REX X FIREWOOD PROCESSOR
After a lot of research and discussion with participants in the Australian Firewood Industry, we identified a need for a high-volume production wood splitter built to handle all species of Australian hardwood timbers and with the specific goal of producing split firewood for bagging operations.
As a result of this, the REX X Splitter prototype was developed. Loosely based on a kindling splitter we developed previously; we have repurposed this concept into a new splitting machine. As the X blade cycles, the blocks are carried through the splitting chamber at predetermined increments. The infeed belt increments can be pre-set to produce large or small wood pieces including kindling.
When set up permanently, firewood blocks are loaded into a 4 m3 hopper, from which the operator places blocks onto the infeed belt. This belt moves the blocks through the splitting chamber. The pieces of wood exiting the splitter on the outfeed conveyor are uniformly positioned, making it very easy for workers to remove and place into bags.
The machine has been designed and built to last the rigors of firewood production. The blade is made from Bisalloy 400 HT steel.
When set up permanently it can be optioned with either diesel or 3 phase electric power packs between 50 – 70 horsepower. The splitter uses a 6” Ram and develops up to 50 tons of splitting force and can cycle as quickly as 4 seconds. Power and cycling are dependant on input power, pump flow and pressure.
Maximum block diameter is 650mm and maximum block length is 320mm.
The machine head and conveyors weigh approximately 3 ton. We estimate that with a 5 second cycle and feeding with consistent blocks of 450 – 650mm diameter it will be capable of producing up to 20 m3 of firewood per hour.