The power generated by the pump in your hydraulic log splitter is what enables you to split logs with much less effort than the manual method of an axe and some elbow grease. But the hydraulic fluid is the way that power gets to the rest of your log splitter, making the system run effectively. If your hydraulic log splitter starts leaking fluid, the machine will lose power. To avoid that, perform this basic log splitter maintenance to check for leaks and perform log splitter repairs. If you need to order outdoor power equipment parts to take care of the leaks, use the MTD Parts Finder to get the right ones for your hydraulic log splitter.
It's a good idea to check your log splitter for leaks before each use. Leaks can be detected by passing cardboard or wood over the suspected area. It is important to wear protective gloves and safety glasses even while checking for leaks. If you observe discoloration of cardboard or wood, you have hydraulic fluid leak.
In the event you do discover a leak, replace the culprit with new log splitter parts. Do not operate your log splitter until the repair has been made to avoid personal injury or further damage to your machine.
Even a small amount of hydraulic fluid can burn or puncture skin if it is leaking at a high enough pressure. If you follow the above safety tips your chance of injury will be lower. However, if you are injured by escaping fluid, it is important to see a doctor immediately. Serious infection or reactions can develop if proper medical treatment is not administered right away, despite the size of the injury.