A timberjack is also great for getting logs off the ground when you want to cut them into stove lengths.
An electric log splitter is fantastic - makes it go so fast and uniform, you actually enjoy splitting!
For sure, one of my best investments was a set of log tongs for easily picking up logs to move to the splitter. I think it's likely my best purchase!
And recently, my new fun toy - a kindling splitter!
Previously, I had just taken thin boards or slabs out front of the cabin where there was a pile of flat rocks stacked by Grandpa when the cabin was first raised. I would take a small hatchet and an afternoon and just go to town. At least twice I hit the webbing of my left hand and ended up quitting prematurely and in a crabby mood.
This year I ran out of kindling early, and was just splitting it with the same hatchet, but this time on a table that Kenny had built during our first year here on the homestead. I didn't enjoy it, and didn't feel it was sustainable. I was sure that eventually Kenny's table would give out, or my aim would.
I ordered up this kindling splitter, as the style appealed to me more than the ones where you hammer a log through a ring onto a wedge.
At first, I was shipped an arm for a three point hitch. That was annoying. Double annoying - they refused to ship the correct part until they received the incorrect one back first.
At least they paid the shipping, but still - I had to wait more than triple the normal time to receive the wrong part, ship back the wrong part, then receive the right part - when you account for my days to both realize the mistake and get to a post office to return it. Thumbs down to Princess Auto on that count.
|Ready to install! Note Kenny's table underneath.|
|Nice and secure on the outside of the shed. Screws are some GRK I have been playing with.|
|Commonsense leverage tells you that the angle between the wood and the cutting blade should ideally be 90 degrees.|
|Grasping from above - bare hand only for clarity, it was -30 when I was snapping these, and I wasn't in the mood to dawdle.|
|Slightly different angle. I would probably be comfortable even holding the wood directly, as the blade moves very slowly.|
In any case, I often have so many shorter pieces of wood from bucking up the firewood that I believe I could easily dedicate it to kindling. I'm excited to see how it fares on some of those.