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Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« on: March 18, 2014, 06:25:52 AM »
I'm well beyond what I can split by hand so it is time to make a purchase.  I've done some research and I keep coming back to this DR Rapidfire thing.  Seems like a pretty simple concept.  The time is where all the value is for me.
Ratings seem good enough.  Watching those hydrolic things makes my brain hurt they go so freakin slow.  I could literally split soft wood by hand faster than those things go.  So I'm looking at this:

http://www.drpower.com/power-equipment/log-splitters/rapidfire-splitter/prompt-for-rapidfire-6-0-ms-new.axd

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I don't have a ton of hardwoods on the property so I'm not worried about that part.  What I do have is a monster woodpile that needs to be split, a ton of downed trees that will need to be dealt with and a lot of trees yet to be taken
to make room for new projects.  And since I don't live on the property yet and have to drive there, time is the most important factor in this decision. 

What say you oh experts on wood? 
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2014, 07:31:05 AM »
I was looking at them but I'm not old and feeble enough yet.   ;D


The DR seems to get good reviews but it seems like the SuperSplit was the favored one to get.

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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2014, 08:07:55 AM »
for no more wood than I split it is easier and cheaper to rent one for the afternoon once a year.
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2014, 08:42:07 AM »
I use a Vitrolic splitter myself.  Next door neighbor -- he has anger issues.

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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2014, 12:32:19 PM »
I use a Vitrolic splitter myself.  Next door neighbor -- he has anger issues.


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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2014, 01:51:13 PM »
so, a stationary rack meshing with a moving pinion everytime you hit the lever just seems like a lot of wear to me?
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2014, 01:52:33 PM »
for no more wood than I split it is easier and cheaper to rent one for the afternoon once a year.

We thought about that but then realized it would be FAR more often than that.  And owning one will give me the freedom to do the work upon making the decision to do the work and not having to coordinate and travel to make a rental happen.
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2014, 01:55:22 PM »
so, a stationary rack meshing with a moving pinion everytime you hit the lever just seems like a lot of wear to me?

2 year warranty will sort things out in pretty quick order.  I thought the same thing and it may still be true but reviews seem to be to the contrary.  I think a little discipline w/ the go handle will help and it seems that the belts will slip
before the pinion gears will suffer much in the way of damage.  6 month home trial instills a fair amount of confidence in the product.
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2014, 01:56:13 PM »
so, a stationary rack meshing with a moving pinion everytime you hit the lever just seems like a lot of wear to me?

2 year warranty will sort things out in pretty quick order.  I thought the same thing and it may still be true but reviews seem to be to the contrary.  I think a little discipline w/ the go handle will help and it seems that the belts will slip
before the pinion gears will suffer much in the way of damage.  6 month home trial instills a fair amount of confidence in the product.

definitely looks better than hydraulic if it works as advertised.
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2014, 04:00:04 PM »
I'm a little behind the curve on this one, but check this thing out:



http://www.thestickler.com/

Pretty sweet.
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2014, 04:53:26 PM »
I can only see about 1000 ways VBill would kill himself with that.
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2014, 08:47:47 PM »
for no more wood than I split it is easier and cheaper to rent one for the afternoon once a year.


When a friend had a fire place he would collect logs all year and come fall he would rent a splitter and i would bring a case of beer. Funny,every year we'd finish the beer before the logs.
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #12 on: March 29, 2014, 03:30:58 AM »
I actually bought one from Harbor Freight years ago when I had wood heat in my shop. Bought the 2 year replacement plan, too. Had 0 trouble with it , and used it almost daily.

I've also seen a couple guys regularly using the DR. They build quality gear, so I'd say go for it. They're also pretty easy to repair when stuff wears out, and DR is good on part support.


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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2014, 08:46:25 AM »
I'm a little behind the curve on this one, but check this thing out:
http://youtu.be/2M0XMVPE4og


http://www.thestickler.com/

Pretty sweet.


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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2014, 09:44:59 AM »
What could possibly go wrong? 


I was waiting for it to hang up in the log and drive into the house.

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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2014, 10:10:09 AM »
What could possibly go wrong? 
I was waiting for it to hang up in the log and drive into the house.

Yep, or what if a loose piece of clothing got caught on the tip?  :eek:
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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2014, 10:41:00 AM »
As a kid I used to do 4 cords a year, usually 2 of softwood and 2 of hard, mostly oak and maple.

Axe for the softwood, sledge and wedge for the hard.  My dad did the bucking with a 42" bow saw.  He eventually inherited a nice husqvarna chainsaw, but it was loud and we just stuck to the manual approach.

If you didn't do it all at once it wasn't too onerous. Unless you need lots of wood, I vote for axe and sledge.

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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2014, 10:44:03 AM »
What could possibly go wrong? 
I was waiting for it to hang up in the log and drive into the house.

Yep, or what if a loose piece of clothing got caught on the tip?  :eek:


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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #18 on: March 29, 2014, 01:03:02 PM »
What could possibly go wrong? 
I was waiting for it to hang up in the log and drive into the house.

Yep, or what if a loose piece of clothing got caught on the tip?  :eek:


Don't Google "lathe accident"   :o

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Re: Wood splitters. Hydrolic or not?
« Reply #19 on: March 29, 2014, 09:26:04 PM »
 :lol:

Yes, I don't think it would be for everyone.   :bigsmile:
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