- Mar 28, 2007
- West Wales UK
- Zetor 7045; Wheelhorses C121, C101, A8;Cushman Turf truckster
I think a standard 3Point splitter goes for between £350-550 second hand, so I agree if you are starting from scratch to buy an RSJ, plates & angle iron, cylinder, valve & lines it makes much more sense to buy a used one.I see you are from the UK.
Not sure what the used market over there is like. But here....I could probably put you on half a dozen 3ph splitters in the $300 range within a 50 mile radius.
At one time....you could buy a new one for $600 all day long at places like TSC or rural king here in the states. Not sure if covid has changed that.
If you have a supply of what my wife calls "scrap" & I call "stock" plus a workshop lathe/mill/welders & plenty of time (I am long retired), then perhaps it makes a little more sense. I already had a suitable cylinder & hydraulic pipes plus the little manual splitter off Ebay for £12. That works quite well by the way for the sort of stuff I usually split - (4-9" hardwood from hedgelaying - I don't think there's much hedgelaying in US - have a look online - it's quite a pleasant way to spend winter days).
However I used it in the back of my Truckster & it seemed silly not to try to use the Truckster hydraulics to power it. Same sort of thinking as the OP... but I soon realised that the jack would be more trouble than it was worth to convert to external oil pressure (though apparently some people have done it to bottle jacks on Youtube)
Anyway, I now have a useful portable splitter (plus a 2 stage jack to complement tha garage setup), not to mention the satisfaction of using a mostly home made machine.
PS Back at the house I use a larger electrohydraulic vertical splitter, which has done a LOT of splitting for me & is nice & quiet, but you of course need to be in range of a decent electricity supply.