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2013-12-31 07:50:41 AM
Anyone have a guess as to what kind of wood that is?  Hard to tell from that angle.
 
2013-12-31 08:02:34 AM
Ash.
 
2013-12-31 08:04:00 AM
. . . and that's how Lefty got his name.
 
2013-12-31 08:10:48 AM
Still looks like a pain in the ass.
 
2013-12-31 08:23:51 AM
The automated cutter/splitters are cooler.  One is even mounted on a Bobcat!
 
2013-12-31 08:23:54 AM
Is that homemade? If it is, I'm impressed. If it's a commercial item, even from 50 years ago, who cares?
 
2013-12-31 08:29:49 AM

Shostie: Still looks like a pain in the ass.


I split 10 cords by hand.
We went through one thus far this year.
 
2013-12-31 08:53:17 AM

gopher321: Is that homemade? If it is, I'm impressed. If it's a commercial item, even from 50 years ago, who cares?


Looks homemade to me.

I use this:
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2013-12-31 09:32:35 AM
I use this to split wood...
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2013-12-31 09:39:00 AM
Not impressed:

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2013-12-31 09:42:17 AM
Looks like a cook chopping vegetables.

And we all know that the learning curve on that involves a few bandages.

This thing looks less forgiving.
 
2013-12-31 10:00:07 AM
The best part of chopping wood is the workout.
 
2013-12-31 10:24:01 AM
I think the difficulty in this method is keeping all fingers attached to your hand.
 
2013-12-31 10:31:16 AM

nekom: Anyone have a guess as to what kind of wood that is?


Looks like wood from a tree.
 
2013-12-31 10:48:03 AM
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2013-12-31 10:50:29 AM

Wyalt Derp: nekom: Anyone have a guess as to what kind of wood that is?

Looks like wood from a tree.


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2013-12-31 10:52:41 AM
 Who said that chopping firewood off fingers has to be difficult?

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2013-12-31 10:53:15 AM

TheHighlandHowler: The automated cutter/splitters are cooler.  One is even mounted on a Bobcat!


Extremely cool.  My first thought was how much money you could make driving that around and splitting wood for people.  My second thought was that you better be a good mechanic if you are going to operate one of those.
 
2013-12-31 10:54:40 AM
Looks boring as hell. Whats the point of wood if you don't get to swing a big axe around?
 
2013-12-31 11:18:36 AM

INeedAName: Looks boring as hell. Whats the point of wood if you don't get to swing a big axe around?


We cut and quarter-split our wood with a hydraulic splitter when we get the load, then during the winter I hand-split the quarters down to stove-size every morning. Great workout to start the day.
 
2013-12-31 11:28:26 AM
I would paint the head yellow for visibility

/lost my right thumb to a hydraulic splitter 26 years ago

//had it reimplanted at Montefiore.

Only use a maul now.
 
2013-12-31 11:34:56 AM

mrshowrules: TheHighlandHowler: The automated cutter/splitters are cooler.  One is even mounted on a Bobcat!

Extremely cool.  My first thought was how much money you could make driving that around and splitting wood for people.  My second thought was that you better be a good mechanic if you are going to operate one of those.


I used to support the AS400 that the family that has the DC Bobcat franchise had to have.  Their mechanics were shipped off to school at least twice a year.   If you had real Bobcat mechanic skills you'd make a fukton more cash doing that than splitting wood.
 
2013-12-31 11:39:54 AM
I'd like to live somewhere cold enough where splitting wood was a requirement.      I live in central florida, we've got drunk one night (bad decision #1) and done it just to prove we were men and we could do it (bad decision #2 -- wrong tools for that)  

Yes.  It hurt.   But splitting water oak logs into firewood was bad decision #3.   

/Hey, it was high school.   We were full of testosterone.
 
2013-12-31 12:00:57 PM
Buys it pre-cut and delivered. Suck it, peasants.
 
2013-12-31 12:08:20 PM
That wood looked to split with far lass impact than anything I've cut. If the only downward impact is from the slow speed and whatever weight is left after that spring, I'm amazed it cuts anything.
 
2013-12-31 12:46:48 PM

PreMortem: Buys it pre-cut and delivered. Suck it, peasants.


Do you go to a gym?
 
2013-12-31 12:50:11 PM

Smackledorfer: That wood looked to split with far lass impact than anything I've cut. If the only downward impact is from the slow speed and whatever weight is left after that spring, I'm amazed it cuts anything.


Well, I'm guessing that the spring doesn't bear much of the weight until the blade has engaged and split the wood, the rest is just follow-through a split log. To put it another way, I'll posit that 70% of that massive cutter will bring its force to bear on the first couple inches of the wood, by the time you're halfway through the log the spring is strongly resisting but it doesn't matter as the log has essentially been split at that point.

Unless you've cut a log with a 300-pound blade, with the entire mass of the blade positioned exactly behind the cutting surface, then I don't think you can make that comparison.
 
2013-12-31 01:20:39 PM
Lasers on miter saws are unneccesary and a waste of cash, but I'd mount one on that thing on Day 1.
 
2013-12-31 01:28:51 PM

PreMortem: Buys it pre-cut and delivered. Suck it, peasants.


what a ham and egger, the guy doesn't even have his own land to get firewood from, you'll get there some day lil guy ;)
 
2013-12-31 01:37:12 PM
That would work on about 15% of the wood I have. The rest are knot farms than take a couple wedges, a maul, and occasionally the chain saw, to split.
 
2013-12-31 01:44:15 PM

deadsanta: Smackledorfer: That wood looked to split with far lass impact than anything I've cut. If the only downward impact is from the slow speed and whatever weight is left after that spring, I'm amazed it cuts anything.

Well, I'm guessing that the spring doesn't bear much of the weight until the blade has engaged and split the wood, the rest is just follow-through a split log. To put it another way, I'll posit that 70% of that massive cutter will bring its force to bear on the first couple inches of the wood, by the time you're halfway through the log the spring is strongly resisting but it doesn't matter as the log has essentially been split at that point.

Unless you've cut a log with a 300-pound blade, with the entire mass of the blade positioned exactly behind the cutting surface, then I don't think you can make that comparison.


Probably not. I have used mechanical ones which seem to get a lot more force and still hit issues with hard oversized pieces.

Of course he was using ash too.
 
2013-12-31 02:26:44 PM
Chopping wood is one of my favorite activities. When it is cold, it warms you up so you don't even need a fire. A great way to get rid of stress, and there is immediate satisfaction.
 
2013-12-31 02:33:53 PM
That is way less entertaining than

Redneck
Engineering
At it's Finest
 
2013-12-31 02:50:17 PM

OregonVet: gopher321: Is that homemade? If it is, I'm impressed. If it's a commercial item, even from 50 years ago, who cares?

Looks homemade to me.

I use this:
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Headso: I use this to split wood...
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Here's how I get my wood split.
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2013-12-31 03:10:22 PM

natazha: That would work on about 15% of the wood I have. The rest are knot farms than take a couple wedges, a maul, and occasionally the chain saw, to split.


Yep, around here it would be perfect for the lodgepole.  For the Doug fir and cottonwood, not so much.
 
2013-12-31 03:12:01 PM
I just walk over and turn up the thermostat!
 
2013-12-31 03:14:17 PM

marleymaniac: Chopping wood is one of my favorite activities. When it is cold, it warms you up so you don't even need a fire. A great way to get rid of stress, and there is immediate satisfaction.


I like it for those reasons too, it's one of the few problems in life that you can actually solve by just hitting something harder.
 
2013-12-31 03:19:03 PM

LoneVVolf: That is way less entertaining than

Redneck
Engineering
At it's Finest


I could totally see one of those hooked up to a one lung engine.
 
2013-12-31 03:22:16 PM

Headso: I like it for those reasons too, it's one of the few problems in life that you can actually solve by just hitting something harder.


Or by getting a bigger 'hammer'.  I love getting firewood.  saves big money, gets you a bit of exercise, allows you to get into the outdoors.
 
2013-12-31 03:24:09 PM

HeadLever: natazha: That would work on about 15% of the wood I have. The rest are knot farms than take a couple wedges, a maul, and occasionally the chain saw, to split.

Yep, around here it would be perfect for the lodgepole.  For the Doug fir and cottonwood, not so much.


lording oak, cherry, hickory, maple over you west coast people! burning a big hickory tree right now that was in one of our back pastures standing dead, that is the hottest burning wood, read oak burns the longest it seems though...
 
2013-12-31 03:31:46 PM

2wolves: I used to support the AS400 that the family that has the DC Bobcat franchise had to have.


Ah, those heady days when men were real men, and IBM designed, made, and supported hardware.
 
2013-12-31 03:47:10 PM

PreMortem: Buys it pre-cut and delivered. Suck it, peasants.



We've got gas central heating.


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2013-12-31 03:58:10 PM

HeadLever: natazha: That would work on about 15% of the wood I have. The rest are knot farms than take a couple wedges, a maul, and occasionally the chain saw, to split.

Yep, around here it would be perfect for the lodgepole.  For the Doug fir and cottonwood, not so much.


Doug fir splits fine once it's had a little chance to dry, the trick with cottonwood is to split is as green as you can.
 
2013-12-31 04:01:07 PM

TheHighlandHowler: The automated cutter/splitters are cooler.  One is even mounted on a Bobcat!


Our consulting forester has one mounted on a Lamborghini (tractor).  Whole trees are pulled into it, split firewood comes out the other end.  He got a deal on it used, $70,000.  The version in the video may be cheaper.
 
2013-12-31 04:53:21 PM

Headso: lording oak, cherry, hickory, maple over you west coast people! burning a big hickory tree right now that was in one of our back pastures standing dead, that is the hottest burning wood, read oak burns the longest it seems though..


Us western folks wold burn the house down if we ever moved east.  Burning 'real' hardwood (not inlcuding cottonwood and quaken aspen) out here is about a foreign as you can get.

Though it is fun to get 5 chords out of a towering Doug fir.
 
2013-12-31 04:57:04 PM

ThisIsntMe: OregonVet: gopher321: Is that homemade? If it is, I'm impressed. If it's a commercial item, even from 50 years ago, who cares?

Looks homemade to me.

I use this:
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Headso: I use this to split wood...
[ace.imageg.net image 500x500]

Here's how I get my wood split.
[payments.ironmountain.com image 434x244]


Wow, you split wood with a snow-removal tool? That's real versatility.
 
2013-12-31 04:59:19 PM

Headso: HeadLever: natazha: That would work on about 15% of the wood I have. The rest are knot farms than take a couple wedges, a maul, and occasionally the chain saw, to split.

Yep, around here it would be perfect for the lodgepole.  For the Doug fir and cottonwood, not so much.

lording oak, cherry, hickory, maple over you west coast people! burning a big hickory tree right now that was in one of our back pastures standing dead, that is the hottest burning wood, read oak burns the longest it seems though...


Pound for pound, it's all about the same.


http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/msd/Pages/fuel_facts.aspx
 
2013-12-31 05:05:36 PM

Gough: Doug fir splits fine once it's had a little chance to dry,


so long as you don't have 8" knots at 12 inches on center it is about the easiest to split for the size.

the trick with cottonwood is to split is as green as you can.

Only if it is froze.  If it is thawed, you get wet trying to chop the rubbery stuff.  We generally let it dry for a few years before doing anything with it since it is mostly water and is damn heavy when green.
 
2013-12-31 05:14:05 PM

Gough: Pound for pound, it's all about the same.


Most of the eastern hardwoods have about 50% higher heat than the pines and spongy hardwoods we burn out here in the intermountain west.  Not sure about Doug fir and Yellow Pine as they are not on your list.

/thanks for that btw.  that is a good resource.
 
2013-12-31 05:56:35 PM
Apple wood is great but takes at least two years to season.  Ash, Oak and Maple are the most easily obtained where I come from.  Cedar makes for nice kindling wood and spring/fall fires.

You westerners use fir?  Don't you end up with creosote buildup in your chimbley?
 
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