Simple Machine for Splitting Firewood (Video)


| 1/17/2014 10:48:00 AM


Tags: firewood,

This quick video demonstrates a clever human-powered device that makes splitting firewood easier by setting an ax into a frame to guide it.

Adding a counter weight and a spring allows the log splitter to reset the weighted ax so that gravity does most of the work on each downstroke. Some types of wood would split as easily as shown in the video, while others, like oak, would be harder to split. That said, this seems like a very ingenious and useful design.

Anyone ever seen anything similar to this for splitting firewood?




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steve
4/24/2016 9:14:39 AM

why is it telling me I have to sign in to watch the video when already signed in??


efaxkenn
7/26/2014 4:41:44 PM

Does anyone know if plans or drawings are available to build such a device ?


Carroll
3/26/2014 11:51:31 AM

Very good tool. Cheaper in the long run over a gas fed splitter and a must to have if you're off grid. I wonder what his cost was to put this together? Two thumbs up. I can visualize having a log feed that would place the piece to be split in place under the splitter. A continuous feed.







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