Storing Your Log Splitter

cub-cadet-log-splitters-ls-33Whether you harvest wood in the spring or fall, your Cub Cadet log splitter only sees use for a few weeks at a time. That makes proper care during storage more important on these models than nearly any piece of outdoor equipment you’ll ever own. These tips will help you store your machine properly so it will be ready to use the next time you need it, whether you have an LS 25 CC, LS 25 CC H, LS 27 CC HP or LS 33 CC.


Gasoline should only be kept in your log splitter’s engine for up to 30 days, or up to 90 days if it was treated with a fuel stabilizer when purchased. For longer term storage, the fuel system should be drained to prevent corrosion and lacquering.

Use a siphon hose to transfer fuel from the gas tank to a storage container. Fuel can be drained out of the rest of the Honda GC160’s fuel system by removing a drain screw on the base of the carburetor. The 208cc Cub Cadet engine doesn’t have a drain.

Once the fuel is removed, start the engine and let it run until it stalls. This will remove any remaining
fuel. The gasoline you removed from your machine can be used by adding it to the fresh gas in your car’s fuel tank.


Look over the hydraulic system, checking for loose connections and leaks. When checking the fluid level in the tank, be sure to thread the dipstick all the way into the reservoir to get an accurate reading.

Check the pump coupler between the pump and the engine. This coupler is made out of nylon to absorb vibrations and cut the transfer of power to the pump if it overloads. Over time, this material will harden and turn brittle. If you see cracks forming on the surface, now is a good time to fit a replacement.


Air up the tires to the recommended pressure printed on the sidewall. 30 psi is recommended for current splitter models.


Do not spray your log splitter with water from a garden hose or pressure washer. This can push water into the bearings or engine, which can lead to rust, oil contamination, and other damage.

The pump reservoir dipstick and gas cap both have vent holes that need to be clean and open to let in air. Use a moist rag and a brush to clean off debris on the engine, paying particular attention to the cooling fins and the area around the spark plug.

To prevent rust, coat components with a thin layer of oil, applied using either an oily rag or a can of spray lubricant. Pay particular attention to both sides of the beam and any unpainted metal components.


Do not store the splitter in a building with sources of open flame or spark including furnaces, dryers, and power tools. Even when drained, the fuel system may release flammable vapors that can ignite. The splitter should also be stored away from corrosive substances, including acids and fertilizer.

The beam can be locked in the horizontal or vertical position to fit the available storage space.

Placing cardboard underneath the machine before storage will absorb any leaking oil or hydraulic fluid. It also makes it easier to trace leaks when you pull the splitter out for the next wood cutting season.

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