IRON OAK, BRAVE Splitter Recall Warning

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Mod Emeritus
Nov 20, 2006
Northeastern MA (near Lowell)
I just had a friend send this to me - she knew I had a splitter, but not what kind... Despite the date, it appears to be a genuine recall notice - at least the link at the end works... I just copied and pasted from the CPSC website, they have pictures there of the models involved.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionOffice of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207
April 1, 2009
Release #09-174
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 350-8739
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Brave Products Reannounces Recall of Log Splitters; Additional Incidents Prompt Urgent Warning of Amputation Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Log Splitters

Units: About 8,000 units were recalled in July 2007; 4,000 additional units were recalled in February 2005

Manufacturer: Brave Products Inc., of Streator, Ill.

Hazard: The log splitter’s hydraulic cylinders can have defective rod retention, causing the seals to leak and the rods to detach. This can result in serious injury to the operator, as the rod can rapidly and unexpectedly extend the splitting wedge.

Incidents/Injuries: Brave Products originally received 59 reports of leaking cylinders and/or rod retention failure. One consumer reported a hand amputation that could have been caused by this cylinder defect. There have been 26 additional reports of failure, including units previously thought to be unaffected by the earlier recalls. No new injuries have been reported.

Description: The log splitters are made of steel and painted orange and black, or blue and black. They have trailer hitches and rubber tires. Each log splitter has a decal on the side that reads “Brave Products, Inc.” or “Iron & Oak” and “__ ton” (either 15, 22, 26, or 34). The following Brave Products or Iron & Oak models are included in the recall:BRAVE LOG SPLITTER MODELS SERIAL NUMBER
34 ton-Model VH0234 & VH0634 S008277 through S030562
26 ton-Model VH9926 & VH0626 S006836 through S030558
22 ton-Model VH9922 & VH0622 S006691 through S030701
22 ton-Model SSR0622 S020721 through S029688
15 ton-Model HB0115 S013853 through S017534

34 ton - Model BHVH3402 & BHVH3405 S008724 through S030442
26 ton - Model BHVH2699, BHVH2602 & Duro-Glide S006847 through S030538
22 ton - Model BHVH2299, BHVH2202 & Duro-Glide S006735 through S030547
22 ton – Model BHVH2299/BHVH2202FC & Duro-Glide S013853 through S030537
30 ton – Model BHH3003 S008457 through S030439
30 ton – Model BHH2003 S006746 through S030491
15 ton – Model HBHH0115 S013853 through S017534
Tractor Mount – Model TMVH95/HYD, TMVH02/PTO, & TMVH03/HYD S006645 through S029584

The serial number is located on the hydraulic tank.

Sold at: Ace, True Value, and Do It Best Hardware stores and independent power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2002 through April 2007 for between $900 and $2,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers, including those who contacted the firm after the previously announced recalls, should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact the firm to receive a free replacement cylinder.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Brave Products at (800) 350-8739 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or write to: Brave Products Inc., P.O. Box 577, Streator, IL 61364-0577. Consumers also can visit the company’s Web sites at (PDF), or (PDF)


Send the link for this page to a friend! The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at



Minister of Fire
Jan 7, 2008
Santa Rosa, California
Good to know this. A guy on Craigs list is selling something matching the description of one of these recalled splitters:

The add reads:

Brave log splitter (towable), can be used vertically or horizontally, 5.5 hp motor, 17 ton ram. Email or call for details.


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