Step-by-Step Guide in Using Log Splitters Properly
Splitting wood has never been this easy nowadays, thanks to the existence of log splitters. Log splitters are useful equipment when it comes to splitting wood because they make wood splitting projects a lot easier and a lot faster. Just as its name implies, a log splitter’s main purpose is to split wood to pieces for firewood and many other purposes. Unlike the manual way of splitting wood, not much effort is required when you use a log splitter.
However, if this is your first time to use this equipment, be sure you know how to use it properly. The proper use of log splitters can save you from nasty accidents, save your equipment from damage as well as ensures that no wood resources are wasted due to mistakes in using this equipment.
For beginners, here is a step-by-step guide to abide by before, during and after using a log splitter.
1. Know the Type of Log Splitter you are using
Log splitters come in two most popular types: the electric log splitter and the gas powered log splitter. Although both of them make use of a 4 stoke engine, they differ in terms of how this engine is powered as well as the procedures in using them may also slightly vary. The electric log splitter is obviously powered by electricity while the gas powered log splitter is powered by fuel. Knowing the type of log splitter you are using gives you an idea how to use it.
2. Prepare the Materials Needed
There are only two major materials needed when using log splitters and these are the logs and the hydraulic oil or fuel. Still, it is important to prepare these materials before you start using the machine to avoid problems later on. If the log splitter is already loaded with oil, prepare an extra beside you in case you need to refuel.
3. Take Time to Read the Log Splitter Manual
It is important to know that log splitters come in many different models and these models have specific instructions on how they are used, etc. Therefore, it is important to just take a quick look at these manuals to familiarize your log splitter more.
4. Find a Good Spot for your Log Splitting Operation
Log splitting with the use of log splitters can be a messy task so, it is important to use this machine in an open and spacious place such as your backyard or lawn.
5. Gear Up
This step refers to wearing safety gears when using a log splitter. Wooden bits can fly around during operations and dust can hurt your eyes, so make sure you are wearing an eyewear to protect your eyes. Wearing the right footwear is also advised to protect you from any injuries possibly incurred once the log splitter is activated.
6. Clear the Area before Using the Log Splitter
As mentioned, splitting logs using the log splitter can be a messy task due to dusts and bits of wood flying around the area. With this, it is important to make sure the area is clear and no other people, especially children are playing around.
7. Start Filling the Holding Tank with Oil
The holding tank is where you pour in the hydraulic oil. There must be enough oil in the tank to power up the log splitter unless you are using the electric type. Refer to your log splitter manual as to how much oil to put in the tank because different models require different amount of oil.
8. Turn on the Log Splitter
After filling the tank with oil, you can now turn the machine on simply by pushing the power button. Turning on the power does not automatically activate the machine. It just prepares itself for activation.
9. Position your Log on the Wedge
This step is where you place the log to split on the wedge. During this step, you must make sure that the wedge is sturdy enough to hold the log in place once the log splitter is activated. You must also secure the log by holding it firmly or aiming the log splitter in the middle of the log. This ensures perfect log cuts and prevents accidents.
10. Activate the Log Splitter
Activating the log splitter depends on the model you have. There are log splitters that are activated by pushing another button and there are other models that are activated by pulling a lever. No matter what model you have, this step is basically where the machine starts doing its splitting job by applying pressure on the log. The pressure applied by the machine and the wedge holding the log is what makes the splitting possible.
11. Turn Off the Log Splitter
After using the log splitter, never ever put it down without turning the power off. This can cause accidents. Remember, you are dealing with a machine and safety is still in your hands. Simply push the power button again to turn it off.
12. Store the Log Splitter Properly
Properly using a log splitter also involves properly storing it after using. With this, you must have a specific place to store this equipment and it should be a place that is safe for the equipment and a place where no children can gain access to. Properly storing this equipment can preserve its condition as well as keep the people in your home safe. You can also refer to the manual for suggested storage instructions.
Log splitters are indeed a big help in this modern and fast-paced generation. They take the stress and pressure away from wood splitting. However there are also safety risks to consider. Log splitters are also a bit costly so you cannot afford to just replace it every time it fails due to improper use and handling.
But, as long as they are handled and used properly, safety precautions are followed, proper preparations are observed, as well as proper storage is considered, the risks of making mistakes and the risks for accidents to occur are greatly lessened. This can even save you bucks.