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How To Use And Repair Log Splitters

Date:17-01-16

Users can choose a suitable Log Splitter for their needs in the market nowadays, because there are plenty of log splitters for them to select. Vertical log splitters involve the log being loaded into the machine on its end and is recommended for use on properties that are more sloped. Horizontal log splitters involve the log being loaded on its side and it offers less control on how the wood falls. As well as this, there are log splitters available that run off electricity and others than run on fuel (usually petrol but occasionally diesel).

Even though a log splitter is designed to lessen the effort needed to split wood, it is still important to take the necessary safety precautions. This includes wearing the proper safety equipment (such as goggles, long pants, work gloves and a long sleeved shirt), tying back long hair and standing well clear of the wedge.

You need to have log splitters if you have a fireplace or wood burning fire pit. These allow you to split longer sections of log than you would with an axe, using less than a tenth of the physical effort. Even a manual log splitter is relatively simple to use, and can turn a large task into and afternoon's work.

Step 1 Setting Up

You should be more careful when you use an electric log splitter. Place the cord so that it does not pose a tripping hazard while you work.

For all types of log splitter, the device needs to be as level as possible, and shouldn't wobble or rock when shaken. Position the log splitter so that it loads on the side closest to the raw logs and unloads on the end facing your stack location. This allows you to form a sort of mini-assembly line, loading the logs at one end and stacking them at the other. You can use this way to avoid your work becoming overly cluttered.

Step 2 Loading the Splitter

Trim any branches or small limbs from the logs to be split. Make sure that your logs are short enough to fit the rail of the log splitter, and trim pieces to size as needed. Each log is placed on the splitter so that the wedge is against the flat of the log. You would better split the log from base to top.

Step 3a Gas and Electric Log Splitters

When using a gas log splitter, make sure the exhaust is not pointed onto firewood, plants or buildings. Activate the splitter by twisting a control or pressing a button, depending on the model of the splitter.

Step 3b Hydraulic Log Splitters

Hydraulic or manual log splitters are basically a jack laid horizontally with a wedge on the top. As you pump the lever, pressure is built up in a hydraulic cylinder and the wedge is forced into the log. Because most of the work is done with hydraulics, you need very little strength to operate the machine.

How to repair your log splitter

Step 1 Troubleshoot – Oil Pump

Knowing precisely what is wrong with your log splitter is the first step to repair. If you keep enough hydraulic fluid in the reserve tank, the oil pump should be in good working order. You may need to replace the oil filter if it is old and worn out. Additionally, the hosing that channels the high-pressure and low-pressure fluid to and from the cylinder might need replacing.

Step 2 Engine

You should check your engine to know whether the fuel and fire get to the motor. If it’s not starting, check the spark plug. If you can look into the carburetor and see gas, fuel is getting there. If it is, it’s probably not getting fire. The plug and points wear out after time and will need replacing. Pull the plug wire off and with insulated pliers, hold it about ¼-inch from the tip of the plug and pull the rope starter. If no spark is seen, the points need replacing.

Step 3 Hydraulic Cylinder

Assuming the cylinder is not severely damaged, that is, has not swelled, cracked, and the piston rod is not damaged, a faulty seal or piston ring inside the cylinder is usually to blame. To replace the seal, you may have to dismantle the whole cylinder. Never use a sharp object to remove the seal, and be careful not to scratch the shaft or you could have problems later. Obtain a diagram of the cylinder if you do not already have one for specific instructions on dismantling it.