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Old 07-07-2011, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Log Splitter from a floor jack

I carry a floor jack with me every time I go camping. I have the room and its just a "peace of mind". I used it twice this trip as I got a flat on the travel trailer going up and my brother got one on the way back. WAY BETTER than a crank jack.

Anyway, I was trying to think of a way to make a decent log splitter out of it. I have a few ideas but wondering if someone has McGyver'ed something that can be done fairly simply using an everyday, 2-ton jack. I am getting tired of being sore the entire next day from slinging the axe, and I can handle pumping a jack much easier.

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Old 07-07-2011, 09:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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weld a splitting maul under the bumper. put the firewood on the jack. you'll probably need a something to put under the wheels to spread out the force. jack until wood splits. Hopefully the weight of the truck/vehicle is enough to split the wood.

edit: if it is a bottle jack then you'll still need something under it.

edit2: or weld a pipe onto the maul that will fit over the bottle jack circumference. Then slip it under the wood and the wood under the vehicle. I guess we're talking either a pretty short piece of wood or a tall vehicle.
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Make a 'frame' that goes up and over the jacks (idfk flat part that moves up), so the pressure of splitting the wood is pulling against the frame of the jack, no worries about it sinking in to the ground using your bumper..... My idea anyway.


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You talking about a bottle jack?:


Or Floor style?



Google Manual Log Splitter.

Shouldn't be too hard to find plans for something like this:
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You can also make the wedge so its detachable... Idea #1 would work well.
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As already said, shouldn't be hard to design for a floor jack. Great idea.

Adjustable maul:

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Shouldn't be too hard to find plans for something like this:
Take that picture, but instead of using that beam on the lower portion, use receiver hitch tubing. Pull it from the bed, plug it into the hitch, and you'll have a horizontal splitter at waist level that you won't have to bend over to load.
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I am getting tired of being sore the entire next day from slinging the axe, and I can handle pumping a jack much easier.



Maybe you should get out more. If you are sore from doing less than a half a cord of wood there is an issue. If you are trying to use a jack to split wood for more than some smores, you are fawking

Way too slow, go to TSC and try a display one. There is a reason there is 2 handles and it is slow as hell.
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As already said, shouldn't be hard to design for a floor jack. Great idea.

Adjustable maul:

Adjustable height AND a foot pump? That's the goods right there!
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You talking about a bottle jack?:


Or Floor style?



Google Manual Log Splitter.

Shouldn't be too hard to find plans for something like this:

Floor jack style, although not a sleek low profile one like that. A 10 year old version with the round, removable pad.
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Maybe you should get out more. If you are sore from doing less than a half a cord of wood there is an issue. If you are trying to use a jack to split wood for more than some smores, you are fawking

Way too slow, go to TSC and try a display one. There is a reason there is 2 handles and it is slow as hell.
Is this even needed in this thread? If you would rather swing an axe, then go ahead. I choose to seek alternatives that are cheap and easy to pack.
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...I am getting tired of being sore the entire next day from slinging the axe....
You're shitting me. Sore from splitting a little camp wood?
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weld a piece of 2" square tube to a splitting wedge and pin it in your receiver. jack a log up and into it to split.

you might carry a piece of 3/4" plywood to throw under it to keep the jack from sinking.

i've never done this, but it seems like it would work.
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i'd just pay a messican to chop the wood for me.
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I always have to laugh at those manual log splitters. I can't even begin to fathom how pumping a jack a couple hundred times is easier than swinging a maul 6 times. THe only way I can see doing that is with an air powered bottle jack.

I don't see how any but the smallest piece of wood could be spit be jacking it up under your bumper unless you drive a semi. It's just going to jack the vehicle up.

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install PTO.

take log splitting cone of death with you camping.

if not familiar with cone of death, SEARCH.
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Make a 'frame' that goes up and over the jacks (idfk flat part that moves up), so the pressure of splitting the wood is pulling against the frame of the jack, no worries about it sinking in to the ground using your bumper..... My idea anyway.

This is EXACTLY the idea I had in my head.
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This is EXACTLY the idea I had in my head.
that has a bit of a flaw in it's design; once you get pressure on the log against the frame, what holds the jack down on the ground while you pull down on the handle? get what i'm saying?
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^ Take a phattie camping with you and make the top of the splitter cage a seat

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install PTO.

take log splitting cone of death with you camping.

if not familiar with cone of death, SEARCH.
Now that's sweet!
YouTube - ‪Hydrocut screw log splitter‬‏

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that has a bit of a flaw in it's design; once you get pressure on the log against the frame, what holds the jack down on the ground while you pull down on the handle? get what i'm saying?
Thats a good point.
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Is this even needed in this thread? If you would rather swing an axe, then go ahead. I choose to seek alternatives that are cheap and easy to pack.
Nothing is going to be easier to pack than an axe to split wood. Also you are going to spend an hour doing something that only takes 10-15 minutes.

It seems like most people would have something better to do than try to re-invent something that is dead for a reason.

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They also make one that you mount on your axle of your vehicle. I can't track down the video but there is one with a locked 4x4 up on jacks and 4 people going at it
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weld a piece of 2" square tube to a splitting wedge and pin it in your receiver. jack a log up and into it to split.

you might carry a piece of 3/4" plywood to throw under it to keep the jack from sinking.

i've never done this, but it seems like it would work.

x2 This is what I'd do.
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A jack to split wood? You have way to much time on your hands.

I remember when I was 10 splitting wood by hand, to heat our trailer for the winter.
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A jack to split wood? You have way to much time on your hands.

I remember when I was 10 splitting wood by hand, to heat our trailer for the winter.
You had a wood burner in your trailer? Sweet
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x2 This is what I'd do.
Here's what I would do:





I'm out of shape, ok I'm a shape, round, and it doesn't wear me out. Maybe if I was doing a cord or two non-stop it would but for camping?
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Thats a good point.
Yup. Thats the flaw that my son and I were discussing as well which is why I posted up to seek ideas. I think combining this idea, in conjunction with using the weight of a vehicle might be a winner.

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A jack to split wood? You have way to much time on your hands.

I remember when I was 10 splitting wood by hand, to heat our trailer for the winter.
Ya?? No shit??! Jesus, you must have been awesome!!! I can remember playing 4-5 soccer games a day when I was 10 as well, and then playing the rest of the day outside. Today however, I am beat going to watch 4-5 soccer games, baseball games, etc. a day and tend to watch movies on the couch after.

thanks for telling me I don't need what I want to have though
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