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hunter holman
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Has any one out there ever used the ''unicorn'' style of splitting wood or has another cool efficient way of splitting wood
 
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I have two tools to split wood. The Hydraulic log splitter is very good to break big log. but then cutting them seems taking time. So I use Smart splitter to split them. Go on youtube to see how they perform and see if you like them

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Sun-Joe-Logger-Joe-10-Ton-Hydraulic-Log-Splitter-LJ10M/206425365


http://www.plowhearth.com/smart-log-splitter.htm?aff=6443&CAWELAID=884083503&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=530007710000069771&cadevice=c&gclid=CJu3gp7Ph8oCFUWVfgodF1wBBA
 
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The YouTube video of the unicorn, looks like something worthy of the Darwin Awards. If it ever caught on the guy's pants or jacket when nobody was around, it could continue until the vehicle runs out of gas.
 
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i have seen the unicorn and its a niffty looking device, but then again why do you need to split wood?

size does matter.
 
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I have been wanting to turn a unicorn screw on my metal lathe for a while, it's just a bit complex so I seem to put it off.

Basically all you have to do is set your taper and then set the lathe to create a thread of about 4-6 TPI ( threads oer inch) once you have the taper cut. But setting and cutting a taper then cutting threads on a taper is about a days work for a horn the size you need.
 
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- or try one of these ! see link below :




I hope you find this timely and useful, for the Good Of the Crafts ! Big AL

 
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allen lumley wrote:- or try one of these ! see link below :


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD0cp3g6O78

I hope you find this timely and useful, for the Good Of the Crafts ! Big AL




now if i had to split wood, that would be the way to do it.
 
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Satamax, there are whole Amish carpentry shops that run on horse treadmills in Indiana. I have seen horses line up to get on too.....
 
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Chadwick Holmes wrote:Satamax, there are whole Amish carpentry shops that run on horse treadmills in Indiana. I have seen horses line up to get on too.....


Howdy Mr Holmes, i used to live in Pa in an area where Amish would ride past in buggies every few minutes. They have very creative ways to not only cut wood but to do everything like you said. Pa was very nice but the laws got too draconian and i had to move.
 
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It mostly depends on the type of wood you have available.
All the Youtube vids make it look effortless but they're using easy to split wood. Trees from the forest that grow tall and straight are always easy to split. A maple that grew out on a fence line somewhere where the wind was blowing will have twisted grain and is a different story.
If you're driving a giant screw into a log you still have to hold it from spinning requiring another clamping device. Seems to me that the simple hydraulic jack method is the cheapest way to exert a lot of force.
If you have softwoods the slide hammer and gravity is something that could be made simply.
 
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I have a unicorn. It splits the twisted knotted gnarly stuff that I can't do by hand with the maul. It works best on the wood that won't work in a rocket stove. I don't think it is the right tool to split long pieces of wood, at least not as a pto powered version--one on a post hole digger may work better for that.
 
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nstructables member KH4 isn't sure whether he should call his invention the cross bladed axe or the crossed blade axe. He cut an axe blade in half, then welded those pieces to opposing sides of another axe blade. Now when he splits a log, it breaks into four pieces instead of just two:

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F Styles
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John, is this the axe in the video you are talking about?
 
F Styles
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i am sure that axe would be perfect for nice straight and light weight wood. i highly doubt it would work on the knotted oak, maple and hickory we burn... one of the reasons i hate splitting wood and then you wonder why i built my system to handle un split wood up to 10.5"

it is very satisfying throwing in a full size log as if it was a conventional wood stove and watch it burn in my rocket stove. splitting wood is for small rocket stoves. i heard someone say size doesnt matter but i disagree. i say fill it in large and deep.
 
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