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Hi all, iam thinking of a cone for a 4 ton hitachi, it would be to reduce the larger diameter round wood in order it will feed through the processor, i have seen some have grabs attached but cannot decide if that’s really needed or just going to get in the way, only have the one machine so split and stack or put straight onto forklift would be the idea, currently i ring with chainsaw and split the ring to feed through splitta, good system but noisy and quite a bit of labour stacking rings etc, be interested to hear from people using, i would think max timber would be 2 -2.5 ft in diameter into 4 as they should then go through the processor, but appreciate in reality it may not work out like that ! many thanks

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I have a "Black S2 630" cone splitter which I use  on a hired in 5ton 360 . I split 2.3mtr long cordwood with it up to about 2ft diameter .You can stack the split wood by just screwing the cone in a short distance ,takes a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it you will be ok. I like the cone splitter as it is a one man operation.  Ok lengths of wood may a bit more splintery but all looks ok when been through processor. I have broken down Beech butts up to 3 to 4 ft diameter.(4ft long )   Great piece of kit and has made other  2 splitters almost redundant .

BEWARE when buying a cone splitter, they may look the same BUT the angle of the thread that screw into the wood are NOT,  I know "Lasco" and "Black" are very good. 

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I have a "Black S2 630" cone splitter which I use  on a hired in 5ton 360 . I split 2.3mtr long cordwood with it up to about 2ft diameter .You can stack the split wood by just screwing the cone in a short distance ,takes a bit of getting used to but once you get the hang of it you will be ok. I like the cone splitter as it is a one man operation.  Ok lengths of wood may a bit more splintery but all looks ok when been through processor. I have broken down Beech butts up to 3 to 4 ft diameter.(4ft long )   Great piece of kit and has made other  2 splitters almost redundant .
BEWARE when buying a cone splitter, they may look the same BUT the angle of the thread that screw into the wood are NOT,  I know "Lasco" and "Black" are very good. 

Good info, thanks for that, how long do you think it would take you to break down a load ? i think if i go down the cone route it would be black, i do like the look of the wood cracker though

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I've one of these on skidsteer loader

Once your use to them you can stack the billets as you split them by screwing in to them and un screwing 

I've found best results on soft wood is if it's big stuff, to cut into 1.5 meter lengths then it splits cleaner

Also follow the split when splitting as it makes a cleaner job

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