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Splitting logs for many northerners is a necessary process
in preparing for the long winter months ahead if you will
require firewood for warmth. This can be a tough job with
some of the
Fortunately, log splitting can be accomplished without
the labor intensive ax or chainsaw and sheer manpower and
Logs can be split with a hydraulic log splitters that
you can build yourself. Try these steps to build your own
wood and log splitter.
Draw or purchase your log splitter plans. A log
splitter is basically made of an engine, a frame and
splitter head, a hydraulic ,cylinder, oil pump and a
valve system with hoses.
Prepare a wheeled metal trailer type structure to
put your log splitter on. This can allow you to tow
your log splitter to remote jobs sites or closer to
your wood pile you need to split.
Attach an electric or gas powered engine to a 2-stage
hydraulic oil pump that can pump 3 gallons per minute
at 2500 PSI.
Place a valve on a hydraulic cylinder that powers
a piston. The typical cylinder is two to three feet
long and has a diameter of 4 inches.
Connect a hydraulic hose to the valve and the oil
pump. When the pump is active, high-pressure oil will
go to the valve. Use the valve to adjust the hydraulic
cylinder's movement to control the log splitter travel.
The pressure of the moving oil will drive a piston and
a cutting wedge into the log to split it.
Attach hoses to the fittings on the top of a hydraulic
oil tank. Hydraulic oil can be drawn from the tank and
through the hose to feed the hydraulic pump and cylinder.
Weld together a V-shaped log tray on the frame to
hold logs in place for splitting. Arrange the pieces
so that the hydraulic cylinder rod travels over them
Attach the cutting head or wedge to the cylinder
rod or fix it to the end of the frame. Depending on
which mounting location your chose, the other end needs
a stopper plate for the log to rest against or, a pusher
plate for the cylinder to push the log with.