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Wall Splitter

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by kris, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I am interested in any ones opinion with real life experience using the The wall splitter from - Probst/Pave Tech.

    More specifically...will it split pisaII blocks ... how good of a job does it do?
  2. paul

    paul Lawnsite Addict
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    Kris it dosen't work unless you have a thinner blade installed on the bottom. We had one made to split Pisa wall units (24" wide units). It's faster to split them by hand.
  3. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Darn Paul. ... I so wanted to hear that they work. So your saying it wouldn't work on individual blocks?

    I realize that you would have to chisel off the lip so that you would have equal pressure across the block.

    I'm thinking of it replacing allot of time & money spent on saws and blades.

    Challenge is I can't find one up here to try.... I have it all set up to have one shipped but I'm having second thoughts.

    I may try to work a deal that we would pay for shipping both ways if it didn't work .... would be worth the hundred or two just to find out.
  4. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I can't comment on the Pisa blocks, but we have that splitter and love it. being able to split blocks for pillars and sitting walls, caps, etc. It's a huge time saver and if set up properly, does a great job. It really gives your projects that extra special touch.

  5. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
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    Paul is right, it is faster to do it by hand.

    Practice, practice, practice. LOL



  6. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Do what by hand? Cut a single block? We normally use a saw to cut half blocks etc...
  7. neversatisfiedj

    neversatisfiedj LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I use a Mikita concrete saw
  8. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Messages: 1,578

    we use partner950's ...what Im asking is, would this splitter be able to handle allot of the work that the partner is now doing?
  9. MarcusLndscp

    MarcusLndscp LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 634

    We have two of these splitters and are overall very happy with them. I've never used it on the Pisa II but it works well on other products. Sometimes you may get an irregular break but not often enough that we worry about it. They are great for creating corners and we sometimes use it on natural stone as well. It all depends on the type of stone...some split better than others. Last year we spent something like $2000 on a hydraulic splitter. It worked well for a couple jobs but the steel frame wasn't strong enough to hold the pressure of the hydraulic piston. The worst of it is that the company would not warranty it after only a few months use :realmad:
  10. cgland

    cgland LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you are looking for a perfect, clean cut then a splitter is not for you. Splitters create a jagged, "rock face" on the block and more often than not they do not split perfectly. Like I said they have their uses, but to replace a saw for cut quality.....NO!


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