What can it do?
The Woodsman is a hand operated device for splitting logs ready for the fire.
Designed to cut small logs up to to 10"/25cm diameter and up to 16"/40cm long, it can be used with all kinds of wood, hardwoods and softwoods providing the logs are fairly straight grained and not too knotty.
The Woodsman can be used by almost any adult and makes cutting wood fun!
Features and benefits:
The blade of the Woodsman is attached to a pivoting arm which incorporates a large weight.
Two heavy-duty springs counter-balance the weight so lifting is easy, and it is the momentum of the falling arm that drives the blade to split the log when it comes down.
If the logs fails to split first time, the arm can be lifted with the log still attached and dropped down again.
If a log is too tough to split and the blade is stuck in it, the arm can be locked in the raised position and the log safely knocked off with a mallet.
The Woodsman is solidly built out of heavy section steel to give many years of service.
The cutting blade is fixed to the swinging arm, so there is no chance of glancing off or jarring your back.
The Woodsman is equipped with twin
brakes which prevent movement of the arm unless both levers are
pulled - his means that both hands have to be well away from the cutting action.
The user stands 'square on' to the machine so there is no twisting involved. The arm is pushed up (as if doing push-up) then allowed to fall to strike the log. Arm need to be relaxed to avoid jarring, but the handles must be held in so the arm does not lock.
If the log does not split first time, simply repeat the operation.
The Woodsman is, of course, potentially dangerous and should only be used by competent, adults. To prevent unauthorised use, a blade guard is included plus two padlocks to secure the guard and the swing arm itself.