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Offline mjeselskis

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New firewood processor build
« on: November 09, 2015, 07:34:55 pm »
Starting a build on a firewood processor with my father for our homes and likely a little on the side. I'll try to document the build here to help others since I appreciate having the forum available for help. Thanks to blackfootgriz for his help so far.

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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2015, 07:39:07 pm »
Starting the splitter






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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2015, 09:14:18 pm »
Looks like a good start.
Where did you find the hourglass rolls?
It's atypical, but I don't use gripper nubs on the push plates. It seems to allow the block to 'flow' better through both the 6 and 4way wedges.

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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2015, 05:24:31 am »
Thanks. We found the hourglass rolls on Craigslist. I've been debating the nubs on the pushplate, it seems like most of the big splitters have them
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2015, 06:37:16 am »
Tubing makes for a good looking fab job.Is all your welding being done with the pictured Hobart?
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2015, 07:51:42 am »
I think the nubs are there mostly because prospective buyers expect them to be. 
If the plate is smooth, the tail end of the block can 'skate' across the pusher surface as it moves through the wedges.  Seems like it puts less stress on the machine.
Then again, I'm not splitting corkscrews and crotch wood.

Grippers can be useful when the wedge moves through the block as with typical horizontal/vertical splitters, especially when the saw hand can't buck perpendicular to the log.

Did they have any more of those rollers, or just the two? I'd like to add one to the end of my infeed trough.

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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2015, 08:03:00 am »
Thanks. We found the hourglass rolls on Craigslist.

I wish Craigslist in my area had useful stuff like that instead of worn out furniture and broken appliances.

Processor looks good so far.  Will you have a stand-alone conveyor?
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2015, 08:11:01 am »
Looking good so far!

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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2015, 10:54:45 am »
Thanks. We found the hourglass rolls on Craigslist. I've been debating the nubs on the pushplate, it seems like most of the big splitters have them

Placed just right, those nubs can put your "brand" in the ends of the firewood splits.
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2015, 06:14:49 pm »
I'm using the Hobart for the 1/4" and under but it's only a 210 amp and doesn't have enough power for good penetration on the big stuff without a lot of careful fitting and beveling. I used the Hobart for some of the thicker stuff, but I have a Miller AC/DC stick machine that I'm using for the heavier stuff now.

I have a standalone conveyor, but it needs an axle and a way to elevate it.

We bought 5 of the hourglass rolls but we'll be using all of them. The guy we bought them from did have more but they were in a fully functional log conveyor. I'll PM you his number if I can find it. We bought them a year ago when we saw then since we knew we wouldn't find them again.
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2015, 06:57:09 pm »
Placed just right, those nubs can put your "brand" in the ends of the firewood splits.
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2015, 08:41:41 pm »
Had a little bit of time tonight so started working on the saw. Bearings and shaft should be here Friday for the saw pivot.

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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2015, 05:02:44 pm »
MJ-
Is it just an optical illusion? It looks like the hydro ram stroke is too long for the current pushplate-->wedge setup.

Hope it is just my bad!

Looks like the motor, bushing and sprocket worked as you planned. Did you go with a 13 or 14 tooth sprocket?

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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2015, 06:20:06 pm »
MJ-
Is it just an optical illusion? It looks like the hydro ram stroke is too long for the current pushplate-->wedge setup.

Hope it is just my bad!

Looks like the motor, bushing and sprocket worked as you planned. Did you go with a 13 or 14 tooth sprocket?

It must be an optical illusion, the stroke is 24" and there is 25" between the push plate and the wedge.

The motor, sprocket, and bushing came together very well, thanks. I went with the 14 tooth sprocket, we'll see how it works.
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2015, 06:24:02 am »
Found your build, looking good so far! Kind of odd that we both used Vermeer's for mini skidders and now are both turning Jacobsen's into processors lol great minds think alike! Hurry and get this done!
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2015, 08:44:26 am »
The race is on. :D :D
Looks like mjeselskis has a bit of a head start.
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2015, 09:53:22 am »
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2015, 12:31:59 pm »
The race is on. :D :D
Looks like mjeselskis has a bit of a head start.

A big head start on his processor but mine has been able to split wood for months! Lol last winter I built a splitter attachment for it.
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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2015, 08:44:41 pm »
A little more work done today







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Re: New firewood processor build
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2015, 07:36:59 am »
Looking really nice!
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