DIY Log Splitter Loading Arm

Rural ingenuity makes splitting firewood easier with a homemade log splitter loading arm.

| November/December 2015

  • A pair of push buttons are used to operate the loading arm, and a control lever operates the splitting wedge.
    Photo courtesy FARM SHOW
  • The wedge consists of a 1-inch-thick “razor sharp” blade made from tool steel, with a block mounted on either side of it.
    Photo courtesy FARM SHOW
  • “The loading arm can easily pick up a 24-inch-long, 24-inch-diameter log,” Hollmen says.
    Photo courtesy FARM SHOW

Ed Hollmen, Marion, New York, wanted a log splitter that would be easier on his back, so he designed and built a heavy duty vertical splitter that’s equipped with a log loading arm.

“It makes splitting logs a much easier job, because very little lifting or bending is required,” says Hollmen.

The splitter stands almost 10 feet tall and weighs about 2,000 pounds. A 12-volt winch is used to raise and lower the 5-foot-long loading arm, allowing Hollmen to stack logs from ground level and then raise the arm for use as a table. When he’s done splitting logs, the arm folds up vertically for transport.

“The loading arm can easily pick up a 24-inch-long, 24-inch-diameter log,” Hollmen says. “I like to line up logs on the loading arm platform before I start splitting them so I can work faster.”

He started with a 13-inch-wide by 7-inch-deep, 1/2-inch-thick steel I-beam he found on Craigslist, along with some surplus 1/4- and 3/16-inch-thick steel panels.

A 12-hp Kohler electric start engine from a Cub Cadet is used to drive the splitter’s two-stage hydraulic pump. It powers a 24-inch-long, 4-inch-diameter hydraulic cylinder, which is operated by a splitter valve with a detent in the return position.
5/15/2018 10:34:24 PM

I used the plans at WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG to build my own – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha Go to WWW.EASYWOODWORK.ORG if you want some additional plans :)

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