Block Splitters

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by jreiff, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    For those if you who have block splitters, was wondering which one you prefer. The one where you break the block by pulling the lever over or the one that has the hydraulic pump? We have used one with the hydraulic pump and seem to work really well. Nice splits and all. Is there a big difference in splits between the lever action and hydraulic splitter?
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    we have the probst block splitter and it works fine.
    i can't see any reason for the hydro one. the manual is not hard to use.
  3. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    How are the splits with you Block Splitter YardPro?

    We went an looked at one today, a used one that a fellow landscaper has for sale that he wants to get rid of, because he is going out of business. We tested it out and seemed that all the split split alittle off. ONe side would be conave, the other would be convex. This ever happen to you???
  4. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    The manual one works fine for block. We have a hydraulic one as well that worked great on some types of natural stone. I'm not sure if I would invest the extra money in a hydraulic one if I were just going to use it for block but since it splits some of the natural stone we use very well the hydraulic one is worth it's weight in gold. Your worries about corner stones for columns and end of walls are can make them damn near perfect every time depending on the stone
  5. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,929

    We have the block splitter from Pavetech as well. We don't have any problems with concave splits, so I would walk away and buy a new one.

  6. mbella

    mbella LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,284

    Does anybody else still do their splits old school? We use a saw and a chisel. It's fast and easy.
  7. chevytrucks84

    chevytrucks84 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 147

    how much does a block splitter you guys use this for all of you pavers or do you use a saw for cleaner cuts on pavers that aren't tumbled

  8. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    We have a manual wall splitter but yes Mike lots of times I have split with hammer and chisel without even using the saw....especially smaller block like a split stack.
  9. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    never had an issue with a crooked split. the probst has replacable breaker blades. the one you looked at may have a bent blade.

    the splitters are about $100.00

    and mbella, i only use a chizel for small stuff where the splitter is too bulky.
    the splitter is so much faster than the chisel, why would you want to not use it?
  10. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    $100 ! We cant be talking about the same splitter... I can't remember the exact price but it was a helluva lot more than $100

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