I considered welding it right to the rod but several friends expressed some concern about the lateral stress on the cylinder.
A new splitter is a grand and a new cylinder was proving to be difficult to find an exact match.
So….. I decided to re drill it in a different spot and re-pin it with a 3/8 grade 8 bolt. After all, the only reason it needs to be there is to retract the ram.
Turns out, the rods are case hardened but a bit of research told me that if you grind down .x, it would drill fine. The info was correct. I put the broken end in the collar, inserted the pin advanced the ram until it was mashed tight together and drilled consecutive holes until it was 3/8 then re-pinned it with a grade 8 bolt.
Works perfectly, Yay me!
Entire repair took 2 hours and cost 2 dollars.
Before and after pictures and one extra.
Yes I’m sure, that doesn’t mean I’m right.