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    Has anyone tried these newer on the market kinetic logsplitters? What do you think???
    I am in the market for a new log splitter that is faster than the standard hydraulic logsplitter.
    The ads of course make them look great. The Dr., super split and at tractor supply the are carrying speedpro

    http://www.tractorsupply.com/outdoor...litter-1022655
    http://www.supersplit.com/index.htm

    Woodsman
    Scarlet Jewell Sugar Shack LLC
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    12x16 sugar shack (new for 2011)
    2013
    400 taps on bags
    100 on gravity
    150 taps on vacuum
    flu and syrup pans for 2x6 from Smokey Lake
    2 x 6 Waterloo arch
    1529 Massey Ferguson, Arctic Cat 500 4x4 lx ATV

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    My Dad was telling me about this a few weeks ago. I didn't understand what he was talking about, but now seeing one in action, we will have to tap more trees to pay for it. The only concern I would have is how long it will last. Our hydraulic is going on 30 years and is still running like a champ.
    2012 350 taps
    2013 250 taps (way to much snow to do more)
    2014 350 taps ( still to much snow, but who cares)

    2x6 homemade arch

    2x4 copper drop tube flue pan

    sawmill shed converted to sugar shack

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    There is a guy that has been bringing them to the common ground fair in Maine for at least 6 years. I have seen them in action not the same brand as tractor supply but the same concept. Guys brought in some narly looking stumps and it had no problem going threw them. Very fast also Im sure you can find some videos on you tube.
    30" x 8' raised flew
    310 gravity 55 buckets
    28' x 18' sugar house

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    Quote Originally Posted by twitch View Post
    There is a guy that has been bringing them to the common ground fair in Maine for at least 6 years. I have seen them in action not the same brand as tractor supply but the same concept. Guys brought in some narly looking stumps and it had no problem going threw them. Very fast also Im sure you can find some videos on you tube.
    yes there are a lot of videos on you tube as well as the links I provided.
    Just like to hear from folks that have used them.
    I wonder how durable they are.
    The hydraulic ones I have owned over the years are not fool proof as with any piece of machinery. This looks as though they would stand up well and they are so much faster.
    woodsman
    Scarlet Jewell Sugar Shack LLC
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    12x16 sugar shack (new for 2011)
    2013
    400 taps on bags
    100 on gravity
    150 taps on vacuum
    flu and syrup pans for 2x6 from Smokey Lake
    2 x 6 Waterloo arch
    1529 Massey Ferguson, Arctic Cat 500 4x4 lx ATV

    https://www.facebook.com/ScarletJewellSugarShack


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    I'd be afraid for my fingers!
    Andy's Own Maple
    Andy Kinter (4th + generation maple producer)
    Approx 821 taps on vacuum

    3x10 nat. gas fired raised flue small bros.
    250 gph Lapierre RO
    Fine collection of used bulk tanks
    Kubota MX5100 sap hauler
    2 hives (that I don't spend enough time on)
    A great family that works together to make syrup!

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    Looks like a fast machine, you could split a cord in a hurry. I would still prefer the 2 way splitter from Split-Fire (see video). You can also interchange to a 4 way way splitting head on this machine. The kinetic splitter sure did wobble a lot in the video, and to me it does not look durable. Most good splitters will last for decades. I don't know if the kinetic unit will.

    http://www.split-fire.com/

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    looked like the video was speeded up a little....
    Thad

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    I was impressed with the tempest that's on you tube, I think if I were to get anther one I'd look at it. By the size of it the price would probably make it cheaper to burn oil,
    started 2007 50 taps. wife & me, 2x4 flat pan.
    Old 4 acre Girl Scout camp upstate NY. 18x10 shack.
    2008 100 taps, 2009 150 taps, 2010 200 taps.
    2011 Upgraded to a 2x8 , 400 on pipe, 50 pails
    2012 550-600 taps. no pails new sugar shack,250 sq ft ? new wood shed 8x24,
    Honda Rubicon w/ tracks & 200 gal tank on trailer

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    The super split is in my plans for a year or 2. I first saw one in action at Sawlex in WV a few years ago. Then this year I saw one that is enhanced by Logrite into a basic firewood processor. I plan on getting the basic one. far faster, especially on making wrist sized pieces for the evaporator. If you study it, they should last a long time. Nothing light wt nor poorly designed. I would think one would last longer than any hydraulic unit and they run on far less gas.
    Dave
    Dave Klish about 1250 taps
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    adding a gooseneck equipment trailer someday to haul more sap
    3x8 raised flue evaporator, with new welded pans by Thor for 2013, new Thor second syrup pan for 2014
    250 GPH gas powered, converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
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    There's a lot more to go wrong on a mechanical machine like this. I'd be waiting for a track record of reliability before I took the plunge. Last year got a Split-fire double acting rig that has a 36" stroke. I cut a fair bit of wood 30" long for the evaporator.
    This one only goes 24". I'd miss that extra 6"
    Brent
    "hobby farm" is an oxymoron
    2-1/2 x 8 Leader with air over and under and a Steam-Away
    75 buckets and bags
    650 on vacuum
    Airablo 160 RO w XLE4040s
    www.duffyslanemaple.ca

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