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  • Sid P
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    Dr. Pepper I agree 100%. I read a different thread that discussed mitre saws, loppers, and accidental digit removal, and decided to go with the much safer option. I think as long as I wear safety glasses the only way I could hurt myself with this would be if I decided to test it on my leg.

  • Dr. Pepper
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    I agree about the Gator lopper. It's not made out of the greatest components, and I have had to replace a part once, which cost half the price of a new one, but they're quick, and most important, they're SAFE!

  • Sid P
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    That Lopper is SWEET!!! It took 10 minutes or less to cut 8-9 gallons of ready to burn wood.

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  • Dewesq55
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    I agree that hickory is tough, but I'm still able to split it with my kindling cracker and 3# hammer. Although it often takes a greater number of significantly harder blows than my apple does.

  • Sid P
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    Thanks everyone for all the help!

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  • Sid P
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    Thanks Bruce, it’s nice to know it will get easier. For now I’ll just consider it a replacement for my usual workouts 😩.

  • Bruceski44
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    Hickory is tough! That's why they make tool handles from it. Just try to get through enough for 1 cook and the next time should be a little easier because the wood will be more seasoned. They do make hydraulic log splitters which will cost a lot more, but are much easier to use.

  • Bruceski44
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    Yeah, I take 2 full overhead swings, then a bunch of shorter swings before it splits fully. The shorter swings are so I don't bring the sledge full force down on the cracker blade, or the handle onto the rim. The 8-pounder sure beats using the 3# shorty.

    What kind of wood are you splitting? When was it cut?

  • Sid P
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    Dewesq55 Hmmm indeed. I’m starting to wonder if my hickory is green, but the company I bought it from has all 5 star reviews, so…. I’m concentrating on making solid contact and not taking a big overhead swing, not having used a sledge hammer or axe in the past 45 years.

  • Sid P
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    Bruceski44 I got an 8# long handle like your pic, and it works much better, although most still take 3-4 solid whacks.

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  • Bruceski44
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    8 lb.
    that thing will split an atom but it won't split the check.

    If your wood isn't fully seasoned (but whose is?) it will be tough to split. I did a cook yesterday and noticed my seasoned apple wood is easier now than it was 5 mos ago

  • Dewesq55
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    Hmmm, I use a 3# hammer with my small kindling cracker all the time with no issues. I don't own a KBQ, but use small splits in my COS

  • Dr. Pepper
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    Sid P I use the back side of my ax. It doesn't take much to split them. Avoid the area with knots from branches, however.

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  • Sid P
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    Thanks, Bruce. What’s it weigh?

  • Bruceski44
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