How To Regulate A Hydraulic Log Splitter
A hydraulic log splitter is powered by a hydraulic pump and a hydraulic lever. Hydraulic fluid from a storage tank is pumped into the system with a series of tubes and valves. The hydraulic fluid provides the pressure needed for the splitter to push the log forward into the wedge and split it in two. By being able to regulate the hydraulics on the log splitter, you can create the force needed for smaller or larger logs, putting less pressure on your machine.
Step One: Read Your Manual
Familiarize yourself with your machine and its maximum load capabilities. Knowing what load your log splitter can handle will keep you from pushing the machine too far and breaking it or voiding the warrantee on the log splitter. Familiarize yourself with the different mechanisms that make the machine run and where the on off, or emergency switches are located. Follow all safety precautions and guidelines. Make certain that someone knows that you are working with the machine and where you will be in case you are harmed during operation.
Step Two: Fill The Hydraulic Fluid Tank
You will need to fill the hydraulic fluid tank or reservoir to maximum capacity. This will make sure that you are not harming the machine and will give you maximum pressure on the log cut.
Step Three: Test It
Test the log splitter with full fluid levels and by opening up the valve only half way. This will only allow part of the hydraulic fluid into the pressure chamber, letting you see how much pressure can be exerted with half power. If it is not enough pressure to split the log than allow more pressure to escape by opening the valve a bit more.
Step Four: Different Size Logs
Different size logs will have different pressure needed to split them and you might not always need to exert the full force of the machine. Knowing how to regulate the pressure using the valve and different amounts of fluid will go a long way in keeping your hydraulic log splitter in action for many years. If you make your machine exert more force than needed for cut after cut than you are decreasing the amount of time it can run between maintenance. Use the right amount of hydraulic pressure for the right size log.
Step Five: Maintain
Without proper maintenance, the hydraulic regulating you do will not make a difference. Make sure that you check the bearings and seals and allow for proper maintenance in between seasons. Change the fluid and filter when needed and do not allow the fluid to become dirty and gritty. Think about your cars oil; your car runs better when properly maintained and when you change the oil every three to five thousand miles. Your log splitter is the same way.