Log splitters are incredibly useful tools when you are clearing trees from your land and you don't want to spend countless hours using an ax to hack huge logs down to manageable firewood. However, log splitters are incredibly dangerous pieces of equipment. You should never operate a log splitter without following these important safety guidelines.
If you have never used a log splitter before, read the manual first. If you have used a log splitter but the splitter you rent to use or buy is different in its construction and use, read the manual. In short, READ THE MANUAL. The manual's words contain not only important instructions for using the splitter, but also helpful pointers in case the machine has a problem.
Most splitters shatter logs at high speed with major impact force above and beyond any swing of an ax can do. As a result, some logs splinter all over the place. Other logs shoot up into the air and land where they may. Protect your head, your hands, your eyes, your face and as much of the rest of your body as you can. Wear a hard hat (if you have one), work gloves, impact resistant goggles and/or a face shield. Chainsaw chaps are also good if you have them. If the splitter is gas-powered, it's a good idea to wear protective ear plugs against the loud noise too.
Logs that already show signs of cracking in odd places or that have knots are going to split badly. However, checking the logs first and then positioning them in such a way in the splitter will prevent accidents from happening. It will save you a trip to the emergency room to position the logs before you split them, and not after you notice the issue. People lose fingers and hand mobility every year from log splitter accidents because they were in a hurry and didn't pay attention to key deformities in the logs.
Logs are going to pile up quickly. Remove them frequently so that you don't accidentally trip over something and catch your arm, torso, leg, or head in the splitter! Nothing should be on the ground within several feet of the splitter. If you aren't sure, walk over the area where you are going to set up the splitter several times to be sure that there's nothing that will cause you to trip. Then just keep the area clear.
When used correctly and safely, log splitters can make a large job much easier. If you have a project that calls for a log splitter, stop by one of our Pro Star Rentals locations. We always maintain our equipment so that it runs as efficiently as possible.
By Pro Star Rental 9-17-2021