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Had mine for about 3 months now and have put slightly less than 250 ton through it without any problems. Had several loads of old sitka at 3m and up to 30cm, fresh sitka at same dimensions and larch at 2.5m up to 35cm and not less than 16cm. Coped very well with all of it and took two good 8hr sessions to do an arctic load.

Freshly cut birch at 20-35cm diameter has proved to be the toughest challenge for it yet.

Oak lengths at up to 35cm has proved to be the quickest of all the hardwoods we've done so far, even the very knotty stuff goes through the processor quickly.....if it doesn't split the oak it cuts it easily. Not tried any older beech in it yet, but most of our time is spent with either sitka or larch and I've not been able to find fault with it dealing with them yet.

Using both the Honda engine and tractor pto. Certainly the Honda used to stall sometimes, but that was me getting used to the machine's capabilities. When going from PTO to Honda engine I do see a difference in speed, but it's hardly likely to cause more than a cube difference at the end of a day

 

Good wee machine that has really made a big difference to our firewood processing capability

 

Well that is a hell of a lot quicker than we are averaging. We're getting 15-18 cube per 6 hours (other things to do at the yard at the same time). Today is my first full shift on it, so I shall report back.

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Easy enough to extrapolate any difference between using PTO and Honda engine into headline figures

I'm not sure what other folks bought this machine for, but for us we bought it to process wood for others and not ourselves. The advantage it has over just a PTO driven machine is that it is suitable to be taken to any site regardless of it having a tractor there or not. We get paid on a day to day basis and make clear to customers before the job starts the estimated time the job will take.

If we wee wanting a machine to process firewood for ourselves to sell we would not have bought this one, instead we would have opted for a static machine with a big engine running a much bigger hydraulic pump to give us more power to split more wood in faster times.

We didn't opt for this set up simply because we didn't see ourselves being able to sell enough firewood to justify the cost of even the mobile Riko WP36.

We prefer to make our money by offering a processing service instead of a product and when we looked into the various options we decided that the mobile WP36 was the machine that would serve our needs best in terms of production rates and it would also give us a decent return on the initial investment

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I did. I searched to see what other people thought about it.

 

Did a morning on it today - admittedly, it was also the weather that caused an earlier finish.

 

Overall impression - crappy little timber toy. Just not robust enough for high volume production. I'll explain:

 

* Chain tensioner is largely useless. Have to achieve tension by loosening the bolts and manually setting it.

* Clamp for holding log is terrible.

 

The above two faults mean that it doesn't take long for the bar to start cutting unevenly, which meant this morning I had to dress the bar to flatten it again.

 

* The splitter has no power at all. I lost track of the number of times it jammed (on spruce)

 

* It is woefully underpowered. This translates to slow cutting speed and the aforementioned lack of hydraulic power.

 

* Needs a bigger capacity too. Even fairly small butt cuts from the spruce chip pile are oversized.

 

I won't hire it again.

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mines works fine ,tad slower on the engine but nothing to get hung up about ,the chain is easier to sort than on a palax ime,

 

sounds like workman blaming his tools to me ,:biggrin:

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mines works fine ,tad slower on the engine but nothing to get hung up about ,the chain is easier to sort than on a palax ime,

 

sounds like workman blaming his tools to me ,:biggrin:

 

I wish it was. We've had 4 different operators over 2 weeks - me and 3 others, 2 of whom have other processor experience. The verdict is unanimous!

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What machine is it you are using Jim?

 

Can only speak as we find, and for me the new p36 is performing above expectations of both myself and our customers.

 

Billy at Riko persuaded me against going for the older WP36 they had on special offer, saying it was much slower and a totally different machine to the newest version.......mostly down to the double pump on the new one.

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