I have a buddy who is moving. He's closing on the house he lives in and the new people take over this week:banghead3 well anyone who's ever moved knows that you gotta "clean house" and just "get rid of" alot.
Well in the last few weeks I have been over there helping him do just that; and I have ended up with alot of "Stuff" in the back of my pickup.
Among that "stuff" is everything I need to build my own log splitter; except for an engine. 3 different cylinders (I will probably pick the longest one) the I beam, the fluid tank, the filter mount, hoses, valve, axle and more.
I wasn't figuring on building one of these since I no longer have my own fireplace; but since I have all the "makings", "why not"?
How do I figure out how big an engine I need for that pump? I've seen spliters from 5-16 HP; some store bought some home made.
I have recently been splitting ALOT of firewood; (something else he needs to find a buyer for in the next few days) and we had a borrowed store bought "MTD" vertical model w/a 6.5HP Briggs vertical engine; and a home made horiz. model w/ an old L head 8HP Briggs. the 6.5 seemed plenty for that machine yet the 8HP seemed under powered. (based on how much the respective engines "bogged" under the load of splitting an average sized log)
is there a chart of "gallons per minute of pump capacity, vs HP required" or does it go by cylinder size, or what?