When it comes to splitting enough firewood to see your family through the even the most bitter winter nights, a log splitter can be an invaluable piece of equipment. Because of this, many homeowners become alarmed when their splitters begin experiencing problems – they simply cannot afford for their equipment to be out of action. Fortunately, you can complete your own repairs.
Step 1: If the wedge isn’t cutting through the wood efficiently, it may need to be sharpened. Locate the bolt that secures the wedge to the hydraulic cylinder and remove the nut. Then, loosen the hydraulic hose clamp to disconnect it from the splitter. Lift up the cylinder and remove the wedge, using a bench grinder to sharpen its edge.
Step 2: Performance issues could be caused by dirt in the fuel tank. Remove the breather cap and flush it out with either kerosene or warm soapy water. You will need to leave the cap to dry thoroughly before replacing it on the log splitter’s fuel tank, as you need to avoid getting any water into the fuel.
Step 3: The splitter’s performance issues could also be caused by a dirty filter. Using a wrench, remove the oil filter (only after placing a catch pan beneath to collect any drips). You should replace the old filter with a brand new one. Use this chance to check the oil levels and top up if needed.
As you can see, repairing your splitter can actually be a fairly easy process providing that you know what you are doing. If you are unable to rectify the problem that your log splitter is experiencing using one of the above methods, then you really should take your equipment to see a professional.