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I'm thinkin of puttin together one o these. Think I'll go with counterweight instead of spring. Even the counterweight will act toward more momentum, assuming the fulcrum is sufficiently anchored.
 

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normal52 (author)2015-03-06

The counterweight is a solid idea but it seems like the force needed to split the wood will fluctuate. With a spring, it can vary.

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Toga_Dan (author)normal522015-03-08

i dont follow your thought. would you clarify?

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normal52 (author)Toga_Dan2015-03-10

With a store bought splitter, you have a certain weight (tons) to account for the change in logs. It seems like the counterweight could only provide its own force and whatever you can put behind it. Say a 50lb counterweight and 100lbs of force, you are only putting 150lbs into a log.

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Toga_Dan (author)normal522015-03-10

if you swing a 1 lb hammer with 5 lb of accelleration, reaching a final speed of 50 mph, will the resulting force on a nail be only 6 lbs?

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normal52 (author)Toga_Dan2015-03-12

Alright, so what would the final design be?

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Toga_Dan (author)normal522015-03-12

maybe i'll sketch somethin up. maybe

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liquidhandwash (author)2015-03-07

That is very cool, I dont know how it would go against the wood we have here in Oz, Iron bark red gum, it so hard it makes the chain saw spark.

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Toga_Dan (author)liquidhandwash2015-03-08

wow. maybe it has silica in it.ive heard of plants that are abrasive due to silica.

where is this oz?

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caitlinsdad (author)Toga_Dan2015-03-08

That is another nickname for the land down under. But don't mistake them for the Land of Kiwis.

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