Since ancient times when
humans mastered the concept of fire they have been splitting
wood. Splitting logs by hand with an axe or mall can be a
tremendously exhaustive process, as well as time-consuming and
save some time and effort, instead of using an axe or maul to
split a high quantity of wood, consider using a manually
operated hydraulic log splitter to reduce the time and risk.
Manual log splitters have the ability to split lots of firewood
with ease and safety that wedges, mauls and axes simply can't
Manual wood splitters operate largely in a similar way that the
tire jack from the trunk of your car operates. You create hydraulic
pressure by manually cranking a rod to increase hydraulic fluid
pressure that pushes a ram with a wedge tip into a piece of wood
or log to split it.
Manual log Splitter
How To Build A Manual
Powered log splitters are highly effective for splitting large
quantities, but they can be fairly expensive. Unlike
powered wood splitters that operate by using a hydraulic or
mechanical pump to apply the pressure, manual log splitters require human
effort to pump the levers that force a hydraulic ram into a log.
Manual log splitters can
be designed to operate by hand, or by foot. Most operators find that
foot-powered wood splitters are much easier to use since the
legs have more power and it frees up the
hands to hold and guide the logs as needed in the splitter.
Manual wood splitters
can be built at home with easy to get parts and a few industrial
tools like a welder and torch. As with any machinery, it is
imperative that proper precautions be taken in order to avoid
injury when building and operating a manual log splitter.
hydraulic wood splitter is relatively cheap to build and can
save hours of time, and save you from painful back and shoulder
Manual Wood Splitter
Step 1 - Collect
The Materials Needed
To build a log splitter
with a hydraulic pumping system, you will need the following
Steel pipe about 20 inches long and 2 inches thick to support
Steel support and wedge system for the base structure of the
Step 2 - Construct
the Spade Blade System
Begin by welding the 4 blades together in a
criss-cross shape. You may find it helpful to bevel the inner corners of the blades
to make it easier to weld them together.
Begin by welding 2 of the blades together at a 90 degree angle. Repeat
this step with the other 2 blades, then weld the 2 pairs of
blades together into the cross pattern.
Prepare the 20
inch steel pipe by cutting notches on one end to
match up with the 4 blades. Weld the blades into the pipe
securely with reinforcement or filler rod to insure it is a
Step 3 - Set Up Your Hydraulic Pump,
Tank and Hoses
Local home improvement centers like
Home Depot carry the basic hydraulic pump systems
working pressure of about 1500 psi should be adequate for the
average wood splitter. Use the instructions given by the
manufacturer to set up the hydraulic pump system properly.
Step 4 - Attach the Spade Blade System to the Pump
Ensure that the pump is deactivated and fit the blade system to the
assembled hydraulic pump. After
the blade system is attached securely, test the log splitter with a
log and make any adjustments to the blades or pump that may be
necessary for proper operation.
Consult your local home improvement specialist for
further advice if you have any questions or concerns
about your log splitter!