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Fergienewbee
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:54 am    Post subject: Wood Splitter Opinion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Our local hardware has a SpeeCo 28 T splitter with a Honda 190 cc engine. Has a 17-second cycle time. Splits horizontal and vertical. On sale for $1199.00 about $200.00 off. Folks say the 190 is a good engine. Opinions?

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Larry
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:58 am    Post subject: Re: Wood Splitter Opinion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Anything beats a sledge and a wedge. I only have a small 20 ton does all I want it to do. gobble
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:11 am    Post subject: Re: Wood Splitter Opinion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've had that exact same one for 2 years. The GC190 is an easy starting, fuel sipping small engine, its 5.5-6hp if I am correct.

If you are splitting for yourself, seasonally, its a good buy at that price, I paid $1000 for mine 2nd hand, 3 years old or so. Get the log cradle and the 4 way wedge, should run you another $100-$150, I forget what that wedge cost me now. Use a tap to chase the holes on the beam before installing, I switched to grade 8 bolts and hardware.

The 17 second cycle time may concern some, but what is the hurry, its plenty fast as is, I believe this one has the 11 gpm pump, the 35 ton has the 16 gpm pump. It has the 4 1/2" cylinder, and a 6 gallon reservoir, I have often wondered if you could put the 16GPM pump on one of these, I have seen similar specifications, same size cylinder and reservoir, with 16gpm pumps, not sure if its worth the gain on speed, could be if you work with another person CAREFULLY. I have split green black cherry with the 4 way wedge on, softwoods and so on, its a nice size unit, and will split the toughest crotch, burl or what have you. I have split recently a dozen or so 30-40 year old elm, the worst of it was no problem,it will hunker right down and push through it, as well as shearing through on the gnarliest of the crotch or burl. TSC carries parts for them. Small tires, no fenders or lights, slower road speed when towing, its just fine for my use, and I have access to lots of wood on the 98 acres here and over the line with permission, to my benefit, none of those people burn wood, so the clean up is appreciated, I could use a processor there is so much right now, but the 28 ton Huskee by Speeco is just fine. Speeco has a nice line up, many with Honda engines, they seem as good as any in this class of splitter.
 


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:34 am    Post subject: Re: Wood Splitter Opinion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

It sound kind of slow but if you have a helper then one person can run it and the other carry wood to and from. and then trade jobs every so often to stay warm, using a splitter doesn't keep you warm like a maul! I built a simple splitter for the 3-point of our JD4600 and my wife runs the hydraulics and I do all the work!
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:48 am    Post subject: Re: Wood Splitter Opinion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For years I split using my 3 point on my 3020. When boys were young worked great.. they sat in the seat and moved the lever back and forth and I handled the stumps.. but as time would have it they bought their cars and trucks and started that dating thing and this ole guy needed to split wood. So I bought a tsc 28 ton. LOVE IT. I tow it behind my old lawn tractor and I can do it myself.. Also saves on gas. Running 3020 to split wasnt very nice on fuel..
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:45 am    Post subject: Re: Wood Splitter Opinion Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'm getting up in years, so started shopping for splitter. Found a 35 ton Huskee (TSC) on Ebay, nobody bid against me so I got it for $800. I must say it is much easier and faster than maul and wedges.
 
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