This 5 lb. splitting wedge helps split wood faster with its 60 degree bevel and forged head. The main issue would be the strength of the wood at the tiny eye – with a long handle especially a thicker one, it’d be easy for anyone without experience to put too much leverage trying to pry out chips – because it’s really too acute a bevelled hatchet for the force imparted by even light swings of the longer handle. When you are done splitting wood you have to wrestle with your wood pile and the splitter to gain access to the tongue to move your splitter again. I get enough splinters from my 4way wedge to worry about making ity bity pieces, so I wont be persueing making kindling.
Actually, wasting time and energy on any recalcitrant piece of wood is one of the best ways to make sure you have a miserable, frustrating time out at the woodpile and get little useful work done while you’re there. The worst part of the task is removing the remaining bit of wood stuck inside the tool’s head. You could use the knife to fashion the wedge, then use the wedge to lever the wood apart.
Also, the longer you’re able to dry your wood – one to two years is ideal – the more efficiently it will burn. This is also the easiest way to break a maul’s handle because the wedge is a very small target as opposed to the whole log, and can be overshot, resulting in the handle hitting full-force onto the wedge. This is accurate enough for effective wood splitting and is not too difficult to achieve with practice and focus. The main factors that decide the power of your log splitter outside of the frame system that holds all the components, are the hydraulic cylinder, hydraulic pump, and the power source.
If you don’t have a woodshed to stack your wood in, consider using corrugated roofing with ample weight stacked on top. A good splitting maul head has a blade ground to a much wider angle than an axe blade – maybe 90 degrees – so it starts cracks without getting stuck in the wood. Thanks–I’ll check my woodpile to get a sense of how much splitting the 4-way will be beneficial for. Look for checks (splits which occur as wood dries) in either end of the block you are splitting.
You can see that the wood fibres really hold together when you open a split rather than use a natural one, so the vaughan is needed to cut fibres. With a single split, 4-way, and 6-way wedge, and optional custom-made wedges, you’ve always got the right wedge for the job. For the average homeowner who only requires a small amount of firewood to cut throughout the year then a log splitting wedge is the ideal tool to use. Rodler believes the splitter would be especially useful to the province’s wood-lot owners.
I am not averse to employing the chainsaw when it is called for and I own a portable sawmill…but there were plenty of powered operations in the past which could have been considered sustainable because they used steam power ( fueling the machine with the very material being worked) or water power. Split large blocks of wood in half, if possible, then split these in half again. With the grenade I can sometimes split a sizeable piece of wood in a couple of hard, well-aimed whacks. This is truly a workhorse and works surprisingly well for such a portable log splitter.
I have tried my new splitter and have not managed to slow it down with red or burr oak and some elm pieces. While I appreciate the simplicity of splitting with an ax or maul, there are some circumstances when a hydraulic splitter represents a more practical solution. Getting the right blade for your type of splitting needs can save you time and effort.
Doing this added an extra handling step but was still faster than doing everything with the conventional wedge. I try to time it so that the wood I cut this winter and into the earliest part of spring is seasoned over the full summer (3.5 months of 90+ deg) and intended to be burned the following winter. A good gauge if your splitter is powerful enough for a four way is to look at mfg’s spec’s that do offer four way wedges. This also makes it harder for logs to ride up the wedge and risk operator safety. David is 61 years of age, 200 pounds and has decades of experience splitting wood.
I split most of my firewood a year in advance, meaning that as my woodstove is burning I’m often at the woodshed splitting next year’s wood. The heat output (Btu content) of wood is proportional to its density (weight per unit volume) when air-dried. The Estwing E-5 Sure Split log splitting wedge is also a popular and features a unique design well-suited for splitting wood quickly and relatively easy. Cycle Time: The cylinders cycle time is how long it takes for the ramp to push forward into the wood and return back to its starting position. Light blows seldom split wood and almost always discourage and tire you for no gain.
Splitters generally utilize a hydraulic cylinder to force a piece of wood between a steel wedge and a plate and are either vertically or horizontally oriented. While cedar is easily if opened up along existing splits – you need a hatchet that can really be pounded on to open a split enough to use a wooden wedge – in tougher wood. As some have suggested, these can be made onsite with a chainsaw too, it’s just that I don’t usually get out my chainsaw for such small pieces of wood. High quality plastic felling wedges, with built in cleat designed to hold wedge securely in tree and prevent slipping. With its solid forged steel splitter head and a solid steel frame this log splitter is built to last.
If you end up burying the wedge completely and the wood still hasn’t split, you may have to drive a second wedge in further along the crack. The BBT 40-Ton Log Splitter features a unique elevated working bed, so you don’t have to strain your back when managing your new piece of equipment. If memory serves me correctly, the one I am thinking about had more than one horizonal knife edge, sort of like two tempest wedges stacked on top of each other. A small, flush, or counter-sunk pin of aluminum or similar material should be placed through the head and secured. Built specifically to do large wood it comes standard with a 60″ circular blade, and a massive 6″ 42 ton splitter cylinder.
You could sharpen it with an angle grinder if the mood strikes, but I split oak and eucalyptus for years with an unsharpened mild steel edge. Consequently I just piled the stuff that came off the 4-way wedge and came back later and split it further with the single wedge. FEATURES : This wedge was found in an old garage at an estate – unknown maker or age – but am estimating from the 60’s or 70’s. No; However if you feel the need to have a splitter with higher tonnage we would be more than happy to accommodate. You want to be able to pull the splitter from the opposite end of the wedge to be able to get it out of your wood pile.