The pressure of a hydraulic log splitter is hard to beat, but what happens if you don't maintain it properly?
If the hydraulic hoses wear out and start leaking hydraulic fluid, the extreme pressure that's forcing the fluid through the leak can be enough to strip the skin from your hand.
Contaminated hydraulic fluid can gradually reduce the efficiency of your wood splitter. A hydraulic ram that dries out could rust and damage the seal surrounding the shaft that holds in the hydraulic fluid.
And most importantly, loose parts in the pump or engine can cause major failure if not tightened or repaired right away.
So now that you understand why it's important to maintain your hydraulic log splitter, let's explore how you do it.
Dig Out the Owner's Manual
The first thing you likely did when you got your log splitter was throw away the manual, right? Hopefully not!
The first step here is to go dig out your owners manual and read the specific maintenance instructions for your model.
While we're going to discuss some general hydraulic log splitter maintenance procedures, all log splitter models have their own features and designs.
So what may be good for the goose isn't necessarily good for the gander. Dig out that manual and give it a quick once-over before continuing on.