Our plans include complete build instructions, a bill-of-materials list for all steel, hydraulics and miscellaneous hardware, schematics for hydraulics, and a list of online hydraulic suppliers where you can comparison shop for reasonably priced parts.
My design goals were to create something I didn’t have to bend over all day to use, or waste a lot of steps picking up off the ground what I just split. The table stores quite a few logs for splitting and I can load up the log lift as well. The table height is waist-high for easy split and load operation. I also wanted to protect the engine and pump from those stray logs that end up breaking things. The controls are all below table height for the same reason, and the log-lift control is out front for access from either side.
You will find that the two-way horizontal wedge, moving at a safe speed, will split more wood per hour than a faster moving one-way splitter.
The following videos shows a log splitter with a 13-GPM (Gallons Per Minute) pump. The pump has a 5-inch-bore cylinder, capable of producing a 10-second wedge speed — one way. The wood I’m using is 2-year-old seasoned maple. I have split over 10 cord of with this splitter, and it has been very reliable and easy to use.
|Overall weight:||1000 lbs|
|Hydraulic Cylinder size:||4" or 5" bore x 24" stroke, 2" rod diameter, with clevis ends|
|Hydraulic pump:||13 or 16 Gallon Per Minute two-stage pump|
|Oil reservoir:||14 gallons|
|Cylinder speed options:||5" bore cylinder @ 13 GPM = 10 seconds one-way
5" bore cylinder @ 16 GPM = 8 seconds one-way
4" bore cylinder @ 13 GPM = 6.5 seconds one-way
4" bore cylinder @ 16 GPM = 5 seconds one-way
|Work table dimensions, with log lift:||34" wide by 72" long.|
|Estimated cost to build:||$1500|
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