What is a Hydraulic Splitter?

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Hydraulic products are in use every day in a wide variety of industries including oil and gas, mining and construction, power plants, shipyards, steel mills, locomotives, off road equipment and cranes, and all types of industrial service companies supporting these market sectors. Hydraulic nuts, which incorporate their own internal hydraulic jack, are widely used in the oil and gas, offshore, mining, power generation, and heavy equipment industries, and in hydraulic pumps, pneumatic torque wrenches, hydraulic spreaders, and hydraulic bolt tensioners.

A hydraulic splitter is a device used to split or crack concrete, stone or granite. Unlike a hydraulic log splitter that forces a wedge into a log, the hydraulic splitter is comprised of a hydraulic ram that forces a wedge between two outer components known as feathers. The typical hydraulic splitter is a handheld device that resembles a cross between a hydraulic cylinder and a jack hammer. The cylinder component of the splitter is fitted with handles, switches and hydraulic hoses.

Hydraulic log splitters ease the task of splitting wood for your wood burning stove or fireplace. A log splitter relies on hydraulic pressure to force a log against the wedge, splitting the log in half. When air enters the hydraulic system, the ram of the log splitter loses power, as air displaces hydraulic fluid, reducing the pressure applied to the splitter’s ram.

While there are several advantages to working with a hydraulic splitter, they do require a certain level of regular maintenance in order to ensure that they continue to work properly. Removing air from the hydraulic system of your log splitter brings power back to the hydraulic ram, and should be part of regular system maintenance, and something you consider before committing to a hydraulic splitter. To ensure your log splitter can do its job, and for your safety, take care of the hydraulics and other key components before each use, before storing it and at key points during the log splitter’s life.

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