Ensuring that your logsplitter is properly maintained can mean that you are able to clear up your property as quickly as possible. To ensure that you are following the right procedures for your equipment, we have compiled this list of instructions that you can use. Your logsplitter is actually a highly temperamental piece of equipment that does not react well to not being looked after. So, make sure you do the right thing.
Step 1: Check for any leaking hydraulic fluid. If you suspect that your logsplitter is leaking, you can check by passing a piece of timber or cardboard beneath the area with the suspected leak. If there are drips present you have a leak, if there aren’t any drips you should be safe.
Step 2: Fill the hydraulic fluid. When the levels are low, you will notice that your logsplitter has significantly less power. To determine the amount of fluid that you need to add you will need to remove the oil-filling plug and then fill the tank until it is three-quarters full.
Step 3: After you have added hydraulic fluid, you will need to remove (or bleed) the trapped air from the cylinder. Extend the piston rod to its maximum length and remove the oil-filling plug. Then, twist the release screw counterclockwise as fast as you can. The piston rod will draw back into the cylinder.
Step 4: Sharpen your logsplitter’s blades. You will need to use a coarse metal file to sharpen any dull areas and to repair any chips or nicks in the blade. To sharpen the point of the blade, you will need to smooth down the sides to reform the sharp point. Run a fine metal file along the edge to finish.
Step 5: Regularly clean the logsplitter to remove oil, grease and debris. Always make sure that the machine is turned off before you perform any cleaning tasks, as this will prevent accidental starting. You should also remove any debris from around the machine to prevent lodging.
Step 6: Make sure that you store the machine is a dry place, as this will help you to avoid damage from water and mold. A shed or garage is often the perfect solution, as the interior of the building will stay dry all year round. Cover the logsplitter with a tarp for extra protection.
Step 7: Replace any worn logsplitter parts. If you notice that any are worn or broken during the year, make sure that you replace them before use. Make sure that you compare the part and model number on the old part with the new one to ensure that you have a match.
Now that you have familiarised yourself with basic logsplitter maintenance instructions, you are ready to care for your machine all year round. To ensure that you are completely the right steps at the right time, consult your owner’s manual for instructions that are specific to your model. You might also like to consider purchasing a self-lubricating logsplitter, which will automatically clean itself after each use.