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  • Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

    Any one have any experience with either Forest King Log Splitter or with a LCT engine.

    Menards is running a sale on this unit
    http://www.menards.com/main/lawn-gar...00-c-10115.htm

    It has a 6.5 HP 208 CC Engine from LCT. Supposed to be a US company making their engines in China.

    http://www.lctusa.com/

    I don't split a huge amount of wood. In the past I have borrowed my BOL 22 ton and it works great for the wood I split and use.

    I know this a Chinese mfg'd unit. I looked it over pretty hard yesterday. Lots of small things that don't match up to Huskee's or like models. But it looked like it might fit my needs and usage.

    The sale price is $899 with another $200 rebate, store credit. Final cost would be about $750 after credit. Huskee's or like would be over $1,150. 300 dollar difference.

    I'm wondering if there is any known flaws with the LCT motors, or issues getting parts or if any one has experience with the Forest King model.

    Thanks for any help. Sale runs thru tomorrow, Sunday.


    Despite the cost of Living, It's still a popular thing

    1973 Starcraft 21 mariner that's no longer for sale & Lone Star-Medallion-II-1966-oh-scrap
    & 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman Repairs


  • #2
    Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

    Not a bad price at all. If the motor turns out to be junk, you can always find a Honda or Briggs to replace it. I suggest you go for it.

    PS. I found small four stroke motors last a lot... lot longer if you use 1/8 cup of Duralube oil treatment in with the oil.

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    • #3
      Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

      Originally posted by Cofe View Post
      Not a bad price at all. If the motor turns out to be junk, you can always find a Honda or Briggs to replace it. I suggest you go for it.

      PS. I found small four stroke motors last a lot... lot longer if you use 1/8 cup of Duralube oil treatment in with the oil.
      The price is why I'm so tempted.

      I have never seen the Duralube, I use Lucas Oil as an additive in most my small engines and my wagon. Haven't had a small engine blow yet. One smokes a lot but it is 35 plus years old and never been rebuilt, has over 4000 hours on it.


      Despite the cost of Living, It's still a popular thing

      1973 Starcraft 21 mariner that's no longer for sale & Lone Star-Medallion-II-1966-oh-scrap
      & 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman Repairs

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      • #4
        Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

        Update - I couldn't bring myself to pull the trigger on buying it. The engine was not my real concern. I was really questioning the overall construction and Chinese steel.

        I have seen many Overseas products that do not perform well after a year or two. For me this is a long term piece of equipment, not knowing how good the overall construction was really bothered me. It looked ok out of the box. Given the forces that are placed on a splitter I just didn't trust the welds and the unknown grade(s) of steel used to make the unit.

        I also could not find one bit of product information or any ratings of the product on the web. Looks like it is new to market product, and I didn't want to be the Guinea Pig.


        Despite the cost of Living, It's still a popular thing

        1973 Starcraft 21 mariner that's no longer for sale & Lone Star-Medallion-II-1966-oh-scrap
        & 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman Repairs

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        • #5
          Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

          Just to add to the thread, the LCT engines are a very good engine. Fully ball bearing supported crank, 1000 hour epa emissions rated, etc... Yes, they are made in China but they are an American design. They are their own design (not a clone) and you will be seeing them soon with the Tecumseh Snow King name on them. You are correct in worrying about the rest of the splitter and not the engine.
          1979 Granada 16' Bowrider
          1975 Johnson 85hp

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          • #6
            Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

            Update - Tractor Supply is running a sale on Huskee 22 Ton splitters, $999 + govt fees.

            http://www.tractorsupply.com/-1032822

            Nice unit, B/S 6.5hp, comes assembled and filled with fluids, just the oil would have cost about $40 on the other one, even a little gas in it.

            Test run, inspected and sold! Now the fun begins.


            Despite the cost of Living, It's still a popular thing

            1973 Starcraft 21 mariner that's no longer for sale & Lone Star-Medallion-II-1966-oh-scrap
            & 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman Repairs

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            • #7
              Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

              You will not be disappointed in that Huskee ^^^^. That is what I run and it is a strong/solid piece of equipment. I have not found a log that it cannot split. They have made a couple of nice improvements since I bought mine too. Yah, there are better splitters out there but at double (or more) the price.

              Oh ya, the Huskee is wayyy better than that Forest King you were looking at. Good move leaving that at Menards.
              1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
              1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild
              1984 16.5' Sea Nymph Ski Sport Rebuild
              1980 16' Sea Nymph SS 165 Rebuild (swapped)
              1968 15' Starcraft Jet Star Rebuild (sold)
              1970's 12' Starcraft Sea Scamp
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              • #8
                Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                looks like it has a standard 3/4" side shaft engine.

                if it blows just go to harbor freight and get a honda knockoff for $90

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                • #9
                  Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                  Originally posted by stackz View Post
                  looks like it has a standard 3/4" side shaft engine.
                  Vertical shaft, pump is under the motor bracket.

                  The only issue I've seen on these engines is the recoil starter wearing out and the mounting tabs for the recoil are a little thin they tend to crack.

                  It also has a 3 year warranty on the motor so hopefully I have few years before I have to worry about replacing it.


                  Despite the cost of Living, It's still a popular thing

                  1973 Starcraft 21 mariner that's no longer for sale & Lone Star-Medallion-II-1966-oh-scrap
                  & 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman Repairs

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                  • #10
                    Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                    Originally posted by jasoutside View Post
                    You will not be disappointed in that Huskee ^^^^.
                    I really like the design of the slide for the splitter over the other models I looked at.

                    I'm looking forward to using the new toy. I have some 30" plus pieces left over from last year that still need to be popped.


                    Despite the cost of Living, It's still a popular thing

                    1973 Starcraft 21 mariner that's no longer for sale & Lone Star-Medallion-II-1966-oh-scrap
                    & 1963 14' Lone Star Big Fisherman Repairs

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                    • #11
                      Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                      Get a pellet stove no mess or hard labor involved.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                        Another sign summer is over. Good luck with the splitter, 64o. When I was young(er) a maul and wedge did the trick - sorta.
                        Sent using a tin can and a piece of string. A technological breakthrough. The tin can is a 1966 Starcraft Nassau powered by a 1966 Merc 500.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                          Originally posted by 64osby View Post
                          The engine was not my real concern. I was really questioning the overall construction and Chinese steel.
                          You can question the overall construction but there is nothing wrong with Chinese steel. I've been in the metals industry in a quality control capacity my entire career. The Chinese makes just as good, if not better steel than the US.
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                          • #14
                            Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                            Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                            You can question the overall construction but there is nothing wrong with Chinese steel. I've been in the metals industry in a quality control capacity my entire career. The Chinese makes just as good, if not better steel than the US.
                            Yah, it's the parts and build quality that will fail on those really.

                            Speeco builds the Huskee splitters, good company, good piece of equipment, good price.

                            http://www.speeco.com/products.php?id=95
                            1983 26' Starcraft Sportfisherman 261V Rebuild
                            1976 22' Starcraft Islander Rebuild
                            1984 16.5' Sea Nymph Ski Sport Rebuild
                            1980 16' Sea Nymph SS 165 Rebuild (swapped)
                            1968 15' Starcraft Jet Star Rebuild (sold)
                            1970's 12' Starcraft Sea Scamp
                            Starcraft Rebuilds and Restorations

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                            • #15
                              Re: Forest King Log Splitter LCT Engine

                              Originally posted by dingbat View Post
                              You can question the overall construction but there is nothing wrong with Chinese steel. I've been in the metals industry in a quality control capacity my entire career. The Chinese makes just as good, if not better steel than the US.
                              Probably just as much Chinese steel and parts on the Husky too. B&S has partnered with a huge Chinese company to manufacture small engines and parts.

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