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Old 09-01-2009, 11:25 AM
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This seems to be the least expensive one that I am hoping will do the job. (My old one got "repossessed" by the neighbor I was sharing with).

Anyway I have mostly under 12 inch birch poplar sasafrass and a few maples and hickory- any thoughts..

http://www.tractorsupply.com/outdoor...litter-2153613
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Old 09-01-2009, 11:38 AM
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I bought a 27-ton Troy Built with a Honda 5.5 engine. It's a horizontal/vertical, because my back doesn't want me to lift logs. I picked it up at Lowes ($1300) last year, less a 10% coupon I found online, plus I drive through Delaware regularly, and it also JUST fit in the bed of my Ranger (I had to put some boards under the tires to raise it over the tailgate). The Honda starts on the first or second pull and is very very quiet. It has handled everything we've thrown at it, including 3+' rounds of fresh oak.

I wouldn't get a splitter that didn't tilt into a vertical mode.

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Old 09-01-2009, 12:37 PM
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I would go with the honda because it is horizontal style motor and it looks like the briggs is a vertical push mower type motor which will not even hold up to half the hours as a horizontal type. the splitting position as rock said is important you won't have to lift the big ones.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:39 PM
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How can you cut down Sassafras trees Bob, one they are on the endangered list and two they are gorgeous in the fall.

You could check with your rental companies, maybe they'll sell off one of theirs for less money. Yes it will be used but you are probably not going to be going into business splitting logs.
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Old 09-01-2009, 01:57 PM
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One of the best things i ever bought! You'll be amazed at how much free firewood you'll get. I bought mine about 5 years ago from Northern Equip. (Hydraulics). It is very similar to the one you posted except it has a Honda 6HP on it. Never a lick of trouble. The tires and wheels are not highway rated, but that's OK as i tow it on a separate trailer. Check out Northern Equipment's website and see if they are offering any deals right now.
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Originally Posted by Hydro View Post
One of the best things i ever bought! You'll be amazed at how much free firewood you'll get. I bought mine about 5 years ago from Northern Equip. (Hydraulics). It is very similar to the one you posted except it has a Honda 6HP on it. Never a lick of trouble. The tires and wheels are not highway rated, but that's OK as i tow it on a separate trailer. Check out Northern Equipment's website and see if they are offering any deals right now.
That's www.northerntool.com but shipping will cost a pretty penny. It may be better to just go to the nearest Lowes.
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This is the one you need

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YeanPDO-D6M
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Built my own, got the cylinder, pump and controls from Northern Tool. Built it in 1988, 11.5 gpm 2 stage pump, 5 hp Tecumseh horizontal sheft engine. Don't have an hour meter on it, but I used to sell firewood as a sideline job, I'd say 500 - 750 hours is a good guess. Tought myself to weld while doing the build.
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Originally Posted by twentynine View Post
Built my own, got the cylinder, pump and controls from Northern Tool. Built it in 1988, 11.5 gpm 2 stage pump, 5 hp Tecumseh horizontal sheft engine. Don't have an hour meter on it, but I used to sell firewood as a sideline job, I'd say 500 - 750 hours is a good guess. Tought myself to weld while doing the build.
that is dam good for a tuckushen you are way ahead of the game
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