Has any one ever used one of these?

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  1. Morning Owl

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    I think after a splitting a few cords of firewood with one of these, you’d earn the title of “Thunder Thighs” and you wouldn’t even have to buy a StairMaster! Let’s think about this: I have an 8-ton bottle jack in the shed. For every stroke of the handle I’d say the piston rises about ½-inch. So, if you assume that you must drive a wedge into a 16-inch long to a depth of 8 inches to get it to split, that would mean it would take about 16 pushes with your leg to get the log to split with one o’ those gizmos. Now I’m wondering how if the piston on the woodsplitting gizmo even rises 8 inches?
     

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    That's a lot of money to spend for getting bad leg cramps......IMO.
     
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    I would think it would take 5 to six times as long too. wood handling would be the same, but the time it takes to jack it up and let it down would about do me in. I don't think I'd get one without trying it out first
     
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    you can get an electric ryobi at home depot for $299 and just chill.
     
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    My 2 cents.
    Seems sorta pricey, got my electric 4-ton for $249 from Harbor Freight, on the third year.
    Their manual spiltter, listed by gccrook appears to be a better deal.
     
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    Thanks guys for all your advise, I'm glad I asked. :p Probably saved myself a few head aches. I think your right MrGlock I'll go with the Ryobi.
     
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    I don't see what the problem is with splittign by hand (with an 8# maul I mean). It tones you body wonderfully and is a great workout, and no mahcine type noise in the background. I wouldn't use any log splitter even if it were given to me free of charge.
     
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    you can buy bottle jacks that have an attachment to hook up to an air compressor...

    replace the foot pump with the air line.

    but you cant beat a reg engine driven splitter, worth the investment.

    I got mine for 200 bucks, some one stopped using it cuz the engine wouldnt start.

    gotta love people with too much money.
     
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    LOL I misread this the first time thatyou had a 8-tom bottle of JACK in your shed. (as in Jack Daniels). I thought to myself - Whew! how does he ever get any wood splitting done. LOL Guess it shows where my mind is!

    LOL

    enota
     
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    I do have about 8 jugs of Windsor Canadian….but it’s in the house. WIHH uses the Jack…but mostly for cooking (BBQ sauce and marinates….or so she says!)
     
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    I don't bother splitting. My stove takes up to 12x12" wood, so I just chainsaw the rounds so they fit in. Basically lazy, I guess...
     
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    I try to do that too Bruce, but it seems they're getting harder and harder to find. I actually split right there in the woods, my swedge was doing too good a job aeriating the lawn......
     
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    YUP! I just use an single bit ax. If the ax won't split it two wedges and a 8lb sledge will usually get it The really tough one get set aside until my next splitting session. Eventually everything dries out enough or freezes enough to split.