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Blog entry by Mathew Nedeljko posted 10-08-2014 12:39 AM 2823 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Short video of an antique log splitter in action at the 2014 Hollandia Nursery Fall Festival in Bethel, CT this past weekend. It’s all a matter of timing! I’m sure that this was a major effort saver in its day, but operator safety was obviously not their primary concern.

Here’s another one of the same machine and operator at last year's event.

I remember he said it was running too slow this year, now I know what he meant.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch



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robscastle

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#1 posted 10-08-2014 12:45 AM

Well you would only miss the once!... there doesnt look like a second chance being possible.

Have you see the video of the multiple head unit working the operator only goes near it to change heads !

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 10-08-2014 01:11 AM

That looks to me like a modified Little Giant Power Hammer. I have an unmodified LG Power Hammer at the farrier shop.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-08-2014 05:33 AM

Men were manlier back in the day and didn’t mind losing a finger to prove it.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 10-08-2014 06:59 AM

I found the hi tech versions on youtube.

They are worth a look for the sheer might of the technology alone

CrocoC.flv

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 10-08-2014 09:07 AM

WOW.
Last year’s video was scary,
you would’t want to have a timing issue with that baby.
Thanks for posting.
Cheers, Jinky (James).

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#6 posted 10-08-2014 02:49 PM

Hi Mathew. I’m not so far removed from those days when people were totally responsible for their own safety, but I still find it amazing that there were little or no safety considerations given to machinery designs way back when. I suppose they were just so captivated at having a machine to do the work instead of themselves that the idea of safety devices never entered their minds.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 10-08-2014 02:50 PM

Hi Mathew. I’m not so far removed from those days when people were totally responsible for their own safety, but I still find it amazing that there were little or no safety considerations given to machinery designs way back when. I suppose they were just so captivated at having a machine to do the work instead of themselves that the idea of safety devices never entered their minds.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-09-2014 12:31 AM

Hi everybody,

I took another look after getting over the initial shock.

some further comments and questions:

The first video
I guess as long as you keep your hands well away from the top and the top half of the sides of the log its no real risk of injury, a bit like a table saw blade working.

The second video
I seems to be cycling too fast for “normal” operation, slow it down to a reasonable cycle time.
Why is the belt so long? it in itself appears to be more of a hazard then the splitter.

At first I wondered what the operator had in his mouth then realised …oh must be getting old !!

Not to distract from Mats interesting post but have a look at
Hilldreth Bros. Wood Splitter at Fryeburg Fair Farm Museum, its running a lot slower, (my speed)
But the operator has his hands on the top section of the log,way too close to the splitter wedge in my mind!

Its in the R/H side margin of youtube down a bit.

At first I wondered what the operator had in his mouth then realised …oh must be getting old !!

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 10-09-2014 09:12 PM

Ha Ha, you are right, he was smoking a cigar while operating the splitter.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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