Just had three old dead or dying trees cut down. Now I have a lot of
wood to chop for firewood. After chopping away for an hour with my old
ax, maul and wedge, I'm thinking there's got to be an easier way to cut
up the wood. As a senior citizen, my shoulders and back aren't what
they used to be. Searching on the Internet, I saw an Anaconda wood/log
splitter for sale on Ebay for $30. It's a spearlike tool that one
sticks into the wood and then moves a lever up and down until the wood
splits. They claim that it replaces the old tools like the ones I
already have. Has anyone tried it before? Does it sound like it would
work? I can't afford to spend hundreds of dollars on those hydraulic or
gas powered splitters. Thanks for any advice.
I have that naggin feelin that what your lookin at on Ebay is not worth the
price for the aggravation. You'd get the bursitis from all that leverin.
Your best bet would be to rent a gas powered splitter for a couple of days.
Can't be all that much to rent, plus you'd get to split that wood much
quicker and with the touch of a button no less!
I've rented the big hydraulic splitters on occasion. Was $60.00 for 4
hours, IIRC, last time I did it.
Had the wood all pre cut into 16" "rounds" and sort of all lined up. With a
couple three neighbors we went through 3 big Doug firs .
I've done the maul, sledge hammer, wedges, "wood grenades" route, too.
Still do it in limited amounts on occasion, but like you, being in the
"senior" status, I don't this as well or as often as I did 35 years ago.
I don't think I've ever seen the "Anaconda" product you describe.
I did once borrow and try a yellow metal thing, you put the log upright on
the base, lowered a wedge thing onto the top of the log, and then hit the
wedge thing. I g uess the idea was that the frame of this thing kept the
wood upright and you did't need to worry about t falling over. I never used
There are a lot of such type things out there. Most of them based on a
manual hydraulic jack. They work very well indeed but only for
extracting money out of the purchasers pocket. The only _cheap_
splitter that does work that I am aware of is the "Stickler" or
take-offs of it. Those are so dangerous I wouldn't be around one while
it was working.
On Mon, 19 Jun 2006 20:03:18 -0700, Harry K wrote:
I had a friend rent a smaller version of the sticker. Instead of
connecting to a car axle it had a gas engine (+-10hp IIRC). It worked
quite well. Well until he stuck a piece of root on it. Can you imagine
trying to unscrew a 10 or 12" wood screw with nothing but your hands.
Keeping in mind it was screwed in TIGHT by a 10 hp engine geared down for
We finally ended up using a chainsaw to cut most of it off. I'm sure it
ate up most of our time savings fighting with that dang root.
For those that wonder what a sticker is
I've only had good luck with 2 methods:
1) If you have a lot of wood to split, rent a gas-powered splitter
2) If you're going to do it by hand, use a tool that looks like an axe
but has a head shaped like a triangle. I wish I knew the name of the
manufacturer. The head is a straight-sided triangle and each side of
the triangle is about the same length. It's not particularly heavy or
hard to swing.
Vin - Menotomy Vintage Bicycles
Because there are many types of steel with different
properties. You want a maul to be elastic, viz. resist
repeated blows without shattering. If wholesale buyers
fail to specify their requirements appropriately,
manufacturers will simply supply the cheapest material,
whether fit for purpose or not.
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