How to Change a Tire On a Hydraulic Log Splitter
The task of splitting wood was highly reduced by the invention of a hydraulic log splitter. A hydraulic log splitter is used to split soft or hardwood logs that were previously cut into sections or rounds. Most log splitters consist of a hydraulic rod and piston, which determine the amount of force the splitter can generate. The length of the rounds a wood splitter can split depends entirely on the rating of its power; the lower the power rating, the less the length it can cut.
These hydraulic log splitters last for quite a long time but from time to time, they will need maintenance and upkeep to enhance their durability. One of the most common forms of repair is replacing the tires. You can quickly accomplish a tire replacement by having a new tire and a few tools. Here is a guide on how to do it.
Position the log splitter for the tire change
To begin with, you need to move the log splitter to a flat surface, more preferably a cemented place. Using the right size of the socket, remove the lug nuts from the rim. There can be one or as many as six lug nuts on every tire, depending on the size of the tire. Use the socket and ratchet wrench and loosen the lug nut one-half turn, each at a time. You may need a breaker bar to assist you in loosening the lug nuts. A break bar is a simple tool that is used to gain leverage on a socket wrench or a ratchet wrench. You can only use a pipe that is at least 12 inches in length. By placing the pipe on the end of the socket wrench and pressing it down, you will dislodge any lug nut no matter how rusty it might be.
Position and place the new tire
Secondly, you have to raise the tire you want to replace, use the lever on the floor jack to raise it off the ground so it can spin freely. After the tire is high enough to turn, continue loosening the rug nuts until they come off and then remove the tire. The third procedure involves putting on a new tire. To accomplish this, you need to match the tire on the lug threads and place the lug nuts on them. Subsequently, tighten the lug nuts as tightly as possible. Finally, bring the log splitter back to the floor by letting the floor jack down. To do this, turn the release valve clockwise. Again, tighten the lug nuts to make them tight enough so you can prevent the wheels from coming off.
Check the pressure and level of the new tire
There is also need to check the tire pleasure and ensure that it is at the appropriate level. Hydraulic wood splitters may break down while you are splitting wood on a site far from home, thus you should be prepared to do the repairs properly in case they break down. More importantly, ensure to prolong your wood splitter’s durability through proper and regular maintenance.