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How to build a log splitter: introduction
Cutting wood with the classic accept is a procedure that is not only dangerous for one's own safety (especially for those who are not at all familiar with materials and operations of this kind and do not have a physicality suitable for carrying out the work), but also and especially very tiring. Sometimes, despite the profuse strength and commitment, it is not possible to just chop wood and it often gets tired easily. To solve these problems and make work simpler and less tiring, it can undoubtedly be useful to make a log splitter in order to save a lot of work. At the end you will get considerable advantages and the results will be really fantastic. Everything will be done spending as little as possible, since the materials to be used are at low prices on the market.
Making a log splitter: first steps
In the very first phase of this guide explaining the best techniques for how to build a log splitter, it is important that you get all the material you need. First of all, get a rail with a length equal to that of the log splitter you are planning to build. Next, glue the shims in the lower part of the mortar with a little mortar or classic cement. On one side, at the end, glue the iron wedge with the sharpest tip in the direction of the inside. Then take a piston of at least 12 tons and place it on the rail. Attach it to one side to a structure that you can weld at your leisure. Remember, however, to insert a pin in any case, so as to have the possibility to remove the piston whenever you want.
How to build a log splitter: the procedure
After correctly completing the previous phase and having properly fixed one side of the rail, you can attach the other part (the one closest to the point that allows you to open the piston) giving it a U-shaped upside-down structure, subsequently screwing it through of the bolts. It is very important that these are very resistant and of quality, so as to avoid in any case the involuntary and unexpected opening of the piston. Another fundamental precaution that you must absolutely put into practice, to avoid problems and unforeseen events of any kind, is to assemble the piston in such a way that, at the end of its total opening, it does not impact with the wedge but stops at a minimum of 3 inches away from it.
Create a log splitter: the final phase
We have reached the final stage of this article explaining how to build a log splitter do-it-yourself. After mounting the piston, get a rectangular shaped plate with a height of at least 35 centimeters, which completely covers the rail so as to allow the piston not to rise during the cutting procedures: make sure there is room for the movement. Locate a place for the tank that will contain the oil and place it in it, paying attention. Finally, connect the hydraulic hoses to the tank, the start-up lever and the pump. You can choose whether or not to fix it: it depends on the type you purchase. Using a tractor to operate the log splitter, connect the pump to the electrical outlet.