Firewood Splitters

With the interest in sawmills & electric chain saws, the missing link is splitting the firewood (I’m 68 & the splitting maul keeps getting heavier every time I pick it up).
Kinetic splitters have the advantage using a flywheel to even out the power consumption. I modified an electric SuperSplit and it works beyond my expectations, running off a .75 kW solar array, deep cycle batteries and 4 kW inverter. The array also powers a Husqvarna 216 electric saw & charges batteries for a Makita cordless saw. The solar unit is featured in the Spring 2022 issue of New Pioneer. Here is a link to a video of the system splitting sawmill slabs.
(33) Solar Powered SuperSplit electric firewood splitter vs. 200-pound log - YouTube

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That is pretty dang cool! Thank you for sharing your ingenuity.

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Thanks much for the video Dave. I enjoyed it .

If you have a small sawmill then you should also have a wood powered truck :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

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Wayne, thanks for the comment! I’ve been following your videos for years.
Truck is on the radar. I have a '95 Dakota with the small V8. Other than the shocks & struts, it is ready for conversion. I also have a spare 8N Ford tractor engine that should be a good candidate for a portable power unit. I’m building a FEMA gasifier, just for the experience, but whoever referred to it as a “weekend project” doesn’t know me.

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Thanks, Cody. Now I’ve gotta get it going on wood gas to complete the cycle.

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Have a couple of kinetic splitters being used to split wood at the shop eight hours a day and now for four and five years of use I can say they are really reliable.

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A chum of mine has a farm and his wife has a saw mill.
I said that too him and his reply was the wife runs the mill and won’t put wood in the truck…
A question of convenience for some.

Wayne if I had one of your trucks I would stop at every gas station and buy a small bundle off wood just to thumb my nose at the oil company.
But you can’t even buy a truck anymore up here they are like gold…
Unless it has Flintsone brakes your paying a lot for used one too.

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Even the Flintstones were energy independent like us woodgasers, no gasoline ( more properly for the timeline, Dinojuice) was needed!

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We’re running on ancient, refined Dinojuice now. How’s that working for you? Folks on this forum have enough common sense to skip that step and go directly to stored sunshine.
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