With the approach of winters, a fireplace is the most useful and important place in any home. Especially when it’s snowing outside or the breezy winds are stopping you from stepping outside your home, burning wood in the fireplace is the only task you can undertake. And with such a wonderful and romantic weather, nothing is better than spending your leisure time in front of the fireplace. While enjoying the warmth of wood at home is easy, collecting and cutting down wood for the same fireplace is extremely difficult, especially the splitting of wood. For this purpose, log splitters are available in colder regions to make your job a little simpler. A log splitter is a simple logging instrument that is used for splitting a log of wood into two or more halves. Log splitters are of two categories, namely, mechanical log splitters and manual log splitters. True to its name, a manual log splitter employs the use of hands or feet to pump the wedge so that it can split the wood. It is light in weight and creates less noise. On the other hand, a mechanical log splitter utilizes electrical force or hydraulic force, or even both, to cut down wood. It is faster and more efficient compared to the manual version. However, a manual log splitter is less expensive and easily affordable. What’s more, a log splitter cuts down your time while using an axe or saw for chopping large quantities of wood to keep you and your home warm and protected from the cold season. Nevertheless, if you are in no mood to spend money on purchasing a log splitter from the market, you can make one at home as well. Listed here are the instructions for building your own log splitter.
Building Your Own Log Splitter
An adequately-sized Cylinder
5-gallon Hydraulic Tank
4 Steel Blades - ¼-inch thick, 10 inches long, and 4 inches wide
Steel Pipe (about 20 inches long and 2 inches thick to support the blade structure)
Steel Support and Wedge System (for the base structure of the splitter)
Weld the Blades
To begin off with building a log splitter, you have to first weld all the 4 blades in a cross shape. Weld two blades together at 90 degrees angle. Follow the same procedure for welding the other two blades. Thereafter, weld both the pairs of blades together.
Make the Blade System
Cut out a steel pipe measuring 20 inches using a saw. Cut out notches at one end to match with the 4 blades. Weld all the 4 blades into the pipe by supporting the tack-weld with a more powerful weld or filler.
Install the Hydraulic Pump
You can purchase a hydraulic pump from any home improvement center. Pick up one that provides a pressure of about 1500 psi. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer and install the pump accordingly.
Fix the Blade System and Pump Together
Make sure that the hydraulic pump is deactivated before you proceed with fitting the blade system and pump into each other. Attach the blades to the hydraulic pump and test the log splitter using some logs. Check out for any adjustments to be made to the blades or pump.
Compared to the mechanical version of a log splitter, a hydraulic-powered manual log splitter is not only cheap but relieves one from the pain caused to the back and shoulders while pushing the logs into the splitter and collecting them at the other end.
To avoid any injury, take necessary precautionary steps while building and handling the log splitter.
Keep your hands, feet, and other body parts protected by wearing protective equipment and working at a requisite distance from the blade system.
Increase lifespan of your machine by cleaning your log splitter and sharpening the blades on regular basis.
Having a log splitter at home is highly significant. But building a hydraulic-powered manual log splitter at home reduces your time in cutting the wood with an axe or saw considerably. Good luck for warm and chilly winters!