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Log Splitters

Dual Split series

More efficient than traditional log splitters.


Front Left View of the PCLS2016GC BRAVE 20 Ton

PCLS2016GC (20 Ton) Horizontal Operation

The dual split series log cutter will cut your time in half.

This log splitter is designed to split logs in both directions.




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VH Series

Proven design, outstanding power and performance, with a Honda engine!


Front Right View of the VH1724GC BRAVE 24 Ton

VH1724GC (24 ton) Vertical/Horizontal Operation

This machine delivers ultimate splitting force, in a strong,

well-balanced log splitter. Commercial grade features in a

retail value machine.




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Front Left View of the VH1730GC BRAVE 30 Ton

VH1730GC (30 ton) Vertical/Horizontal Operation

This machine delivers ultimate splitting force, in a strong,

well-balanced log splitter. Commercial grade features in a

retail value machine.




Clickable button to view specs for 30 ton log splitter
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Front Left View of the VH1737GX BRAVE 37 Ton

VH1737GX (37 ton) Vertical/Horizontal Operation

This machine delivers ultimate splitting force, in a strong,

well-balanced log splitter. Commercial grade features in a

retail value machine.




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Tractor Mount Series

For all your splitting needs, right on the back of your own tractor!


Back Right View of the TMH2015 BRAVE 20 Ton Dual Split

TMH2015 Horizontal Operation

The 3 Point 2-Way log splitter attaches to a category 1 tractor

3-pt. hitch and uses tractor's hydraulics to operate the cylinder.




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Sours: https://www.braveproducts.com/logsplitters/index.html

Chopping wood isn’t as easy as it looks. At least, that’s what my older brother once told me when we were kids after a piece of splintered wood flew up and nicked him in the forehead. With an axe, chopping wood can be a real chore, and a potentially hazardous one if you don’t know what you’re doing. (Sorry, brother.) With a manual wood splitter, the chore gets downgraded to a safe task as you split log after log with a little more ease. Here are our favorites.

Our top pick is the Cast Iron Wood Splitter made in Scandinavian (designed in Sweden with cast iron from Denmark) for \25 years. From the manufacturer: &#8\2\20;Piece by piece the wood to be cut is placed down on the rungs of the steps, and, with the help of the blade, the wood is split effortlessly with a hand strength of up to \100kg and a splitting power of up to \2.4 tons.&#8\2\2\1; It&#8\2\17;s \$\179 at Manufactum.
The Sylvan Arms Heavy Duty Drill Screw Cone Driver Wood Splitter works with a hand drill or impact drill. This version is a little more risky than the full-proof option above, but has good reviews and costs considerably less; \$79.99 at Amazon.
The robust Heavy Duty Lumberjack Manual Log Splitter from Titan is designed for placing logs under the wedge and striking the top with a hammer; \$59 through Sears (currently sold out, contact for restocking) or at Harbor Freight.
The compact Eastwing Sure Split Wedge is a 5-pound wood splitting tool with forged steel construction. The weighted wedge design makes it easy to split logs with a mallet or hammer; \$\17.30 at Amazon.
The Kindling Cracker King Firewood Kindling Splitter is designed making kindling with &#8\2\20;less force than a standard axe&#8\2\2\1; as the company says. It&#8\2\17;s a heavy cast iron design (\2\1 pounds) for indoor or outdoor use; \$99.99 at Northern Tool + Equipment.
The Spantan Double-Handled Kindling Knife Wood Splitter is a hand-held cast iron design used to &#8\2\20;cleave through small logs and split them along the grain to make small sticks and wood shavings for kindling to light a fire,&#8\2\2\1; the manufacturer says. It&#8\2\17;s \$3\2 at Etsy.
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Scrap Yard Log Splitter Build Job

Were calling this the scrap yard log splitter due to the piecemeal way that all the parts and components were gathered for the project.

One of the big advantages to building your own log splitter is the ability to find material odds and ends around that can be used in order to save some hard earned cash on the project.

Fact it's common to find i-beam sections and axels along with random steel at your local scrap yard. When you're building your own wood splitter, the flexibility to adapt materials and components you may already have can speed along the project, and keep your budget in line.

This guide is intended to give you a basic overview of how using a set of log splitter plans can help you piece together and assemble a wood splitter at home, or in your work shop.

How The Scrap Yard Log Splitter Was Built

The materials that were scavenged and purchased for this project came from a multitude of sources that we describe below.

  • How the build job came together piece by piece...
    • New 40" cylinder (2.75" x 40" rod 3000psi) swap meet $75
    • Hydraulic spool valve is a Speeco with detent, store buy
    • 8 hp motor (electric start) came off an old snow blower
    • The beam came from a scrap yard for $20
    • Hydraulic pump (haldex 13.6 gpm 3000 psi 2-stage) store buy
    • Hydraulic fluid tank, store buy
    • 7" splitting wedge, purchased on ebay
    • Tires & fenders came off an old Yerf-Dog go kart
    • Axles were taken off an old boat trailer and shortened

When a neighbor was throwing away an old snow blower, this project came to light with a big boost. The engine was in excellent shape, and the control panel made for a great control setup by welding the blower levers to the hydraulic tank for a clean organized motor control center.

For the most part, all of the steel came from a scrap yard and was pasted together using a trusty little Hobart 210 Mig welder.

The hydraulic cylinder from a swap meet and the splitting wedge from ebay produce the points of impact that get the job done. The log guide butts up against the log and forces it thru the wedge to be split. This is a preferred design as reversing this may cause the wedge to get stuck in a log that is not fully split. This may cause the log to be pulled back on the return stroke.

This splitter was designed to take a 20" long log  and is estimated to produce about 20 to 24 tons of force. Check your fireplace or wood stove before your build to determine that maximum length log your heat source can accept.

For this build, there's probably about $300 in hard cash invested.

After being thoroughly tested out, this log splitter was able to split cherry and cedar like they were butter. Pumping oak through the machine caused those logs to pop right in half like it was pine. With no inkling of stalling out the motor as it splits, this machine got the job done quickly.

Best part is that she's pretty, and she works like she is suppose to. Easy start, easy split, and easy to tow around to wherever it needs to be used.

With a quick cycle time, this machine put out the firewood at a great pace for home use. Plus, as you can see there really isn't that much to building your own log splitter. So there you have it! Pick up a inexpensive set of wood splitter plans here on our website now so you can put together a list of materials and components to keep your eyes open for. Then you may even have a lower financial investment into yours than this project had into it. Thanks, and Enjoy!

Sours: https://logsplitterplans.com/plans/scrap-yard-log-splitter.htm
10 Dangerous Homemade Automatic Firewood Processing Machine, Wood Cutting Machine Splitting Firewood

You have had enough of cutting logs the old-fashioned way with an axe and a chopping block but you don’t want to spend money on an expensive log splitter so what are you to do? Well, for the more adept of DIY enthusiasts, one option is to build your own.

DIY Log Splitter Plans

Constructing your own homemade log splitter can be a challenge, and some people might not be sure where to start. To help you out, we’ve scoured the internet to see what other people have been trying – and here is a roundup of the homemade log splitter plans we unearthed.

1. The Unicorn Log Splitter

The Unicorn Homemade Log Splitter Plan

This guy doesn’t include many written instructions but it’s clear what he’s trying to do and how his splitter works from the images.

He’s rigged up an engine that turns a corkscrew-like head. This corkscrew – the unicorn’s “horn” – drills itself into the log, splitting it as it goes.

If you can make the corkscrew head, the rest of the work is easy. There is a diagram included for how to make the corkscrew – this part is labeled in Russian, although it’s not too difficult to understand the general idea.

We love the whole setup – it’s creative and ingenious as well as being relatively safe. It looks like a fast and effective way to deal with most types of logs and could be something worth trying if you want to build a splitter of your own.

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2. The Wheel of Debt

If you are looking to build a log splitter for the lowest cost and mainly from pieces of scrap you probably have lying around, this contraption we found in a YouTube video should be of interest.

The concept is simple – a cutting blade is mounted on a large wheel attached to a gas engine. The engine turns the wheel and logs are placed in the blade’s path to be split.

The advantages of making something like this are clear. The design requires minimal outlay and can easily be adapted to work with whatever materials you have at hand.

However, the disadvantages are also immediately obvious – unless you are extremely careful, this splitter is just a recipe for severed fingers or worse.

Just a moment’s lapse in concentration could easily lead to a serious injury, and we would think twice about building one – but one thing’s for sure, it certainly showcases this guy’s inventiveness.

3. Homemade Manual Wood Splitter – Part I


This idea is from another video on YouTube. The video gives you several examples of how to build the same kind of wood splitter – and also shows how effective it can be.

The concept is simple. You mount the splitting blade on the end of a long arm and use a spring to return the blade to its original position after each use.

Once constructed, it’s easy enough for just about any adult to use. You place the log in the blade’s path and then pull the blade down onto the log with enough force to split it, after which the spring lifts the head back up for another shot.

As far as homemade log splitters go, this one is pretty safe too – although you certainly wouldn’t want to let children operate it.

However, with all the effort required to build and operate it, we aren’t sure that it’s much better than just swinging an axe the old-fashioned way. Perhaps with this creation, at least each impact is less jarring than chopping wood manually.

Anyway, up to you to decide – we just bring you the ideas!

4. Manual Log Splitter – Part II

Manual Homemade Log Splitter Plan

Here we have another log splitter that is very similar to #3 in concept – but this time with some drawings to help you construct it.

Again, you have the blade attached to an arm that is pulled down onto the log to split it. The arm is then returned to the original position by means of a spring.

One way to improve the power of this log splitter, assuming you have a large enough spring, would be to attach a weight to the blade to increase the force when you bring it down onto the log.

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5. DIY Hydraulic Log Splitter

DIY Hydraulic Log Splitter

The problem with a lot of DIY log splitter plans is that while they might be relatively easy and inexpensive to make, many give you only questionable levels of performance and reliability.

Not many of them can match a good hydraulic splitter in terms of power and convenience – but this model is different.

Here, this DIY expert shares his plans for making a DIY version of a heavy-duty hydraulic splitter. Since it cuts vertically and not horizontally, he even claims it’s superior to bought splitters since you don’t need to bend and lift as much during the process.

For sure, this machine will take more expertise to build – and the components are likely to cost more than some of the more basic models we’ve mentioned in this roundup – but once it’s ready, it will slice through your logs with ease.

If you think you’re up to the task of building it and you can get hold of the materials, constructing one of these will still be far less expensive than buying a log splitter – so why not give it a go?

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6. Small but Powerful DIY Log Splitter

Small but Powerful DIY Log Splitter

If you don’t quite have the space for something as big and bulky as the log splitter in #5, this smaller version might be a better option.

This guy takes you through the steps that were required to build his homemade splitter. We love the way he uses just anything he can get his hands on – an axle from a Saab 900 or an old beer keg for the hydraulic reservoir for example!

He also explains how the design developed and how he improved his splitter with experimentation and experience.

The result is a splitter that looks very DIY – but that also looks like it works pretty well too. We give this guy top marks for creativity, resourcefulness and skill. Can you make one that works as well using his plan?

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7. A Big Splitter to Minimize Lifting

A Big Splitter to Minimize Lifting

Here we found the details of how somebody who wanted to save his back from the strain of bending and lifting that is normally associated with using a traditional log splitter built a machine to meet his own requirements.

It’s a hefty, sizeable piece of equipment that weighs upwards of 2,000lbs, and if you want to copy it, you’ll have to be ready to spend some money acquiring the components.

However, it will still cost you a lot less than buying a new log splitter and – most importantly – it will do the job you need it to.

Although we can’t be sure of its true capacity, the guy who designed it says he’s never found a log it couldn’t split.

Of course, if you are looking for something for more industrial-scale work, you’ll probably need to look at buying a professional piece of equipment – but if you just need a log splitter for home use, something like this will be more than up to the task.

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8. 30-ton Beast from Scandinavia

If you have a love for all things DIY and also have a fondness for raw power and brute force, you’re sure to approve of this Scandinavian monster.

There’s nothing subtle about this machine – it simply uses its huge power to force logs through the blade section, splitting them into several pieces.

You can either line logs up one by one and push them through or deal with whole tree trunks. This is another video we found on YouTube so there are no plans to follow, but if you want to copy the idea, you’ll be able to see what needs to be done.

It’s a big, noisy splitter – but you can see from the video how effective it is at dealing with large amounts of even the toughest wood. In this respect, it is comparable to a large gas log splitter.

If you need to split wood on something like this scale and you don’t mind using something unapologetically crude but brutally effective, constructing something along these lines might be something you’re interested in trying.

9. Self-Proclaimed Redneck Splitter

Self-Proclaimed Redneck Splitter

There’s so much to like about this log splitter. In line with the best DIY projects, it’s extremely simple and made of bits and pieces the designer found lying around as well as a few pieces of salvaged junk.

He claims that apart from the initial stage of constructing the frame, he also didn’t make use of any drawings or written plans, preferring to make it up as he went along.

He includes good photos and clear explanations of the construction process – including details of how his contraption went wrong and what he did to fix it back up.

This guy is obviously a talented DIYer – but we also love his sense of humor too. We enjoyed reading about his “Redneck” foot-operated log splitter – and maybe you’ll enjoy trying to build and use one too.

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10. Basic Powered Log Splitter

Basic Powered Log Splitter

While this machine is never going to make it as a commercial log splitter, it is simple and cheap to make and will save you from the back-breaking work of swinging an axe.

As with many of these DIY log splitters, you might have to spend a little cash for the basic components, but when you consider that buying a log splitter can cost upwards of $1,000, constructing a machine such as this is still a very economical alternative.

This device generates plenty of power to cut through oak logs sideways, as is demonstrated in the video – although it does seem to crush them somewhat.

However, by using this splitter to split logs along the grain, you can see how it would be extremely effective.

The details of how to put it together are a little lacking on the site, but at least you can see the basics of how it’s done – and if you have a little technical know-how, you should be able to rig up something similar.

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11. Attention to detail!

Here’s another one we wanted to include – and for a couple of reasons.

First, in keeping with the best DIY traditions, it’s constructed from scrap and other bits and pieces from around the house so would cost very little to make.

Second, the video is extremely well made. It’s another YouTube video – so no drawings or plans to help you out if you want to copy – but the video is so clear and demonstrates everything you need to do, so there’s hardly any need for anything else.

Third, the end product looks extremely effective. If you want something that will split firewood effortlessly for you at home, this would be an extremely effective machine for doing it.

And finally…we love the attention to detail in making this splitter.

Most of the videos we’ve seen show contraptions made of rusting pieces of metal that look they are about to fall apart – but this guy obviously takes pride in doing the best job he can, even taking the time to give it a coat of paint to make it look the part too.

Check it out – as far as aesthetics go, this one is a clear winner.

A word of warning

Having searched online to see what genius inventions people are coming up with, we feel we should end with a word of caution.

Even bought log splitters can be dangerous pieces of machinery and should be operated with care and attention at all times.

However, some of the things we have seen online – including perhaps one or two we have included in this roundup – are little short of death traps. If you do attempt to make something like this yourself, above all, make sure you put safety first!

After all…fingers, arms and legs are a lot softer than the logs these machines are designed to split.

Ingenious designs that can save you cash

We love DIY and DIYers because of the creativity and ingenuity that machines like this showcase. Some of these plans look highly effective while others seem more dubious. Making your own DIY log splitter can save you a whole lot of cash – but as we’ve already mentioned, make sure your first thought is always for safety.

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Homemade Log Splitter Plans

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The 7 Best Log Splitters of 2021

Final Verdict

The Boss Industrial 16-Ton Electric Log Splitter (view at Log Splitters Direct) wins our top spot, thanks to its reliable and powerful performance that won't produce harmful, smelly gas fumes. But if budget is your main concern, the Sun Joe LJ10M Hydraulic Log Splitter (view at Amazon), which relies on your own power to pump up the hydraulics, is a very reasonably priced and effective tool.

Power Source

There are three basic types of log splitters: gas, electric, and manual.

Gas-powered log splitters are the most powerful type. Many let you switch between vertical and horizontal splitting, which can be a major issue when working with very large, heavy logs. If you expect to use your log splitter regularly on very hard or large wood, this is the best option.

Electric log splitters are generally powerful enough to tackle mid-size logs of light-to-moderate hardness. But you’ll be tethered to a power cord, so these tools aren’t the best choice for splitting wood on the go. Still, their relatively light weight, lack of smelly gas fumes, and quieter performance makes them a good choice if you’ll only use your log splitter occasionally to create firewood at home.

Manual log splitters come in various forms, but all rely at least partly on your own strength to get the job done. Some merely require you to pump levers that work up enough pressure to drive the splitter through the log, while others hold the log in place while you do all of the heavy work. You won’t work your way through a lot of wood with a manual splitter, nor will you cut through very large or hard wood, but if you only expect to use the tool occasionally to produce kindling or very small pieces of firewood, and you’re watching your budget, a manual log splitter does the trick.

Driving Force

It takes a lot of force to push a blade through a log, and so one of the most important factors when choosing a log splitter is its driving force, which is usually measured in tons.

As a general rule, gas log splitters are far more powerful than their electric counterparts. You’ll find gas log splitters with well over 30 tons of driving force, but 25 tons is about average. That’s enough to split logs up to around 24 inches in diameter.

Electric log splitters typically have somewhere between 6 and 10 tons of driving force, which is enough to split logs up to around 12 inches in diameter.

Pump-style manual log splitters can generally tackle logs up to around 10 inches in diameter. These tools usually top out at around 10 tons of driving force, but get there much more slowly than gas or electric log splitters, and of course, rely on your own strength to create the initial power.

Cycle Time

A log splitter’s cycle time measures how long it takes the tool to split through a log. There are a lot of variables that affect this number, however, including the size and the hardness of the log. But as a general rule, gas lot splitters are faster than electric log splitters, with an average cycle time of anywhere from 10 to 20 seconds, although you’ll find some high-powered models with cycle times as short as 3 seconds. For most people, however, around 15 seconds is sufficient when tackling a large load of logs.

This article is edited and updated by Michelle Ullman, the tool expert for The Spruce. She has extensive experience not only in writing about all things related to the home, but also in carrying out various DIY projects, including landscaping, painting, flooring, wallpapering, furniture makeovers, and simple repairs. For this roundup, she considered dozens of log splitters, evaluating each for basic features, extras, and customer evaluation.

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Manual Log Splitter

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A manual log splitter is the most traditional, old fashioned way to split your firewood.

No gasoline engines, no PTO from a tractor, just your energy and hard work are used to split the wood.

Although this may sound tiring, new technology has helped make splitting logs by hand much easier.

Manual splitters are more compact, lighter, easier to transport and cost less money than a power splitter.

Choosing which type or model is a matter of preference but also depends on how much wood you need to split.

There are many different models and styles of manual splitters but here are some of the most popular styles available.

What Is A Manual Log Splitter?

Technically, a manual log splitter is any kind of product that will help you split a log by using the initial force that is generated by you, the operator, rather than by some kind of hydraulic force.

Rather than using power to drive a piston from electricity or gas, you’ll be responsible for all of the input.

There’s a misconception out there that a log splitter needs to be expensive and either gas- or electricity-powered in order to get the job done.

That’s not the case.

Manual log splitters can be just as effective and more reliable in the event that you don’t have access to these two things.

There are some other benefits associated with using a manual log splitter, too.

For example, it tends to be more compact and lighter as well as less expensive to use.

If you’re new to splitting firewood, you may find that the learning curve for using manual log splitters isn’t quite as steep, easier - learning how to cut and split your own firewood might become less of a daunting task.

Manual log splitters also offer an efficient mode of functioning that is traditional and direct.

You don’t need to have a lot of know-how in order to operate one of these machines.

Splitting Axe

Although a splitting axe isn’t technically a manual log splitter machine, perse, it still deserves a spot on this list of manual log splitter options.

It’s the original log splitter, after all!

The splitting axe is a hand held axe designed to split the wood fibers apart and not cut them.  

The newer models have fiberglass handles and are lightweight, allowing you to swing them for hours without becoming too tired.  

The Fiskars X27 splitting axe is a highly recommended splitting axe with great reviews.

Fiskars x27 Super Splitting Axe

The fiberglass handle makes it light and the axe is extremely sharp. 

The head of the axe is designed to easily split through the toughest logs and the fiberglass handle makes it strong and durable

After years of using a maul to split firewood I purchased this splitting axe due to the amount of satisfied people who have used one.

Wow.....what a nice axe.

It splits great and it's much easier to swing than a heavy maul.

Manual Hydraulic Log Splitter

The manual hydraulic log splitter uses hydraulics to split the wood.

These splitters are powered by hand, pumping handles back and forth similar to pumping up a jack. 

The hydraulic piston forces the wood through a wedge, splitting the wood.  

The design concept is similar to the gas powered hydraulic splitter only the gas engine is replaced by you!

The manual style is much lighter and cost less than a power model.  

The obvious downfall is the amount of time it takes to split a piece of wood compared to the gasoline model.

If you do not have a large amount of wood to split, the manual hydraulic log splitter could be a good choice.

Slide-Hammer Manual Log Splitter

The slide-hammer manual splitter uses a wedge attached to a pole with a sliding hammer action that drives the wedge through the wood.

This type of splitter is compact, lightweight, inexpensive and easy to transport.  

It's a good choice for splitting small diameter wood, softwood, or small amounts of hardwood.

Logosol Smart-Splitter

The slide-hammer may take more strokes to split the wood compared to a splitting axe, but it's safer because you're not swinging a sharp blade near your body.

If you don't have a lot of experience swinging a splitting axe or maul, they can be very dangerous.  

A glancing blow on the side of a log can cause the axe or maul to deflect towards your body and legs, possibly causing serious injury.

In the end you'll just need to determine which type of wood you're going to split and how much wood you're going to need.

Kindling Splitter

Another type of manual log splitter you might want to consider is one that’s designed just for kindling.

In most cases, an axe will work just fine to split small bits of wood for kindling.

However, you can also buy a specialized kindling splitter that is perfect for the task.

You might consider an option like the manual splitter by Hi-Flame, which is affordable and smaller, making it easier to store.

Although it can’t handle large, heavy logs or huge volumes like an electric or gas-powered log splitter, it’s more portable and perfect for campgrounds and other tasks where portability is essential.

Are Manual Log Splitters Any Good?

Manual log splitters might require a bit more labor than other kinds of log splitters, but they’re still a good option if you’re trying to find a way to get your firewood done for the winter.

In fact, a manual log splitter is a good option for lower volume wood splitting, such as what might be required for camping, hiking, or minimal home use.

There are some manual log splitters that are much more portable than others, which might play a role in the overall diameter of the wood that you can split.

Just keep in mind that with a manual log splitter, you are going to need direct manpower in order to complete your job.

There are some safety issues if you aren’t careful about where you have your hands positioned - hands tend to be common victims when it comes to injuries afflicted while operating manual log splitters.

Of course, if you are attentive at all times and take the right safety precautions, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about this anyway.


Overall, any manual splitter will work to split firewood.

The question is how much wood do you need to split and how much money do you want to spend?

Just because you have a lot of firewood to split does not necessarily mean you have to go out a buy a gasoline powered hydraulic log splitter.

We have split firewood for decades without the use of gasoline engines.

A little sweat and the right tools are all you need!

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