Safety tips when using log splitters

How to use log splitters most securely is still a question of many users. In today’s article, I would like to share with you some useful tips on using a log splitter safely.

Here are some tips that you should follow while using the log splitter to prevent any injuries to your fingers, like crushing them or cutting themselves.

  • Know the type of wood: Be careful when putting records in the log splitter because every kind of log will work differently when it is split into different types of log splitters. You place the wood by holding it on the sides and not keeping it at the end. Remember that wood has cracks, so you don’t divide evenly or break into large chunks.
  • Be wary of using log splitters: Like any machine that uses a cutting edge, you must always be alert. If you feel that the person is not alert and tired then absolutely should not use the log splitter right now, stop immediately. In particular, you should never lay your hand on the log while it is being separated to prevent any mishap.
  • Coordinate with assistants or helpers: You must synchronize with your team or assistants when operating the machine to prevent any unforeseen accidents that may occur when you use the log splitter.
  • Maintain distance: Make sure you only turn on the device when the support person is at least 10 feet away from the machine. Also, maintaining a safe distance is always recommended in the user manual to protect your safety and those around you.
  • Preventing back pain: Working with log splitter has several issues that affect your back. Continuous lifting and placing such records will lead to back pain. Therefore, take enough rest to relax after a while at work and perform the necessary movements to reduce stress for yourself. The best way is that you choose a space and location where you can adjust the height so you can set the log splitter to conduct you comfortably without stress.
  • Wear suitable clothing: It is also essential that you wear the right clothes and protective gear while working with log splitters. Wear goggles and gloves to prevent splinters from getting into your eyes and poking your hands. Also, you need to wear non-slip shoes, preferably covered shoes or specialized shoes for the work with potential dangers.
  • Avoid poisoning: You are likely to be poisoned by hydraulic fluids released from a hydraulic log splitter due to the high pressure developed inside it during use. This liquid is very toxic and can cause blood poisoning, gangrene, and even death. Therefore, you should pay special attention to avoid direct contact with that liquid.
  • Follow the instructions in the user manual: Do not ignore the safety instructions in the manual that came with the log splitter before assembling and operating it. All safety regulations will be outlined there. The instructions in the user guide will also guide you to use the log splitter correctly and solve any problems that may arise. This will ensure that your device has no issues and any warranty issues with your device.
  • Know all the Controls: Before you start using the log splitter, you must be fully aware and know all the controls and switches on the machine. And the most important thing is that you need to know how to stop and hang up.
  • No children: Do not allow children to approach the device. The log splitter is not a toy. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to use these log splitters.
  • Maintain distance: You must ask to keep your children and pets at least 20 feet from log splitters.
  • Place the device on flat ground: Place the machine on a horizontal surface and lock the device, so it does not move. You do not place the log splitter on any uneven, slippery surfaces. These surfaces will make the machine unstable, and this will affect the quality of the splitting and may even cause injury to the operator.
  • Right lighting conditions: You should only use the log splitter in the right lighting conditions such as daylight or under bright artificial lighting. You do not operate the machine at night or in poorly lit areas to prevent accidental mishaps.
  • Do not use the appliance for any purpose other than splitting wood.
  • Never let the log splitter run without supervision.
  • Remove log splitter once you are finished to prevent any trips and unexpected falls.
  • Your safety is your responsibility; do not ignore it.

The design enabled second hand

When we talk about safety issues, it’s only natural that we talk about Split Second’s two-hand activation design, making sure that both of your hands are far away from the stand, gears, and the log.

Typically, woodcutter holds one hand on the log and the other on the splitter to direct the log splitter to cut and also to prevent any unwanted debris from reaching them.

The Second Split is precisely designed to avoid this habit. The wedge in a snap is placed at an angle of 45 degrees to ensure the wood is not separated and tilted to one side. This also prevents any wrong pieces coming your way. Therefore, users do not need to hold hands on the wood to avoid pinches, cuts, and other unnecessary accidents.

In conclusion

Set the log splitters you need to use before choosing to buy them. Then decide on which log splitter is best rated for your needs, budget, and other criteria. In particular, consider the pros and cons of all the models and types of log splitters to use before making a decision. And keep in mind the things about safety when using the log splitter, I just shared for you above. They will help you a lot in the process of operating and using the best log splitter you have.