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Just bought a homemade log splitter. It has a Briggs & Stratton 5hp 206 cc motor.
A John S. Barnes Corp pump, Boss 2500 psi Ram Industries cylinder and a Cross valve.
I don’t know if the components are industrial and overkill for the 5 HP Briggs motor or not.
the motor is tired and has been rigged with a different carburetor and having serious problems running.

My question would be, can I go for a bigger motor and what would you guys recommend brand and size wise.
thank you for the help.
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Thank folks.
The initial post was about a homemade splitter I bought because an 85 foot oak tree fell down on my house taking out my garage, laundry room, bathroom and closet trashing trusses and drywall inside.
I have six more trees the same size half down from the same storm or leaning towards the house.

After first run I joined these groups to get the feel of what parts were what and the terminology.
This thing has ancient industrial components on it. (pump,valve and cylinder. )
I wanted to get the specs so I knew what I was dealing with. The JS Barnes pump is obsolete and I cannot find any specs online nor the seven groups I joined. The company that took over them won’t/doesn’t give out info or maybe they don’t know since it’s so old. The Cross valve and Boss cylinder are AWOL online according to serial numbers.
I wanted to match or at least get to know all of my components.
The 5 HP Briggs & Stratton carburetor was shot and the choke and throttle was hacked from another machine. The carb was not usable.

Thanks for all the input as I learned quite a bit in a short amount of time.
Instead of spending $162 for the correct carb and still having many more unsorted problems with the Briggs, I went to Harbor Freight and spent $145 on a Chinese knockoff 6.5 HP instead of 5 and am back in business.
Now I just have to make a wedge as this ridiculous thing this previous owner made is not right.
 
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