A log splitter is a piece of machinery or equipment used for splitting firewood from softwood or hardwood logs that have been pre-cut into sections (rounds), usually by chainsaw or a saw bench. Many log splitters Consist of a hydraulic or electrical rod and piston assembly and thesis are Often rated by the tones of strength They Can generate. The higher the pressure rating, the greater the thickness of the rounds that can be split. The log splitter consists of all four major hydraulic components.
Most models have a 10 ton tone, but professional hydraulic models can exert 30 tons of force or more. There are also manual log splitters, which use mechanical leverage to force logs to a sharpened blade assembly and screw or ‘corkscrew’ types that are driven directly from an agricultural tractor’s power take-off shaft where the splitter is mounted to the linkage point.
A simple log splitter can be powered by an electric motor driving a hydraulic pump or by gasoline or diesel engine with or without a tractor. The non-electric versions can be used remotely where the splitter can be moved to the location of the cut wood source. Split logs can be loaded into trucks, trailers or bulk bags.
No matter what the power source, a log splitter or a hydraulic piston to drive a stationary blade or a rotating cone shaped screw that pulls the plug up over a wedge. Some models have attachments that allow you to split the logs quickly and easily. Some cone or screw splitters are mounted on steel platforms with 3-point linkage that allow the log to be repeatedly split into smaller parts without putting the wood down and up again.
Although smaller firewood splitters are intended, there are many commercial units available. Some commercial splitters are part of a ‘firewood processor’, which is one of the most common, and one of the most popular, splitters. Specialty producteurs Such As Those Producing maple syrup use units That split 4 foot lengths. Machines that split and point wood for fence post also exist but they are few and far between.
The rising cost of domestic heating gas oil has reawakened a desire for alternative fuel sources and burning wood is carbon neutral. Modern wood burning stoves are efficient and safe. Many consumers who would not have thought about their own logging.
Although a good log splitter can save the operator hours of labor, it is not possible to make it completely safe. Only trained adults should have a log splitter, since it will be at least 10 tons of pressure. Most hydraulic machines now have two handed operation for the purpose of ensuring that they are able to operate while splitting them out of the way of the moving blade.
The behavior of each log can not be predicted, so a safety zone should be established around the splitter to prevent injury from flying splinters of wood. Helpers can pick up the individual pieces of firewood, but should not stand near the log splitter while it is in operation.