What could possibly go wrong: Centrifugal log-splitter

The site Homesteadnotes.com put together this 4-pack of videos of the most insane log splitter I have ever seen. It apparently is driven by a 4 h.p. motor and its large and heavy splitting wheel is turned by a small rubber tire. While this might prevent catastrophic failure if an iron bar gets jammed into the wedge, a hand would be toast.

I cringe watching the first video of a guy who knows what he is doing. The second “Fail” video is SFW, but despite this is even harder to watch. You couldn’t pay me enough to operate that thing.

I invested in a hydraulic splitter after I almost cleaved my skull in two. Even this relatively safe way to split wood cost me a fingernail when I pinched my finger between a rail and a rolling log.


The new one just finally finished growing in.

Since it was HomesteadNotes’ idea and video assemblage, I will send you to them to see the remaining three video embeds..

This one is pretty cool, and looks reasonably safe.


  1. David says:

    I think its easy in 21st century America to take for granted how “safe” everything is. The Polynesians navigated the Pacific Ocean w/ near stone age tech. How many Khal Drogo types were fell by micro organisms & no anti- nor pro-biotics?

    Or you could just keep heading south and to lower elevation where dependence on wood for heat is not such an issue. I never understood this part of antropology/sociology. If its the year 7987 B.C. & the population of the earth is under 100 million people why not just go where it is warm and not have to depend on fire just to heat yourself for the night?

    A tipi in North Dakota = Head south to the Gulf of Mexico where wood processing is a minimal task.

    1. Grindstone says:

      Many stone-age tribes were nomadic and followed the herds. Herds travel north. Eventually, agriculture was invented. Temperate climes, while hosting some very cold winters, have nice mild summers which are great for growing.

      Then there’s also hostile tribes to consider.

  2. Grindstone says:

    I like the belt-driven splitter. Really good design. Only problem would be is the belt slipping in the rain.

  3. Sam L. says:

    We the People do like doing things the hard way, the unusual way, and safety takes a back seat to the dangerous up-front seat.

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