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An Introduction to Hydraulic Log Splitter


A hydraulic log splitter can save your time and your energy when using it. With this tool, the days of chopping wood endlessly for winter with a splitting maul are all but over. Although they can run in the thousands of dollars, a gas-powered horizontal or vertical log splitter is worth the investment if splitting wood is a regular seasonal chore.

You can find a hydraulic log splitter for your needs in many places. The best places to find new log splitters for sale are chain stores that offer yard care equipment. Many people like to buy their hydraulic log splitter new from the manufacturer. If you are interested in a new log splitter then you will want to focus your search at tool stores, home improvement stores, home and garden stores and other chain stores that sell yard care equipment like riding lawn mowers.
A hydraulic log splitter is a very robust piece of machinery that works with high hydraulic pressures. You should give a suitable maintenance to the hydraulic log splitter which can make it use safely for a long time.

You should read the instructions which tell you how to give your hydraulic log splitter suitable maintenance.

The hydraulic pressure pipes are what transfer the hydraulic fluid from the reservoir to the ram cylinder. The pressure within these pipes can be several tons per square inch, so it is important that you inspect these pipes regularly to check for wear and tear. If you suspect that a pipe is leaking do not try to discover the leak with your hands. Hydraulic fluid under pressure is quite capable of stripping the skin from your hand or a finger. Use a piece of stiff card and hold it near the suspected location of a leak. The fine spray of fluid will discolor the card.

It is possible for hydraulic fluid to become contaminated over time by water from condensation. This will make a difference in the efficiency of the log splitter but can be so gradual that it is not noticed. Once a year check the hydraulic fluid in the reservoir for water content.

Ensure that the hydraulic ram on a used log splitter is well greased and not showing any signs of rust. A well greased ram will not rust, but if a dry patch on the ram has allowed rust to form it could damage the seal at the end of the ram housing.

The gas engine on a log splitter needs to be maintained in the same way any gas engine does. You should inspect the oil to make sure whether the valves and crank shaft are properly lubricated or not. Check the points in the carburetor to ensure the engine is running at best efficiency. Remove the spark plug and check the plug gap and the condition of the electrodes.

Ensure that the cord in the pull start is not frayed. It is easier to replace this cord rather than wait for it to fail.

The hydraulic pump is driven by the gas engine usually using a power take off (PTO) coupling. Check for any loose play in the coupling. If it is possible, check to see if there is excessive play in the central spindle of the pump. This could indicate damaged bearings and could cause the pump to fail under pressure.