Re: Case/ Ingersoll Log Splitters, Wood Chippers, Timber Har
I have had both, the 3-point and the tow behind. I originally had the 3-point, which was easy to store in my garage due to the small size. I had a front axle from a Craftsman tractor that I was going to use to pull it if needed as all of my Case/Ingersoll tractors did not have a 3-point hitch. I never got around to making it, but it was the plan.
Then found a tractor that had the tow behind as a package, so I bought everything and sold the tractor. The tow behind has the hydraulic control on the splitter which makes it a bit closer to where you are working. As well, I can tow it with any of my tractors. Overall, they both work very well when splitting both directions, but one direction has more force. I wouldn't know that by using it, but I read it in the manual.
In the video you posted he was splitting at a very low height. My experience is that you back will hurt after a short amount of time. I always made my splitter sit up as high as possible. It make it more difficult to lift larger logs, but I was always able to do it. I never had a log that the splitter would not split, but I only split around 3 or 4 face cords a year, but most of it is hard wood (mainly cherry).
Either 200 or 400 series would work due to the hydraulic pump really working the same in both series. The 3-point is very, very heavy for a 3-point. It will lift the front off of the ground on my 646 when going up an incline. So, I would say that I like the tow behind, but if you really want one you need to get what ever you can find. When I sold my 3-point splitter it sold very quickly and I think that I easily got $850 or $900 for it and the guy drove a long way.
As far as the chippers go, I had one of those as well, but I don't remember much about it. I only put some smaller branches through it, but I didn't see see much use for it for myself. I just burn the wood or leave them in the woods. It was a neat unit, but again I didn't use it so I shipped it to a guy down south.