If you want to crush perfectly good blocks ( if you're talking
about concrete blocks), then use this. It is a log splitter.
I saw block splitters that worked on the same principle, and worked good.
I'll test a couple tomorrow, and let you know. You never know unless you
try. Unless you know it all beforehand anyway. I'm one of the people who
don't know it all.
IF your block splitter fails to work as you desire or expect, consider
making the contact points out of large (2"+) diameter steel round
I have seen professional models that cleave cleanly. One seems to have two
hinged plates at the bottom that would give just a tiny bit to encourage the
block to split in the middle. The other may have something of a convex or
concave base, but it does not show it close enough to tell.
I'm going to try the first suggestion of using a couple of 2 x 4's to get a
little space between, or maybe make the board under slightly tapered.
I do think I will have to grind off the lip where the blade will contact the
It's rainy outside, and looking very much like snow is coming. Will get to
it when I get to it, but it's nice to kick around ideas first.
Thanks for the help, fellows.
BTW, it splits logs pretty good, too. <g>
I think it will work by sunset.
Why the wood?
Did you harden the point of the anvil?
Is there a corresponding 'sharp thing' on the bottom side?
[or would (2) 1/4 beads a few inches apart work better so you are
splitting over a gap? I was thinking there was a tit on the one I saw
in action, but it was a while ago & it might have been just a guide
How old are your blocks and pavers?
On the base plate, there are two half circles split about 1/2" to keep the
log from shifting. If I put the block against those, it will just gouge in.
I may press once, get an impression on the wood, then rout it out so it sits
flush. Then, I think I'll just set some common shims to get a slight vee.
The blocks are brand new, and the pavers are about a year old.
Well, as a first attempt, I am suitably impressed that you could build
all of that with an internal combustion engine, replete with decals,
in a day. I would have figured with all of the casting and machining
the engine alone would have taken at least ten hours. Did you crack
your own oil for the gasoline or are you planning on using store
bought? The reason I'm asking is that the octane of store bought
gasoline is a bit low for your purposes. You may want to look at
rocket fuel, and preferably solid propellant. Here's a hint: if you
can see the piston move, it's moving too slow. If you see the piston
move, then don't see/hear/feel anything ever again, you are probably
dead or in a coma, so you were probably standing too close. Wear a
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