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2/7/13 6:29 P

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I have one of those manual log splitters. It's kinda fun - just a steady, low exertion kind of workout like taking a long walk.

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2/6/13 2:35 P

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The one I tried out was a horizxontal manuel log splitter that had 2 vertical handles each for a different amount of pressure. The actuall splitting was fairly easy but you would still get a good work out putting the logs on it and then stacking the firewood.

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2/6/13 1:17 A

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I didn't know there were manual ones. Will have to google. emoticon

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2/5/13 4:21 P

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I think if I were using firewood as a major heat source, I would buy a splitter. A neighbor has a manuel one that you place the log on it and pump a long lever. He let me try it. Still get pleanty of exercise, but not as hard as a sledge & a wedge. And I think he said he paid around $100 for it.

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2/5/13 1:37 P

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When you split something over 2 feet across, you don't just get through it -- you have to place wedges and sometimes use a splitting maul (depends on size but our little one is 16lb) between axes. It's a process!

I don't split the big ones well. I typically do better with wimpy 10-12" thick sticks of wood :)

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2/5/13 1:27 P

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I've done the splitting part before, that is great exercise, too. I'm hoping we'll be able to put a woodstove in our house next year for supplemental heat in the winter.

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2/5/13 12:35 P

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Yup, they get hung, bend a wire and then you have to sharpen the scythe.

For larger trees, I imagine a two man saw was used. We can still use an axe. You need wedges (which was have and use in splitting the ones that are 2feet or more across, too -- and we split by hand. No machine there.

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2/5/13 10:49 A

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Lily, I can see why you need a chainsaw, LOL, I wouldn't want to cut firewood by hand, either. Makes me wonder how they did it before the invention of power tools. Proabably with two people, each pulling on one end of the saw.
I suspected that you have to be quite careful with scythes. And they would not work too well near a fence line.
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2/5/13 10:27 A

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I was curious about scythes a few months ago and did a search on them. I found some great sites showing how to use them and where you dan orer them. It would be woerth checking it out.

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2/5/13 9:23 A

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We use 'sicles', too (scythes). I personally haven't in years (it's not hard but you MUST not hit yourself cos it cuts through like butter). My brother almost sliced his leg off when he was in his early 20s!

Chainsaws are fine. They stop cutting when you take off the button. Losing control? GET OFF THE BUTTON! :)

And I'd like to watch you manually saw through a 2 foot trunk! :) We heat with wood.

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2/5/13 1:19 A

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Wow, I wish I knew how to use a chainsaw. They scare the heck out of me, so there's one reason I would cut any tree with a manual saw, LOL.
I agree with the stink of the lawn mower engine, the weedwacker is even worse. I wish I could get a working scythe and figure out how to use it.
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2/4/13 10:23 P

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For me, the key to the reel mower is I scape the stink of the gas oil mix

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2/4/13 9:52 A

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Great picks! I use manual labor 'outside' devices mostly even though our garden is larger than most peoples' homes and grounds!

My spine's disintegration means I can't move my arms and hands so well, so I'm gadget girl in the house. I can still run a chainsaw (we're talking full-on logger) and drive steel posts with a sledge, though :)

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2/3/13 9:21 P

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I like tools that provide exercise: a whisk instead of a kitchenaid or mixer, a manual nut grinder, for outside a manure fork and spade instead of a rotortiller, a wheel barrow radio-flyer wagon instead of a 4-wheeler to transport hay, straw and manure, manual saws instead of power saws for building projects around the yard. I even got myself a reel lawn mower at a yard sale last fall, less noisy, too. emoticon
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2/3/13 8:33 P

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I recently purchased a Ninja Prep Pro (Master, something). It's the LITTLE one.

It works so well, that it replaced by blender (which had broken -- this was the reason I went looking) AND it's larger than my mini food processor but smaller than the MASSIVE LaMachine (still runs, circa 1982?) that I haul out for big jobs.

It came with a pitcher and this smaller prep thingie and I've been going mental with my veg ever since :) Having a tool that is so easy to clean, so small to store and get out then store again and that WORKS so well is a boon. I paid $40 at Target.

I'm looking forward to when veg starts coming in again!

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