"S" shaped Log split prevention device

Joined: 2:04 PM - Sep 21, 2015

3:45 AM - Mar 09, 2018 #1

Once saw a large steel "S" shaped device for preventing logs from splitting.
It was about 12" across. Sort of a band of steel made 2: tall and 1/8 ' inch thick. It was sharpened on one edge.
You layed it on the end grain of the log and drove it into the wood and inch or so . Prevented the log from splitting.

Anybody know what these are called and where I might get some? And, do they work as intended?
Thanks guys.
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joe king
joe king

2:52 PM - Mar 09, 2018 #2


I've seen them on railroad ties, don't think they stop the splitting mainly just keep the wood together after it does split. Just a guess......
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Joined: 2:04 PM - Sep 21, 2015

3:23 AM - Mar 10, 2018 #3

Thank, Joe. You are probably right.
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Joined: 7:46 PM - Feb 05, 2002

1:01 PM - Mar 18, 2018 #4

Joe is right on. Wont stop from splitting, but does hold it together. We used them on RR ties. I've remover ties from the old steam days that looked as good as the day they were hand hewed and installed.
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Lonnie
Lonnie

3:06 AM - Mar 19, 2018 #5

Doug you knew right where to find them in the old railroad ties, you put them there.......lol
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Joined: 7:46 PM - Feb 05, 2002

1:28 PM - Mar 19, 2018 #6

Lon they are in the end grain of the ties. It would be hard to find any know a days, unless you go to a abanded old side track some place and look for the old ties. No I never installed "S", they are installed the by the tie company. I wish I had keep one of the old hand made ties. I have even found them made from cedar, they were huge and twisted. Very cool
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Scotty
Scotty

3:02 PM - Apr 19, 2018 #7

The ones I know of are 5" overall length and made to keep a check from getting wider in the end of a log.
If this is something of interest, I'll see if Log Home Store can bring in a bucket of 200 and break it down into 10 packs.
Let me know.
Scotty, Sales@loghomestore.com
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