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Guillotine - Splitter

Postby GilbertSL » Wed Nov 18, 2009 5:31 am

Evening All,
Anyone know where I might be able to buy a hand splitter, the lever type, rather than hydraulic? Not a block splitter, but big enough for maybe 5" walling stone.
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby alan devonport » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:16 am

Gilbert,

While anyone is finding you one, can they please find me one too.

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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby david perry » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:03 pm

Haven't a clue

I used hydraulic guillotine splitters (owned by someone else) in Ireland. I was gobsmacked at how they could split so accurately thick lumps of Liscannor limestone!

The owner, who was renting it, got an engineering company to make one up for him. I used this too. But no guards so I made sure the someone else used it - just in case. :mrgreen:
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby stonewaller » Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:50 pm

You've probably looked, there probably unsuitable (not something I'm familiar with) but just in case....there's a chap selling a couple of different types on ebay http://shop.ebay.co.uk/casper.1987/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p4340

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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby david perry » Thu Nov 19, 2009 8:19 pm

Those ones on e-bay look like toys compared to the one I used.

The one I used was was somewhat more substantial. A little taller than me. So that rules out those in the two pictures!!

The jaws were 2 to 3 feet wide and could open to well over 1 foot. It could easily chop up hard limestone slabs of 5" or more leaving a break which was perfectly natural looking. But straight enough. A hand operated one doing this(?) Not too sure.

It was bloody heavy and could only be moved by trailer and around the site by forklift.

But the stonemason was Donal McCarthy, Clashreah, Killbrittain Co. Cork Mobile 087 6316452, I'm sure if you want to find his landline number, or if you're well off, just call him on his mobile (00 353) for Ireland and give him a call - he'll tell you who made the original he rented or borrowed for the Job I worked on in Skibbereen a few years ago.
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby GilbertSL » Wed Nov 25, 2009 6:33 pm

Thanks, Stonewaller, but those are block splitters, not up to the stone we use.
Hand operated stone splitters have been available in the past, David Perry, and work well ... much cheaper, quieter than hydraulic splitters, and a lot quicker & less wateful than using sledge/lumphammer/axe to gain a nice split face.
But they seem to have disappeared. I bet you can get them in France!
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby david perry » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:01 pm

Gilbert

I stand corrected then.

~The one we used was the only one I've ever seen.
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby donald » Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:18 pm

If anyone needs to know where to get a compression splitter from, try Lord or King hire, you want the BIG splitter, with a piece of pipe on the end of the lever, sometimes supplied, get these anywhere.....
Bigger splitting, I have details of mobile hydraulic splitters suitable for drystone, towable behind a van and 20 ton capacity running a hydraulic ram 3 feet drop,double action, use them all the time.....
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby GilbertSL » Fri Feb 20, 2015 8:57 am

Dear Donald,
Sorry to be so extremely slow, but ... thank you.
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby bricksetter » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:34 pm

6 years later..... :D :D
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Re: Guillotine - Splitter

Postby waller 69 » Thu Mar 19, 2015 11:42 pm

Doh, :roll: :roll: :roll:
Hope you are well bricksetter
We are all not that slow in the cotswolds :D :lol:
Its not that hard to make a guillotine anyway..
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