The log splitters are an amazing invention. You agree, right? Those who live in the colder regions of the world are absolute bliss for them because firewood is an indispensable part of their lives. You cannot imagine a comfortable day without firewood in places like Turkey or France. But why wood, why not other sources of creating fire? It is because we are moving towards a sustainable lifestyle that does not create adverse effects on our environment. Wood is considered a renewable source of energy. It is easily available and cheap as well. Splitting log with an ax is not a couch-potato activity, even if you are using a log splitter for splitting woods, it is considered as physical activity. Not just a physical activity, it is a good exercise though and some people truly enjoy that. However, it is not something which you would enjoy for a longer period of time and that is completely fine. So you need a good log splitter for yourself.
In spite of buying a log splitter for your home, you can make a homemade log splitter. The option of making log splitter is an inexpensive one; it will also save your time along with the money. The wood you get from the trees would be in various shapes and sizes which you can split with a stump splitter. Try to make a log splitter which is easier on your back and you do not curse the splitter for your back pain issues. The lesser the lifting, the lesser the pressure is on your back.
We will try to make a splitter which approximately 10 feet tall and weight is somewhere around 2000 pounds. This log splitter would be able to pick up and split 24 inches long and 24 inches diameter long log of wood. Also make sure that you line up the logs on the platform, this way you will facilitate the splitting faster. Let us go step by step to see how to make a homemade log splitter-
Step 1- Take 13 inches wide, 7 inches deep, ½ inch thick steel I-beam
Step 2- Take 12 Hp Kohler electric start engine, it will drive the log splitter’s hydraulic pump
Step 3- To make a wedge, take 1-inch-thick razor sharp blade (made from tool steel)
Step 4- Block the mounts on the sides of it.
Step 5- Place the blocks on the top of 2 blocks, 6 inches apart.
Placing the logs on the blocks is important as it will keep the logs from blowing apart. You can make a four-way wedge in it. You can also design the system in such a way that wedge of the log splitter can split most of the wood logs by using the low-pressure stage of the hydraulic pump. The wedge will push itself down for hard logs by using a high-pressure stage to split the logs efficiently. At the back of this log splitter, you can accommodate a pair of push buttons that would operate the load arm and lever. This way you will be able to make one of the most efficient manual wood log splitter.
The steps above mentioned are for someone who has already been using the log splitter for years, not for someone who is an amateur. We are saying this because you need to test the waters before creating something new. Someone who is into the firewood business or the one who has been involved in gathering the logs of woods over the years knows much more about the log splitters which are readily available in the market. They know how the mechanism of the hydraulic pump and log splitter works, so it easier for them to develop one at their facility.