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Old 01-07-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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O.T. Front Range wood splitter?

A neighbor just offered me nearly a cord of wood from a tree that they had felled, and I am in need of a wood splitter for a day.

Anyone nearby (Kipling & 38th Ave) that might have a splitter that I could beg, borrow or rent?

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Old 01-07-2013, 03:56 PM   #2
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A neighbor just offered me nearly a cord of wood from a tree that they had felled, and I am in need of a wood splitter for a day.

Anyone nearby (Kipling & 38th Ave) that might have a splitter that I could beg, borrow or rent?

Cheers and Happy New Year!

An ax works one memory I have of my Grandfather he could always split wood with a single blow. My other Grandfather used the Sledge and wedge method which does work nice but not impress like the single swing of a double sided ax.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:35 PM   #3
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An ax works one memory I have of my Grandfather he could always split wood with a single blow.
Essential man skill. All my boys could do that by age 13.
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Old 01-07-2013, 06:46 PM   #4
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:47 PM   #5
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I have both a double-sided axe, and a sledgehammer with wedges. I'll loan 'em, iff'n ya wanna work up a sweat.

I made the decision to use the woodstove in the basement every weeknight this winter. So far, the sawzall has been getting a workout.......... Got lotsa stuff piled-up in the backyard to burn. Gonna be a long winter, I think.....should make a good dent in that pile of pallets, fence sections, old lumber and tree limbs. It's all free heat.....just need to run the fans in vents to bring up the heat from downstairs.
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Old 01-08-2013, 03:30 AM   #6
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Essential man skill. All my boys could do that by age 13.
...and I agree that cutting, splitting and stacking are good life skills to have. I have a splitting axe and sledge & wedge that have all had a fair bit of use.

But this is knotty hardwood, and my back isn't as strong as it used to be, thus the want for a splitter.

I will likely be renting, but was hoping to rent (in beer ) from an inmate.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:02 AM   #7
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Just an FYI wood splits much easier when it is really cold out.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:08 AM   #8
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...and I agree that cutting, splitting and stacking are good life skills to have. I have a splitting axe and sledge & wedge that have all had a fair bit of use.

But this is knotty hardwood, and my back isn't as strong as it used to be, thus the want for a splitter.
I'm just talking smack anyway. I'd be laying on the ground in need of an oxygen mask long before I'd make it through a cord by hand these days. I'm now lazy enough to pay for it delivered to my door.

Used to be great for the teenage boys though. I'd always save a few downed trees just in case one of them decided to get mouthy.

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Just an FYI wood splits much easier when it is really cold out.
Unless it's really green.. then it becomes a block of lead.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:10 AM   #9
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What kind of wood?

Pine-no problem..
Cottonwood- tough, even with a splitter.

Is the wood bucked? How big is the trunk?
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:55 AM   #10
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What kind of wood?

Pine-no problem..
Cottonwood- tough, even with a splitter.

Is the wood bucked? How big is the trunk?
Yup. Did a cord of cottonwood before. Be warned, many municipalities have rules against burning cottonwood.
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Wouldn't be hardwood if it was cottonwood.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #12
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I have two, be glad to loan them out. One is 16 years old and as big as an OX. The other is on the tractor and works great. Problem, they are both in Craig
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:52 PM   #13
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I have two, be glad to loan them out. One is 16 years old and as big as an OX. The other is on the tractor and works great. Problem, they are both in Craig
...but I guess it would be cost prohibitive to trailer the wood out.

Here is what I'm up against;





Anyone know what it is? I didn't see the tree before it was felled, and I'm really poor at tree identification anyhow.

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Old 01-08-2013, 01:07 PM   #14
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You have cottonwood there. If it is freshly cut it will be impossible to split for a year or two. It burns well when dry, but it needs to be really dry. I don't usually split the cottonwood in our pile until it is several years old, then I let the split wood sit for a long while. If you are going to burn it, put it in a pile somewhere out of the way and don't worry about it until late next summer, at least. Even that might be too soon.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:17 PM   #15
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You have cottonwood there. If it is freshly cut it will be impossible to split for a year or two. It burns well when dry, but it needs to be really dry. I don't usually split the cottonwood in our pile until it is several years old, then I let the split wood sit for a long while. If you are going to burn it, put it in a pile somewhere out of the way and don't worry about it until late next summer, at least. Even that might be too soon.

Much easier to split when it is cold out also, below freezing. The vascular tissues in CW tend to twist as they grow, making the grain very twisty I have some CW that my splitter mounted on the tractor struggles with. Good luck...
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