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 11-21-2005, 19:07 Post: 119659
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Has anyone heard of the American log splitter, 3pt hitch model? I have have seen an ad where someone wants $450 for one. I see a similar ad for an American log splitter where they are asking $1000 for an almost new one, vertical setup, with PTO pump. I can't find the website for American log splitters - everytime I try I get the dr log splitter web site. I also keep getting "All American" log splitters that are smaller and manually or air driven.

Are PTO log splitters preferable over log splitters that use the tractor hydraulic fluid? I would think so. Any opinions? Is there something I should be aware of? Any one know the web site where I can see these log splitters?






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 11-21-2005, 21:51 Post: 119668
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The separate PTO pump adds to the cost compared to one that hooks to the power beyond port.... assuming you have a power beyond port in the first place.

It is possible that the American name is a re-badge from another manufacturer.






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 11-21-2005, 22:08 Post: 119669
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I just sold mine the other day. A lot of older tractors don't have the rate of hydraulic fluid tranfer rate required for the large piston on the log splitter. You need a PTO pump to keep the dirt out and pump fast enough. The pumps are nearly the price of the whole unit.






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 11-22-2005, 08:02 Post: 119676
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Would a 16 ton log splitter be enough to split 1-1/2 to 2 foot diameter logs that have already been cut to fireplace length? I am considering the Northerntools horizontal splitter for $480. I don't do this every day - just to keep my fireplace going. I might split a cord or two a year. The Tractor Supply splitter (20 ton horizontal/ vertical for $665) is more than I want to spend. Maybe the American w/PTO pump is more iron than I need.

Yes I have a power beyond port for my backhoe. Is this all I need for the splitter? How much do the extra hydraulic hoses that no manufacturer includes cost? (Ballpark).






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 11-22-2005, 08:20 Post: 119677
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I considered a 3PT splitter but then remembered that I need the tractor to pull the trailer that held the split wood! Decision made.

I picked up a Tractor Supply 27-ton unit last year but wanted the 32-ton unit on sale (it was still just too much $$$). When compared to my B-I-L's 16- ton umit, he can split everything my 27-ton will split. If you slab off the outsides of say a "Y" in the trunk and live with what's left, either work equally well.

The 16-ton unit will split firewood just fine. Anything it doesn't split is yard art anyway Smile

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 11-22-2005, 08:39 Post: 119678
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With my "puny" hydraulic flow on my Green 4115, I can split a cord of wood in about 75 minutes using my power beyond port and working alone. And yes, it is the only port you need. I would be surprised if you could spend more than $30 getting hoses made.

Remember, it is the pressure that splits the wood and the flow that determines the cycle times or ram speed.

As far as the trailer vs. splitter thing, I solved that by putting the splitter on a heavy wood table. It takes about 30 seconds to hook the tractor up to the splitter.

The three point arms and trailer hitch fit under the table when parked and it provides and added bonus of raising the work surface above waist level so as not to strain the old back too much.






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 11-22-2005, 08:40 Post: 119679
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You can split most wood with nearly anything, I recall calculating an axe's impact in school, a few years ago, and it was surprisingly low.

It used to be common to see splitters cobbled together from scrounged bits of this and that, I've seen lots of them made from a 3.5hp lawn mower motor belt driving a power steering pump off an old 5 ton truck. As long as the cylinder and reservoir are big enough, it will do the job.

The only thing that changes is really the speed and maximum power. If you only need 5 tons to split wood, what difference does it make if you are capable of producing 2 times that, or 20 times that much force?

I run a 3pth vertical splitter mounted on my FEL and fed via a pair of fairly small diameter extension lines run from one of my remotes. I rarely have to have the engine running much above a very fast idle, about 1500 rpm.

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Thanks for the quick and informative responses everyone! I need to keep the cost down on this one cause the real boss thinks I already have enough attachments Smile






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I sold my splitter as it never gets used. I will generally cut and split a trailer load of hard wood with an axe or ads in an hour. I never pick up the wood until it is split and placed in the trailer. I like to leave the mess in the woods as much as possible.






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Peters, that is precisely why I put my splitter on the FEL.

I can put a box trailer behind the CUT, drive to where the tree lays, and park the trailer. Then cut the logs into blocks and throw the split stuff straight into the trailer.

With the splitter on the 3pth putting a trailer behind the CUT was a PITA.

Besides, the splitter offers way better access out on the FEL, and an almost infinite range of height and angle options.

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