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rdandersom
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:37 pm    Post subject: VA and Wood Splitter Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Will the hydraulics on a VA be enough to run a wood splitter?
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: VA and Wood Splitter Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would say it would run the splitter

but, it may be very slow, rpm of the tractor might have to be high and you may use a lot of fuel if you have a lot of wood to split. many of the older tractor had a low gal per minute hyd pump rate.

my splitter runs off a 8hp B&S engine, its setup on a small trailer type frame

so you have the tractor free to move wood around and (3 pt hitch lift) do whatever with the tractor.

has worked well for me for many years.
problem is the old splitter just does not get tired, it keeps going and going and going.

good luck and be safe, wood splitters can be dangerous.


 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:43 pm    Post subject: Re: VA and Wood Splitter Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I used an old grain truck pump mounted on the splitter and run by the tractor pto. A very good use for a tractor w/o live power. A VAC worked for years, I now use a '48 SC and that works very good. We don't see the big elm crotches any more requiring real grunt, the elm bug has hit again but the trees are around 30 years old and don't need a lot. The normal ash/oak whatever work really really well. Tractor can work it just off idle. One nice sidelight to a pto splitter, is, it's usually at home 'cuz the neighbor doesnt' borrow the tractor too..................
 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:04 pm    Post subject: Re: VA and Wood Splitter Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The VA series engine mounted pump is rated 7 gpm @ engine rpm 1425. The eagle hitch relief valve is set at 800-850 psi so you should stay pretty much in that range if you"re going to tap off for a splitter.

That isn"t much omph for splitting and pretty slow using a usual 3 to 4" dia ~20 - 24 inch long cylinder. A good splitter will also have a 2 stage pump to get through the hard spots and than get back up to speed (volume) to expedite the cycle.

Joe
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:44 am    Post subject: Re: VA and Wood Splitter Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have run a splitter off the hyd on a vac. It will do it. Slow and down on power as others have said. Does your VA have the high pressure pump under the belt pulley? That would be a higher pump output pressure.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 5:18 am    Post subject: Re: VA and Wood Splitter Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The correct answer is no. I tried that and all i ended up doing was either blow the seal, pumping hydraulic oil into engine or blow the gasket in the pump halves. I ended up o-ringing the pump halves and drilling a case drain hole back to the low pressure side. I haven t tried it yet to see if it will work.
 
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