Does anyone remember (from about a gazillion years ago) the old wood
splitters that looked kinda like a large, stubby corkscrew. We would jack
up the rear end of a model T, take off a wheel, attach the splitter to the
hub over the lugnuts and then put the car in gear and let it run. A hunk of
wood would be slammed onto the turning screw and it would do a pretty good
job of splitting it.
Do they still make these things? Would they work on a modern automobile?
I'm just going to hazard a wild guess: That society's living
to satisfy the Motherfugging LAWYERS has made it absolutely
impossible to market such a tool, being that every moron in
the world would be ripping their guts out and looking for a
few million in damages from the manufacturer.
But hey, I could be wrong. ($1 Dennis Miller)
They make a more compact and easier to use hand splitter, using a
hydraulic jack. Look on Google for hand operated hydraulic wood splitter. I
would think it easier to use, and set up, than the wheel powered screw, and
much more compact than a gas operated hydraulic, which some tool companies
rent out by the day.
Only someone who has not spit much wood or used one of those toys
would even suggest using it. Anything one of those will split will
split easier and a lot faster using an ax or maul. Just watch one of
the video demonstrations.
I agree. The video they show at http://www.thestickler.com/ has a guy
splitting a chunk of wood that I'd split a lot faster with a felling
axe, let alone a splitting axe or maul. Looks like oak or ash--
straight grained as can be & it takes the guy 5 minutes to block it
up. Granted, he won't break a sweat with his method, and I can't
split well sitting down. . . . but if I were that old/tired/lazy
[which I am] I'd switch to a propane stove. [which I did]
If they want to sell them--- and they are up to the task-- then split
some elm--- or at least some gnarly forks.
I can just visualize myself driving down the road with a big lump of spruce
or fir screwed firmly onto the 'splitter' attached to and sticking out from
the rear wheel of my pickup! Oh, oh! Flashing red and blue lights ...... got
to go .......
"Well constable; you see I was trying to .............................. but
the chunk of wood covers the wheel nuts ...... and .... I couldn't get the
wheel off!" :-)
OOPS. I was refering to the hydraulic jack types. They are nothing
but rip-offs and I bet not one was used more than once after purchase.
As for the Stickler. I wouldn't use one or even be around one being
used do to the danger.
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