Figured out what was wrong. Talked to my hydraulic guru and it got pretty simple after that. I originally had it plumbed correctly as per the diagram Rick had posted - and while cleaning up the different fittings that really were redundant, I ended up actually plumbing the splitter
in parallel instead of series. Got a little cute and ended up pooching the deal.
However, the Touch Control Lever itself was never out of the circuit nor failed to work. The problem was that the splitter
valve would essentially stall. Move the Touch Control Lever and the splitter
valve was mobile again. Weird.. but that is essentially how it worked. Split wood like crazy though
One simple boo-boo can create a problem. However.. just to straighten things out. The Pressure Relief Valve is indeed plumbed into the High Pressure Line ahead of the first valve. All is correct up to where the out port of the first valve ended up getting a Tee. That was a boo-boo. No Tee should be the line between valve 1 and valve 2. If there is and the two circuits are plumbed into the circuit -- 1 line going to the second valve and the 2nd line going to the return line to the auxiliary tank aft of the PRV then you end up with a problem. Two Tees were removed and I am back to what I had before. Now all I gotta do is fire Ellie up and go back to work.
However, there is a couple points I want to address mostly cause the whole point of the project is being missed by many. Again, for the umpteenth time I did not want an Uber Splitter
.. I just wanted something I could put on the back of my Cub whenever
I wanted and I wanted to stop spending money on a rental splitter
every time I needed my wood split. I am not in the business of supplying split wood for anyone, I am not interested in speed, I am not in the slightest interested in cycle times or anything else outside of simply being able to split wood whenever I wanted.
What surprised me is how much power the Cub
's hydraulic pump can produce. I am amazed at how easy I can split wood with this unit. I mean it when I said that Ellie can split wood faster and easier than the 5 hp Honda powered 20 ton splitter
that I normally rented.
Is this a project for everyone
Nope, never ever imagined it would be. However it was a project that sat in the back of my mind and I really wanted to prove that it could be done and done inexpensively. Did I succeed? Yup sure did. I got the beam for nada, the cylinder for about 15% of what it really should cost, the steel was left overs from some of Ray's jobs so it was essentially freebie stuff. The only thing we really needed to buy was some additional fittings, some hoses had to be made and of course the pins and other assorted hardware.
So if you don't have a splitter
and have some of the more expensive stock around, then this might be viable. I can attest that it is a fun and rewarding project that will teach you a lot about stuff you may not have known much about and will really show you what your Cub
can do. It shouldn't always be about bigger is better but -- enough is just right