log splitter

anyone use one of those sliding hammer log splitters? If so what do you think of them. I have a small amount of wood to split and dont need a big thing. Also would prefer to do it the easiest way possible. Already broke the handle on my axe!
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On Fri, 4 Jan 2008 12:51:46 -0800 (PST), snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

Buy yourself a fiberglass handled MAUL splitter.
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On Jan 4, 3:51 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

The easy answer is that they work *great* but I think you need to be a little more specific in what you are asking about. Log splitters come in so many varieties that it might be better to describe what you want to do and ask if someone what size log splitter they would recommend.
There's 4-ton manual splitters, 12-ton air driven splitters, a whole range of electric and gas powered splitters, etc.
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on 1/4/2008 3:51 PM snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com said the following:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber9981
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On Fri, 04 Jan 2008 16:28:02 -0500, willshak wrote:

I have a similar unit by another brand name. Mine being foot pumped. Works as advertised but I sure wish it were pneumatic or electrical instead of manual.
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"willshak" wrote

Decent unit for the price and probably just right for his needs.
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on 1/4/2008 5:57 PM cshenk said the following:

Yep, not much to go wrong, unless the steel bends or a weld breaks loose. Looks like you can get some cross country ski training with it too. :-)
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"Manually operated, two speed pump builds up to 10 tons of log- splitting pressure fast."
What's their definition of "fast"?
And what do they mean by "two speed pump"?
FYI...here's the manual... http://www.harborfreight.com/manuals/39000-39999/39981.PDF
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on 1/4/2008 6:09 PM DerbyDad03 said the following:

I guess their definition is "not slow".

Two pump handles on one bottle jack. As I said in an earlier post, you can get some cross country ski training with it.

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re: Two pump handles on one bottle jack
I guess that could mean "two speed" if one arm moved faster than the other.
If I were marketing this device I'd have used "variable speed pump" since the user can determine how fast he moves the handles.
"Variable speed" sounds even more impressive than "two speed." <g>
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"two-speed" is standard hydraulic pump terminology. Ram moves fast(er) until the load comes on and then it shifts to slow speed but more power, i.e., each stroke at the "fast" speed produces more oil pumped, on the slow speed, less oil per stroke, thus more power. Don't ask how they do it. I would have liked a 2 speed on my real splitter.
As for all the manual powered splitters there isn't one of them worth a tinker's damn as long as a person is capable of swinging a decent splitting maul. The maul will be far faster and probably less effort over all.
They are useful for the handicapped or aged people.
Bottom line, you have to do the same work no matter how. One quick swing with a fairly heavy (10 lb) maul or a lot of pumps on a jack.
Harry K
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on 1/4/2008 8:36 PM DerbyDad03 said the following:

"Double speed" would be even better. Having only one pump handle on a bottle jack requires that you pull the handle to pump the fluid into the jack, then you have to push the handle back to start the next pump action. With 2 handles, while you are resetting one handle, the other handle is being pulled to pump the fluid. Alternating pumping and resetting with each handle, therefore doubling the pump action. I guess that would be faster. Think of a cross country skier with only one ski pole, and then a CC skier with two ski poles. Which one would go faster?
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willshak wrote:

What happens if you pull both handles at the same time? Would that be double speed?
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I took my fiberglass handled maul splitter and mounted it with a pivot point at the base of the handle by simply drilling a hole. Got a stump. Made a bracket to connect the two. My maul now works on gravity. You set your piece of wood on the stump and align it. You lift the maul head to vertical and release. It falls and whacks the piece. At times I will help it out with a bungee on bigger pieces.
I have a large log splitter, so I only need one to make smaller pieces for kindling and firesrtarting. I don't trust myself with an axe or hatchet to split the smaller pieces. This works so simply.
Now, if you got bigger pieces to split, buy a splitter or learn how to use splitting tools.
Steve
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On Jan 4, 12:51 pm, snipped-for-privacy@gmail.com wrote:

If you can swing a maul, save your money. You'll work far harder with that idiotic thing than you would swinging a maul. Get a real splitting maul (8 or 10 lb)
Harry K
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