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

If you use a log splitter as a part of the day to day running of your business or you use one to cut up firewood for use in your home, it is important that you regularly perform tests on it to ensure that it is working at its optimum level of performance. Follow the below instructions to ensure that you complete your tests safely and correctly:

Step 1: Determine the model and manufacturer of your splitter. Take note of the pressure that it has been designed to exert, and then select a hydraulic tensile tester that is capable of withstanding this force (to ensure accurate results and to prevent injury).

Step 2: Put on safety glasses to help lower the risk of eye injuries. Then, you will need to turn the log splitter on to ensure that that all the moving parts are functioning properly.

Step 3: Turn the log splitter off and disconnect its power source. Then, set your hydraulic tensile tester the appropriate settings for your model (follow the manufacturer’s instructions). Quickly open the splitter’s fluid tank to check for low level or contaminants.

Step 4: Position the hydraulic tensile tester into the splitter block. You will need to conduct the test several times, recording the results to determine whether there is a difference between your machine’s actual output and the standards outlined by the manufacturer. Remove the tester.

You can now begin splitting your wood. Keep an eye on all the moving parts of the log splitter to ensure that they are working correctly and use a stopwatch to determine the length of time taken to split each log. You should also inspect each log after splitting to determine that the cuts were clean and even.