By Susan Schmidlin
The reason I talk about the gadget I use to split firewood in a lot of the farm stories is because the Super Split is an incredible addition to my wood making equipment. I have also had questions about the equipment.
The purchase was easy through the Oregon Woodland Co-Op (OWC). Both electric and gas-powered versions are available for purchase. A smart customer recently ordered a Super Split with both the gas powered and electric motor so they can be switched out as to what is needed where they are working that session. I happened to purchase the gas motor powered version because I knew I would be working on the side of the river where we do not have electric available. The unit is self-contained and easy to hitch up to the Gator to move it where I need to do the work.
A lot of my splitting is done during the wintertime or inclement weather so I like to set up under cover in one of the barns while splitting for ease of stacking the wood pieces for further drying or storage. The unit is easy to hitch up to the Gator to move it where I need to do the work.
During nice weather, and when I have the luxury of the herd of cows in a distant pasture so they don’t bother me, I like to set up right next to the log deck where the wood has been cut into 16 inch pieces. I find the unit splits green wood just as easily as dry wood pieces.
Because the Super Split uses centrifugal (flywheel) instead of the loud and clumsy hydraulic ramrod force, the splitting is quick and easy. The ergonomic handle on the top takes gentle pressure to engage the plunger for a smooth split. The tabletop design allows the operator a good look at the wood before and after splitting. It is easy to manipulate the wood chunks for the desired split. I find that I can shave off those pesky knots that I missed on the wood as I was cutting the pieces with smooth perfection.
Splitting a cord of wood can go quickly. It takes longer to grab and place the piece on the Super Split than it does to chop it into the sizes for bundling.
Splitting a 16 inch chunk of wood into kindling is so much faster and safer than using an ax. I prefer to split the wood chunk into slabs first then lay the slabs on top of each other and slice of several kindling pieces off at the same time.
For those who are looking for more information on the Super Split or other equipment the OWC website is the place to go.
This post was originally published here: https://schmidlinangusfarms.com/questions-about-the-super-split/