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  1. J & L Creations

    J & L Creations Machine Design

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    I guess I'll be building one of these log splitters, just don't know exactly when though. Any one have a home built they care to showoff and share where they purchased parts from? What pressure do they run at? Ram size and so on? Thanks in advance for any info, Jeff.
     
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    GX390 22GPM 5X24 got the pump etc and control from the USA forget where but lots of people buy from them.
    The rest I scrounged over a few years. Cylinder and beam from a guys unfinished project, bought a good used utility traler to mount on. Got the engine from a friend needed rings. Splits everything just off an idle, get warm to touch after an hour with two people running it. about 15 imperial gallon tank, also bought used, I had it made 1/2 size.
    There are lots of build thread on site or AS.
    Have $1500 into it.
    Only drawback is its heavy.
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    J & L Creations Machine Design

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    Nice one, thanks for posting. I just acquired an I beam, so I guess I've started scrounging.
     
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    I got parts for when mine was being built from the following:

    splitez.com
    Surplus center

    I got my motor from www.equipatron.com. I had it in like 2 days, free shipping, as they were in the next state over.


    I didn't build mine, I had someone else do it as he built a few previously.
     
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    J & L Creations Machine Design

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    Awesome, found the link for http://www.splitez.com/log_splitter_parts.html
     
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    2.JPG Started by making a H/V splitter with 6.5 hp briggs with 13 gpm pump, 4"x 24" cylinder off of ford backhoe. Hated splitting vertically as it killed my back but could not get the bigger ones on beam when horizontal. Time for a redo. IMG_0527.JPG
    Ended up with horizontal only with a boom as axle would be in the way of hydraulic tray type log lift. Most of the steel I scrounged. Had to buy valve (from surplus center I believe) pump and lovejoy coupler, engine adapter, guage, filter, intake screen ,etc came from Northern tool. 9 hp Honda on it now is from craigslist, 75 bucks. I still easily have 1,000 dollars in it but I don't know where to buy one like it. I'm running mine at 2,500 psi currently.
     
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    I don't have any pictures since I have sold it, but I purchased all my hydraulics from Bailey hydraulics in Knoxville TN. It was local pickup for me. The first engine was an old Briggs I/C 10 hp. I had a better use for it so I bought a Honda clone from HF. It had a moving wedge since I cut bigger stuff and can't pick some blocks up to put on the beam. I got the wedge from Northern and had the I beam.

    If you go this route, the base needs to be 1" thick and tied in really well. My base started as 1/2" plate and when it bent so bad I couldn't use it, I started over. I wouldn't have thought it would do that, but that is A LOT of pressure.

    I used a 5x28 tie rod cylinder because it was cheaper than a welded one. I would use a welded cylinder if I built another one. I would also have used a thicker flanged I beam. The one I used was 1/2", it made it through many seasons, but I build things a little beefier now!

    My tank was also the axle like the store bought ones are. Stub axles from Northern. The tube was a drop from a local fab shop. I think it was 4x8 1/4" wall. I made it 50" wide so it was more stable pulling. I also used 14" wheels and tires instead of those dinky 8" wheels. Only down side was tilting it up because I had to leave the beam long enough for hitch weight.
     
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    Good information , thank you so much.
     
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    Thanks for all the tips, it will help when I build mine.
     
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    Be sure and get the info between H and I beam, I beam is common and not real strong for a splitter, H is harder to find but stronger, usuall a much thicker web, mine was an I beam and I put a 1x10 plate on top. No flex so far.
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    Of the splitters I have seen including @Grimmy, the plate and tube method seems to be the best option IMHO.
     
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    Yup especially if you can use the tube for your oil,, I looked into it but couldnt find any tube,,looked for a piece off a log truck trailer,,
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    Anyone have a good photo of the "plate and tube method" being discussed here? Or more information on what was used in the design, wall thickness, diameter and length of the tube or pipe. Was this tube the main support/body everything else was either welded or bolted to?
    If this is what I am thinking it is, I could use the I beam I have laying on it's side, with two tube/pipes the same length welded and boxed in with plate steel underneath, same length flange in between the two pipes welded to the I beam center length, to build a log splitter twice as strong and still use the pipes as the reservoir for the hydraulic oil, tested for leaks before boxing them in. The upper flanges of I beam could have same length plate steel welded inside at 45 degree angles and would serve as a horizontal tray/guide or slide to put the log in for splitting. I think I'll try this when I'm ready to build my log splitter.
     
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    Well guy's, I just saw the split second log splitter, I have to build one, I just can't help myself, I have to.
     
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    I really like that hoist, might have to try and do something like that with mine.
     
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    Yea, that would be a good add-on.
     
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    Even if for the time being it was manual via a cable crank or hand pump hydraulic cylinder until time to rework my hydraulics. It's not something I would use often but sure would make life easier when I did.
     
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    I have not found a need or want for the boom to lift , using hydraulics. A 2500# winch with a wireless remote worksperfect for me. Pulls the rounds to the splitter and let's you lift them to the right height.
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    Wireless remote winch is an even better idea. Would allow you to get some distance away from the splitter and still operate the boom.
     
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    That's a good way to go, HF is running a special on a 2500lb remote control winch right now. Included in a log splitter build, you would also then need a battery and a way to charge it, unless you connected the winch to your truck battery. I installed an alternator on my band mill when I built it, don't know if that would work here though because of the power loss turning an alternator. You could buy or find an engine to run the log splitter, with a charging system and stator built in and would be the easiest solution.
     
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