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It's clever but I would stick to a traditional processor myself. If you're wondering how long the edge would last going through the grains it might be worth researching the hydraulic tree shears you can get for 360s.

 

Edit: Just saw Tom Ds post and I've changed my mind, that might be on softwood but it looks really impressive. :)

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This is the browns one in action, the entry chute needs beefing up a bit, as i reckon it wont last long, given how much it is bending. Combine with a simple log deck you would be able to process smaller diameter timber pretty quickly.

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My homemade splitter is just like the log shearer in the last post,its 25 years old now and has been fantastic.

It has its own pump and reservoir and is pto driven,ive split thousands of tonnes with it,it has never been defeated by a log.

Its great in demolition timber,nails,bolts etc.

It will crosscut fresh timber real clean whilst pushing juice out of it,its a bit rough on dry timber and will chuck it 6 or 8 foot when crosscutting which is a bit exciting.

I also use it to make kindling.

I often wonder why more people dont make the guillotine style splitters instead of the boring old wedge on a ram type.

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My homemade splitter is just like the log shearer in the last post,its 25 years old now and has been fantastic.

It has its own pump and reservoir and is pto driven,ive split thousands of tonnes with it,it has never been defeated by a log.

Its great in demolition timber,nails,bolts etc.

It will crosscut fresh timber real clean whilst pushing juice out of it,its a bit rough on dry timber and will chuck it 6 or 8 foot when crosscutting which is a bit exciting.

I also use it to make kindling.

I often wonder why more people dont make the guillotine style splitters instead of the boring old wedge on a ram type.

There's a few about I think. I saw one at Morval show 18 months ago. It was splitting and cross cutting round wood about 200mm diameter. It was a home made horizontal splitter with a bigger ram than normal. If you have the oil flow to drive a bigger ram at a sensible speed then worth making provision for cross cutting as well as splitting.

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Seems awfully slow compared to a chainsaw and/or splitter combo. If going down this route, particularly for demolition waste I would favour a pto bilke shear with auto infeed. Granted it would alot more expensive to buy, and would probably be equally as expensive and complex to design and build, compared to a examples shown already.

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Seems pointless to me.

We all know a splitter splits easier from the end grain rather than cross cut/split. Why waste the extra energy/fuel and then end up with a sandwiched log to show for it?

Would need to be heavier duty, less efficient and need more power to produce the hydraulic forces involved.

May be fine on a tractor etc but no use if you used something like a Honda 13hp motor or whatever.

Then on top we only see softwood being used to cap it off. Lets see a bit of knotty hardwood or bit of eucaliptis in there and see the look on the operators faces when they realise it could shoot off at any angle when its under serious pressure and not splitting.

 

Im not sure customers would be to happy either as looking at the finished log delaminating etc they would burn much quicker and prob give off more splinters etc to.

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