Canada's Outdoor Farm Show - Woodstock, Ontario

Split-Fire log splitters and wood chippers to be demonstrated for Farm Show visitors

Split-Fire's wood chippers and 2-way log splitters will be on display for visitors at Canada's Outdoor Farm Show being held in Woodstock, Ontario, September 9 - 11, 2014.

The outdoor show, held on an 85 acre site in southwestern Ontario, is home to Canada’s largest agricultural event attracting thousands of people. Come watch a working demonstration of a model 3-point-hitch wood chipper capable of chipping 5 inch branches and a 2-way wood splitter that splits logs on both the forward and reverse stroke. Look for us at the South Mall on Lot S-J.

Splitting logs for 29 years

It’s nice to keep in touch with customers, even if it’s only once in every 29 years. Split-Fire Sales recently completed service work on one of the very first 2-way log splitters manufactured.

It was sold approximately 29 years ago to Bert Witteveen, (right), who operates a cash crop farming operation with his son Jeremy, (left), in Thamesford, Ontario.

Mr. Witteveen says wood burning is his primary heat source on his property and the Split-Fire 2-way log splitter has split all kinds of wood for nearly three decades without fail. He was bringing it in for service work for the first time. In-house technicians replaced the inner slide pads, the steel hydraulic lines and repaired the back pin on the cylinder.

The splitter is a current day model 3203, a 3pt-hitch tractor mount log splitter. “It was remarkable to see this old log splitter and how little the design has changed over the years compared to today’s model 3203 wood splitter,” says Chris Skalkos, Marketing Director for Split-Fire. “This splitter is older than many of the employees who work here, and aging better than the rest of us.”

Split-Fire looks forward to seeing Bert and Jeremy Witteveen in another 29 years.

Splitting Giant Maple

Split-Fire thanks Mr. Peter Hafemann from Wellesley, Ontario, for submitting this photo of his model 3255HT log splitter with an attached hydraulic log lifter. Peter arrived at Split-Fire with a few large and knotted logs he personally selected from his wood pile to test the splitter before purchasing. He said he was splitting a "giant maple" on his parent's property and sent this photo along to show that he wasn't exaggerating. Peter on the left, is pictured with his parents Adolph and Emily Hafemann.

Photo courtesy of Peter Hafemann, email:

Split-Fire log splitters on You Tube

It's not hard to find a customer uploaded video of a Split-Fire log splitter on You Tube. Some of the log splitting videos are particularly well done and Split-Fire would like to thank our customers who have taken the time to share their opinions about their log splitters online.

Here are just a few:
Model 3403 Split-Fire, tractor mount 2-way log splitter with 4-way wedge and hydraulic log lifter attachment.
Model 4490HT Split-Fire, 2-way log splitter with hydraulic log lifter.
Model 3203 Split-Fire, 3-point hitch mount, 2-way log splitter operating on Massey Ferguson 1648 compact utility tractor.

Putting a Split-Fire through its paces

We thank customer Brian Paradoski, from Bobcaygeon, Ontario, for sending us feedback on how his new Split-Fire 3255HT with a hydraulic log lifter is performing. Brian said he was putting the splitter through its paces by splitting some very large blocks. Judging by the photos he sent he wasn't exaggerating.

Brian writes:
"I was pleased to get the log lifter installed as I just removed two large Red Maple trees. The stems were too large for my customer, so I brought them home in my hydraulic dump trailer. The blocks were 3 feet to 4 feet across, weighing 500-600 lbs. I have a hydraulic clam on the front of my Kubota MX5100. With care, I place a block of wood on the Split-Fire and keep the clam near the top of the piece, holding it with a little pressure. I then spilt the block. If it doesn't completely separate, I pick it up and drop it from a height to finish the task. Split-Fire builds a 2-way wood splitter that is far superior to anything else on the market!" - Brian Paradoski, Bobcaygeon, Ontario.