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For those of you like me who can't sleep at night unless you know how something works, this
page is for you (and I figure with the number of competitors who are continually buying up
SuperSplit units in an attempt to reverse engineer them into some copy cat version made in China — I
might as well just tell you).
After power is turned on (either gas or electric [ A ] ), the kinetic energy is stored in two revolving flywheels [ B ]. These flywheels are firmly secured to a one-piece pinion gear [ C ]. Because of the flywheel weight and RPM, as well as being mounted on ball bearings and secured to the frame, the pinion gear has tremendous power advantage.
To transmit power from pinion gear to log, a rack gear [ D ] is engaged by a cam-lock assembly [ E ]. The rack gear, now fully engaged and locked in the pinion gear, moves out with a 12 to 24 ton force across the log bed [ F ] into the alloy heat-treated steel blade [ G ]. At the end of the full 24” stroke, the rack is spring loaded upward and backward [ H ], which disengages the cam lock and immediately returns to start position.
For safety reasons, the SuperSplit log splitter is a semi-automatic machine. This means every cycle must be manually activated by lowering and raising the operation lever [ J ] that engages the cam-lock; but after activation, the rack will complete a full cycle. The cycle, however, can at any time be interrupted by simply returning the operating lever to the up position. The flywheel will also stall on overload. Successive cycles may be engaged if necessary in order to drive through particularly large, hard or knotty logs. Flywheel recovery time is about 1/2 second. (If you have ever used a rack type arbor press or swung a heavy maul, you will better understand why the SuperSplit kinetic log splitter principle works so well.