Because a logsplitter uses hydraulics and a multitude of moving parts in order to split the wood that we use in our fireplaces, they can be subject to a number of problems that affect their integrity. Logsplitters also pose the problem of friction caused by the moving parts, which eventually causes them to wear down over time. So, what are the common problems and is there any way to fix or prevent them from occurring?

Hose Leak
If you own a hydraulic logsplitter, it will contain several fluid-carrying hoses that run through the system. Occasionally, these hoses can become pinched, loosened or even degraded, which causes leaks. A leak will cause the hydraulics to stop working properly, as the system requires these fluids in order to run. If you want to prevent this problem, you should regularly clean your logsplitter’s hoses and tighten the connections.

Your logsplitter’s engine will contain a range of filters, including one for the oil, one for the fuel line and one for air. After every 5 hours of use, you will need to completely replace the oil filter, as it can cause the logsplitter to overheat if it becomes clogged. You will need to clean the fuel filter at the beginning of every firewood cutting season; if you don’t, clogs may occur that will cause your logsplitter to cough or refuse to start. The air filter will need to be cleaned every time you finish using your logsplitter, as it plays an important role in keeping dirt and other debris out of the carburetor.

The wedge is the part of the logsplitter that cuts (or splits) the wood into pieces suitable for burning. They are frequently subjected to damage and even corrosion, so it is important to ensure that the slide beam (located on either side of the wedge) is regularly lubricated to ensure smooth flow of the wood. You should also sharpen the wedge prior to each use of the logsplitter to even out any chips that have occurred.

Your logsplitter will have a choke (for starting purposes), which can be found along the carburetor. As it has small movable parts, these can be easily broken and damaged and should be taken care of accordingly. You will be able to tell when your choke lever isn’t working properly, as the logsplitter will run erratically, misfire or cough. The choke has three positions – start, neutral and run – so make sure it hasn’t stuck in one.

Whilst there are plenty of other problems that could arise throughout the use of your logsplitter, the above four are by far the most common and are also the ones that you can easily prevent or fix yourself. Care well for your logsplitter and be rewarded with years of uninterrupted use.

Author's Bio: 

This article is shared by Anne Mehla on the behalf of Melbourne’s Mower Centre - The RedShed Super Stores. They provide high end chainsaws and manual riding mowers in Melbourne. Melbourne’s Mower Centre also deals in long lasting electric hedge trimmer and logsplitters in Melbourne, Australia.