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Senior Member, User formerly known as hullsmillfarm
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: North Essex
Re: Hydraulic power pack for splitter
I've no experience with power packs but it's something i briefly looked into for the same reason. i say briefly because my IH 856xl has a flow rate of 30lpm and i have to run her pretty hard to give a sensible speed on my splitter (not sure of splitter capacity, or in fact how to test... any info on this greatly received).
however on my CX 80 (nigh on 60lpm), just tick over gives fantastic cylinder speed, might have to try that at full pelt just to see how fast she can go!
Point being that i was put off from power packs as to provide the speed to be efficient i think you'd have to spend some serious money
Take on board opinions of others, then go ahead and do it your way...
I have a IH885xl that has a 30 ishLPM and that needed to be ran at 1800rpm to get a decent speed from the 10t splitter i have. However it chewed through around 4-5L of red in an hour.
I was going to build my own hydraulic pack but my mate said the JCB beaver is a good unit, so i looked into it and they do one with a lombardini diesel engine that has a flow rate of 25lpm. Building my own would have meant 60lpm was possible but the cost of the parts and time taken to build it would have meant i was looking at £800.
So I spent a grand inc delivery on a 2008 one of ebay and its superb, i am now using under 1L per hour, yes the splitter is slower but its actually only taking me 5 mins more to produce a cubic meter but at the moment i think the fuel saving is more important than 5 mins. I am now also able to put it in my trailer with the splitter in the back of my hilux and go to a clients house and split logs etc.
If i would have built one i wouldnt have had a load sensing throttle, hyrdaulic oil cooler, compact design or all of JCB experience.
I'm wondering if a petrol engined hydraulic power pack such as a Panther Midi would have a high enough flow rate to run a smallish log splitter (say 6 to 8 tonne) at a reasonable speed.
I would like to have a compact power source and splitter that I could transport in a van and unload with with a swing lift.
The flow rate of the Panther Midi is 20 litres per minute (at 140 bar / 2000 PSI). I'm thinking of the type of splitter designed for mounting on a compact tractor three point linkage.
If anyone has experience or advice on this then I would be glad to hear.
It might be worth looking at buying a purpose built 'off the shelf' splitter, either petrol or if you want it on a tractor, pto powered.
If you are going to have to buy both the splitter and powerpack, youre not going to save much.
We have a Belle Major 30-140 Hydraulic Power Pack, picked up on ebay, 13hp Honda GX390 petrol engine, 140 bar pressure, 30 litre per minute flow rate. Works the splitter really well & very portable, weights ~70KG.
I'm running the same splitter as Matt off a JCB Trojan powerapack
Here's a vid of mine, this is from cold and the ram is a bit slow until the machine warms up (dunno if that means it needs a hyd oil change??)
You can get through logs at a fair rate with one person lifting them onto the bench and the other splitting