Tips For Choosing Used Hydraulic Log Splitters
Hydraulic log splitters can cost a lot of money when you buy one new. If you can get a used one for a much-discounted price this may be the way to go. Here is what you should look for when looking at used splitters.
Hydraulic splitters undergo great stresses and pressure in their operation so they must be built from durable materials and parts. If not they would quickly self-destruct.
Because of this and because of how simple these machines are they really don't wear out very fast if they are well built.
Hydraulic components use oil as a transfer of energy so there is very little metal on metal and hydraulic components are naturally long lasting. You can visit https://www.athydraulics.com.au/pumps-commercial.html to get more info about commercial hydraulics.
Since hydraulic log splitters can last for so long, purchasing a used splitter can be a good idea. Even if parts do wear out most of them are relatively inexpensive.
When choosing a splitter look for a frame built of thick steel, especially the main I beam. If possible test it first and make sure the beam doesn't flex much if at all when splitting a tough piece. Look for good solid welds and large high-grade bolts.
If you have a good frame to start with it should last a long time. If you have to replace some of the mechanical components you can figure that into the price when negotiating with the seller. Here are a few things to look for.
Check the hydraulic components for leaks. If the pump, cylinder, or control valve is leaking hydraulic fluid it could be an indication that these components will eventually need to be replaced or repaired. But the hydraulic fluid is not cheap so it may cost less in the long term to replace the parts. Most hydraulic components don't cost much to replace anyway.
Leaking hydraulic hoses and fittings may need to be replaced but in many cases just tightening them will stop the leak. Check the condition of the hoses. Sometimes hoses may look bad on the outside but it's just the outside layer and the hose can last a long time. If the high-pressure hoses have deep cracks or gouges replace them. A hose bursting and shooting hot hydraulic fluid everywhere is not much fun.