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#1 McAhron

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 08:45 PM

Heres my splitter/press.I reinforced the ram,beam,and wedge.The die holders are 1/2 steel.The moving die holder is attatched useing three 1/2 grade 8 bolts,the other die holder is welded to the I-beam and the I-beam is held on by 4, 1/2' grade 8 bolts and rest squarley against the splitters 'foot'.The flattening die is 3/4 thick by 3x1.5 and the drawing dies are rounded 3/4".You can see the first billet on top of the beam in the pics.She squishes the steel like clay with no flex in the beam.I actualey mucked up part of the billet because the steel moved so easily.I needed a log-splitter because of a bad back and the fact I use 8-10 cords of wood a year.I can turn it back to a splitter in 5 min or vice versa.I had a lot of fun doing this.The only downside is the noise of the engine.The engines 8 horespower,11gpm haldex pump,4 gallon tank,prince valve.

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#2 dan pfanenstiel

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 08:55 PM

Nice, man. Good thinkin' making it convertable. I've wondered if I could make my H frame split logs too, though don't know why I'd need to. Something about all that power.

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#3 McAhron

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 10:19 PM

I think your press could squish the wood :D So hows the hamon hunt going.
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Posted 29 October 2006 - 01:58 PM

Oh, I'm sure it'll be good, soon as I finish my honey do's around the house. Gotta get those done before the rains (Roofing and sodding, oh my!)

Did you figure out your electrical problems there, McAhron?

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#5 McAhron

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 03:17 PM

Someone was stealing a large amount of power off the line for a "medical" marijuana grow operation.I here ya about house maintence.Got to finish the roof,dig a drainage ditch,and split another 4 cords of wood plus tons of smaller things.
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 12:41 PM

I like the design, could you give me a little bit more info on wht type of log splitter you used? I'm thinking to myself that building two dies is alot easier than building a whole press... But how well does it work compared to a press? would it do everything a regular press would do? what tonnage would you use? i've seen 30 ton log splitters, but they're $3000 i've also seen 20 ton splitters for around $1200 so it might even be cheaper than building my own. what does everyone think? i've never even seen a log splitter in action, so i'm all ears on suggestions.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 01:26 PM

just searched around,

30 ton 11 gpm 9hp log splitter for $1200 on ebay (harbor freight model)
32 ton, 9.5 hp, 16 gpm on Northern industrial's website for $1500
and a 20 ton 16 gpm 6.5 hp, North Star for $999

whadaya think?
any of them worth looking into?
most of them have shipping around $100 in US

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 02:17 PM

Great idea being a wood burner myself i have been thinking about buying a splitter i have rented one for a day for the last ten years. Thanks for showing us yours.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 02:46 PM

just searched around,

30 ton 11 gpm 9hp log splitter for $1200 on ebay (harbor freight model)
32 ton, 9.5 hp, 16 gpm on Northern industrial's website for $1500
and a 20 ton 16 gpm 6.5 hp, North Star for $999

whadaya think?
any of them worth looking into?
most of them have shipping around $100 in US



Well Andy, I think you could get by with a log splitter. Maybe very well. I'd go with the one from Northern. But just think about this for a minute, The whole press thing started with a converted log splitter, and has evolved from there. So why did it evolve, and not just stay with everyone using log splitters?

#10 McAhron

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 11:03 PM

Well back to life this post is.Andy I sent a PM to you.Its no Ron Claiborne press( would buy if I could have afforded it) but I can make any kind of damascus I want very quickly and it splits wood too.The press now has shielding and larger grade 8 bolts for safety purposes.Peace everyone
Ps.buy the biggest you can get,although the four way wege on the Northern might take some finagling to get around.

Edited by McAhron, 27 November 2007 - 11:07 PM.

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#11 matt venier

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 12:11 AM

Hello McAhron
your log splitter looks pretty stout is it a 30ton? I've been thinking about this for a while and now I have a chunk of land that I can get firewood from so I REALLY need a log splitter for that(and Oh look! I can mash steel with it! who would have guessed?)

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#12 McAhron

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 10:26 PM

Its a 24ton.I say the bigger the better.
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Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:20 AM

That is such a cool idea!!!!!.....


Thank you soo much for sharing this with us!!!

I think you just saved Andy and I loads of money and tons of headaches! :)


We are for sure going with this method!

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#14 Andy Davis

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:11 PM

Alright, we are buying a Swisher (made in America :) ) log splitter on Sunday.
22 ton, 11gpm, 7.5HP motor, with electric start.

i've heard that if you put transmition fluid (instead of hydraulic fluid) in the tank that it'll run faster/smoother because it is less dense. is this true? or should i just buy the hydraulic fluid and stay with what the directions say?

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#15 matt venier

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 12:51 PM

Definitely tell us how you make your dies and how it works/pictures
Good Luck!!!

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#16 McAhron

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 10:33 PM

I dont know anything about using tranny oil.Peace
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 09:15 PM

picked up the splitter. i'll start modifying it soon, i'll try to document the whole process for you guys. lets hope it turns out well!

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 09:09 AM

update.
i baught a few chunks of 1/2 inch plate steel, and have cut them to the specifications needed (whichs sounds good, but it's to the closest 1/2inch...)
so after i had finished that i took it to one of my dads friends shop to be welded togeather, he welded it up with a stick welder and 6011 rods. everything seemed to go fine, he said "it'll do" so i took his word for it.
i took it home, everything fits like a glove!
so right now i have everything i need to finish it except some 6" by 9" 1/2 inch plates to weld the dies to, but i'll be visitting the junkyard sometime soon and getting those last few pieces.
so far i've had the full preasure of the splitter applied to the welds and they dont budge, so hopefully everything is strong enough to take a constant beating.
i'll send pictures as soon as i finish the dies.

i also have AutoCAD drawings if anyone is interested.....

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Posted 10 December 2007 - 10:20 AM

update.
i baught a few chunks of 1/2 inch plate steel, and have cut them to the specifications needed (whichs sounds good, but it's to the closest 1/2inch...)
so after i had finished that i took it to one of my dads friends shop to be welded togeather, he welded it up with a stick welder and 6011 rods. everything seemed to go fine, he said "it'll do" so i took his word for it.
i took it home, everything fits like a glove!
so right now i have everything i need to finish it except some 6" by 9" 1/2 inch plates to weld the dies to, but i'll be visitting the junkyard sometime soon and getting those last few pieces.
so far i've had the full preasure of the splitter applied to the welds and they dont budge, so hopefully everything is strong enough to take a constant beating.
i'll send pictures as soon as i finish the dies.

i also have AutoCAD drawings if anyone is interested.....

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:49 AM

i think you want to use trany fliud if your going to be working cold but ether one will work just dont mix them i guess i was and or am going to use trany for cost no other reason but you can always talk to your local hydro suppler for advice
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