How to Modify Your Log Splitter
Plans to build a log splitter are readily available online and can be modified to add extras such as a tow hitch. A homemade log splitter can save you quite a bit of money considering that a gas-powered hydraulic log splitter can easily run into the thousands of dollars. Buying the components along with a set of log-splitter plans can cost half that much and this simple modification can make your log splitter more easily transportable.
Most log splitters that you can build yourself are fairly straightforward. They consist of a 2-stroke engine, an oil pump, a hydraulic valve and a hydraulic cylinder in addition to the steel frame, splitting wedge and wheel base. Assuming you have built yourself a homemade log splitter with a horizontal I-beam structure, splitting wedge, wheel base and platform for the engine, pump and valve, now you need a way to tow it and here's how to achieve that:
Step 1: Choose the Right Hitch for the Job
If your rig uses a bumper pull ball or a frame mount trailer hitch, it will matter for the type of tow hitch you install on your log splitter. For bumper pull ball setups, you should purchase the tow end hitch that corresponds to your rig. If your towing rig has a frame mount, you will have to install the right sized, square shaped piece of steel to mount inside the female end attached to your rig.
Step 2: Secure the Tow Hitch
On the horizontal I-beam structure of the log splitter, either a corresponding, square shaped piece of iron must be welded on to fit into the frame mount on the rig, or the tow component for the bumper pull ball must be fastened. With your welder, affix the square shaft of steel to the I-beam, probably on the bottom side of it. If you are using the bumper pull ball setup, you may have to weld a shaft onto the I-beam before you attach the tow cover to it. Be sure to drill holes in the shaft for the bolts prior to welding it to the I-beam.
Step 3a: Attach the Tow Cover (for bumper pull ball)
This step is for when you are using the bumper pull ball setup. After you’ve drilled the right size holes for the bolts and after your steel shaft has been attached to the I-beam, fasten the bumper pull ball tow cover to the shaft using the bolts provided. Use lock nuts and a very tight turn of the ratchet to ensure the bolts do not come loose.
Step 3b: Secure Steel Shaft into Frame Mount
When using the frame mount setup, the steel shaft will be inserted into the frame on your rig and secured by aligning the holes for the mounting bolts. If this is your setup, there should be holes drilled into the shaft that correspond with the frame in order for a bolt to secure the log splitter to the rig. Just as you would have drilled the holes to mount the bumper pull ball assembly before welding it to the I-beam, do the same for a frame mount. If already welded, you can still drill holes of the right size into the shaft. If this is the case, be sure the shaft is secure and cannot slip as you drill.
Step 4: Attach the safety chain
Whichever type you use, there should be a safety chain attached to the rig in case the hitch fails. Once this is in place, you are free to tow your log splitter wherever you need.
Modifying your log splitter can involve many different processes. In the event you need to add a tow hitch to be able to haul it with a rig, this is the method for you