New age 21 century wedge free wood/log splitter
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My inventiveness started at age 13 when I injured my hand operating a wood/log splitter, as so many thousands of others do, every year all over the world. After my many years of in several trades and engineering jobs, I started the research needed in development of a total new idea without the use of the traditional WEDGE for log splitters. I have tried 73 different designs and the 74th was the answer to improved safety, much less power usage, frame thickness, less welding and so on. Not stopping there along the development process I have reversed the control valve, used vegetable oil, surround table and both left/right operation and so on. Then, eight years ago I developed engineered and tested a multi-use suspension for off-road/on-highway, safer transport. Following that research I designed a total new system that accepts many attachments involving the angled shear safety guide,split system, which safely wood down to kindling size. I have also tested the new invention on home made/backyard, electrical units, from which I determined the results could be massive if the government of Canada makes this invention mandatory. As one local municipal councillor (Doug MacInnes) put it, this could save millions of dollars in health care alone in Canada in the long run. This is only one of my many innovative inventions. Every one is looking for new solutions to assist in creating a greener, more environmentally friendly world- and I proudly submit that my inventions can assist in that goal. I offer three attached examples to that effect; off-road/on-highway rental,forestry and farming. All were totally hand crafted by myself using common, every day hand tools and a few implements I had to engineer myself.