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#5817449 - 02/17/17 01:54 PM Hedge
Larry Baer Offline
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Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 635
Loc: Peoria County Illinois
Any tips on splitting this for posts? Arms are getting tired.



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#5820721 - 02/20/17 02:07 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Woodsloafer72 Online   content
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Registered: 06/22/15
Posts: 496
Loc: Minnesota
Makin' fence posts? Is that Osage orange?

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#5821596 - 02/21/17 08:23 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Larry Baer Offline
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Loc: Peoria County Illinois
Yes to both. So far I cut 51 posts out of the tree in the picture. I have probably 50 big hedge trees like this one and I want to sell some posts but am wondering if there is a batter way to split the wood. It takes me all day to split 12 posts using wedges and a maul. I tried a chainsaw and it helps to saw into the small end of the log to start the split but the wood is so stringy that sometimes it takes 10 different wedges to get the wood apart far enough apart to get the saw blade in it to cut the stringy stuff apart. I thought about putting a chain on one side chaining it to the stump and another chain on the other side to my tractor but had visions of a big springy piece of wood flying through the air... Sometimes the steel wedges will pop out of the crack and go about 12 feet in the air.
Looking for some advice. Thanks



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#5822095 - 02/21/17 06:37 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
hillbillyjake Offline
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Registered: 06/10/09
Posts: 192
Loc: west virginia
Ripping chain on a saw? I have know idea if that would work. Just a thought.

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#5822416 - 02/21/17 11:56 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
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All the posts I've split have been white oak. Don't know a thing about Osage orange other than it makes good bows and is tough. It doesn't grow here that I know of. I do know that in oak a sawn post doesn't hold up as well as a split one. Dunno what would make the splitting easier.

Didn't know Osage grew that big, either


Edited by Woodsloafer72 (02/21/17 11:57 PM)

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#5822617 - 02/22/17 08:57 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Larry Baer Offline
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Loc: Peoria County Illinois
I don't know- I could try a ripper. I'll check it out.Thanks.

Hedge gets huge. This tree had three good logs going three different ways. I was able to cut three 9' logs out of each good log and split those plus I have the top of the tree to cut up still. I have one 50' tree not to far from this one that is on good long straight log like an oak tree. Most are nasty short trees that have twisted up limbs but when they grow in timber sometimes they grow straight.

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#5823674 - 02/23/17 06:39 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
foxkidd44 Offline
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Registered: 06/29/07
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Loc: shelbyville, illinois 46years ...
larry, I wished I could be more help to ya. my dad did it about the same way your doin it.....with sledge and wedge. the smaller ones he just cut to length. I hated having to mess with it......that sap seemed to get all over me....lol. but man did it burn hot! when we put some of that hedge in the woodburner ,wow!


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#5825352 - 02/24/17 01:42 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Larry Baer Offline
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Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 635
Loc: Peoria County Illinois
Yeah that sap is pretty sticky. I let it dry two years before I put it my furnace. Thanks guys

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#5831816 - 03/01/17 08:07 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
DV IN MN Offline
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Registered: 02/17/12
Posts: 21
Loc: Mankato MN
how much would you be selling the fence post for? Do you know a Kevin Baer?

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#5832155 - 03/02/17 07:45 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Larry Baer Offline
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Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 635
Loc: Peoria County Illinois
This I what I think I can get in my area;

Line Post up to 4 on big end $5
Medium Post up to 8 on big end $10.00
Corner post up to 12 on big end $15.00
Big corner post up to 16 on big end $20.00
Giant Corner Post $25.00

I have five ''bins'' and am going to put something in the Farm Bureau paper this summer when I get done building a new fence. I cut them most of the winter but only on weekends so I'm not a high production producer by any means. It's something to do in the off season.

I do not know Kevin Baer off the top of my head but I have lots of relatives all over the country so it could be possible we are related and don't know each other.

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#5832948 - 03/02/17 07:36 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
DV IN MN Offline
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Registered: 02/17/12
Posts: 21
Loc: Mankato MN
Larry,

Well a straight grain, mostly knot free, 70 in quarter piece could bring as much as $50 or more in the primitive bow market.

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#5833047 - 03/02/17 08:42 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Five Points John Offline
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Registered: 11/29/15
Posts: 193
Loc: S.W. Ohio
Originally Posted By: Larry Baer
Yes to both. So far I cut 51 posts out of the tree in the picture. I have probably 50 big hedge trees like this one and I want to sell some posts but am wondering if there is a batter way to split the wood. It takes me all day to split 12 posts using wedges and a maul. I tried a chainsaw and it helps to saw into the small end of the log to start the split but the wood is so stringy that sometimes it takes 10 different wedges to get the wood apart far enough apart to get the saw blade in it to cut the stringy stuff apart. I thought about putting a chain on one side chaining it to the stump and another chain on the other side to my tractor but had visions of a big springy piece of wood flying through the air... Sometimes the steel wedges will pop out of the crack and go about 12 feet in the air.
Looking for some advice. Thanks




I've split locust with a wedge and sledge. That was bad enough. I couldn't imagine Hedge apple. I was thinking DYNOMITE or LIGHTENING! John

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#5833340 - 03/03/17 07:33 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Larry Baer Offline
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Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 635
Loc: Peoria County Illinois
I'll have to keep that in mind if i find a super nice straight one.

Most of it isn't too bad but sometimes you get one with twisty grain that won't let go of itself.

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#5867254 - 04/05/17 01:28 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
TONY.F Offline
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Registered: 03/02/14
Posts: 2580
Loc: N.C MO
larry we always split them while they were froze makes them split a whole lot easier not easy but easier and we always used a hydraulic wood splitter the ones that stand upright put the big end in the splitter and use a post axe to do the rest lol I don't envy you no way!!
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#5873006 - 04/10/17 05:12 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
AKG Offline
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Registered: 04/12/10
Posts: 2
Loc: Rapid River, MI
Father in law has used pallet forks on front end loader to split logs, wasn't for something as tough as hedge though.

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#5961268 - 07/27/17 04:31 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
ozarkhunter Offline
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Registered: 06/23/17
Posts: 22
Loc: Western Arkansas
Smaller pieces of osage are great for game calls, knife handles and other "bushcrafty" type things. I do a lot of wood turning and use a good bit myself.

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#5963006 - 07/30/17 06:34 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
pappy t Offline
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Registered: 08/31/10
Posts: 199
Loc: western ky
You might try this on future logs. I have an uncle who used to be a logger tell me about blasting logs open with black powder. He said it worked like a charm.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vODXyUmkEoo

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#5965917 - 08/03/17 12:42 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Budfish Offline
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Registered: 09/05/10
Posts: 471
Loc: Des Allemands, Louisiana
Maybe a motorized log splitter? My uncle made one for my grandpa years ago.

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#5972309 - 08/10/17 03:31 PM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
Larry Baer Offline
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Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 635
Loc: Peoria County Illinois
Thanks for the ideas. I will be back at it again when it cools off some

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#5977751 - 08/17/17 07:27 AM Re: Hedge [Re: Larry Baer]
K52 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/11
Posts: 829
Loc: SE Kansas
We have hedge all over around here. Lots of hedge fence and corner posts in this area but I've never seen or used a hedge post that was split. Smaller diameter used for line posts and bigger diameter for corner posts just cut for length.

I always thought if a guy could figure out a use to market the sap for he could get rich. I know my bibs that I cut hedge in would wear like iron where you had sap on the fabric. Still can't figure out how squirrels can chomp thru a hedge ball to get the nut, it's a wonder that their jaws don't seize up getting thru that gummy mess.

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