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Old 04-10-2014, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default Need Recommendation: Small Hydraulic Wood Splitter

Either electrically or by hand, but hydraulic. Large enough to handle a typical 1/4 or 1/8 split you get when you buy cut up firewood--but no larger.

I need it for a few reasons:
1) axes are kind of dangerous--I'm known to be a klutz at times
2) the swinging motion isn't kind to my shoulder joint--I've had frozen shoulder in the past.
3) I'm not that strong
4) I can easily and accurately set it exactly where I want it split.

I need for splitting splits into beer can size diameter and even smaller for hotting fires / kindling.

Is there a good one to be had for under $200? (Again a smaller one that could only handle say a 1/4 split.)

I was contemplating fashioning one out of a small cheap car jack and say some 2x4's

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Old 04-10-2014, 04:24 PM   #3
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Theres this one for cheap. Not electric or gas but doesn't use the swinging motion. And you don't need to be strong.



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Old 04-10-2014, 04:27 PM   #4
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I have this and its the cat's butt.

I have a wood stove at my cabin. This sits in the back room and I have split a TON of wood with it. I would not be without it now that I have it.

I have not found anything it would not split yet

I got it on sale for $200. Its pretty heavy, around 100 lbs

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...c-log-splitter
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:30 PM   #5
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http://m.harborfreight.com/catalogse...q=Log+splitter
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:35 PM   #6
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Has live action video

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...6859_200316859
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Old 04-10-2014, 04:51 PM   #7
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Oh wow the reviews on that are pretty good too..
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:11 PM   #8
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Just bought this one. It was a good price and had great reviews.
I've split a 1/4 cord of oak and it worked flawlessly.
See it here and read the reviews...
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Homelite-...9103/202019865
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:13 PM   #9
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I have this and its the cat's butt.

I have a wood stove at my cabin. This sits in the back room and I have split a TON of wood with it. I would not be without it now that I have it.

I have not found anything it would not split yet

I got it on sale for $200. Its pretty heavy, around 100 lbs

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...c-log-splitter
Wish I could find that one for $200 :) THey want $300.
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Wish I could find that one for $200 :) THey want $300.
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it was on sale
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:28 PM   #11
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I have this and its the cat's butt.

I have a wood stove at my cabin. This sits in the back room and I have split a TON of wood with it. I would not be without it now that I have it.

I have not found anything it would not split yet

I got it on sale for $200. Its pretty heavy, around 100 lbs

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/stor...c-log-splitter

+1 on this one. Ive seen brethren awscwi's in action worked good. He got it open box for 140 I believe
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Old 04-10-2014, 05:33 PM   #12
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Have you considered renting one that will make fast work of your wood? Maybe $25 a day. You can split a lot of wood in a day with a powerful spliter. You may only need it twice a year at that rate.
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Old 04-10-2014, 06:04 PM   #13
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Have you considered renting one that will make fast work of your wood? Maybe $25 a day. You can split a lot of wood in a day with a powerful spliter. You may only need it twice a year at that rate.
^thats what I do. $45 one day rental for a 35 ton, but if I pick up late on Friday I can return Monday morning for a 1 day rental price; up to 10 hours on the Hobbs meter (engine run time clock).
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Old 04-10-2014, 10:56 PM   #14
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Search the web or look in your Sun. paper for a Harbor Freight 20% or 25% off coupon. With coupon you will be close to your $200 budget.
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