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How to Re-position Garden Log Splitter

2016-11-25

While moving a portable Garden Log Splitter is a simple matter, relocating the larger models can be a major undertaking. Generally, most portable garden log splitters are light enough to be carried by hand. And bigger log splitters with hydraulic cylinders typically come equipped with two good-sized pressurized wheels to facilitate moving. If it is your intention to build your own log splitter, it is recommended that you include wheels in the design. Depending on how large you make it, the wheels will be necessary.

That being said, there are two types of garden log splitters that can be moved with the assistance of either a tractor or a truck. A skid-steer log splitter, for example, is a type of machine that loads onto your tractor.

If you are using a tractor, there are two possibilities. The first is a tractor hauled splitter with its own hydraulics. The second is a splitter that taps into the hydraulics of your tractor. If you have a tow behind log splitter, you will attach it to your rig like any other trailer. Make sure the log splitter is in the appropriate position for movement. The engine and the hydraulic valve should both be in the off position. Do not attempt to move the splitter with wood loaded in it.

For a tow-behind splitter, back your rig up to the machine’s trailer hitch as closely as possible. If need be, use a floor jack to prop up the hitch end of the splitter, although many models come with an extra wheel or steel A-frame to do just that. Secure the log splitter to the rig and reposition all components.

Once your tractor-hauled log splitter is positioned, drive your tractor up to it from the correct side. If you are attaching the splitter to the tractor’s hydraulics, lower the hydraulic arms all the way and follow the manufacturer’s directions. The high-pressure and low-pressure hosing for the hydraulic fluid must attach properly to the tractor’s hydraulics in order for it to work. There are different brands, so you should follow any specific instructions carefully. The tractor-mounted splitter must be secured to the tractor at either end. Again, the model you purchased will come with specific instructions, so follow them.

Moving a garden log splitter is relatively simple when you attach it to a tractor or can haul it with a rig. Follow the specific instructions included with the purchase for the details, and know some of the basics help with the job.