Wood splitting season is just around the corner, so it is a great time to ensure your log splitter is up to the task. Like most of us your log splitter has probably been stored in the shed over the summer months. If this is the case then make sure you follow our log splitter maintenance plan before you start piling up that fire wood!
Check your log splitter is in good working order
The first step is to give your log splitter a good look over. Clear off any dirt or sap that has built up. Mud wasps seem to be a common pest for block splitter owners. In particular check for wasp nests in the muffler and air cleaners / air filters. If found carefully remove the nest and clear out the area.
Check all the fasteners are tight and any split pins are in place. Also check the hoses and pipes are all in good working condition with no splits.
Grease up the slides on the bed of the log splitter. Wheel bearing grease or a heavy duty grease product is suitable.
Check the tyre pressure. Generally a pressure of 18psi is recommended. If you need to tow your wood splitter over long distances check and grease the wheel bearings.
Check the fuel in your log splitter
The next step is applicable to PETROL log splitters only. If you own a diesel log splitter then you can skip this step. Unlike petrol or gasoline, diesel fuel doesn’t go off. Petrol can go off and even turn to a jelly or gum like substance if left for extended periods of time. In worst cases this can take as little as one month.
If your petrol splitter has been sitting for over a month it is a good idea to completely drain the fuel. We recommend draining the fuel from the fuel bowl on the carburettor. If you drain the fuel directly from the fuel tank then you are not removing all of the old fuel.
Check engine and hydraulic oil levels
Next ensure you check the engine oil. If oil levels are low top up with a quality 4 stroke mineral based engine oil. We use LubriMaxx 4 stroke engine oil on our log splitters.
You will also need to check the hydraulic fluid levels. We are often asked ‘What hydraulic oil do you recommend for log splitters?’ we use and recommend LubriMaxx ISO 68 hydraulic oil.
Now that you have completed the above checks you are ready to start the engine. Before you start splitting your firewood make sure you allow the engine to run for 5-10 minutes in idle to warm up properly. Listen out for any unusual sounds. If you hear something you are concerned about please feel free to call or message the guys in our service department. The Grudge service team are more than happy to answer your log splitter questions.
How to properly store a log splitter
At the end of fire wood season ensure you store your log splitter properly and save yourself some grief next winter.
Before you store your log splitter for the summer months it is a good idea to clear off any remaining dirt, wood chips, etc. Also be sure to check for any sap on the log splitter bed and if found remove with some mineral spirits to prevent rust. Finally if you have a petrol log splitter make sure you drain the petrol from the fuel tank and carburettor and spray some penetrating lubricant like WD40 inside the fuel tank and inside carburettor.
Stay on top of these easy to follow maintenance steps and your log splitter should last you many years.