Hydraulic Log Splitter

Keep your woodbox full—without back-breaking effort—by building this hydraulic log splitter.



072 hydraulic log splitter 1 towing the splitter
The vertically-oriented hydraulic log splitter can be folded over onto a framework and towed behind a tractor into the woods.
PHOTO: JOHN GASPER AND WILLIAM PALMERTON
072 hydraulic log splitter 2 on site
Once the machine is "on site," its cylinder pivots up into position.
JOHN GASPER AND WILLIAM PALMERTON
072 hydraulic log splitter 3 foot pedal
The log lopper's upright design includes a foot pedal control that allows the operator to have both hands free.
JOHN GASPER AND WILLIAM PALMERTON
072 hydraulic log splitter - diagram, neutral
When the machine is in neutral, the splitting wedge stops at the top of its stroke.
JOHN GASPER
072 hydraulic log splitter - diagram, splitting
To split wood the operator presses the foot pedal, opening the valve that forces the ram down.
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072 hydraulic log splitter - diagram, return
A spring-loaded arm closes the valve, forcing the ram back up.
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072 hydraulic log splitter 4 positioning logs
To-be-split rounds are just rolled onto the base plate.
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