Homemade log splitter project

Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:28 pm

I bought this log splitter from friends of mine. It's completely homemade and very heavy duty. It used to be set up for the pump to be driven off of a tractor pto and they started to convert it to engine powered. After they started some other things came up and it got pushed to the side and then I bought it. I haven't done anything with it yet.

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Re: Homemade log splitter project

Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:56 am

Appears to be a substantial machine. Air up the tires and move into the shop.

Thinking. I would remove the motor and set it aside - start it or rebuild it at a later date. See if the hydraulics still function - guessing hydraulics are still in good condition.

Re: Homemade log splitter project

Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:39 pm

I believe all of the valves and the cylinder are still in good shape but the hoses are in bad shape. They all need to be replaced before I would even try testing it.

Re: Homemade log splitter project

Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:19 pm

56cub wrote:the hoses are in bad shape. They all need to be replaced before I would even try testing it.
Hydraulic hoses and fittings get expensive. Simply suggesting to see if the hydraulics function before purchasing parts. Hoses might look like crap but are built to with stand quite a bit of pressure. Won't need very much hydraulic pressure to test the system. No need to split a log to test the system.

Good thing about most hydraulic components, they can be repaired or replaced.

Re: Homemade log splitter project

Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:20 pm

Eugene wrote:
56cub wrote:the hoses are in bad shape. They all need to be replaced before I would even try testing it.
Hydraulic hoses and fittings get expensive. Simply suggesting to see if the hydraulics function before purchasing parts. Hoses might look like crap but are built to with stand quite a bit of pressure. Won't need very much hydraulic pressure to test the system. No need to split a log to test the system.

Good thing about most hydraulic components, they can be repaired or replaced.


Good point about testing with low pressure. I may try that but before I do I would still need to replace all of the hydraulic oil since the tank is empty. I do know that at least one of the hoses is real bad to were a lot of the outer coating has fell off/ cracked and you can see the inner braided hose. At this point I'm still not sure if I will stay with the current setup or change the hydraulic system.