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Default Diesel log splitter build,,, anyone have any knowledge/ experience with small diesel

I just bought a epic impulse buy, a diesel powered tow behind road construction arrow sign. It's a very solid pinhole hitch trailer with a double ended arrow light sign. The sign is powered by the coolest little diesel I've seen. The only thing the diesel engine does is turn a alternator. I didn't have a clue what the heck I could do with this small engine, but just had to have it. I've been thinking that a diesel powered log splitter would be the perfect build for the diesel sign trailer. The engine is only 4 bhp, which form my research is 4 HP. Now most log splitters have higher HP gas engines. But in general diesel engine make more tq. I was hoping to find some insight or experience on diesel log splitter builds on the web, but haven't found a single thing. Is this small engine going to have enough power to power a log splitter?

Log splitter would be a common 28 ton build with 16 GPM and a 4" cylinder with a 24" throw
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I just bought a epic impulse buy, a diesel powered tow behind road construction arrow sign. It's a very solid pinhole hitch trailer with a double ended arrow light sign. The sign is powered by the coolest little diesel I've seen. The only thing the diesel engine does is turn a alternator. I didn't have a clue what the heck I could do with this small engine, but just had to have it. I've been thinking that a diesel powered log splitter would be the perfect build for the diesel sign trailer. The engine is only 4 bhp, which form my research is 4 HP. Now most log splitters have higher HP gas engines. But in general diesel engine make more tq. I was hoping to find some insight or experience on diesel log splitter builds on the web, but haven't found a single thing. Is this small engine going to have enough power to power a log splitter?

Log splitter would be a common 28 ton build with 16 GPM and a 4" cylinder with a 24" throw
Not familiar with them, but IIRC horsepower is derived from torque, so a 4hp diesel probably wouldn't have much torque- especially if all it does is run an alternator.

On the other hand, the equipment we build at work often has hydraulics, and I have seen 3hp electric powered hydraulic pump power some heavy stuff, like coil cars that can lift 15000 lbs.
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My dad built his own log splitter from scratch and used a Honda 5.5hp and its more than enough power. I wouldn't hesitate to use yours for that would be cool

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