The Cub Cadet LS 27 log splitter, like all power equipment, requires regular maintenance and attentive care in order to operate properly over the long-term. Regular maintenance can also keep the equipment safe, reducing the risk of injury due to faulty parts and potential malfunctions. Though maintenance might seem time-consuming and complex, the company has made its LS series log splitters relatively easy to handle, even for inexperienced equipment owners. With a few simple tips and tricks, maintenance issues can be more easily kept in check.
Safety First: Guidelines for Injury-Free Maintenance
Maintenance can be just as risky as routine log splitter operation if safety guidelines aren’t followed. While working on the log splitter, be sure to wear proper attire, including protective globes, goggles, and footwear. The equipment should be turned off, and cooled down from recent use, before starting any maintenance task. It’s also a good idea to make sure that other people, pets, and bystanders are indoors while maintenance is ongoing. This will reduce the risk of injury significantly. With these safety guidelines in mind, a few tips can make the equipment maintenance process even safer and easier.
1. Tire Pressure
Proper tire pressure provides the log splitter with the ability to safely split logs, maintain balance, and reduce the risk of injury to the operator. As a result, Cub Cadet recommends checking tire pressure prior to each use. The LS 27 is safest when tire pressure measures a maximum of 30 psi. If tires are significantly above or below this level, add or remove air as necessary.
2. Hydraulic Fluid
Hydraulic fluid, which is stored in the hydraulic fluid tank near the engine, should be checked prior to each use to ensure that there is sufficient fluid to safely split logs without inflicting damage on the equipment. Additionally, this fluid should be fully changed after every 100 hours, or every 6 months, of regular use. Full removal and replacement instructions for Cub Cadet log splitter hydraulic fluid can be found in the accompany instruction manual for the LS 27. Remember to always drain fluid into an approved container, and to dispose of this fluid in an eco-friendly way that does no harm to the environment.
3. Hose Clamps
Hose clamps are an essential way to keep the hoses functioning, full of fluid, and safe from damage during use. The clamps attached to the return hose should be checked before each use of the log splitter to ensure that they’re properly tightened. Once per season, operators should also make sure to check the clamps on the suction hose. If either of these clamps begin to show signs of corrosion or damage, replace them immediately.
4. Hydraulic Filter
The hydraulic filter, which filters the hydraulic fluid as it’s used in the log splitter, should be changed after every 50 hours of regular use. Cub Cadet recommends using only a 10-micron filter, associated with Cub Cadet part number 723-0405 at parts dealers nationwide.
5. Flexible Pump Coupler
A failing pump coupler typically makes a noticeable vibrating noise within the log splitter, while a failed coupler will cause the log splitter to completely lose power. If either of these scenarios occurs, stop using the log splitter immediately and contact an authorized Cub Cadet dealer to schedule service.
Engine oil should be used to fully coat and lubricate both sides of the log splitter’s beam prior to each use. While both sides of the beam require lubrication, the beam should be lubricated and coated with engine oil only in places where the beam comes into contact with the splitting wedge.
7. Off-Season Storage
Preparing the log splitter for off-season storage is an essential way to maximize how safe, effective, and long-lasting the equipment is. Start by thoroughly cleaning the log splitter free of dust and debris. Next, wipe the equipment with an oil-soaked rag that will help to prevent corrosion during storage. Move the log splitter into a dry, ventilated area for storage during this extended period.
8. Servicing Flexible Pump Coupler
While Cub Cadet typically recommends seeking professional service for the flexible pump coupler in the event of malfunctions, the company includes full service instructions in the LS 27’s instruction manual that may prove useful to equipment owners who feel secure performing this task themselves.
CubParts.com Has OEM Parts for Maintenance and Repairs
Whether it’s routine maintenance or an urgent repair, OEM parts are the best solution for long-term durability. These parts, manufactured in Cub Cadet’s own factories, are perfectly compatible with the LS 27 log splitter and other Cub Cadet equipment models, making it easy to get the replacement procedure done in no time. Better yet, CubParts.com‘s online parts search tool makes it easy to filter available replacements by their part number, corresponding model number, or compatible engine type, so that even new equipment owners can find what they need very quickly.