Whitlands Engineering has announced the launch of their new REX X Splitter.
After a lot of research and discussion with participants in the Australian Firewood Industry, Whitlands Engineering identified a need for a high-volume production wood splitter built to handle all species of Australian hardwood timbers and with the specific goal of producing split firewood for bagging operations.
As a result of this, the REX X Splitter prototype was developed. Loosely based on a kindling splitter they developed previously, they have repurposed this concept into a new splitting machine. The X blade auto cycles as the blocks move through the blade at predetermined increments. The infeed belt increments can be pre-set to produce large or small wood pieces and also kindling.
When set up permanently, firewood blocks are loaded into a 4m³ hopper, from which the operator places blocks onto the infeed belt. This belt moves the blocks through the X blade. The pieces of wood exiting the splitter on the outfeed conveyor are still in the shape of the original block, making it very easy for workers to remove and place into bags.
The machine has been designed and built to last the rigors of firewood production. The blade is made from Bisalloy 400 HT steel. When set up permanently it can be optioned with either diesel or 3-phase electric power packs between 30 – 50 horsepower. The splitter uses a 6” Ram and develops between 30 – 50 tons of splitting force and can cycle as quickly as four seconds. Power and cycling are dependant on input power, pump flow and pressure.
Maximum block diameter is 650mm and maximum block length is 320mm.
The machine head and conveyors weigh approximately three ton. They estimate that with a five-second cycle and feeding with consistent blocks of 450 – 650mm diameter, it will be capable of producing up to 20m³ of bagged firewood per hour.
If you would like to discuss the new REX X Splitter, please visit www.superaxe.com.au or call 1800 702 701.