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I decided to remake my log splitter into a self propelled version so I wouldn't have my loader/winch tractor tied up. I have an 8hp Tecumseh and bought a two stage pump (fast until pressure builds and then slow for the high pressure need), made an adapter, fitted the engine with a new carb and 12V electric start.
Next step in my bumbling thought process was to make a complete new log splitter, reason being , my projects are so protracted at some point I'd desperately need the splitter while it was in mid-reassembly.
Once the new one is done I can sell the 3pt tractor splitter.
So here's a poor pic of the tank/cross member and wheels up on my best friend (110V electric forklift).
Here's a better shot (I hope) with fittings and filler neck.
So the new beam etc. has evolved to this.
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The reason the "wedge" (chisel edge not yet cut) fits in the rectangular "socket"
Derives from a splitter build that had a hydraulically raised and lowered single/4 way wedge, you could select splitting in 2 pcs. or 4 just bay raising the wedge and it's cross wedge to the height req'd.
I decided to used changeable wedges that could be manually inserted into the rectangular "socket" because I might want to try a 6 or even 8 way split!
Here's a pic of machining one of the "slots" in the H beam (the far end is supported by "my best friend" and a glimpse of the socket I made from a 6" length of 6"sq. tubing sliced down to a .625" wide by 4.625" I.D. rectangular socket.
Next developments will be the log lifter, I'll post when progress is made. All welding will be done at the same time as I find my welds get better the longer period I'm welding.
Looking good Steve.
Was the engine off a snow blower? Not often you can find electric start on that small an engine.
I like the way you did the pocket for the wedge, may be stealing that idea for the splitter on my processor.
Greg, there were threaded mounting holes on the engine and the flywheel had a ring gear. I found a brand new starter on Fleabay at a good price and reasonable shipping, all I had to do was bend it's mounting feet a bit to get good engagement with the ring gear.
The carb was new off of Fleabay too, from a Cdn. vendor so it only cost Canada Post rip off plus the vendors charge. Once assemble and fed with gas the little bugger started up immediately!
Great project Steve!! Gotta love wood splitters, people that have split with a maul or axe for years can really appreciate having one!!
(Is that a "Beach" top chest and roll cabinet in the second pic?) Looks the same as one i have.
I'm glad to see you found your lost thread Steve Big Grin I'm interested in seeing how the wedge works out.
Sasq. Naw it's not a Beach it's a "son of a beach" from Canadian Tire. Rotfl One of the crummiest things about it are the drawer slides but they are my excuse for leaving drawers open.
Darren, I never did find the original posting, but now I seem to remember it had to do with a welding thread. Anyway I hope to keep up with this thread 'til completion.
That's the one Willie, thanks, my memory is good but not long! Rotfl
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(03-23-2013, 06:02 PM)f350ca Wrote: [ -> ]I like the way you did the pocket for the wedge, may be stealing that idea for the splitter on my processor.
Greg, it was nice chatting with you yesterday I forgot to mention where I stole the idea for the "pocket" enabling change of the splitting wedge
Here's where I got it.
I'm gonna borrow the log lifter idea too, at least to some extent.
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