A Comprehensive Look at Problems You Might Encounter When Using Hydraulic Log Splitters

Hydraulic log splitters are among a range of handy hydraulic equipment that you may need in your home or for outdoor activities such as camping. This machine has all the basic components and characteristics of the large hydraulic equipment and works under the same concepts used in large hydraulic equipment like hydraulic pumps. A fuel-powered engine attached to a hydraulic oil pump provides the required power for the machine. The hydraulic pump then creates a high-pressure stream from the hydraulic fluid which runs into a valve. The valve enables the operator to actuate or start the hydraulic cylinder and split the log. When using this machine, you may run into a few problems. Here is a discussion that will help you understand some of the problems that you might encounter. 

Slower Rate of Operation

If there is a drastic change in the rate at which you have been splitting logs, then something is certainly wrong with your hydraulic log splitter. Ideally, the effective operation of the log splitter is primarily dependent on the flow of the hydraulic fluid. The actuator will run according to the rate at which the fluid flows within the system. Therefore, longer cycle times mean that there is an interference with the flow of the fluid. This often occurs because of internal or external leaks. External leaks are quite straightforward to diagnose through a visual inspection. If there is no sign of leakage on the hoses, the problem is likely internal, and you should call in a professional to assess your log splitter.

Abnormal Noises

Abnormal noises when the log splitter is running are an indication of a cavitation problem (also called aeration). Cavitation happens when air seeps into the hydraulic fluid, causing a knocking sound when the hydraulic fluid compresses or decompresses. Air usually seeps into the hydraulic fluid via the hydraulic pump's inlet. Therefore, you should inspect the pump inlet lines and ensure that the fitting and clamps are tightly sealed. If they are worn out, then you should replace them before using the log splitter again.

Overheating of the Hydraulic Fluid

Before you start using your hydraulic log splitter, make sure that it is fitted with an infrared thermometer to help you monitor the temperature of the hydraulic fluid. The thermometer's packaging will indicate the ideal temperature level of the hydraulic fluid when you're operating the machine. However, if the machine overheats and the temperature falls out of the desired range, the core of the heat exchanger is blocked, and you should have it checked as soon as possible.