Looks much easier than the 7lb splitting maul I was using all day yesterday (desk-jockey during the week, so feeling it today!)
Unfortunately only about 20% of my wood is knot-free like the bits he’s chopping 🙁 Some of it has defeated me and will instead be dissected with a chainsaw next weekend.
The tyre trick looks good – half of the effort seems to go on picking split wood off the floor, but I’d need a truck tyre for some for the bits I’m splitting…Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
Was chewing the cud on all things coppicey over a very cold pint of cider or two this evening with a local thatcher and he mentioned he’d seen a freaky axe. Have found it.
Got to love a redesign of a classic 🙂
What do we think?
Posted 4 years ago
they will give you tyres for nothing as they have to pay to get them taken away
I kept mine at Kwik Fit or similar and it was a nightmare as the bill autocharged me £1 for disposal of the tyres I took away
IS that axe not a solution to a problem that does not exist?
Showing chopping on straight [ i will guess its not a proper hardwood either] is a bit pointless
If you do a lot get a hydraulic splitter is my advicePosted 4 years ago
Anyone used one of these, or similar:
Powered ones are mucho expensivo, and not worth the outlay considering I could really do it all by hand, given enough time. Some tougher bits are a real bugger though, especially knotty ones. The one pictured is a 10t splitter, so is it too puny? Or would it be too time consuming compared to a powered one?Posted 4 years agomcmoonterMember
I think that manual hydraulic spltter would be slower than a glacier. The most expensive part of a powered splitter is the power/ hydraulic part. I made mine in a couple of afternoons, my old grey Fergie’s hydraulics weren’t up to the job so I found a second hand hydraulic power pack on eBay for about £250. All in with the ram, valves and hoses it probably cost between £5-600. I’ve split a mountain of wood with it.
Posted 4 years agoschnorSubscriber
That axe would definitely give you sore wrists after an hour or so.
Gotta admit though, I take perverse pleasure in taking far too long and using too many wedges in splitting those really awkward pieces. I take non-splitting personally 🙂
An old boy up the valley has got an old Macgyvered splitter like mcmoonter’s one (though not as nice) – it’s ace, except when it decides to fire out the tough pieces at random angles at around a million MPH.Posted 4 years ago
McMoonter, a DIY splitter would be ideal, except:
1. I have no idea where to source cheap metal bits (I’m in NZ, not UK)
2. I don’t have welding equipment
3. I can’t weld
4. Taking into account how much I faff during projects like this, and how much spare time I have to build one, it would take years.
I watched a few youtube videos of manual splitters and they certainly are slow, but seem to do the job.
Northwind – Member
Those manual splitters are seriously slow- good for doing problem logs and quite satisfying (though really twisted logs kind of explode rather than splitting, has the potential for trouble!) but I wouldn’t want to do a lot of splitting that way.
I actually quite enjoy chopping wood by hand, so I think this might be the route I end up taking – getting a cheap manual splitter for the tough stuff but doing the majority by hand.
I might even look into renting a powered splitter for a few hours once I’ve done everything I can do by hand.Posted 4 years agosharkbaitMember
Since I made my hydraulic splitter my maul has sat unused in the shed. I have no regrets.
^ this (sort of thing).
That axe up there just looks weird!Posted 4 years agoStonerSubscriber
hnmmm, splitting maul £10
PTO tracteeeeerrrr & hydo splitter £££££££ 🙁
Anwyway, Im still only splitting coppice poplar so I dont need anything serious. I will certainly do the tyre thang. And I have a new Grunsfors for one handed splitting which works fine for <12″ poplar.Posted 4 years ago
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