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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Mar 29, 2012 in Log Splitter

Whilst you may be familiar with what your log splitter looks like and how to safely use it, do you have any idea about the various parts that make the equipment up? By understanding the various parts that make up your splitter’s construction, you can better understand how it works and how to fix any problems that come up.

The Wedge and Splitter Arm
This is the part of the log splitter that actually cuts the logs and pieces of wood you load into the equipment. The wedge (which resembles an axe head) is attached to the splitter arm, which is then raised and dropped to chop up the timber in half.

The Frame
This part of the splitter is actually made up of a few different pieces that all work together in order to provide the required level of stability for the equipment to function safely. The basic frame is constructed using steel bars, with at least 2 of these resting on the ground as ‘legs’ of sort that prevent the equipment from moving.

The Hydraulics
This part of the log splitter is actually comprised of 3 separate parts that work together – the hydraulic pump, the ram and the valve. The pump (controlled by the valve) gathers the pressure that the equipment needs to cut through the logs, which then sends the ram into the log.

The Engine
This part of the log splitter is the power behind the whole piece of equipment – the size of the engine will depend upon the power needed to cut the logs up quickly and efficiently. Most splitters utilize a four-stroke fuel-powered engine, as it is much quieter than a two-stroke one.

Next time you use your log splitter, see if you can identify the various parts that it needs to run. If your splitter ever encounters any problems, understanding the various parts can also go a long way in helping you to identify the problem area.