This Simple Wheel Splits Wood In No Time
Don’t mind that there isn’t any sound, but the real spectacle to behold is this very simple contraption. On the surface it looks like just an old wagon wheel with a wedge sticking out of it but once you see it in motion – it’ll change how you cord wood for sure. Dangerous? Yes. And while it is effective, we’ll point out some of the techniques you can use if you’re interested in splitting massive amounts of wood in short time.
Everyone who uses wood to heat their homes is usually trying to find a way to split up wood with the least amount of effort. Now, sometimes folks would rather trade cash for sweat labor and rent a professional-grade log splitter. But others who like using their hands and being outdoors may like giving techniques like this one a try.
Since man has been using fire, he’s been trying to find ways to split wood effectively. However, nowadays, some folks see it as a great excuse to work out. That doesn’t stop us from examining all the ways you can use simple devices to improve the accuracy and retention of both your tools and your cord wood.
Take an old car tire of whatever width suits you best and stuff it with logs. After chopping the first log, steadily move around the tire in a circular motion hitting all the othe
1. Old Tire Chopping Circle
Take an old car tire of whatever width suits you best and stuff it with logs. After chopping the first log, steadily move around the tire in a circular motion hitting all the others. With each successive downward swing, the reverb from the inner coil of the tire keeps those logs from staying together while still redirecting the force of your blow to shattering the wood. It’s great for breaking medium to small size logs into kindling in no time.
Alteration to the Original: Old Tire plus Support Struts
This guy designed a system of wooden beams to place beneath the chopping tire to redirect the downward force back up into the concentric circle. This is a pretty interesting innovation to the old favorite. However, we’ve got another alteration to show you before you bust out the old wood beams.
Alteration to the Original (2): Chain Around the Log
This is truly one of the best ideas we’ve ever seen in terms of low-energy, cost effective means to chop large, bulky logs. Below you’ll see a guy using a simple chain and rubber stretch around the circumference of this huge, cumbersome looking piece of future cord. In quick succession, you’ll see with amazement as it takes all less than 30 seconds to tear it apart into basically kindling. The pros of this? No bulky hauling of equipment. Cons? None. It can be used on a series of logs if you don’t have any big ones to take out.
2. Portable Manual Splitter
This is one of the weirdest, yet strangely interesting inventions we’ve seen that doesn’t include an engine or a hydraulic press. It’s a manual wood splitter – like a smaller version of a hydraulic press. Here we see a woman set up the apparatus on a pre-existing log and then demonstrate splitting a rather unimpressive piece of wood. It takes her several attempts but she works through it. Worth the examination as it requires neither gasoline nor electricity but nevertheless – the demo didn’t really give a convincing argument in comparison to the previous methods.
Alteration to the Original: Hydraulic Manual (Foot Operated) Log Splitter
This clip is worth it simply for the frustration present in the actor’s eyes as he stomps callously on a foot pump while the log sits there and stares back at him, unflinching.
Alteration to the Original (2): Manual Hand Operated Log Splitter
Hold the phone on this one! Here we see a guy who fabricated a truly effective manual log splitter that looks like it’d be both safe and effective (unlike the previous two options). Even more impressive, it seems to handle small logs as easily as big ones. Definitely worth considering for the chop pile.
3. Homemade Mechanical Log Splitting Machines
Just like in the first clip for this article, sometimes gasoline is just required. If you’re interested in paving through several cords a day for days on end, a machine is absolutely essential. However, what if you don’t have a lot to work with and need to MacGuyver pre-existing materials? Why not use an old Honda Civic? This guy found a way to take off the tire and emplace a splitting spike. It actually appears to be quite effective – though arguably not much safer than the first one. One thing that’s lacking is really any safety precautions or failsafes in case something goes wrong. In manual operations, the great thing is you can stop any time it starts to hurt. In mechanical logging operations, it would be really nice to stop then but often times it’s too late.