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It is no secret that my farm is mixed powered. I prefer horses but do use a tractor at times. I wouldn't want to farm without a skidsteer either. I do as much with my horses as possible.
I skidded some big logs and I hauled some giant pieces from a fallen white oak tree up to be split. These were pieces as big as five feet in diameter. Wedges and a sledge worked, but wow it took a very long time.
I traded labor with a neighbor who sent me his son and a skidsteer mounted logsplitter. The large logsplitter hangs upside down. He puts it on top of the log piece and in just seconds the wood is flying.
In three hours he made short work of what would have taken me many weeks. It was a great day and an awesome machine!

K.C. Fox says 2016-11-05 22:56:07 (CST)

I would like to have that for 2 week's. I have some that I have to split with the chainsaw as there about 3' across. I normally cut firewood stove length. then load it in a wagon and haul it to the spliter. Have to cut all the down trees up so that I can get through the tree lot, as ever year more dead trees fall across my path through the lot. cut some live trees down that are about 35' tall and 18" on the but. I just drag them out with the tractor and let them lay for 2 years before trying to cut and splitting them for firewood. we use a pellet stove right now as don't need a fire very long in the morning.

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Ralph in N.E.Oh says 2016-11-06 17:54:08 (CST)

I agree K.C. That thing was a work saver especially on those large rounds of wood. He split mostly 5 and 4 foot chunks for me. It takes a long time to get them to manageable size with a sledge and wedges. It three hours he made short work of them, I'll tell you that!
I have a good splitter, but it is horizontal. I have to lift each piece. It works well, but those big pieces ugh. My friend told me, logs that size make a lot of firewood...but you earn it. He is right.

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K.C. Fox says 2016-11-07 09:15:44 (CST)

I split a big log with a chainsaw . i have done this A lot of times just to get them to manageable pieces or go all the way an make them stove ready. Never pick up a large chunk of wood if you have a chainsaw.

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Ralph in N.E.Oh says 2016-11-07 19:52:54 (CST)

K.C. There is much wisdom in what you write. My buddy showed me that years ago. I still use that method on big limby or knotty pieces.

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