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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Aug 21, 2012 in Log Splitter

In order to quickly and effortlessly cut through wood for use in your fireplace, your log splitter relies on hydraulic pressure. To ensure that your splitter is working at its optimum level and continues to cut your logs as efficiently as possible, you will regularly need to complete some maintenance on it. An integral part of any maintenance schedule is bleeding the hydraulics, but how exactly do you do this?

Step 1: Put on a pair of safety glasses to ensure that your eyes are protected in the case of flying debris.

Step 2: Extend the hydraulic ram to its maximum forward position. On powered models, this can be achieved using the ram control switch and on manual models, this can be achieved by pumping the handle. Remove the oil filling plug by turning it counter-clockwise.

Step 3: Release the hydraulic ram by turning the release screw counter-clockwise. Let the ram retract until fluid flows out from the plughole you opened in the above step. You will then need to quickly turn the release screw clockwise to stop the ram from retracting any further.

Step 4: Replace the oil filling plug, making sure it is tight before attempting to use the log splitter again (a loose plug can allow air to enter the hydraulic system and cause all sorts of problems).

As you can see, bleeding the hydraulics of your log splitter is actually a fairly simple process and is one that you will quickly get used to completing as a part of any regular maintenance schedule. Remember to replace the drained hydraulic fluid with brand new fluid and you will be good to go.