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Old 06-03-2009, 06:26 AM
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Anyone have a log splitter from either Home Depot or Lowe's that is a tow behind? I want to know if they are able to handle 60-70 mph highway speeds and if lights and license plate are required.
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Wow, are you gonna tow it cross country? My guess is if the wheels are 8 or 10 inch don't go over 60 - if 13 inch or bigger go for it. Other than bearings heating up with the small wheels - these things are so small, in-line ,and relatively light you won't even know its there. I have a very old one (5hp B&S) with the small wheels and can't tell its there.
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won't it fit in the back of your truck?
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No-way shape or form would I tow that thing for more than 10 miles at 45 mph. I have a home made one that I load on my utility trailer for long, highway speed trips.
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I tow mine around the farm. Can't imagine them being towed like a trailer or boat. Don't know about lights/tags but wouldn't even think about a tow further than down the street. Got mine from Lowes.
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Mine has 8" wheels and it gets towed 60 miles (one direction) at highway speeds, 60 mph, all the time. No lights or plates. Per a friend/cop, towing a small log splitter doesn't require lights because you can easily see the truck lights around the splitter.
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Originally Posted by chrisrack View Post
Mine has 8" wheels and it gets towed 60 miles (one direction) at highway speeds, 60 mph, all the time. No lights or plates. Per a friend/cop, towing a small log splitter doesn't require lights because you can easily see the truck lights around the splitter.
Just like a mortar mixer, except for the tire size.
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I bought mine (27-ton) at Lowes and it JUST fit in my Ranger XLT. No way I'd tow it on the highway. No springs or suspension system -- it would just bounce all over the place. I used a few 2X8s to put in the bed under the wheels so the tongue would go over the tailgate and that was that. It's a great machine (Honda 4-stroke) and splits ANYTHING. If you buy one of those, double up the hose clamps on the hydraulics. We had a dirty surprise the 2nd or 3rd time out with it.
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Check state trailer laws and conferm to them
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Btw timberwolf makes the best log splitter in the east!!
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Make sure the chains are attached properly to your tow vehicle, the tires are up to pressure and your insurance and umbrella policies are paid up to date then put the pedal to the metal.
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Originally Posted by t3rockhall View Post
I bought mine (27-ton) at Lowes ............ If you buy one of those, double up the hose clamps on the hydraulics. We had a dirty surprise the 2nd or 3rd time out with it.

You bought it at Lowes what do you expect ?

Btw, did you report the spill to the authorities ?

http://www.epa.gov/edrlupvx/inventory/DOD-023.html

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It sprayed all over my neighbor, who was using it. There was no "spill." I don't know if he did anything else except clean up his face and arms and put another half pint of hydraulic fluid into the machine.

It's THIS baby, and it will handle a lot more than 27", too:
http://www.amazon.com/Troy-Bilt-160c.../dp/B0000AS2GI
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I have the same TroyBilt, purchased from lowes. It is a nice piece of machinery. I've towed it 25 miles at a pop, 10 of them at Interstate speeds, without incident. Trailers in TN don't require licenses, so that's not an issue, and I felt OK during daylight hours without lights because it doesn't block the truck lights.

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