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GreenMonster
10-03-2006, 10:44 PM
I'm sick of splitting by hand, and sick of the results when the other guys split. So, tell me who makes a good block splitter, one that will do caps, and block as large as 8" tall.

Pavers Plus
10-04-2006, 10:14 AM
seems like Pavetech's splitter has been quite popular for a long time. http://www.pavetech.com/newtools/wallsplitter.shtm . I'd say that it can be a pain adjusting the height on the because of the 2 handles need to spin at the same time, plus you need to hold the block on the tray at the same time too. It is definitely better than by hand though.

Another one to check out is the Kracker.
http://www.beattykracker.com/ . It is easier to use especially when adjusting the height for the blocks. It's based on hydraulics

Also check out BonTool http://www.bontool.com/product1.asp?P=B11%2D591 or http://www.bontool.com/product1.asp?P=PAVERWALLSPLITTER

Hope this helps.

Pavers Plus
10-04-2006, 10:24 AM
This one may even be better than the Kracker. Its called BlockShear. http://www.blockshear.com/

Henry
10-04-2006, 08:35 PM
The kracker is is nice but you can run into problems with hydraulic jack inside. If the unit is tipped on it's side you get air in the jack and you'll lose pressure. Then you'll be pumping that pedal a lot more to break a block. The lever style splitters are very basic and quick. You only have to set the height once per job if you're using one size block.

YardPro
10-04-2006, 08:51 PM
we have the pavetech i think it is a probst.

it works great. even if you only do a few walls per year it is well worth the $1200.00

GreenMonster
10-04-2006, 10:34 PM
This one may even be better than the Kracker. Its called BlockShear. http://www.blockshear.com/

Now that looks impressive! Did you check out the video?

Pavers Plus
10-05-2006, 10:10 AM
I spoke with Kelly, from Block Shear yesterday about the product. Basically, she said "the Kracker looks like a tinker toy when standing side by side". She admitted the problem with air in the jack when on the side and that Block Shear has corrected that problem and it doesn't get air in it any more.

While working on my patio, I used one of the Pavetech splitters and found it to be a pain with all the splits I had to make, especially with the splits being within 3" of the end of the block to give me a finished edge on the block. I had to balance 60% of the block on the tray with my foot or knee while using the 2 levers at the same time to lower/raise. I'd say if you only need to split a few blocks, then any of the splitters will suit most people fine. If you need to split a lot of block, I'd look to Block Shear with the Air Assist.

GroundScapesIncorporated
10-05-2006, 06:40 PM
Ive been looking at block splitters as well, and I just dont see any that really catch my eye. Especially for the money. We do alot of Versa-Lok walls with steps and sidewall/steps. Usually at the start of the job Jose (my number one Spanish guy) will just sit down for an hour or so with a good hammer and chisel and just split away. Pefect cuts every time. Yesterday he split about 15 whole blocks (30 halfs) in about 30 minutes.

Moral of the story?

It would take one heck of a splitter to replace Jose, especially for the little amount it cost for a hammer and chisel.

YardPro
10-05-2006, 07:35 PM
i split 15 blocks in about 5 minutes with a splitter.

GroundScapesIncorporated
10-05-2006, 10:37 PM
i split 15 blocks in about 5 minutes with a splitter.
I wasnt really saying that by hand was faster or better than a splitter, I was only saying that even for the amount of blocks we split (quite a few) that I prefer the simpler way in this case.

You may split 15 blocks in 5 minutes.
But it also takes you a little bit of time to unload and set your equipment up.
More money to buy your equipment.
More maintenance.
Something else to remember to load on the truck/trailer.
More space on an already full truck or trailer.

I would have to split alot of blocks to be convinced that a splitter would be profitable for me.