How do you split logs safely?

The idea is to swing the ax downward, striking the thin edge of its head into the top surface of the log you’re splitting, with enough power to split the log in two. Next, set up the two halves on their ends, and split each again. Repeat the process until the pieces of split firewood are as fine as you need.

How long can you run a log splitter?

Most standard hydraulic splitters can have cycle times between 10 and 20 seconds which will suit most people. Sometimes a slower cycle time comes with added force so you can split a much larger and knotted log you normally couldn’t.

What are the possible injuries in chopping wood?

Lacerations, amputated fingers, shoulder, arm and wrist strains are among the injuries suffered by wood splitters every year. Despite the risks, many choose to split their own firewood. Once the tree is felled with a chainsaw there are two ways to split the wood: an axe or a modern wood splitter.

Is splitting wood good for your back?

Gets your heart rate up very fast. It is a full body movement. It works your back, abs, shoulders, and legs if done in a squat manner as shown below. It trains strength and more specifically “power” being that you have to swing the axe down with enough velocity to fully spilt the wood.

How much wood can you split in a day?

2 or 3 cords a day should be reasonable production for cut, split, haul and stack. As it is unlikely that you need more then 10 cords for a season.

How much force does it take to split a log?

The thicker a log is, the more wood there is to force apart on either side of the grain. Logs that are larger in diameter need more pressure to split. That’s why a 4-ton log splitter will work well for 6″ branches, but a 24″ tree trunk will require at least the force of a 20-ton splitter.

How common are AXE injuries?

Axe injuries were more frequently associated with sprain/strain compared to power saw injury (9.4% versus 1.6%, p=0.001). Conversely, there were similar rates of laceration (62.5% versus 68.9%, p=0.3) and fracture (6.3% versus 9.5%, p=0.4) between groups.

What muscles are used in splitting wood?

“When you split wood, your body uses multiple muscles to perform the swing as well as stabilize your position,” says Hays. “Chopping wood engages virtually the entire core, including lower and upper back, shoulders, arms, abs, chest, legs and butt (glutes).” There was my explanation.

How many calories do you burn splitting wood?

Calories Burned: 288 calories per hour.

Are wood splitters safe to operate?

The Industry Solutions Program identified that wood splitters can be hazardous to operate and that there is currently no practical guidance available in Australia for their design and use – hence this industry safety standard was developed.

What equipment is required for the operation of a wood splitter?

The employer must provide appropriate personal protective equipment – eg gloves, safety footwear, goggles, earmuffs – to those involved in the wood splitter operation. 8.8 Deactivating the wood splitter

What are the risks of using a log splitter?

Unless you’re operating an electric log splitter, you’ll be dealing with high decibel levels of sound. Wearing hearing protectors is a good way to protect your hearing from being damaged by excessive noise exposure. Because debris may fly as the logs crack apart, be sure to protect your eyes with some quality eye protection.

What are the safety signs for a wood splitter?

APPENDIX A – EXAMPLE SAFETY SIGNS The wood splitter must clearly display – on both the operator’s side and the opposite side of the machine – a pictorial and/or written sign that warns against serious safety risks (as outlined in this standard). The following are examples of signs that may be used. 16 APPENDIX B – PRE-PURCHASE CHECKLIST