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 06-26-2006, 21:40 Post: 131400
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Not really a chipper question but ya gotta pick a forum. I bought a used Speeco 25 ton log splitter which is supposed to have an Auto-Return valve. How is that supposed to work? The instructions really don't address it and the valve appears to be two position - extend ram, retract ram - but there doesn't seem to be any auto return function. After extending if I let go of the lever it just sits there.






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 06-26-2006, 21:57 Post: 131402
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Most log splitter vales 'auto-return' to the neutral position after fully retracting. i.e. you have to hold it in the extend position to extend the splitter. If you let go, it will stay there. If you move it to the return position, it should stay in that position until it fully returns - then it should pop out into the neutral position.

Knowing nothing about your make and model, I don't know if that's how yours is supposed to work, but you could see if it operates per the above description.






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 06-26-2006, 23:23 Post: 131405
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Thanks, Jason. That's exactly how it works.






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 06-27-2006, 07:45 Post: 131408
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The lever is alot like the float position on your loader.






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 06-27-2006, 07:49 Post: 131409
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Ken, the auto-return feature is even handier if you learn how to fool it into doing what you want it to do, and not what it wants to do.

The valve has a small detent that holds it in the return position until there is pressure in that circuit, on a normal retract there is never any real pressure until the cylinder bottoms out at full retract.

However, most splitters have a 24"++ opening, but very few people want 24" long firewood.

If for instance you want to make 12" firewood, that means you have to either wait for the splitter to travel an extra 12" on the return till the auto return kicks off, then an 12" for the splitter face to reach the wood for the next split, or skip using the auto return feature altogether.

If however you modify the splitter to make some form of adjustable restraint for the return stroke, you can 'customize' the point at which the splitter stops retracting.

This can be as simple as a length of chain, or a mechanism of some form, like a lever sticking out the back of the splitter head which contacts an adjustable stoper on the I-beam, or even just a clamp on stopper which the slide mechanism hits on the return stroke.

Just be sure that whatever it is doesn't mar the surface of the I-beam that the slider runs on, it will cause excess wear if there is a rough spot on it.

Best of luck.






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 06-27-2006, 07:58 Post: 131411
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Murf you are right that waiting for the splitter to fully return can really slow up your splitting operation.

I have a combo vertical / horizontal splitter. When I am splitting big logs I use it in vertical mode and I always use auto return. I keep my hand on the lever and take it out of auto mode when it has retracted just enough for me to get the next log in.

Some sort of adjustment would be even more useful when I use it in horizontal mode when I am making kindling size pieces.






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 06-27-2006, 08:28 Post: 131416
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Ken,

Possibly the best solution to what Murf is telling you is from the ag world. Get the (oh there went the memory) well they are round spacers that open up and snap shut that go around the rod to stop the retraction as Murf was telling you. They often come in sets of different thickness so you can adjust the exact amount needed. They do come in different ID for the cyl rod diameter. They are often used on hyd cyls that adjust the depth of an implement such as a disc. Should find them at any store that has the cylinders.






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 06-27-2006, 08:33 Post: 131417
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Thanks for the idea Murf. Did some splitting last night and it did seem sort of slow. A 12 second cycle time is a long time when you're just waiting. I've got a few other things to do to fix it up. The engine has a melted air cleaner cover and the muffler is on it's last legs. The tow coupler and tow jack are pretty beat and the suction line is slightly kinked. The wheel bearings should probably be packed and the whole thing could use a pressure wash and a coat of paint. But it starts on the first pull and runs like a top, which is surprising for a Honda engine Smile






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 06-27-2006, 08:35 Post: 131419
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Kenneth, those split sleeve thingies sound ideal. I'll look for them next time I'm at the dealer. Thanks for the info.






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"The engine has a melted air cleaner cover and the muffler is on it's last legs."

I have a feeling I'm preaching to the choir but make sure you wear ear plugs while using this, even when you get a new muffler.

I think you'll have better luck with this Honda engine. Smile
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