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What should I do if my log splitter ram is not returning?

  1. Check that the valve stem remains in contact with the face of the lever when the lever is depressed and released.
  2. Check underneath the blade/pusher and down the sides of the carriage for any splinters of wood that may obstruct the carriage. Also, check that the plastic spacers underneath the blade and the underside of the splitter have not been dislodged.
  3. Ensure that the log rails are not obstructing the moving carriage. It may be worth removing these completely by removing the screw on either side of each log rail just to be sure.
  4. Check if there is a build-up of sap, which can stop the ram from returning smoothly. Simply apply a thin layer of grease to the log splitter bed.

Q: What can go wrong with the log splitter ram?
A: There aren’t many things that can go wrong, but a few common issues include obstructions from wood splinters, dislodged plastic spacers, and obstruction from log rails.

Q: How can I check if the valve stem is in contact with the face of the lever?
A: You can check this by visually inspecting the area around the valve stem. Refer to the image of the valve stem attached to the troubleshooting guide.

Q: What should I do if the log rails obstruct the moving carriage?
A: Remove the log rails by removing the screw on either side of each log rail.

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