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Re: Firewood Processing

New tools should always be part of the "project" budget. yeah - look into a bigger saw - cutting logs w/a too small saw (bar only reaches 1/2 way thru the log??) is slow and a kick-back danger. Bar runs hot too w/the tip buried in the middle of the log. I try tp match the bar length to the wood - I have bars set-up on saws for: 20" ; 28" ; 32" ; 37" and now 42"! makes for a lot of chain sharpening!!

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post #2552 of 2626 Old 04-09-2019, 08:19 AM
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Re: Firewood Processing

Agreed. I don't know exactly which trees are coming down, but there are two huge ash trees right behind the house. I'll wait to see what's coming before choosing a new saw.

What are you using to split those big rounds?

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Interesting. So he didn't have to lift, but did have to be bent over the whole time?

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Need a trench to stand in to have the I-beam at chest height! Did some more cutting and hauling from the neighbor's. Took down some dying ash (beetles) and a very large red oak! got to test out my latest acquisition to my wood cutting tools - a gently used - one owner Husqvarna 3120xp. it came with a light-weight 42" bar and a decent 0.404 pitch chain!! it is like nothing I've ever cut with!!! I've used big saws (066's, 395xp's, 2095 Je-red's) BUT - this 3120xp is a monster! I cut a 36 ft long log (butt is 49" dia) red oak into 18" firewood lengths in under 30 min!!!!!! when running - it sounds like a snowmobile, not a chainsaw!!!! it's a little scary how fast the bar drops thru the log!!! the chips fly 10 ft behind you.
You both are very logically correct. But Dad was working with different logics. He kind of kick rolled the rounds from dirt floor across a piece of plywood onto the beam of the splitter, then he had an extension on the ram handle, still no bending - then he kicked the splits off the other side of the splitter. And, here is the genous part - he waited for a grandson, or son, or neighbor kid to show up to have the splits stacked on the other side. No bending for my 85+ year old pop.

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post #2554 of 2626 Old 04-09-2019, 03:49 PM
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Re: Firewood Processing

Hi - have had good luck x-cutting the ends approx. 3-4 in deep with "a large saw" and driving wedges into the grooves, pops no problem~~

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Great ideas, thanks guys.

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No problem - wisdom over youth!! as you get older - you have to work smarter

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No problem - wisdom over youth!! as you get older - you have to work smarter
very well said..


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Hi - have had good luck x-cutting the ends approx. 3-4 in deep with "a large saw" and driving wedges into the grooves, pops no problem~~
Do you use a 4-way splitting wedge?

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Nope - just your standard steel wedges I put two wedges across the round, and drive them evenly into the slot. Once it is split into quarters - I can finish it by hand (oak, ash) or put the chunks on the splitter (maple, birch, - everything else!!) the heart wood in the center of the big oak burns the best once it dries out.

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Re: Firewood Processing

Speaking of quartering big rounds (I know "Big" is a pretty relative term I measure bigness by whether I can lift and carry them) - A couple weeks ago I shared a couple pictures and maybe a video of me bucking a tree down over a short but steep brush covered hillside. At that time I wondered about getting them up the hill. Well, son is suffering with a recurring wrist problem (broken 4 times over the years) and a knee problem (old age creeping up early). So, this morning I halved a couple, and found they were still heavy and awkward for the hill climb, so I resorted to quartering them with the old hardware store maul and carrying them up by hand.



It started out nice and cool, and before I was able to get four carried up to my ATV and cart, I was completely sweated. Not how I like to work in the wood:



So, with four rounds out of 28 retrieved to the driveway - I think I'll take them to my stacks and split them, but I won't go back for another load till it cools again - and there aren't going to be too many cool days left this spring.

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I rely heavily on the JD x595 for moving big rounds - the last ones (approx. 42" dia x 18" long) of very green red oak weigh in at around 800 -900 lbs ea!!!!! it wasn't so hard when I was 30???
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Can you lift them with the loader before splitting?

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hi - I lifted all of them w/the loader -that is how I got them into the pile in the backyard!! some of the logs were over 1500 lbs. Green oak is so heavy!!

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Wow, that's an impressive loader!

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Re: Firewood Processing

HI - I raised the operating pressure on the attachments. lifts more, and it beefs-up the backhoe too!
I couldn't heat w/wood w/o my JD!!!

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