Finally got sick of splitting cranky red gum with a Boral block spitter of the wooden handled variety. When there is more spring in the block than heft in the splitter it is just an exercise in frustration. To that end have gone to the local bloke that services anything with a motor that we have and a 30 ton Millers Falls unit with a Chonda motor doesn’t seem to bad although a bit more expensive than I was expecting. Anyway has anyone here used these things and what do they think of them. I don’t mind cutting 600mm thick trunks but I’m over splitting the stuff same day. We probably do a minimum of four tandem trailer loads a year, often a lot more depending who we are cutting for so not huge volumes, this seems like an investment in an aging body that is finding stuffed shoulders are finally catching up. Anyone got any thoughts, it will be towed behind a tractor, hopefully we don’t roll it.
We’ve got one. I have actually never used it because I make my 73 year old Dad do all the toil around here, I just sit back and enjoy the heat from the fire and occasionally walk out to the shed to grab a box of wood, which is always there. So in short, whilst block splitters are probably great, I find having an old retired person around comes in quite handy.
But yes if you cut a lot of wood they are worth it. Just make sure you get a reasonable sized one as the little babies struggle with interlocked grain. We paid about $3,000 from memory, went halvies with my BIL.
Superaxe is a good one but very exy. We used to hire one. I think they are around the 8 or 10k mark. It had a hydraulic lifting table for the big logs. Even had my Mum out splitting wood when we had that.
We cut off roughly 200 acres of bush, usually cutting fallen stuff to clean up about the place, if there is a suitable piece of red gum we chase that, there also plenty of ash, messmate (same stuff really) which we often fell standing but dead and then cut up. White timber is easy to split, so it pays to get a mix although this year it is pretty much all red. All Dad’s are dead, SIL’s to far away and grandson not walking yet so it is just me. we often disturb a few termites on the standing dead stuff which we split to expose the pricks to the light.
Bugger me dog, all timber burns best split, wash you mouth out and get out the splitter for dogs sake.
Thanks Silent, probably looking at a few hundred under that $3K price so might be in the right range. The saw is getting long in the tooth so hopefully it doesn’t spit the dummy after the new splitter arrives, it is in chain saw hospital at the moment although just for a new filter and a bit of a clean.
FIL finally bought one last year. Not sure of the brand, has an electric start Honda. About 30 tonne from memory. You wont regret getting it for 1 minute. Two of us can split a good tandem trailer and cruiser tray full in about an hr and stuff that a manual block splitter cant touch.
I have one which goes on 3PL of tractor. 30 tonne ram. The big advantage of this sort of splitter is we can drop the 3PL down to ground level, roll on any size log we are capabale of and raise 3Pl again and split at comfortable height, I should add the ram is always vertical.
I see some of the newer trailed splitters can have the ram tilted up to the vertical to allow as similar thing. I reckon this is important cos you aren’t restricted to smaller logs or balancing big ones or splitting them down a bit before you start.
The downside to ours is you really need two people to get tractor and splitter to wood in paddock, or you walk for ages or thumb a lift from a passing goanna.
Get one. Get a big one. They save blowing an o-ring, they let you get bit ugly fucker wood which is the goodest shit.
If we get one for the tractor I am not sure what is best, operate off the PTO with it's own pump or operate off the hydraulic coupling at the back.
Before we do that I am going to a sawmill tomorrow to see what the hardwood dock ends are like that they sell, may negate the need to cut wood and split.
The other thing we are thinking about is a Stihl 36v chainsaw, I have too many fuel cans laying around with so many mixtures and would like to clean it up a bit.
They tell me the saw is quite a capable beast and is not that expensive and can cut about 150 6" logs on one charge.
Bunny get a proper fucking saw. Stihl 660 Magnum or 880 Magnum. Fuck this cordless 36V shit. Six inch logs are kindling.
I’ve still got an 08S that I was using up until a couple of years ago, when I got a newer Stihl (can’t remember the model). The 08S looks a lot like the 090, but has a chain brake.
I got it in an SES auction for bugger all and I know for a fact that it spent most of it’s life in a truck and was rarely used.
Goes great, but a little heavy, which is why I tend to use the newer saw now. The newer saw is also an ex SES saw with a known history.