Hartnett Electric Log Splitter

Please note:

I make gardens. Or landscape gardens. I studied horticulture. etc. You get the picture.

I do not sell, repair, hire or have anything to do with this product or its company.
I very simply thought it was a good product. That said, I hope you enjoy reading.


Electric Log Splitter

If you are thinking cosy nights by the fire, candles, chocolates and a glass of wine but you don’t fancy wearing an eye patch whilst clumps of timber are removed from your, up until quite recent, once very good looking face, then this just maybe is the tool you need to buy your man, or lady….

My experiences aside wry sense of humour aside, for those who have wood burning stoves….. you might just like this one.

Hailing from The Peoples Republic of Cork, Harnett/ Hart Tools are a family run business and this, just one of their products I found pretty amazing, is the 7 Tonne Electric Log Splitter.

As disclaimers go, I don’t own one but a friend of mine purchased one recently and I have to admit I was pretty darned impressed. Definitely one for the man tools list and a heck of a lot simpler than an axe.

Philip explains some behind the scenes bits you may find interesting….

The Kraft Hart Max Axe (mp3)

Don’t know who Hartnett Products are:

Hartnett Products is a family-run business based in Donoughmore, Co Cork selling a variety of high quality electric log splitters, chainsaws and a range garden tools. Our aim is to offer high-quality products at affordable, realistic prices.

Our products are manufactured under our personal supervision and are tested rigorously throughout the manufacturing process to ensure reliability and customer satisfaction.

With over 20 years of experience in the tools and machinery business, our team offers a full back up service and all products come with a 12 month warranty.

At the time of writing this they cost €340 but you can find more details over at the Hartnett Products website.

Vital stats:

  • Splitting Power: 7ton
  • Spilitting Axe length: 150mm (6″)
  • Max. Wood length: 20″
  • Max. Wood Dia: 18″
  • Voltage: 230v 50Hz Power:2,100W
  • GW: 58Kgs


tyreland I’ve always tried to mention places where great service has been found. Even better when that service comes with a smile and at the right price.

Two weeks ago I went in search of tyres for my Daewoo Musso. What one may call a jeep in short.

Prices ranged from €95 to €135 including fitting.

I passed by Tyreland, on the old Dublin airport to Swords road. After a swift U-turn I popped in to say hello.

At the time, the shop wasn’t officially open but the gentleman I spoke to took one look at my vehicle and told me to return the following morning at 8.30am.

The tyres were changed around and two new Michelins fitted. The cost €55 each. €110 in total.

Two things of note. In a world gone mad RTE and the Primtime Reports news will never applaud a guy opening up a second store. Two. Service was good and the chaps who worked there were courteous.

Apart from that, two shops in Dublin means rates and taxes and jobs with wages.I think they deserve a note of applause. Simple as it may be, this is my thanks to Tyreland. I also mentioned them on this weeks radio show.

The website says a minimum of 75% thread. I’d say the ones I got were closer to the 100%. Not the greatest pictures, but you get my drift.

More info @ Tyreland.ie or call 01-8602020

Social [Media] Gardening

peter doneganLast week saw the fifth Bloom In The Park take place with close on Ninety Thousand visitors pass through the gates of The Phoenix Park. I was there on the Monday of Irelands largest garden show with Brian Greene, the gentleman with whom I co-present The SodShow, Dublin’s only garden radio show.

But behind all of the stunning plant displays, garden paraphernalia and blooming flowers was something that on one hand has absolutely zero to do with horticulture but something that must and really has to be considered… maybe even embraced.

Considering that this is the year two-thousand-and-eleven, one would maybe, or not, be surprised to find just how many of this green fraternity don’t use internet related tools at all. At the very basic foundation, I found many garden related associations and firms are in fact either website-less – or – if they do have a web presence, it can very often be almost prehistoric.

On Wednesday June 8th I was one of four speakers invited to talk to an approximate two hundred plus business owners at a conference called Social Media Means Business. This is not my first [nor my fourth] time to speak on the subject. My topic of choice in this case was the use of audio. In short, digitally recorded story telling.

So what on this green island has this got to do with you, Joseph and Mary public ? Pause. Before the Joan of Arc re-enactment society of Ireland come running out screaming….

….where’s our Cycas [palm] revolutas lecture Donegan ?!

Just bear with me on my wee journey before I get mildly back on track.

Donegan Landscaping has been in business almost eleven years now. When I first started out, to get a garden to move from enquiry to starting could take up to four weeks. In fact at times using the recently built catapult, made semi McGyver A-Team style from a near fallen tree to increase the speed of the trajectory calculated, carrier pidgeon now soaring through the air with a hurling helmet on – garden drawing securly attached to its heel, may have been faster.

Joking not aside, from the initial phonecall to making the first visit – back home to do some sketches to a return visit – to suggested photographs, that one had to get developed – to dropping out an invoice by hand or by post, the journey in hindsight, was one that boggles the mind somewhat. And even though I did hear the voice from the cloud scream…

I am the saviour. I am email….!

Within seconds another voice yelled back….

Yeah ? Well… we has no internet connection.

That carrier pidgeon had better come back home.

To the present tense, you and I are now in a situation were, in Galway or Gibraltar for that matter, one can listen to garden radio Dublin at your desktop computer. Heck you can even listen to it on your telephone.

Nothing new there you may say, but for the first time in horticulture [?] Bloom In The Park gave each show garden a QR code, a blurred looking sort of bar code in short, on their information sign. So if you liked a particular planting style all you needed to do was scan the QR code, using your mobile phone to find out about the plants, where you can buy them and more.

That I am aware, this has also been roled out in some garden centres which may then bring you directly to a page for hints and tips on planting styles and advice on gardening.

Outside of doing the show for Dublin City Radio [it airs every Friday at 3pm by the way] and writing my article for The Tribesman, the set up that I have on my mobile phone alone means that my time spent on the internet is actually very little. Surprised you may be, but the fact that I have clients that I have never met may baffle you even moreso.

Your tool of choice may well be Facebook, Youtube, twitter or even audioboo. But no matter which, the point so easily made is that from beginners to garden enthusiasts right up to the horticultural experts – and on a different level from consumer to service providers and to retailers – how and how much gardening is promoted, off or online, in this country is of benefit to us all.

Last weekend whilst camping in Lough Ennell I interviewed campsite owner Eamonn O’Malley for the radio show which will then turn to the podcast and end up on my weblog. I had tea in the 17th Century estate of Mornington House with Anne and Warwick O’Hara who I have interviewed many times before, my visit there now posted as review on the blog – as is Lough Ennell, the lake itself.

Bringing it back to garden shows, to horticulture and again to Ireland. Let me pose the following:

Firstly, how many of the trade took it upon themselves to do a youtube video, to tweet, post some images, some audio or a blog post. More than that, maybe, how many will take a leaf from Bord Bia’s book [see what I did there ?!] and produce their own QR codes ?

The follow on from that is as a garden lover who must buy from the trade and equally who enjoys garden retail therapy, I may just be a little more aware and informed of your product if you did. Now wouldn’t that be great, for us all. Who knows I might even tell someone else about it.

Maybe I should have titled this article: Media. Social. Gardening.

As a by the way you can contact me in the following ways:

My Gardening Blog Tagcloud

I hadn’t seen Tagclouds used in a while. A bit like QR codes are on the verge of becoming I thought. Reading Bernie Goldbach’s blog, I became very interested when I saw what he was actually using them for.

Don’t know what tagclouds are ?

wordle generates “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.

The source for me, was very simply my gardening blog address. I was quite pleased to see that words that came to the fore were both positive and creative.

Peter Donegan’s QR Code

Here is The Peter Donegan QR code…
qr code peter donegan

What is a QR code you ask:

in short… its a fancy barcode. When you scan it – with an app on your mobile phone – it gives you a particular set of information – for eg. this one below plays audio, whilst the one above will bring you to my blog roll.

Yvonne asked if it could be done in green… try this out 😉

audio sampler peter donegan

According to Wikipedia:

it was created by Toyota subsidiary Denso-Wave in 1994, the QR code is one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes. The QR code was created to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed

If you think this above is a bit mental…. it’s not. Check this out for QR code innovation. Although a little boring, in my opinion, the AXA one probably summises it best.