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Wedge breakage

Wedge breakage.

We broke our big splitting wedge today.

A little chip off the side makes a big difference in getting the wedge started.

The medium size is almost as good requiring about 20% more elbow grease.

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Plastic is really too soft for this use. I have the same problem with the plastic wedges that I use to get big composite products out of moulds: the wedges wear out and break easily.

One idea for your application would be to "wrap" new wedges in a piece of steel sheet. That might improve their durability, I think.

Another thing that might be worth looking at is the kickstarter campaign for the kindling cracker 'king'. The basic idea is very good. The blade is stationary, and the wood moves. Also, the ring on top means that you cannot hit the blade with the hammer.

Comment by Roland_Smith Tue Jan 24 16:52:51 2017
I don't think these plastic wedges are for splitting wood. These are Felling Wedges used to help direct a tree in the direction you wish it to fall and to keep your saw chain from binding.
Comment by Richard George Wed Jan 25 18:07:21 2017

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