Owning a log splitter can be highly rewarding, especially if you live in a rural area or you have a wood-fed fireplace. But what do you do when it becomes increasingly difficult to split the wood due to a blunt wedge? Go out and buy a new one? This isn’t always an option for splitter owners, due to costs and location, so why not give sharpening it yourself a go?
Begin by examining the log splitter wedge for any signs of wear or cracking. A little bit of wear is okay, but if you notice cracking you will need to replace the wedge, as this can be highly dangerous when cutting logs. If, however, your wedge looks fine – just a little dull – you’re free to sharpen it.
Check out the splitting point of your log splitter wedge. If you notice any bits that have rolled over or any chips and nicks, use a coarse metal file to even these imperfections out. It is highly important to ensure that the edges of the wedge point are level, otherwise you could risk damaging your wedge.
Once you have evened out the wedge imperfections, you can start filing the entire splitting point with the coarse metal file. Smooth the sides of the wedge and this will actually begin to sharpen the splitting point. This will also help to ensure a smooth cut once you replace the wedge in your log splitter.
Finally, finish sharpening the splitting point with a fine metal file. By filing the entire length, you will ensure that the wedge becomes amazingly sharp. Make sure that you file both sides of the splitting point an equal number of times to ensure consistency in your log splitter.