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  • Premier Icon burko73
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    Gotta love the tyre chopping block. Anyone who hasn’t tried it and splits a lot of wood should do it. Transformed my winter splitting activities… 5x faster than without one.

    Jury’s out on the axe. Like to try it myself though…..

    Premier Icon itstig
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    Seen it before looks ok on straight grained wood, don’t know about knotty stuff though. I bet it plays havoc with wrists and forearms until you remember to relax your grip!

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Is there a left-handed version?

    WillH
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    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…

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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?


    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCJADv2shNE[/video]

    http://vipukirves.fi/english/

    Not sure about the fancy axe, but well impressed with the tyre concept 🙂

    mcmoonter
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    The tyre trick looks good. The axe looks functional, but as said above he’s using it on straight grained logs. Since I made my hydraulic splitter my maul has sat unused in the shed. I have no regrets. 😀

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    It looks axe-ceptional and right at the cutting edge. Not sure most will want to chop and change though. Heavier than normal? Could require a fair bit of lumbering up….

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I reckon that axe will give you blisters and or borked wrists really quickly…

    organic355
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    Where can I get an old tyre?

    Actually I am due for new ones soon, can you just ask to keep them? dont you actually have to pay for disposal anyway?

    Junkyard
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    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 advice

    WillH
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    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?

    mcmoonter
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    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.

    http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/mcmoonters-scrap-heap-challenge-log-splitter

    globalti
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    Yes, looks great with that nice fast-grown straight-grained softwood but how would it cope with a gnarly knotty branchey piece of English beech, birch, oak or ash?

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    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.

    Premier Icon schnor
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    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.

    WillH
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    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.

    sharkbait
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    Since I made my hydraulic splitter my maul has sat unused in the shed. I have no regrets.

    ^ this (sort of thing).

    Since getting my screw splitter the splitting maul is redundant and I actually enjoy splitting wood now!

    Splitter & 4230 by Metal-Chicken, on Flickr

    That axe up there just looks weird!

    Premier Icon Stoner
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    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.

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