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Wood Splitter Plans

Getting ready for winter can be a big chore especially if you chop your own wood for heat and fireplace esthetics. A log splitter can make the task a lot quicker and easier. Plus, you can save some serious cash by using one of our wood splitter plans to build a super duty splitter yourself.

Wood / Log Splitters come in all forms and sizes to fit your needs

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Choices are not just limited to power options. There are gas powered, electric powered, and human powered splitters that offer options with hydraulics and screw type splitting. The higher the tonnage rating is on a log splitter, the more horsepower it has to work efficiently on dense hard to split North American Hardwoods like oak, maple, and iron wood like locust.

Wood Splitting Options

The most popular power options for log splitters include hydraulic, gas and electric log splitters. Like a manual log splitter, electric log splitters are quiet to operate. Manual Wood Splitters are the most economical choice due to the fact that there are fewer component.

Your power option will also be largely decided by the power source availability. Gas powered splitters can go anywhere, while electric splitters need to be near and electrical power source.

Motorized hydraulic log splitters are suitable for commercial scale log splitting, but they can be more dangerous when not stopped quick enough if a problem arises.

Horizontal Wood Splitters

Horizontal wood splitters are the most common style and generally include tires along with a tongue to hook to a trailer hitch so you can pull them around from place to place. They can also be stationary and be set up to run mass amounts of wood through them. With horizontal wood splitters you simply lay the log down on the track and allow the hydraulic ram to force the splitter head into the log as it splits the log in half. Choose one of our horizontal wood splitter plans.

To use a horizontal log splitter, you pick up the logs and lay them on the log tray for splitting.

Vertical Wood Splitters

Vertical wood splitters utilize the effects of placing a log in the upright position on the splitter with a ram that pushes a spade into the log to split it.

Vertical Wood Splitter Advantages: Vertical log splitters are sometimes easier to use due to the fact that you don't have to lift the logs up as far to place them on the splitter. A vertical wood splitter requires the logs to be standing up, so rolling the logs into place on the pad which is at ground level can be easier than lifting them into place.

Vertical log splitters also offer a more stable platform when you are going to be working on uneven ground or slopes. Check out our vertical wood splitter plans.

Flywheel Wood Splitters

With a flywheel wood splitter, kinetic energy is stored in the revolving flywheels weight and RPM, offering a tremendous power advantage. Several blows may be made to drive through any type of hard wood grain in order to split the log. With dense hardwood the flywheel may stall on overload impact but can recover in a split second. Select one of our flywheel wood splitter plans to build.

While original designs in flywheel splitters used a spade on the actual flywheel to split logs, modern designs offer flywheel energy that powers a ram to force logs into a splitting blade.

Screw Powered Wood Splitters

Screw type log splitters utilize the concept of screwing a splitter tip that is pointed and tapered back to a wide spade that forces the wood apart as it is screwed into the log. It is a concept that allows many power options to propel the device. Screw wood splitter plans.

Manual Wood Splitters

Since ancient times when humans mastered the concept of fire they have been splitting wood. Manual log splitters split firewood with ease and safety that wedges, mauls and axes can't match!

These manual wood splitters operate in a similar manner as the tire jack in the trunk of your car. You create hydraulic pressure by manually cranking a rod to push the ram into a log. This system allows you to split logs with incredible ease and enhanced safety. Manual wood splitter plans.

Sliding-Hammer Manual Wood Splitter

Slide-Hammer Pounding Force Splits logs easily in seconds with a powerful slide hammer action. This device replaces axes, wedges and mauls for easier control. Slide hammer wood splitter plans.

Split logs with incredible ease and enhanced safety by placing the wedge tip on a log, then slide the hammer sleeve shaft up and down to split a log in seconds. No more dangerous overhead swinging and broken axe handles, or flying and jammed wedges.

Wood Splitter Owners Manuals

We offer a number of PDF Owners Manuals for commercially produced wood splitters, so check out our list of wood splitter owners manuals to see if the one your looking for to match your log splitter is here for download. Otherwise, pick up a set of plans and you can build a homemade log splitter yourself!


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