Is this log splitter a good deal?

Home depot has a rental log splitter (which it still rents for $90 a day), and its for sale for $1100 if anyone wants to buy it. Its new price is $2000 in home depot. This one runs very smoothly, and has been rented 54 times and is around 18 months old. It sounded much smoother than another one that had only been rented 48 times. Its a honda GX240 / 8hp with a full I-beam and 24 ton rating, highway towable.
THX
Dean
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Sounds like a good splitter but to really need one? cheers Bob
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Just curious Bob, how much wood do you split every year? What size logs are you splitting?
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DeanBrown wants the wood splitter.
It's been more than 25 years since I've split any wood (by hand) & that was firewood.
cheers Bob
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But you asked why didn't you? If you split firewood by hand 25 years ago, you'd know why he'd want a splitter. If I use wood for most of my heat, I can burn 4 to 5 cords. Damned if I want to split that much by hand.
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4 to 5? I sure hope you mean full cords, because 4-5 face cords (the more common use of the term around here) wouldn't be much wood. Try 25-30 around these parts. That would be 8-10 full cords at 16". When I was burning wood exclusively I split most of it by hand. The splitter I had was a bit on the small side, required too much bending over and was generally too slow and more work than just swinging a mall. Unless you got into one of those really ugly pieces...
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That's real cords. Face cords is what the yuppies buy in the cities. Except they pay twice for a face cord what I pay for a full cord.
Never liked using a wedge. I use a maul and sit he wood atop a large piece of wood. That way the point of the maul is hitting the log at about 90 degrees. A 12" oak log will split in one hit. A knarly hunk of hickory can take half the summer. With a splitter, two guys can do a cord in minutes.
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Sounds like a decent deal. The hydraulics on them are pretty reliable and 54 times would not be all that much wear.
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On 27 Feb 2005 19:43:35 -0800, " snipped-for-privacy@yahoo.com"
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IIRC 8HP and 24 ton could mean a slow cycle time, or be optimistic. Check that, unless you have already used it and are happy. What sized ram does it have?
I am also not sure if it's that much of a bargain, used.
www.ramsplitter.com/model_H25.htm
$1300 new. Not sure about the highway towable.
But it uses a 4" ram!!?? hmmmm
According to me, a 4" ram should only be able to do at best 16-17 ton.
4 / 2 = 2 * 2 = 4 * 3.14 = 12.56 in^2 * 3000 PSI = 38000 lb force / 2240 lb / ton = 17 ton
Are we getting into multiplying the ram force by the wedge action? Or am I missing something?
Amyway, a very similar unit for a lot less than $2000.

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I don't know about this year, but last year HD was offering a similar model for about $1,000, new. A friend of mine got one when they were having a 10% off all power tools sale, so got it for $900.
He and his brother used to try to find the knottiest piece of wood they could, and then put it in so that the knot was close to the ram, just to try to get it to stall out. They couldn't even get it to slow down, much less stall out.
(Been lurking here since 'bout 1995 or there-abouts. Not many posts in the last 5-6 years, though <grin>).
Regards,
-Steve in Banks, OR http://woodworking.bigelowsite.com

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On Thu, 03 Mar 2005 01:29:16 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@see.my.website.below (Stephen Bigelow) vaguely proposed a theory ......and in reply I say!:
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Seems like Dean made up his mind and did not need us any more anyway.
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