Electric Woodsplitter - And it's fast!

Electro-Split Off Grid Solar Powered Wood Splitter

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***Videos of this electric logsplitter in action are at the bottom of the page***


The challenge:

    Find a logsplitter that will hold up over the long haul and not break the bank!
    Make sure there is a readily available parts base in case of a failure.
    Since I am my own warranty, simplicity and customer support are mandatory!
    Should be as fast or faster than mainstream wood splitters.
    Must be of a tolerable noise level since it may be inside the house/woodshed during inclement weather.
    Finally, it has to be very fuel efficient or it will not fit into my off-grid endeavor.

This was not an easy task, but I have pieced together a simple solution that meets all of the criteria!

Solution: Electrified SuperSplit Woodsplitter!

These units meet all criteria, have an incredible lifespan if properly setup, and are still being manufactured today. This one is shown with the cover off to expose the the rotating flywheels which really supply the initial force to split the wood.

I removed the 28 year old 3hp gas engine, and replaced it with a 3/4 hp (yes, that's less than 1hp) electric motor. This setup uses less energy than my Dirt Devil upright vaccuum and is significantly quieter. Initially I used a 1/2 hp motor but on really tough strings of knots in the logs, the flywheels would stall and repeating this scenario would cause the tiny motor to go into thermal protection and shut-down.. This is no longer a problem with the 3/4 hp motor.

When running, the DC power meter into the inverter shows about 50 amps (the Dirt Devil Vacuum eats 110 or so amps). The pulley on the electric motor that drives the flywheels via a v-belt, can be larger to provide: faster flywheel rotation (which will give more splitting force but will stress the geared rack/ram more).... or the pulley can be smaller to provide: a slower flywheel speed with a faster recovery (should they slow down). Every project I have done incorporates a large safety factor to enhance longetivity. In this case, the belt tension is minimal so in the event of a flywheel stall scenario, the belt will slip on the flywheels (this allows them to stop/reducing impact stress on the rack, and allows the electric motor to spin happily and stay cooler than encountering a direct stall then trying to recover the spin speed of the flywheels.)

This setup works excellent with either the Trace 2512 (12 volt, 2500 watt pure sinewave inverter), or the Magnum MS2812 (12 volt, 2800 watt pure sinewave inverter.) The Marathon 3/4 hp electric motor will "hum" and "run hotter" (and a bit slower) if using the Trace DR 2412 (12 volt, 2400 watt Modified Sinewave inverter).

Recently, a gaggle of participants who attended the 2010 LOCAL LIVING FESTIVAL visited my place during the Home Tours segment. There may have been some reservations about what this extremely quiet wood splitter could do with such a small motor. Judging from their reactions, I'd say this is no longer the case!

But then again.... they keep staring... at the power strip!


And finally: Video clips of the Electo-Split in action!

Full 2 minute Video Clip 7.59meg

Part 1 from above for dial-up 1.71Meg

Part 2 from above for dial-up 1.78Meg

Part 3 from above for dial-up 1.80meg


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