Log splitter articles

These articles give advice for maintaining your log splitter so you get the best possible results from your equipment. For more troubleshooting guidance or step-by-step repair instructions, check out our DIY log splitter repair help section.

Log Splitters

Articles and videos common to all log splitters

December 28, 2018
Carburetor kit for Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

This chart can help you find the right carburetor kit for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

December 28, 2018
Carburetor assembly for a Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter

This chart will help you find the right carburetor for your Craftsman snowblower, tiller or log splitter.

November 1, 2015
How to maintain the hydraulic system in a log splitter.

See how to properly maintain the hydraulic system in your log splitter.

June 1, 2015
Log splitter common questions.

Learn more about your log splitter with these frequently asked questions.

June 1, 2015
How to change the hydraulic fluid in a log splitter.

Learn how to change the hydraulic fluid in your log splitter.

Symptoms common to all log splitters

Choose a symptom to see related log splitter repairs.

Main causes: broken pump coupler, clogged hydraulic fluid filter, bad hydraulic control valve, broken hydraulic pump, bad hydraulic cylinder
Main cause: worn hydraulic valve seals around the actuator rod
Main cause: worn hydraulic pump seals
Main causes: dirty carburetor, stale fuel, bad spark plug, broken recoil starter
Main cause: worn hydraulic cylinder seals
Main causes: dirty carburetor, bad spark plug, clogged air filter, stale fuel
Main causes: leaky head gasket, damaged sump gasket, leaky oil drain plug, damaged fuel line, bad carburetor seals

Repair guides common to all log splitters

These step-by-step repair guides will help you safely fix what’s broken on your log splitter.

March 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a log splitter recoil starter

The recoil starter spins the engine on the log splitter when you pull the starter rope, and the rope retracts when released. If the recoil starter assembly is broken, follow the steps in this repair guide to replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 15 minutes or less
March 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a log splitter carburetor

The carburetor mixes air and gas before the fuel mix goes to the engine. If the engine won't start and the spark plug is getting spark, the carburetor is likely the problem.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less
March 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a log splitter fuel line

The fuel line carries the fuel supply from the gas tank to the carburetor. If the fuel line is cracked and leaking, replace it.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less