Electric Log Splitter Troubleshooting Guide

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What if my log splitter isn’t functioning as it should? We pride ourselves on great quality log splitters which stand the test of time, but like any item of machinery, they must be maintained over time. In this blog, we will go through some quick fixes that will aim to eliminate any simple issues that can easily be fixed at home.

All fixes outlined on this page are still useful and relevant, but we have an up-to-date FAQ guide available on-site with this information and more which can be found here: https://www.titan-pro.co.uk/page-7tonfaq.aspx

Pressure Build Up

Ensure you open the bleed screw a few turns prior to using the machine. Failure to do so can cause the machine to eject the piston kit and/or premature wear to the seals/pump casting on the machine.

Operating Handle Issues

  • Check the handle end (the knob on the end of the operating handle) is screwed tightly onto the handle lever - if this lever cannot be pushed down, the log splitter cannot operate.
  • Check that the nut at the base of the lever is screwed in correctly/is not loose.
  • The face of the handle should be at a 90° angle from the mounting face. If the handle is not in the position that it should be, remove the handle, bend it to the correct position and then rejoin it to the machine.

Oil Levels

Always make sure your log splitter has adequate oil levels. Failure to do so can result in diminished performance or damage to the machine. Please refer to our video below for guidance on how to check oil levels using the dipstick.

Positioning Of Your Log Splitter

Always use your machine on steady, level ground. Any gradient in the working surface could affect oil levels circulating around the machine, causing a drop or failure in performance.

Power Issues

Now we’ve gone over some of the quick fixes, we will now go over some rare motor problems that can affect the performance of the log splitter.

Humming Noise

If the motor is too tight this will cause the fuse to blow. Loosen the six bolts a little from the end of the pump casting using a 13mm socket and try again. Be sure to not overly slacken these bolts, as this can cause oil loss - it should only be a slight tweak/adjustment.

RCD Tripped or Fuse Blown

  • Check to see if the fuse has blown if so, replaced this. We recommend a slow blow fuse which you can purchase on the following link: https://www.titan-pro.co.uk/p/4969/slow-blow-fuses
  • Check the RCD to see if the main ring has tripped. If the RCD has tripped, try it again on a separate ring.
  • If after these steps the RCD keeps tripping, try unplugging all other equipment from the main ring and switch these plug sockets off. Then you can try to start the motor.

Capacitor Failure

If misused, the capacitor can fail over time. When operating the log splitter, we strongly recommend pressing the power button before operating the lever, this allows the motor to gather adequate speed before attempting to split logs. Pressing the button before can result in a blown fuse.

There can be several reasons why there may be no power to your motor, such as using an extension cable. Always ensure the extension cable has a higher voltage than the log splitter itself.

The capacitor failing will also stop the motor from starting up. After checking the steps we’ve gone through, unplug the log splitter from the mains. Remove the screws on the outside of the switch cover, remove the switch cover and you will be able to see the capacitor. If the capacitor has failed, you may see burn marks on the capacitor itself. Replacement capacitors are available to purchase through the following link: https://www.titan-pro.co.uk/p/4738/capacitor

Repeated RCD Tripping or Blown Fuses

The motor may be blocked. Check the motor turns freely, this can be done by removing the black fan cover, then it should be possible to turn the fan. If it isn’t moving, then check for obstructions.