind my Kioti's 16gpm hydro pump:
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    nice video!
    Seems it would pop the log apart faster if the splitting edge was wider, but I'm sure it's designed just fine.
    Like any of these things, you have to get in your groove and work steadily, and it gets done.
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