Brute Force manufacturing is a relative newcomer to the firewood equipment scene, but they’ve been gaining major attention by incorporating innovative engineering in their machines made in Central Wisconsin. The 14-24 firewood processor is a great example.
Most processors advance the log into cutting position with a conveyor chain powered by a hydraulic motor. With the 14-24 the log is advanced by the splitting ram — while the ram is splitting one cut piece, it is also advancing the log along with it. When the ram returns, the log is clamped in place to cut the next piece while the carriage slides back beneath it. It’s a very clever system and the first time we’ve seen it used on a standalone processor.
Reliability is enhanced by eliminating the conveyor chain, hydraulic motor and associated plumbing and valves. This also reduces the manufacturing cost, making the 14-24 an outstanding bargain for the right buyer. The 14-24 also incorporates a hydraulic log lift for those who don’t have a skidsteer or loader on hand.
These features make the 14-24 ideal as an entry-level processor for someone just getting into the business. It’ll easily process logs up to 14” in diameter and 12’ long, and a 16” cut is possible if the log is relatively straight.
The ability to use a processor without a loader is a huge advantage in terms of capital investment — a nice used skidsteer could easily cost more than the processor itself. With one of these and a truckload of 100” logs you could be in business for less than $20,000 — including the truckload of logs!
More information on the Brute Force 14-24 is available on their website, www.BruteForceMfg.com.