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Log splitters that come with a 4-way wedge approved for hardwood

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  1. weesa20

    weesa20 Active OPE Member

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    Hey Guys- I'm looking for a new splitter to work as a backup to my Wallenstein WP835 processor for pieces too large for the processor. Needs to be either H/V or have a log lift for more than 300 lbs. Since it is a backup, not looking to spend a ton of money. Needs to run a 4-way wedge in hardwood. Probably 2-5 cord per year in a small firewood business.

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  2. Ryan Browne

    Ryan Browne Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Why does it need a 4-way for 2-5 cords of wood?
     
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    weesa20 Active OPE Member

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    I only anticipate needing to do 2-5 cord with it but if the processor were to be down for repairs, I might need to do more to keep up with orders until the processor is back up and running again.

    I also have 2 locations I split at and the amount of wood at the splitter location can vary, so maybe up to 10 cord a year, but more likely the 2-5 cord average.

    My customers are primarily aesthetic fireplace burners so they want nice small pieces that don't burn all night and a 4-way helps with that goal.

    Plus, I want to keep my options open to be as efficient as possible. Even if I only use the 4-way periodically, it would be nice to have the option.

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    Ryan Browne Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Well, I guess if you want a log lift and a 4 way, it looks like you're gonna have to spend some $$. I'd take a look at the ones made in Wisconsin by Wolfe Ridge MFG. I have a three point splitter they made that I like a lot. Their stuff is a good amount cheaper than a Timberwolf for a similar machine. Stuff like that holds value pretty well too.
     
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    srcarr52 We can't stop here, th1s is bat country!

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    Alex at AEMetalWerks custom makes splitters. He's got a few models with 4 or 6 ways and they are built tough.
     
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    Mastermind Knocker Of Farts Staff Member

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    I'm still using the little 22 ton Huskee.

    The little sob just keeps going and going.
     
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    I’ll second that. I have one of Alex AEMetalWerks splitters, it is built like a tank


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    You have a wish list.
    Four-way and log lift.
    There are a lot of those style...
    Now, how deep are you willing to dig in your pocket?

    There are some used TW's on CraigsList, and many others too.
     
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    American CLS out of rochester NY. Fantastic splitters!
     
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    Deets066 AKA Deetsey

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    There are lots of custom built splitters that are very nice, and since this is your business I’d say to make the investment and get something that will hold up.

    If looking to go the cheaper route, my old splitter was a 32 ton with log lift from Northern Tool. It worked great until I bent the chit out of it.
     
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    huskyboy Sorta a Husqvarna guy.

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    A 4 way slows you down. Especially in elm forget about it.
     
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    Termitebuffet Home of the corn can muffler .....

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    Me too....tough little buggers

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    Al Smith Pinnacle OPE Member

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    FWIW a majority of splitters are highly over rated tonnage wise .In other words they lie about it . In reality a 4" cylinder at 3000 PSI is roughly 18-19 ton .Just saying http://www.calculatoredge.com/mech/pushpull%20hydraulic%20cylinder.htm My home built with a 5" with the hydraulics set lower than 3000 is most likely around 19 ton .Having said that nothing stops it .
     
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    Al Smith Pinnacle OPE Member

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    If you think about it most dual pumps are set to transfer at around 900 PSI before they shift from high volume to high pressure .More times than not they make the entire cut without transfering .So using a 4" as reference you're only using about 6 tons to do it .Ponder that for a moment .
     
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    Deets066 AKA Deetsey

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    Here’s the one I built
     
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    Deets066 AKA Deetsey

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    Yeah 21 HP and a 28 gpm pump, nothin slow about it.

    Here’s the adj 4 way 7EB26343-1786-47F6-AFD0-5FBBE3D3E3F0.jpeg
     
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    Ryan Browne Pinnacle OPE Member

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    Yep, sweet setup. I didn't spring for the adjustable 4-way on mine, but I wish I had. Well, mine is adjustable, but it requires a 3/4" wrench. Someday when I've got a few extra bucks laying around maybe. Mine's only 21-22 gpm, but it's single stage, so it never slows down, as long as you've got the HP.

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    Hinerman ONE OF THE GREATEST!

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