Logs should be cut with square ends prior to splitting. To square your logs, cut through about halfway . Then, roll the log over, line up your saw with the first cut, and cut through. If it's a large log you can mark it with a chalk line before cutting to ensure you're cutting along the same plane.
When loading a log, always place your hands on the sides of the log, not on the ends, and never use your foot to stabilize a log. Failure to do so, may result in crushed or amputated fingers, toes, hands, or feet.
Attempting to operate outdoor power equipment with anything other than your hands, such as feet or elbows, significantly reduces your control and increases the possibility of injury.
Never attempt to split more than one log at a time unless the ram has been fully extended and a second log is needed to complete the separation of the first log.
For logs which are shaped oddly and cannot be cut square, place the least square end and the longest portion of the log toward the beam and wedge, and the square end toward the end plate.
When splitting in the vertical position, stabilize the log before moving the control. Split as follows:
Always keep fingers away from any cracks that open in the log while splitting. They can quickly close and pinch or amputate your fingers.
It's important to have proper safety protection when operating outdoor power equipment. Wear work gloves, sturdy boots and protective eyewear, and avoid loose clothing while using a log splitter to help reduce your risk of injury. Also, make sure you check your log splitter parts before each use and tighten any loose nuts or bolts, or replace work elements to keep your machine running safely and smoothly. Find more tips on safely using a log splitter and other outdoor power equipment from the MTD Parts Knowledge Center.