Video: Here Are 10 Homemade Log Splitters That Are More Dangerous Than Russian Roulette


Video: Here Are 10 Homemade Log Splitters That Are More Dangerous Than Russian Roulette

(By Greg Rourke) – I don’t know how many times I’ve thought to myself  “I could really use a bunch of firewood. Also, I’m tired of having so many fingers and limbs. I wonder what my deductible is for emergency room visits?”  Here we have some guys who put a lot of thought into ways to split wood, maybe not so much concern for safety.

First we have a slowly rotating shaft with a gnarly looking claw to split the wood. Looks pretty unforgiving, but at least it’s moving slow.

Then we have real exercise in disregard for body parts. A giant flywheel with a splitter whipping around at the speed of sound. Speaking of sound, this thing whacking the wood sounds like Bernies dead body hitting navigation bouys in the 80s flick Weekend At Bernies. Our intrepid operator is wearing safety glasses and hearing protection, perhaps to offset the Jellys on his feet.
Next we have a giant hit and miss engine because open flywheels and installing a belt on a running engine might be the safest part of this operation. Wait til you see how fast the splitting wedge hits the wood and how fast you better get your fingers the hell out of the way.
Finally we some sort of grindy thing. Not sure what one uses the finished product for, but it might be the safest machine we’ll see today.
Hmm…it’s almost spring, maybe I don’t need firewood after all.


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2 thoughts on “Video: Here Are 10 Homemade Log Splitters That Are More Dangerous Than Russian Roulette

  1. Piston Pete

    As an experienced firewooder, I have to say that the rig with the giant flywheel is the only one I find inherently dangerous.
    The whirlygig pole chopper seems kinda useless but not too dangerous, assuming standard firewood processing awareness.
    The wedge splitters are actually quite slick, perfect timing and the willingness to back off at the last second being the key to safe operation.

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