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Dang! I missed it. Twice. Was curious. Dealing with in laws and the wife's siblings can sometimes be a hassle. And sometimes not. Glad it worked out.
 

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Ha! Very true, some easy days, some really difficult...

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Another 45 minutes on the Predator today, 14.5 hours total now. Started on second pull, outdoor temp in the low 30s.

Finally got a newer pic of the muscle end of the splitter. The Predator is running in this (bottom) pic.

I split the stuff previously bucked and loaded into the cart in the right in the top pic. The stuff in and next to the bucking rack is all that I have left here ready to process.

I do have an oak down in the woods, and a bunch of big stuff to retrieve from my MIL's place, so I still have stuff lined up. Just requires retrieving first.

Mike

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Another hour or so yesterday, 15.5 total now. Temps in the 20s, started first pull!

Got caught up with everything I had in the yard. An overflowing 10 cuft cart worth of splittable stuff from what I had left in and near the bucking rack.
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Glad all that work you put into that repower had good results...with all you move around I would consider finding an old boat trailer that are always being given away for free on Craigslist and modify it to pull bigger loads of wood from work area to your fireplace...
 

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I've tried a variety of things for that job: everything from the back of a Ford Explorer, to a wheelbarrow, to a 10 cuft cart, to the (red) 17 cuft cart with sides, to an ice fishing sled.

Due to the layout of my backyard (lots of trees and large rocks), the 10 cuft cart seems to be the right combination of maneuverability and efficiency. A 17 cuft cart without sides would probably be better.

I do have a 6x10 open utility trailer, but that's much too big for the job. That's the trailer I use to get logs home (and I'd love that to be at least 2 feet longer).

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Another 30 minutes yesterday, up to 16 hours now. The Predator started on the first pull once again, temps in the 50s.

One thing I've noticed, but keep forgetting to mention: occasionally after shutting the engine down briefly (to stack wood, get more, take a bio break, etc.), it doesn't restart on the first pull, and sometimes takes several pulls. Typically when that happens, it also backfires out the exhaust.

Before and after shots...

Mike

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