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Video going VIRAL can have its drawbacks

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This month has been quite exciting with the video of the Splitz-All wood splitter being viewed on Tractorweb.tv  over 15 million times.

We first became aware that tractorweb.tv had taken one of our older videos and shared it as their own on Facebook at the end of January.  This had both benefits and drawbacks to it.

Funny enough this video is of an older model Splitz-all wood splitter and first videos showing the benefits of using the Splitz-all wood splitter to split fire wood.  I was just learning to video edit at the time, so the video is one of worst videos we have on our YouTube channel.  This goes to show, you don’t have to be perfect and totally professional to get started…just get started and then adjust and get better along the way.

Here are the drawbacks

Drawback:  Since the video was not connected to us nor was there any information to lead people back to us.  I opened all notifications to tractorweb.tv’s post and started, what I call, “babysitting comments”.  So that if there was anyone interested in knowing where to get the Splitz-all, I was sure to let them know. There for a while “babysitting” became a full time job, continually checking Facebook. I think for the first time in the history of me being on Facebook, did my husband approve and was glad I was on it. LOL.

Luckily there are more benefits.

BenefitTractorweb.tv has the right size and interested community, so when the video was shared, it peaked interest.

Benefit:  Our friend shared the video with us when it was at 5.2 million views.  We have continued to watch, with excitement, as the views increased every day.  For about a little over a week, the video was getting approximately 1 million views a day. (On one of our other videos it’s been 1 year and we are almost to 1 million) so 1 million views a DAY, this is something we had not experienced yet, so it was quite exciting.

Benefit:  I joke with Nathaniel (the guy in the Video) that he is now anonymously famous.  Nobody knows who he is, just 15 million people have seen him.  The video is getting back to our local community and the comments we are getting are entertaining. “oh ya, my nephew showed me your video the other day, told me I should buy one.  I informed him I knew you and that the Splitz all was built here” response…”no way, really?”

Benefit:  We have been able to manage the hiccups that have come since the video went VIRAL, so far.  We LOVE the free publicity, (that’s not totally free) I get to put some time in on getting people pointed in the right direction.  We greatly appreciate the increased interest and sales, Thank you.

Some comments shared

It has been quite entertaining reading all the comments.  Some nice, some not so nice, some funny, and some just plain mean.  But to each their own opinion.  Here are a few of the nice ones

Rufus James Beebe A slide hammer is a great way for anyone with bad shoulder joints to split wood. I used mauls, axes and wedges for decades. Can’t swing axe anymore w/out extreme pain.

Scotty Temple I Most definitely could split faster with an axe. But for someone with a bad back this would be a life saver. Definitely a cool tool

Jesse Stevens Looks time efficient

Robin Changuion – the axe is dead.

Shaun Conklin Ryan Pitt. This is perfect for u for days your splitter won’t start on cold days. Plus u will stay warm running it

Stats

  • 15M Views
  • 166K likes
  • 291K shares
  • 18K comments
Fun Fact about the video:

I recorded Nathaniel showing how to use the Splitz-all and telling about the benefits to using it, but then when I went to create the video, the audio was so bad because of the wind that I couldn’t hear what he was saying clearly.  I couldn’t tie Nathaniel down long enough to create a voice over, so I (female) did the voice over.  Oh the comments we are getting… “that tool makes him sound like a girl“.  “he sure does have a girly voice” “I hope I don’t go feminine by using this tool“, I’m still laughing.


LUCKILY, we got to him before it was too late

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We had quite the scare on this day.

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This dog nearly hung himself. Luckily we were there to save him.

Have you ever payed out the expense for a kennel, or even a fenced yard,  or dog tie out.  Just to have your dog still escapes or break the cable and puts themselves in harm’s way, either choking or getting run over in the street.

My sister-in-law came to visit with her dogs. One of those dogs climbs fences, and breaks cables, so she put the dog on a short double length string inside the kennel.  We hoped it would hold him for the day while she was out. Well, one of the strings broke

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After nearly hanging himself trying to escape from the kennel we hooked him up on the Pristine pet anchor with a Tangle Free swivel feature, and he was safe and secured the rest of his visit.

but the other did not giving the string double length. Just enough to allow the dog to climb the fence…..but held tight after the length ran out, choking the dog.

How we saved him.

LUCKILY, we got to him before it was too late. After lifting the dog in the air to release the tension I soon realized the string was so tight around his neck he still could not breath. After enrolling Jade to help me by holding the dog.  I ran to the house for scissors. Upon returning he was struggling for air. The string was so tight I found it difficult getting the scissors under the string to cut it. He wiggled around trying to get air, which made it even more difficult to cut the string.  Finally the string was cut and the dog gasped for air.

For anyone wondering….I did not stop to take a picture before saving him. We made sure he was safe then re posed for the picture.  I wanted to share this for a couple of reasons

  • 1: Saftey, be aware of potential danger for your pet and
  • 2: If a fence will not keep your dog in and you must use a dog tie out, may I propose an alternative to what is currently in the market today. The Pristine Pet anchor, with a chain, it’s easy to drive in and out of the ground and swivels to prevent choking. This little guy is much safer now.  Thank goodness.

Traditional splitting methods vs Splitz-All

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Splitz-All vs Mechanical or gas powered log splitter.

The Splitz-All is for the person who doesn’t want to fork out the $1500 to $5000 to purchase a gas powered log splitter. It is to help reduce the amount of bending and lifting a person would normally do with other methods.  With the gas powered or mechanical log splitter you are required to lift the full weight of the log up to the log splitter, then bend and lift the now 2 pieces back up to split again.  Then repeat to get the log size you want.  That’s a lot of back strain.  Not to mention the dangers of loosing fingers.

With mechanical anything there requires a cost of fuel or electricity, and not to mention mechanical maintenance.  What happens when you run out of fuel, or if it’s electric and, the power goes off, then the log splitter is of no use and can not split when you need wood cut for your fireplace.

The Splitz-All is for the man who still likes a little bit of a workout while splitting wood,  the woman who feels empowered to split her own wood and doesn’t have to wait for her husband to come home, or the single woman can now have a fireplace because it’s easy to split wood.  The Splitz-All it also empowers the children, as well. What Dad could only split before, now the 6-7 year old can split.

Splitz-All vs Traditional Manuel wood chopping methods.

What about the dangers of the traditional ways of splitting wood. If you miss, the ax or maul head can cause damage to your leg.  How about straining your back? With traditional splitting you are continually twisting, bending over and tweaking your back.  When the ax head gets stuck in the log,  you have to lift the full weight of the log up and over your head to get the momentum to slam it down to split it.  If it doesn’t split the first time, then repeat until the log is split.

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Danger of traditional wood splitting. The ax head came off. Good thing it wasn’t in mid swing.

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Having fun at a community splitting party

What about having people around, while you split wood.  Not a good Idea. There is danger within,(what someone else called), the blood zone. The full area of which the operator is swinging the ax. There are wood chips that fly into the air, there has been metal chips break off of the wedge that have flown and embedded into one individuals leg, causing massive bleeding and eventually death.

Then there is the loose ax or maul head coming off the handle, that’s happened a few times in my experience.  Once it comes off, it’s really difficult to get it placed back on, without the danger of coming off again. I’ve heard of stories of the head coming off and slamming into the windshield of the car…lets hope that’s all the damage it does and that the ax head doesn’t hit and hurt loved ones.

The list goes on of wood cutting accidents.

  • Loss of teeth,
  • flesh wounds,
  • loss of fingers and toes,
  • damaged shoulders from swinging,
  • damaged backs,
  • wounded pride,
  • trips to the hospital.
  • I’m sure you could come up with some of you own.

What is the safety of your loved ones worth to you?

Why is the Splitz-All priced where it is?

With traditional wood cutting, you have many tools to purchase separately to complete the job. An ax, sledge hammer, a few wedges, and maul. If at any time you over reach and hit the handle on the log instead of the wedge then the handle shatters and you can’t complete the wood splitting job until you go purchase another ax or maul or whatever got damaged.

So with that said I think, you get the picture on why the Splitz-All is beneficial in many ways.

First of all, It’s an ALL-IN-ONE tool. You only need one tool to complete the job.

The price point at this stage is for low volumes. The price may vary and lower depending on order volumes. However, we have tested the tool and listened to people who have owned the cheap $40 -60 one handed slide hammer tools and said they were junk because the slide tube would break after a small amount of use, because of the low cost pipe.

Our tools have high quality, hard alloy thick steel pipe for the slide tube, which costs more than just a pipe and very strong steel for the wedge which is 1-1/2 thick material used by our local “Crushing” company to crush rocks in the Crushers they build.  We feel we have a quality product.

 


Easy more effective way to split wood

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What is the Splitz-Assist?

How will the Splitz-Assist help you split wood safer and more effective.  Visit our Videos  page to watch how easy it is to use. Click on Splitz-All with the Splitz-Assist” video

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Using the Splitz-Assist to bundle 3 or more small logs to hold each other up

The Splitz-assist is a combination of a chain, bungee, custom hook and handle.  The chain holds the log in place while the bungee expanse to allow for separation of the wood while splitting.  With the Splitz-Assist you can take small logs that easily fall over and bundle 3 or more.  This creates stability for each log to stay in an upright position while you split the wood.

So what are the benefits of the Splitz-Assist to split wood.

Once you put the Splitz-Assist on the log it holds all the split wood pieces together.  You don’t need to bend over again until the log is fully split.  This reduces the amount of bending and lifting.  You can split any size firewood clear down to kindling, without bending or touching the log.

A cleaner and smaller working area is created with little to nothing to stumble over.  Split firewood pieces won’t fall back and hit your legs while splitting the wood.  Then when the log is fully split, it is easy to pick up the full split log and carry it to the wood pile.  Then undo the hook, pull the chain off, and your logs are easily stacked, making it easy to stack wood.  Now isn’t that a more effective way to utilize your time and energy?

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Splitting through knotty wood

What happens if you don’t have the Splitz-Assist

It is difficult to balance the tip of the Splitz-All on a possibly unstable log.   The log then tips over and one must bend over to  reset the log position.  Repetitive bending may cause pain and damage to your back, takes more time to reset, and uses more energy.

Pieces may fall over and hit your leg.  Fallen firewood pieces can become an obstacle for walking around the log.  If a firewood piece is too big, then you have to bend over, reposition the unstable piece of wood, (hope it doesn’t fall over) and then split the log again to the right size. When your done splitting you now have multiple pieces of firewood to bend and pick up,  strain your back and possibly scrap up your arms.