NorthStar Four-Way Slip-On Log Splitter Wedge - 9 1/4in.L
Very good product
I read many reviews before purchasing and I am actually more pleased with it that I had expected based on the comments. I see what others are talking about with the way it floats on the wedge. I too started out wedging it tight but soon I realized if you’re splitting logs large enough to catch the horizontal wedge the float is not an issue. I also took a grinder and sharpened up the leading edge and I also eased the side welds a bit to reduce the force needed to push a log through. After a day of use I modified mine by cutting one end down by 2”. Now I can flip it over for smaller logs and the horizontal wedge lines up better. Northern tool should make this change, no charge for the suggestion.
Really does make a measurable difference in splitting production.
January 9, 2013
I modified this to fit my split-fire dual direction splitter by adding/welding a grab handle to the 'top' utilizing 1/2" round stock. This way I can pull it off when not needed. I only split in one direction when using. I then added/welded shims to the inside such that it is a snug, not tight, fit. I also sharpened the edges utilizing a portable electric angle grinder before using. Will split 16" diameter hardmaple blocks into 4 sections with ease! If you need smaller pieces buy the 8" high version or just turn the bigger pieces and split again.
January 30, 2010
The big problem I have with this option to the 32ton NorthStar is the inside weld of the wedge reams the leading edge of the NorthStar main wedge. When at full extension the ram actually comes in contact with the 4 way wedge.
December 19, 2009
This product is a great time saver. I drilled a hole though both the wedge and the 4-way wedge to keep the 4-way wedge from slipping up while under preasure. you have to use a strong grade bolt or it will just bend a regular bolt in half. It is also advisible to make sure your existing wedge is the same height or it will want to roll all the time. My splitter only has a 4" piston, but it still seems to work good.
July 13, 2009
splitters best friend
This is a great little tool, nearly 40% more output of split wood. Of course you still have to haul and stack. Note that the 4-way just floats on the existing wedge with no lock down. Also it is mild steel, with no harding. It effectively moves the wedge about an inch closer to the ram, within contact distance. Therefor you might need to weld a bead on the cutting edge and re-grind it into shape about once a year depending on how much use it gets. Still, it is a great little tool!
April 21, 2008