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  # 1320383 9-Jun-2015 15:42
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BigPipeNZ: looks like a nice invention/innovation, and good on her for taking it further.

But also looks like it might be a real PITA to sharpen it, and if you are using a sledgehammer to knock the wood downwards, it;s going to be hitting that blade quite a bit and so the blade is going to get blunt rather fast and often.



I have one of these devices.  A few points:

 

1/ The blade doesn't need to be super sharp at all.  As long as its stable, and is harder than the wood you're splitting, it works.

 

2/ Sharpening it would be pretty easy, especially if its bolted down (the base has bolt holes and its recommended to bolt it down).

 

3/ If you're managing to swing a sledgehammer (or even a small hammer) past the safety ring and into the blade, you'd need to revisit your tool choice, and technique.  The recommended hammer size is 3lb, and the safety ring prevents the hammer swinging onto the blade.  Over time you'll bash the heck out of the safety ring because some (not all) blows will reach it, but they won't easily reach the blade.  Alternatively, use a hunk of wood instead of a hammer.


I've had no trouble with mine.  I even bought one for my parents.

I quite like splitting kindling up, but have always been fearful and clipping a finger or thumb, this minimises the risk of slicing off a digit, although you still may crush one with a poorly aimed blow.

These are pretty neat, as is the story behind them.  Good luck to Ayla in her future endeavours I say!


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  # 1320385 9-Jun-2015 15:44
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Check out the stuff link again, there is a demo showing it in action. I will keep cutting kindling with an axe, but I can see for some people this might be useful.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1320386 9-Jun-2015 15:45
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BigPipeNZ:A sledge hammer head protrudes about 3-4" from the shaft, so could hit the blade if it's only a few inches below the ring.

I think a sledgehammer would be overkill for this job. A drilling hammer or club hammer would be more the thing.

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  # 1320388 9-Jun-2015 15:46
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andrew027:
BigPipeNZ:A sledge hammer head protrudes about 3-4" from the shaft, so could hit the blade if it's only a few inches below the ring.

I think a sledgehammer would be overkill for this job. A drilling hammer or club hammer would be more the thing.


yep, see my post edit after watching the video




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  # 1320400 9-Jun-2015 15:58
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The school my kids go to uses the cracker. It is a lot safer than handing a 10 year old and axe and saying 'watch your fingers'.




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  # 1320490 9-Jun-2015 17:58
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kiwitrc: Check out the stuff link again, there is a demo showing it in action. I will keep cutting kindling with an axe, but I can see for some people this might be useful.


I shall keep on using central heating and other 21st century inventions..! ;-)





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  # 1320491 9-Jun-2015 18:00
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Geektastic:
kiwitrc: Check out the stuff link again, there is a demo showing it in action. I will keep cutting kindling with an axe, but I can see for some people this might be useful.


I shall keep on using central heating and other 21st century inventions..! ;-)


Next you will be telling me you don't catch your own meat?

 
 
 
 


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  # 1320514 9-Jun-2015 18:23
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Geektastic:
kiwitrc: Check out the stuff link again, there is a demo showing it in action. I will keep cutting kindling with an axe, but I can see for some people this might be useful.


I shall keep on using central heating and other 21st century inventions..! ;-)


As long as they are environmentally friendly and sustainable




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  # 1320551 9-Jun-2015 19:08
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Good on her for getting traction with a venture, especially at such a young age. Doesn't seem like the most efficient way to do the task, though... wonder if they're already planning the new version :P

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  # 1320721 9-Jun-2015 21:49
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kiwitrc:
Geektastic:
kiwitrc: Check out the stuff link again, there is a demo showing it in action. I will keep cutting kindling with an axe, but I can see for some people this might be useful.


I shall keep on using central heating and other 21st century inventions..! ;-)


Next you will be telling me you don't catch your own meat?


Not since leaving Taranaki...





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  # 1320722 9-Jun-2015 21:50
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Geektastic:
kiwitrc: Check out the stuff link again, there is a demo showing it in action. I will keep cutting kindling with an axe, but I can see for some people this might be useful.


I shall keep on using central heating and other 21st century inventions..! ;-)


As long as they are environmentally friendly and sustainable


No; as long as they keep my house warm at the flick of a switch...! And don't fill the air with pollutants from my chimney. 

Our power comes from Meridian so is alleged to be 100% renewable.





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  # 1320796 10-Jun-2015 05:54
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Geektastic:

Our power comes from Meridian so is alleged to be 100% renewable.


In that case use as much heating as you like  ;)

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  # 1320888 10-Jun-2015 09:25
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kiwitrc:
Geektastic:

Our power comes from Meridian so is alleged to be 100% renewable.


In that case use as much heating as you like  ;)


I shall. I left the heat pump in the kitchen on last night to keep the dogs warm.





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  # 1322234 10-Jun-2015 15:09
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Good stuff.  I hope she has secured a long term deal or similar, to protect her if she is copied. 

Regardless of whether it is a genuine 'invention', it's a nice piece of innovation.

I can imagine this being very useful for some people.  It reminds of a shingle splitter a I saw few years ago.

Wood splitter axes don't require sharpening, they're designed to function as a wedge not a blade.  I expect this would be similar.




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  # 1322236 10-Jun-2015 15:12
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You can use a wood-burner as the heat source for a central heating system.

When I was kid (in the 20th century) our neighbors had one.

Geektastic:
I shall keep on using central heating and other 21st century inventions..! ;-)




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