Ping: HeyBub re HF log splitter

About a month ago, you described an unsatisfactory experience with the Harbor Freight log splitter, and I suggested a possible explanation. I was right.
Today, I was in my local HF store, and looked at the unit on display there. It is identical to the one I bought at Sears, including having two different control levers for the ram: a speed lever, and a power lever. When standing at the end opposite the splitting wedge, the left- hand lever is the speed lever, and the right-hand lever is the power lever -- a fact which is NOT noted in the HF instruction manual (but IS noted in the Sears manual).
So if you were trying to split logs according to the directions which came with that unit, I can well imagine that it didn't work terribly well.
The *correct* way to split logs with that unit is to advance the ram using the speed (left) lever only, until the ram has pushed the wood into contact with the wedge. Then switch to the power lever, which advances the ram much more slowly (and with correspondingly much greater force).
So you might want to try that again.
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Doug Miller wrote:

Thanks for the info. My recollection is that I did try that, in fact all manner of combinations. None suited me.
What I DID find is that I can rent a gas-powered, 55-ton, log splitter from my local tool rental shop. Only ten dollars for the week-end!
As an aside, I now wonder how many are going to buy the Sears brand log splitter ($134.99) INSTEAD of the one from HF ($80 with coupon) because the Sears model is more expensive (and therefore better).
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On 03/12/2013 06:54 AM, HeyBub wrote:

It is specifically about 70 percent better, which is why the price reflects the difference.
Jon
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Nonsense. They're the same machine.
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On 03/12/2013 12:17 PM, Doug Miller wrote:

Whoosh!
Jon
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You really need to add a smiley when you try irony or sarcasm with written text.
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Attila Iskander wrote:

I think it was obvious enough as to not require an emoticon in that context.
Even devoid of the context, the concept of a tool being "70 percent better" is so utterly nonsensical that only someone blinded by the hunger to engage in disagreement (seemingly a common affliction in this group) would allow it to pass through their mind unnoticed by their common sense apparatus.
Jon
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