Log Splitter Safety Tips


  • Read, understand, and follow all instructions on the machine, and in the operator's manual before attempting to assemble and operate.

  • Be familiar with all controls and proper operation.  Know how to stop the machine and disengage it quickly.

  • Never allow children under 16 years old to operate this machine.  Children, 16 years and over, should read and understand instructions and safety rules in this manual, and should be trained and supervised by a parent.

  • Many accidents occur when more than one person operates the machine.  If a helper is assisting in loading logs, never activate the control until the helper is a minimum of 10 feet from the machine.

  • Keep bystanders, pets and children at least 20 feet from the machine while it is in operation.

  • Hydraulic log splitters develop high fluid pressures during operation.  Fluid escaping through a pin hole opening can penetrate your skin and cause blood poisoning, gangrene, or death. 

  • Keep the operator zone and adjacent area clear for safe, secure fitting.

  • This machine should be used for splitting wood only.  Do not use it for any other purpose.

  • Always wear safety shoes or heavy boots.

  • Always wear safety glasses or safety goggles while operating this machine.

  • Never wear jewelry or loose clothing that might become entangled in the moving, or rotating, parts of the machine.

  • Make sure the machine is on a level surface before operating.

  • Always block machine to prevent unintended movement, and lock in either horizontal or vertical position.

  • Always operate this machine from the operator zone(s) specified in your operator's manual.

  • Logs should be cut with square ends prior to splitting.

  • Use log splitter in daylight or under artificial light.

  • To avoid personal injury, or property damage, use extreme care in handling gasoline.

  • Never leave the machine unattended with the engine running.

  • Always keep fingers away from any cracks that open in the log while splitting. They can quickly close and pinch, or amputate, your fingers.

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