Stand for electric log splitter
The first time I saw an electric log splitter like this advertised I didn't take it seriously. But my mom had some firewood that was split too coarse, and she bought one of these on sale at Canadian Tire to split the pieces smaller.
It worked quite well at that. Playing around with it, the occasional piece that it had difficulty with was very hard to split with an axe too.
Having moved to the country, I bought one of these as well. This one supposedly has a five ton capacity.
These log splitters are unfortunately quite low to the ground. I had this one propped up on a dolly with two milk crates and a piece of plywood, but it was still a little too low. I wanted to make a better stand for it.
I sketched out a design (left, at left), and rummaged around for suitable wheels and axles I found these wheels and axle from an old green compost bin. The wheels are quite sturdy, so I decided to use them. But the axle is a bit shorter than I had in mind, so I had to make the stand a bit narrower. I made a 1:2.5 scale drawing (larger drawing at left)
Testing it out with some of the biggest pieces I had around. It split them no problem. It's a comfortable height for smaller pieces, and great for dropping the split pieces into a wheelbarrow. For really big pieces, it might be easier to lift them onto the splitter if it was slightly lower. But then again, I could just take the log splitter of the stand if I had a lot of those.
An annoyance with these log splitters is that the cylinder returns all the way to open when you take your hands off the controls. But most pieces are not that long. I made a spacer insert in one of the slots behind the block that pushes. This prevents it from going all the way back, so I don't have to wait for it to come as far forward every time. The log splitter just uses springs for the return, so preventing a full return is a safe thing to do.
I also find that it helps to oil or grease the top and bottom of the cylinder casing. The blue thing that pushes on the log slides along this, but it's pulled further down, so there is a lot of "racking" force on it, which results in a lot of friction between the bracket with the blue block on it and the slides. Oil makes it slide much easier. It also makes it creak less, and less of a pop for pieces that split spontaneously.
Making firewood with a bandsaw (video only)
Burning sawdust in a
wood stove (video only)