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 01-29-2012, 11:37 Post: 182200
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Does anyone have any experience (good/bad) with the various log splitters on the market?

Up until a few months ago, I've been using a 20+ year old Craftsman 7 ton splitter, which had more than enough power to split 30+ inch logs. Shopping for a new splitter, it seems like they start around 20 tons and get WILDLY varying reviews. (They're either awesome or the worst-piece-of-junk-I've-ever-seen -- for the exact same make/model).

It also looks like a whole lot of them are the same splitters re-branded under various brands.

I'm stuck... and my wood pile is shrinking to near zero.






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 01-30-2012, 08:57 Post: 182216
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I had a Troy built 32 Ton with a Honda Engine. A great engine and large hydraulic fluid capacity will keep it from overheating.






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 01-31-2012, 00:34 Post: 182228
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Honda Engines. Shudder. Going against the tide here but I have never owned harder starting engines in my life. I have three now and will never, ever, ever buy another. Total crap IMO. Give me a Briggs or Kohler or any other brand, they have all started with the first pull or two.

Those frigging Hondas have left me high and dry a dozen times. Honda compactor, dead. Honda splitter, dead. Honda pressure washer, dead. Those things eat carbs for breakfast even when they are run dry between uses. Who wants equipment that needs repair between each and every use?

But the Briggs mower that is 12 years now starts first time, every time. So does the Homelite blower, Echo trimmer, Stihl and Husky saws, and Kohler generator.

Honda engines are the only reason I buy starting fluid. Sometimes it works.






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 01-31-2012, 08:45 Post: 182229
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I happened to see a commercial from the DR Company showing their version of I "Think" a totally non-hydraulic splitter.
I wasn't fully awake at the time but it did catch my attention that it looked like an old putt, putt, miss, miss, gas engine with the big flywheels from a hundred years ago. I seem to remember it's claim to fame was the quick retraction time compared to a slow big bore hydraulic cylinder retraction time.
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 01-31-2012, 09:24 Post: 182231
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Honda Engines. Shudder. Going against the tide here ...



I've had my share of Honda engine problems, too. (The $1000 lawn mower that threw a rod on it's 3rd season.) And I'm a bit afraid of the various incantations of MTD equipment.






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 01-31-2012, 14:29 Post: 182235
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My experience has been just the opposite. The last Briggs engines we had on grain augers were so close to nothing that it wasn't funny. I told the grain elevator to never send another truck loading auger out here with a Briggs engine. If they weren't bad enough the Briggs engines on the sprayer transfer pumps were at best a one season engine. That was kinda sad, the pumps would have lasted a long time but a new Briggs engine cost more than a whole new pump, engine and all than just a replacement engine.

I think all the grain elevators who supply their customers with the use of truck loading augers now have Honda's. I have a power washer that's probably ten years old now with a Honda. It's never had a tuneup, I just run it out of gas on the last job of the fall, and I'd almost guarantee it will start on the second pull even after sitting all winter.

I'm normally not a foreign built or foreign company owned factory on U. S. soil built anything, but with the engines that go from hard to start junk in one season,(Briggs), to engines that last a long time and always start,(Honda's), I'll have to make an exception.
I have no reason to doubt any of your experiences, but it just seems odd that we would differ so widely.

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 01-31-2012, 14:41 Post: 182236
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My Honda issue was a design issue: double stacked mulching mower blade made out of hardened bridge iron steel and no shear pin or belt between that and the crankshaft. The weakest link literally was the crankshaft.

...then there is parts: the rebuild parts for the engine cost more than a new engine, promptly causing me to place engine in trash can and purchase $20 garage sale lawnmower.

...but that's off topic. I digress.






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 01-31-2012, 16:31 Post: 182237
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Most of the newer engines are OHV (over head valve) and need to have their valves adjusted once in a while. The valves will get loose and even get to the point that the automatic decompression mechanism won't work. It's a good thing it is so easy to check and adjust them.

I've got a Speeco 25 ton splitter with a Briggs 10.5hp engine and have not had a problem.






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I have found that you get what you pay for when buying a splitter. The cheaper ones will have cheap parts, small oil tanks, funky controls, weak frames, and slow speed.






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 01-31-2012, 19:53 Post: 182239
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Cummings makes a good splitter engine. See my pic 10. Little over $500 and many hours of scrounging and fabricating.


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