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Log splitter tune up.

Post in 'The Gear' started by andybaker, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. andybaker

    andybaker Feeling the Heat

    Oct 31, 2008
    Northwest OH
    I rarely come into this area of the site but I have a question about my log splitter. Is it difficult to change out the hydraulic fluid and filter them? I have a Husky from Tractor Supply and have never changed out the fluid. I inherited it from my dad and I'm not sure he ever did either. We do about 5-8 cord a year with it. Those things sure do take a beating although I had to have a friend reforge the wedge cause I broke it with a tough piece of White Ash and once they start to give it doesn't stop. What my friend did with it, some of you out there may want to do this, you know how wedge it hollow on top? He welded a peice over the whole top so it can't give anymore. Seems to work great and no more chips and dirt getting down into hollow area either:). If changing the fluid is too much work I'll have it done, but I hate spending money on something I try to do to save money.

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  2. mellow

    mellow Resident Stove Connoisseur

    Jan 19, 2008
    Salisbury, MD
    Not hard at all, you just have to bleed it after changing the filter and the fluid. I know that TSC sells the fluid, I have bought it before, not sure about the filter, I had to get mine from NAPA. The user guide that came with the splitter should walk you through the process.
  3. 'bert

    'bert Minister of Fire

    Sep 18, 2007
    East of the Rockies West of the Rest, North of 49
    most of the filters spin on / off just like a car. The oil res should have a drain plug. If you have changed your own cars oil, this should be no problem. If you don't then you may want to have someone do this one for you. Be sure to figure out where to recycle the oil. Best of luck.
  4. peterc38

    peterc38 Feeling the Heat

    Sep 10, 2009
    I don't think you need to change the hydraulic fluid unless it is visibly contaminated. I'd just change the filter.
  5. Got Wood

    Got Wood Minister of Fire

    Oct 22, 2008
    Dutchess Cty, NY
  6. flewism

    flewism Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    newport MI
    I also would not change the hydraulic fluid unless there was a reason to do so. If it is a light golden translucent color it is still good. If it is dark (dirt or burned) or milky (contaminated) then by all means change it. Mine is over five years old and does about the same 5-8 cords a year. I change the engine oil and hydraulic filter every year and this year changed the spark plug , air filter, and gave the carb a good cleaning as the Briggs started acting up.

    Here is a cross-reference information from speeco on the hydraulic filter. The hydraulic filters at TSC are about $15, and you can do better elsewhere.

    Good luck with your splitter, I personally go with the quick change route.
  7. burntime

    burntime New Member

    Aug 18, 2006
    C'mon hunting season!
    5 or so year into the 22 ton husky I changed the filter...it just keeps going...

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