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10-26-2009, 05:00 PM
Anyone know of any log splitter drawings on the net?

10-26-2009, 05:09 PM
Drawings??!? Not me.. a couple discount house flyers for pumps, valves, and engine, a quick look at the ones available is the store, and a waltz through the scrap pile, and... A work in progress...


'course it helps to have a chunk of 8" WF and a piece of 1" plate in the scrap pile....

dr pepper
10-26-2009, 05:13 PM
I made one too, I copied it of the machine mart one, similar to the photo, with an I beam and the guts from a electric lift pump truck, with a spring added to return the cylinder.
camdigger might be a usefull mod to put steel bars underneath the top rail of the I beam, mine wanted to go straight up in the air till I did the same.
Power is from a 12v battery.
You can make one from a scrapped van tail lift, all kinds of stuff.

10-26-2009, 06:56 PM

10-26-2009, 07:19 PM
Push a log through a wedge however it works for you, I recommend having the push plate on a keyway to keep from bending the cylinder rod, sorry no pics but mine has worked for years, dead simple.

oddball racing
10-26-2009, 07:49 PM
Evan , that is a sweet looking curved ax/maul thing-amabob. Can't say I've ever seen one like it. Does it have a specific name? Looks like it would be better than a conventional maul. Is it?

10-26-2009, 08:16 PM
Here is mine

Just used it yesterday and split this years wood for three of us. I prefer to move the wedge through the wood. In the even the wood gets stuck on the wedge, you retract the wedge and the support push the wood off the log.




10-26-2009, 08:19 PM
What size is your beam Jeff?

10-26-2009, 10:50 PM
Very, very nice Jeff, the pusher bars on retract is a new one to me!, I really like that.

10-26-2009, 10:55 PM
Evan , that is a sweet looking curved ax/maul thing-amabob. Can't say I've ever seen one like it. Does it have a specific name? Looks like it would be better than a conventional maul. Is it?

That is a Husqvarna log splitting maul (not a firewood splitting maul). I would have one if I could swing it, which I can't. It's all I can do to just peel a tree per day.

10-27-2009, 12:07 AM
A log splitter is a tool that should reflect what the owner's needs are.
While I'm sure there are plans available, someone with the background in welding such as yourself won't have any problems fabricating one out of your head.
Just give it a good thought and I'm sure you'll come up with a machine that will be personalized to your requirements.

I really like Jeff Kranz's splitter, very nice design and a pro level execution as well. But I don't need the portability for mine so it does not incorporate that feature, but it is handy, just more work and money if you don't need it.

We can't really decide if you just need to split a couple of cords a year or want to split twenty cords. Will it be driven off the back of a tractor or do you already have a power unit in mind? You may have iron in the yard that can be utilized, iron that is more than adequate for the purpose but is not listed in someone else's plans.

Just for yuks have a look at the log splitter results (http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&source=hp&q=log+splitter&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2&aq=f&oq=)on Google "images" for a few ideas, you'll have the wheels turning up there in no time.

The big thing to keep in mind is to avoid the designs that are at knee height, major pain in the back, remember you're trying to make things easier on yourself.

10-27-2009, 01:46 PM
Willy, I was Just being lazy I guess, I was thinking along the lines of a tilting set-up with maybe a loader attachment. When a buddy of mine and I started talking about building one I thought that I would ask here and maybe pickup a few ideas or even a print of a well proven design, that Google "images" was a great suggestion and has given me several ideas, thanks.

10-27-2009, 02:05 PM
I have a nice broad wedge splitting axe.


The advantage of manually splitting wood is of course that you get warm twice!

Even more times if you've felled, hauled, etc.

10-27-2009, 03:38 PM
Man, you guys are just plain brutal to the lazy! :D

10-27-2009, 09:30 PM
If you need to buy all the stuff, it is cheaper to just buy one at Tractor Supply. I started with buying a pump on Ebay and they guy that I bought the pump started this splitter and then had a family problem that he decided to sell all the stuff he had. He offered me a package deal so I bought most of what he had. After I built it, and used it for a year or two, I needed something to work on so I built the log lift. Since I work for a Tool and Die shop, I had an engineer help me design the correct linkage to make it work. I purchased the cylinder and valve on Ebay and away I went. I must tell you that this is a joy to use to split wood. The height is perfect for working as you don't need to bend over to split wood. Roll the log to the lift and hit the lever and up to waist level the log goes. I'm thinking about adding a small shelf on the opposite side of the log lift (where I stand) to help hold the large 1/2 log on the first split. Not big maybe 4-5 inches to help keep it from falling on my feet.

My guess is I have over $1000 in this splitter but I have a lot of fun building it. Many projects I have built would have been easier / cheaper to just buy it but when it is done I'm a happy camper.

Here is a picture of my aluminum trailer - talk about time involved in this all aluminum trailer.




10-27-2009, 10:25 PM
I am a big fan of aluminum and that is a very pretty trailer. How much does it weigh? Did you design it to the same strength spec as steel per structural unit or to the same section size with additional stuctural members?

10-28-2009, 10:03 PM

Design was nothing but a good feel. My guess is that it will hold more weight than I could guess. Axle was a 3500 pound and the main beam (tongue) is 3 x 3 with .250 wall. The sides are all 2 x 3 with 1/4 wall. With the sides and floor which are .100 aluminum diamond plate it weighs in around 700 pounds.


Ian B
11-02-2009, 09:03 AM
Mention (powered) log splitters, most people think of a wedge and a hydraulic ram - but there are also these things:


Can be hung on the back of a tractor, or mounted on a frame with an electric motor & reduction of some sort - they seem to run best at about 100 -200rpm. May be a simpler solution for you.


11-02-2009, 09:16 AM
I'd seen those and forgotten, would love to try one on on some real wood.

Ian B
11-03-2009, 02:20 AM
Mine's half built. I had a friend with a CNC lathe turn up the screw (left hand thread, tapered 0 to 4" diameter over 12", about 1/4" pitch, something like a buttress thread form). It'll go on the back of my Kubota mini tractor, be good to see how well it works.


Ghop Shop
11-03-2009, 02:29 AM
Vertical splitters are much more user friendly.

Gayle Hopson

Ian B
11-05-2009, 03:49 AM
Vertical splitters - like this one?




11-05-2009, 10:54 AM
My splitter had the option to use it either vertical or horizontally. If you can receive the wood close to the horizontal plane and you donít need to bend over to get the lumber it is much better on your back. My current addition of the log lift delivers the log to the splitter without out much work from me. Roll the log to the lift with your foot and then lift it to the horizontal plane to split it. I will roll 3-4 logs to the lift and then lift them all and roll them to the splitting position.

If you use it in the vertical position you spend the entire time bending over. IMHO, I think the log lift and a horizontal splitter is the only way to go. I also use my front end loader to deliver logs to the splitter which also saves on the back.