About a month ago, you described an unsatisfactory experience with the Harbor
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,
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.
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
power lever, which advances the ram much more slowly (and with correspondingly
So you might want to try that again.