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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Sep 28, 2012 in Log Splitter

Anyone who owns a log splitter will need to make sure that it is well maintained if they want to ensure smooth operation and an effective cutting motion. There are two areas that your maintenance tasks will cover – the splitter itself (which includes the hydraulics and the wedge) and the engine that has been included to power the cutting mechanism. Follow these instructions to ensure that your machine is always maintained:


  • Never put your log splitter away dirty; you must always clean off any remaining wood chips or debris. It’s also a good idea to check for any signs of sap buildup (this can be removed with mineral spirits).
  • During storage, the hydraulic cylinder must be in the fully retracted position and the bleed valve must be open. This shields the pistons from moisture, when can cause the machine to rust.


  • You should change the oil seasonally, but if you use the splitter on a regular basis (such as commercially) the oil should be changed on a monthly basis.
  • Regularly check the engine’s air filters. For paper ones, you will need to replace them once they grow too dirty. For foam ones, you can wash them in soapy water a number of times before they need to be replaced.

If you own a log splitter that you have not been properly maintaining since you bought it, it is of the utmost importance that you begin following the above maintenance schedule as soon as possible. Hopefully, the splitter will not have been subjected to much damage, so you should be able to rectify any problems and get the machine back into tiptop condition.