An electric log splitter is usually light in weight and don’t make much noise. These machines are quite compact in design and it is easy to store and maintain them. You can operate them on the standard power supply in households. They are more environments friendly because they don’t burn gasoline and hence don’t produce toxic fumes; this also makes them ideal for use indoors. They are an ideal option if your requirement is to split less than 10 cords of wood in a year. However, you have to be careful to use them properly keeping safety measures in mind.
Read the safety warnings mentioned in the manual accompanying the log splitter
Every Electric Log Splitter is unique in its design and operation. If you read the information provided by the manufacturer you will be able to understand how to use the log splitter safely. This is why it is important to go through the manual or other material provided by the manufacturer.
How to prepare to use a log splitter
While operating any hazardous machinery, it is important to wear the right kind of clothing and this is true of the log splitter as well. Avoid wearing loose garments or any kind of jewelry that may get entangles in the splitter. Also make sure to wear safety eye glasses or goggles to protect your eyes. Do not wear your regular glasses while operating an electric log splitter because the lens of these glasses is not resistant to impact. Do not operate the machine barefoot or while wearing sandals with open toes, wear shoes that have a thick sole and cover the feet completely. It is better if you can wear working boots which have a steel toe.
The work area
The work area should be free from clutter and have sufficient lighting whether natural or artificial. If there isn’t sufficient lighting, arrange for a light source. Remove anything that can hinder your access of the machine. There should be no excess water or chemicals in the surface on which you are going to work as this can cause the splitter to slip and fall and hence injure you. You will also need a sturdy table or platform to operate the log splitter. Check out this video to know how to build one: You should not have to bend down or over reach in order to operate the machine as this will not only cause fatigue but also hinder the proper functioning of the splitter. Attach the splitter to the table or platform with bolts if it moves too much while operating.
If you require an extension cord to reach the light source, then follow the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding the kind of cord that you should use. The cord should also be placed in such a manner that it does not interfere with the accessibility of the Electric Log Splitter and should not present a danger of becoming caught in the moving parts of the machine as this could result in a very serious accident.
Operating a log splitter safely
Never operate the log splitter if you are under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any medicines that impairs your ability to operate electrical machinery safely. Do not allow any other person to operate the splitter as they may not have the required knowhow of how to operate it safely. Even you should follow a demonstrative session from the manufacturer’s staff before you start using your electric log splitter. Children should never be allowed to operate a log splitter even if there are adults to supervise them. Take a thorough look at each log before using the splitter on it. The ends of the log should be square cut and all branches should cut flush with the surface of the trunk. Also make sure to remove any foreign objects like nails from the log before using the splitter on it. Make sure that there are no loose screws, bolts or connections in the log splitter before you use it every time. Follow the instructions of the manufacturer for maintaining the splitter such as lubricating and cleaning. Every piece of machinery needs proper and regular maintenance and this is true of the electric log splitter as well. Without proper maintenance, the splitter can malfunction and even result in serious accident.