1, Box 96, Fort Madison, Iowa 52627.
Referring to the hollow wedge Mr. Cline is asking about--I saw one of these in use in 1931 or 32. It was a bought wedge and used black powder. It belonged to two brothers in West Point, Iowa.
It was a round hollow tube affair about 14' or 16' long and 2' or 2?' wide. It had a wedge about 5' long on one end. This wedge had a hole about I' through the center and another hole led from this hole to the powder chamber in the round tube. It also had a small hole in the side of the powder tube for the fuse.
1910 F.M. Kerosene 4 HP. at Bird City, Kansas in 1970. Runs at 60 rpm. between firings.
In the September-October magazine a question is asked about a log splitter. I am enclosing a sketch of one that I made that uses black powder. I made it for a customer and he did not pick it up. I have not used it. It is advisable to weld a piece of log chain to the top end.
I need information about a garden tractor engine and gear box that I have. The engine is air-cooled, uses a timer and coil for ignition. It has a suction intake valve and an L head type exhaust. The crank for starting is on the cam shaft. The engine crankcase and drive gears case is all one casting. The following wording is on the nameplate. Standard Walsch Garden Tractor No. 36M29 Standard Engine Co., Minneapolis, Minn.
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This is in regard to a question in G. E. M. September-October magazine titled 'A Couple of Questions.' I have a log splitter that used black powder. It was made by Hutchison Mfg--. (I can't read the last). As Mr. Cline said, the thing often took off and was hard to find, hence the addition of the old car connecting rod and piece of log chain so the wedge could be tied down. The wedge is 12? inches long, the tip is 4' x 2', has reverse teeth to hold it in the wood.
A block of wood about 30' long and about 10' through with a hole drilled half way through on one side was placed on the other end of the wedge after it was driven in the log. When the unit was fired it sounded like a cannon, and did a good job of splitting logs. With the block of wood on the outer end of the wedge it would fly out about 20 or 30 feet and could be found easily. I never saw it used without this block of wood on it.
I would be glad to find out more about this wedge if Mr. Cline wishes to write to me. One of the men who owned this wedge is still living and may still have this wedge.
I have about 35 gas engines (most of them restored) and 2 tractors, an International on steel (not restored) and a Caterpillar restored and in good shape.
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There was an exploding wedge advertised in the Farm Journal 35 years ago by Loffelmacher, Fairfax, Minnesota. Perhaps this winter I can dig through my clippings of ads and send it ii not lost with a lot of moving around.
It takes only a little linseed oil on cloth rolled up tight to cause spontaneous combustion. Other oil might do the same.