Posted about this in the SCUT thread, figured it would be good to start a new thread.
I have a bunch of logs that have been waiting to be split, some for a few years, so are from this year. I have rented a splitter in the past, but don't want to spend $100 to rent one for a day. That means I have to rush to get the job done, and I have way more than just one days worth of logs to split. I have been doing a little research for a splitter for a 3 point hitch. The biggest negative I have seen is that it is going to be slow. And that's OK. Why rush? I am just splitting logs for campfires, etc.
Anyway, stopped in at Tractor Supply on Saturday. They had one sitting outside that looked good to me. It was priced at $649, marked down from $799. Went inside to ask if the $649 price was still accurate, the cashier said nope. Bummer. Then the cashier said that it was actually $449. !! So I brought it home along with a couple 5 ft hydraulic hoses and fittings. Total price out the door was $550, for everything.
Keep in mind, that I barely know how to use my 3 point hitch, and my knowledge of hydraulics is severely lacking. But I had the thing unloaded and hooked up, ready to work in under 2 hours. And that 2 hours included a second trip to TSC for a couple adapters. It helped that it was a floor model that was already assembled (it was missing a couple things, like the 2 bottom hitch pins).
Note that in this pic, the hoses are not yet attached.
I spent 2 hours yesterday splitting some logs. It is certainly not quick, but it works great. Like I said above, I don't need it to be fast. Just need it to split.
This is a pic of the spec sheet. It’s the only “paperwork” it came with. Had to download the owners manual.