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1tentman
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# Posted: 14 Jan 2022 12:30
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NO NO NO that is not a filler plug it is a extra port so you can install the pressure hose in a different position. You hook a reservoir in hole and when you move control valve to extend cylinder out you will blow high pressure oil out the reservoir. I would not want to be standing anywhere around it, because you will get a oil bath, you might even blow up the reservoir.

paulz
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# Posted: 14 Jan 2022 12:48 - Edited by: paulz
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Gotcha, thanks! Actually I was thinking of maybe a 2-4" diameter piece of threaded plumbing pipe, maybe 6" long, reduced to fit the threads, with a screw on cap, so it would take the pressure. But if it would act as an extra oil reservoir I don't know.

Anyway I'll just try filling it first. She says it does leak, so they must have been adding oil somewhere. Going back out tomorrow for a better look.

1tentman
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# Posted: 14 Jan 2022 21:11
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Ok Paul I see what your trying to do I don't think it is going to work installed on the cylinder,it would work better if you tee it in right before the filter. How much wood are you wanting to split, if it is just a small amount you can probably get by with it just like it is . If you want to split a lot you will have to install a bigger reservoir or you will have trouble with the oil over heating. Also it is going to be hard to get the right amount of fluid in the system so it doesn't run out of oil on the outward stoke or blow oil out of it on the retracting stroke. If you choose to not install a reservoir I would walk away from it you could be chasing this dog forever.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 14 Jan 2022 21:18
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Walk away? Ummm, Im not inclined to, maybe too much of the time....
Thing is, I see potential, and a lot of build already done on these kind of projects that may just need some finishing off and fine tuning.
Some times the magic works, sometimes not.

paulz
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# Posted: 15 Jan 2022 16:28 - Edited by: paulz
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Feeling a bit dumb. I went by today for a better look. Big fluid tank right under the ram. Thought it was just the main beam. I put in a gallon and when I left she was itching to get started on a big pile of rounds. The ram moves very slow, it's a 110v motor, looks like maybe 2hp, but it did easily split a big hard round that my 8lb. maul wouldn't. Just hope it hangs in there for her, and for me..
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FishHog
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# Posted: 15 Jan 2022 16:56
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glad you got it up and working for her. Good of you.

1tentman
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# Posted: 15 Jan 2022 17:16
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We all have those moments and it seems like the older we get the more of them you have. I wish we could of saw that picture first. That splitter just became more valuable. I just couldn't understand why somebody would build a splitter without a reservoir and be able to make it operate correctly. It probably has a single stage hydraulic pump, that would make it move slow. That is a good size cylinder,but if it splits a big piece of wood it must be in good shape. Good job sir.

shaff
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# Posted: 16 Jan 2022 09:40
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I like being 3 years ahead on my firewood so I have roughly 25 cords cut split and in the shed. Maple, cherry, ash and oak.

paulz
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# Posted: 18 Jan 2022 11:29
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Quoting: 1tentman
It probably has a single stage hydraulic pump, that would make it move slow.


Right. Like watching paint dry waiting for the ram to hit the wood. Those commercial 110v splitters, do they have a two stage pump?

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