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Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Rudi » Sat Oct 16, 2010 10:58 pm

Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter

I have been preparing for this project for at least 3 years when I first thought about trying to make my life a little bit easier after the open heart surgery. Life since then has not been exactly what it was before. I am no longer able to do the stuff I used to do nor with the stamina/agility/ease I once could. So instead of being able to do hard work I now have to work smart. Part of working smart is minimizing the amount of stress on my body. That is where the splitter and a few other labour savers come in.

One of my original ideas was to mount the splitter horizontally similar to Bill Poor's setup:

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but after some serious thought Ray and I decided that a vertical orientation would make a lot more sense and be a lot easier for one guy to mount the splitter when wood cutting season rolls around. Plus, there would be a lot less stress on Ellie and the finals. So.. vertical it is :!: Another consideration was that since we had two different tractors, Ray has Dad's Massey-Ferguson 1040, having the splitter compatible to both systems would be a good idea. That way if Ray needs the splitter he won't need to borrow Ellie, it will mount up to his 3 point on the Massey.

Armed with these thoughts in mind, fabrication started.

While I was contemplating this project I began accumulating the needed parts. As some things came available and as I had the funds for other items they got stockpiled until most of the parts were available. I got real lucky a couple years ago.. was at Princess Auto -- which is my favourite department store and lucked into a slightly damaged 16 ton beam. Just the beam, but it was a start. I got it at a very decent price.. and nope.. ain't tellin :lol: Shortly afterwards during an annual inventory we found a 3"x18" 3,000psi cylinder with the screw on yoke pins which are ideal for a splitter.

The Splitting Knife and Wedge was a bit more expensive, but I saved me pennies and grabbed one before they almost disappeared from the shelves. Shortly after I acquired mine they became essentially a discontinued item. I have seen one more lately but that is it. Not sure if they are going to be available again.. but I imagine that some of the other locations may have them as well as US chains similar to Princess such as Harbor Freight and Northern Tools.

One of the first things we needed to do was to figure out a mounting system for the cylinder as it really was not designed for a log splitter. Ray came up with a neat solution.

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A section of 5" x 3" rectangular tubing with a slot to accomodate the I-beam web takes care of that :idea:

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Slides right in.

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Mount the cylinder to the Spliting Knife and Wedge, a couple wedges to centre the tubing, setup to determine where the tail flange has to be.

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Weld the end cap to the tubing.

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Next, setup the 1" broach in the mag drill to bore the aft cylinder mounting hole.

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The mag drill is something Ray got to work on the signs that he builds and installs. Really handy rig and very portable.

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When this thing starts it is amazing to see how quickly and neatly it gets the job done.

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Pretty slick :D

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And a nice slug is all that is left after the broach is finished.

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Tack weld it in place.

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Then finish the weld ensuring all edges are buttoned up nicely. Take time, make sure that the steel doesn't twist/curl/rack.

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Weld in the gusset. It will be trimmed in a bit.

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This pretty much finishes up the basic fabrication needed to mount the cylinder to the beam. It also finished up our first day of playing with the splitter project. Since Ray has a business to run, weekends or evenings depending on when he is done is when we get to play at fabricating stuff. We got lucky and were able to get back to work on this project 2 days later and managed to get the next bit done.

Part of the problem is that Ray's MF 1040 is 3 point and a Cub is well.. not exactly :roll: but surprisingly it wasn't as big a problem to overcome as I kinda feared. Ray had thought this out and had a pretty good idea how to do it. We talked it over and then started the second phase of fabrication.

The next pic is of the drawbar assembly for Ray's MF 1040:

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The mag drill and broach again to drill the plates for the lift arms and for the top link bracket. The plates which will form the lift arm brackets are 2-3/8" x 5" x 3/8" steel plate with 1" dia. holes 1-1/4" oc from the end of the bracket.

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Weld the end caps on and insert the lift arm pins on the drawbar.

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Lay out, apply a little heat and

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Voila! the top link bracket.

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Here it is mounted up to the MF 1040

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This ends the first part of the fabrication process. The next phase is to create the drawbar assembly brackets for Ellie and the rockshaft mounting point.
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Yogie » Sun Oct 17, 2010 6:06 am

WOW Rudi, you need to slow down a little, your making me dizzy. :roll: :lol:
Very nice work, I'm looking forward to watching as you go along with the cub hookup and the extra splitter parts.
Thanks so much for the detailed pictures. :wink:
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Winfield Dave » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:20 am

Rudi...Great photos and descriptions !!
Made me feel like I was right there with you guys.
Can't wait to see the rest.
Thanks !!
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby ScottyD'sdad » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:03 am

Nice new toy, Rudi. Ed
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby ricky racer » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:37 am

WOW Rudi, that looks awesome!!! You always tell me that you have no fabrication skills. You've been lying to me! Great job, great article and great pictures. I can't wait to see the rest of the project!! :{_}:
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Rick Prentice » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:47 am

Boy, Rudi, you guys aren't playing around :D The most fun part is setting around the project and daydreaming about different ideas :{_}: About 90% daydreaming and 10% working. Least that's how it is for me. Sometimes I don't even work, just daydream :shock:

Keep the pics coming. Nice looking craftsmanship.

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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Ralph » Sun Oct 17, 2010 11:33 am

ricky racer wrote:WOW Rudi, that looks awesome!!! You always tell me that you have no fabrication skills. You've been lying to me! Great job, great article and great pictures. I can't wait to see the rest of the project!! :{_}:


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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Rudi » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:17 pm

Guys:

Thanks for the comments.. I do appreciate. One of the neat things to have a brother-in-law with skills like Ray is that I get to learn. Ray and I both learned basic welding from his Dad, but Ray went on to take his welding course at the local community college. This is the course I have tried to take twice, but health issues kept if from happening. Hopefully, this February I will finally get the course. Ray teaches as we go along and is quite patient with me. He does most of the welding etc., and I do a lot of the other stuff that my existing skillsets allow. Although many of the projects I take on usually come out of my fertile imagination, we share a lot of the design and fabrication discussion .. to get a project that is actually viable. And Rick is right -- 90% ragchew 10% work on days we get to play with the toys, the other times it is usually just daydreaming. I am still a beginner at actual welding and such, but the more I do of this stuff I find there is so much in common with my own trade. The primary difference between a cabinet/furniture maker and a welder/metalsmith is not so much the basics but mostly the materials and tools. Much of the same skillsets in layout and design are the same. Maybe that is what intrigues me so much..

Rick-- he doesn't know about my Hougen yet and I don't think I am going to tell him either.. :lol:
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Bill E Bob » Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:21 pm

Well Rudi :!: That's just right spiffy :{_}:
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby beaconlight » Sun Oct 17, 2010 8:50 pm

Looks great Rudi How long a piece will it do??
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Re: Building a Cub Mounted Wood Splitter - Part 1

Postby Rudi » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:00 pm

Bill:

About 26 inches or so.. but the majority will be just 16 as that is what we use.
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