How to Move a Log Splitter

What You'll Need
Trailer hitch setup
Tractor, with or without hydraulic capability
Work gloves

While moving a portable log splitter is a simple matter, relocating the larger models can be a major undertaking. The most portable log splitter is light enough to be carried by hand. Bigger logs splitters with gas-powered hydraulic cylinders typically come equipped with two good-sized pressurized wheels to facilitate moving. If it is your intention to build your own log splitter, it is recommended that you include wheels in the design. Depending on how large you make it, the wheels will be necessary.

That being said, there are two types of log splitters that can be moved with the assistance of either a tractor or a truck. A skid-steer log splitter, for example, is a type of machine that loads onto your tractor.

Step 1: Position the Log Splitter

If you are using a tractor, there are two possibilities. The first is a tractor hauled splitter with its own hydraulics. The second is a splitter that taps into the hydraulics of your tractor. If you have a tow behind log splitter, you will attach it to your rig like any other trailer. Make sure the log splitter is in the appropriate position for movement. The engine and the hydraulic valve should both be in the off position. Do not attempt to move the splitter with wood loaded in it.

Step 2: Attach the Splitter

For a tow-behind splitter, back your rig up to the machine’s trailer hitch as closely as possible. If need be, use a floor jack to prop up the hitch end of the splitter, although many models come with an extra wheel or steel A-frame to do just that. Secure the log splitter to the rig and reposition all components.

Once your tractor-hauled log splitter is positioned, drive your tractor up to it from the correct side. If you are attaching the splitter to the tractor’s hydraulics, lower the hydraulic arms all the way and follow the manufacturer’s directions. The high-pressure and low-pressure hosing for the hydraulic fluid must attach properly to the tractor’s hydraulics in order for it to work. There are different brands, so you should follow any specific instructions carefully. The tractor-mounted splitter must be secured to the tractor at either end. Again, the model you purchased will come with specific instructions, so follow them.

Step 3: Move the splitter

Now the splitter can be moved via the tractor or hauled with your rig to the sight of the wood that needs splitting. This type of log splitter will save your body a lot of wear and tear, for most of the work is done for you.

Moving a log splitter is relatively simple when you attach it to a tractor or can haul it with a rig. Follow the specific instructions included with the purchase for the details, but knowing some of the basics help with the job.