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Brave 34 Ton
Vertical / Horizontal
Log Splitter
Model VH9934
Brave Products, Inc.
410 W. Broadway Ave.
Streator, Illinois 61364-0577
Phone: 815-672-8861 Fax: 815-672-9073
E-mail: sales@braveproducts.com
Owner / Operator
and Safety Manual
Web Site: www.braveproducts.com
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Initial Start-up Instructions
❏ Read all assembly, operating, and safety instructions.
❏ Complete and return the warranty card to register your log splitter.
❏ Write the serial number and date-of-purchase in this manual.
❏ Assemble the log splitter.
❏ Fill the hydraulic tank with the recommended type and quantity of oil. (See “Start-Up
Procedure” section.)
❏ Fill the engine crankcase with the manufacturer’s recommended type and quantity
of oil. (See “Start-Up Procedure” section.)
❏ Fill the engine fuel tank with fresh, clean, lead-free gasoline. (Do not mix oil with
gasoline.)
❏ Bleed the air out of the cylinder before starting the log splitter. (See “Start-Up Procedure” section.)
❏ Make sure the trailer hitch of the towing vehicle is equipped with a 2 inch ball.
Serial Number ______________
Date-of-Purchase ___________
Please enter the serial number and purchase
date of your log splitter in the space provided.
Keep this manual for future reference.
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Shipping List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Unpacking the Crate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Assembly Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Start-Up Procedure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Inspection and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
General Maintenance Check (before operating) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Engine Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Hydraulic Oil Change. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Mechanical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Hydraulic Specifications. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Replacement Filters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Hydraulic Oil Specifications (non foaming) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Decals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Warranty Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
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Your Signature: ____________________________________________ Date: _______________
Required Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
City: _______________________________________ State: _______ Zip: _________________
Assembly Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Street Address: _________________________________________________________________
Preventing Fires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Important Warranty Information
Refueling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Purchased From: _______________________________________________________________
Towing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
CITY: ___________________________________ STATE: ______ ZIP: ____________________
Maintenance and Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
ADDRESS: ____________________________________________________________________
Log Splitting Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
SERIAL #: _________________________
Operating Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
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P.O. Box 577
Streator, IL 61364-0577
Worksite Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
To activate your Brave log splitter warranty, please fill out the information in the form below,
clip out the form on the dotted line, insert into an envelope, and mail to:
Personal Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Model: _VH9934
Safety. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Brave Log Splitter Warranty Information
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Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
OWNER’S NAME: _______________________________________________________________
Contents
Warranty
For one year from the date of purchase, Brave Products Inc. will replace for the original
purchaser or repair free of charge all parts of the Brave Products Hydraulic Log Splitter
returned to our factory PREPAID and found upon inspection by us to be faulty due to
defects in materials or workmanship.
The warranty shall not apply to any unit which has been overloaded or misused or which
has been installed, used, or operated contrary to our instructions, or which has been
repaired or altered by anyone other than our authorized representative.
We shall not be liable for any contingent liabilities arising out of the improper function of
any parts.
We make NO WARRANTY with respect to parts NOT of our manufacture, but we will
carry out the terms of the warranties of their respective manufacturers.
WARNING
To avoid personal injury or death, carefully read and understand all
instructions pertaining to the Brave Products’ log splitter.
Do not attempt to assemble, operate, or maintain our product without
fully understanding all our instructions and safety precautions. Do
not operate the log splitter unless you read and understand the
instructions and warnings in this manual. If any doubt or question
arises about the correct or safe method of performing anything found
in this or other Brave Products’ manuals, contact your Brave Products’ dealer or call the Sales and Service representatives at our main
headquarters. Proper care is your responsibility.
WARNING
For commercial and rental use the warranty period is for 30 days from date of purchase.
If a service representative cannot be found in your area, call Brave Products at
(815) 672-8861. Have your model and serial number on hand before calling.
Accidents can often be avoided by being alert and recognizing potentially hazardous situations. Any individuals operating, maintaining, or repairing products manufactured by Brave Products should have the necessary training,
skills, and tools required to perform these functions properly and safely. The
safety information in this manual serves as a basic guide in an attempt to prevent injury or death.
Brave Products cannot anticipate every possible circumstance that might
involve a potential hazard. The warnings in this manual and on the product
itself are, therefore, not all inclusive. If tools, procedures, work methods, or
operating techniques that are not specifically mentioned by Brave Products are
used, you must satisfy yourself that they are safe for you and for others. Make
sure the log splitter will not be damaged or made unsafe by any operation,
lubrication, maintenance, or repair procedures that you choose.
DO NOT proceed, if any doubt arises about the correct or safe method of performing anything found in this or other Brave Products’ manuals. Seek out
expert assistance from a qualified person before continuing.
WARNING
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Engine exhaust from this product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.
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This professional quality, VH9934 Vertical/Horizontal Log Splitter, is designed for tough
applications in both vertical and horizontal positions. With 34 tons of splitting force, a 15
second cycle time, and a 8 HP engine the VH9934 will handle most of your log splitting
needs. An attractive powder-coated finish provides the finest protection available, and
Brave’s rigid, quality-control and component testing help ensure years of productive, reliable service. Since 1982, the name Brave has stood for quality and reliability when it
comes to log splitters and wood processing products.
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Introduction
Brave Products offers the finest log splitter on the market today!
✔ Rugged, heavy-duty construction for years of exceptional service.
✔ Ergonomic design for use in vertical and horizontal operating positions.
✔ Rigid, quality-control during manufacturing ensures greater reliability.
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✔ Factory testing of all major components and hydraulic tank.
✔ Powder-coated finish for the best appearance and weather protection.
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✔ Year-round manufacturing, parts, and support.
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410 W. Broadway Ave.
P.O. Box 577
Streator, Illinois 61364-0577
Phone: (815) 672-8861
Fax: (815) 672-9073
E-mail: sales@braveproducts.com
Web Site: www. braveproducts.com
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For additional information, contact us at:
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To avoid personal injury or death, carefully read and understand all instructions pertaining to the log splitter including the engine manufacturer’s operating and maintenance instruction manual.
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Always wear protective gear such as safety
goggles, tight-fitting gloves without draw
strings or loose cuffs, steel-toed shoes and a
protective hearing device.
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Personal Protection
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The following is a list of safety rules you must follow in order to use your log splitter safely.
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Safety
To prevent injury, make sure all decals are attached to the log splitter and
are legible at all times.
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Bolt, 5/16-18 x 3/4”
BR001209
To avoid tripping, do not leave tools, logs, or other components laying around
in the work area.
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NEVER operate your log splitter on slippery, wet, muddy, or icy surfaces. The
location you choose should be flat, dry, and free from any tall grass, brush,
or other interferences.
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NEVER operate the engine in an enclosed area. Exhaust fumes contain carbon monoxide which can be deadly when inhaled. Make sure the area is well
ventilated.
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NEVER attempt to move your log splitter over hilly or uneven terrain without a
tow vehicle.
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NEVER use your log splitter at night.
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ALWAYS operate your log splitter on dry, solid, level ground.
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ALWAYS block the wheels to prevent movement of the machine while in
operation.
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Fitting, 90° Elbow
Line, Steel
BR004119
BR004002K
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Valve
Fitting, Straight
BR004117
Hose, Low Pressure 1 x 9”
BR005080
BR001052
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Clamp, Hose No. 1
BR004999
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Master Link
BR004165
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Pin, Clevis, 1/4 x 1”
BR004214
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Handle, Valve
Pin, Cotter, 3/32 x 1/2”
BR004117A
BR004215
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Hose, High Pressure
Fitting, High Pressure 90°
BR005036
BR005061
BR001017
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Casting, Head Filter
Hose, High Pressure
BR001112
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Pump, Hydraulic
Element, Filter
BR002002B
Key, Pump Shaft
BR001113
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Bolt, 5/16-24 x 1”
BR001265
Washer, Lock
BR001402
BR002002BK
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Flange, Engine
BR020110
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BR006001D
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Spider
Coupling, Pump
BR006001B
Coupling, Engine
BR006001C
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Screw, Set 5/16-18
BR001382
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Key, Engine Shaft
BR010105
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Engine, Briggs 8
BR003008
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ALLOW ONLY ONE (1) PERSON TO LOAD AND OPERATE THE LOG SPLITTER.
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Allow only adults to operate the log splitter.
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Always keep bystanders, including children and pets, at least twenty-five (25)
feet away from the work area. Only the operator should stand near the equipment, and the operator should stand only within the safety zone prescribed in
this manual (see the photos on safe and unsafe operating zones in the “Operation” section.)
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When the ram of the log splitter is in the return mode, keep your hands off the
machine — the log splitter is designed to automatically stop when the cylinder
is fully retracted.
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ALWAYS disconnect the spark plug wire when the log splitter is not in operation.
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Do not allow any person to operate the log splitter until they have read and
understood the safe operating instructions contained in this manual.
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NEVER place hands or feet between log and splitting wedge or between log
and ram during the forward or reverse stroke.
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DO NOT STRADDLE OR REACH ACROSS THE SPLITTING AREA WHEN
OPERATING THE LOG SPLITTER.
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Do not step over your log splitter when the engine is running, because you may
trip or accidentally engage the ram.
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NEVER attempt to load your log splitter while the ram is in motion.
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Only use your hand to operate the control lever. NEVER use your foot, knee, a
rope, or any other extension device.
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Never wear loose clothing or jewelry that may get caught or become entangled in the log splitter.
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Never operate, or allow anyone else to operate, this equipment while under the
influence of medication, drugs, or alcohol.
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Do not, under any circumstances, alter your log splitter. This equipment was
designed and engineered to be used in accordance with the operating instructions. Altering the equipment, or using the equipment in such a way as to circumvent its design capabilities and capacities, could result in serious or fatal
injury and WlLL VOID THE WARRANTY.
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ALWAYS make sure that both ends of the log you are splitting are cut as square
as possible. This will prevent the log from sliding out of position while under
pressure. Logs should be 24 inches or shorter in length.
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NEVER try to split two logs on top of each other.
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Never pile logs to be split in a manner that will cause you to reach across the
log splitter.
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Always keep your fingers away from any cracks that open in the log during the
splitting operation.
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Maintenance and Repair
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Follow all safety rules, because most accidents involving the operation, maintenance, or repair of products occur because the assembler/owner/operator
failed to observe basic safety rules or operating instructions.
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ALWAYS inspect your log splitter before each use. Make sure all nuts, bolts,
screws, hydraulic fittings, hose clamps, etc. are securely tightened.
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ALWAYS check the oil level in the hydraulic oil tank and engine reservoir.
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NEVER operate your log splitter when it’s in need of repair or is in poor
mechanical condition.
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NEVER tamper with the engine to run it at excessive speeds. The maximum
engine speed is preset and is within safety limits.
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NEVER make alterations to your log splitter in any manner. Such alterations
may cause the log splitter to become unsafe and WILL VOID THE WARRANTY.
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NEVER attach a rope or extension to the control lever or add width or height to
the splitting wedge. Such ALTERATIONS may cause the log splitter to become
UNSAFE and WILL VOID THE WARRANTY.
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ALWAYS clean the unit after each use. If possible, store the unit inside or cover
it completely, if stored outside.
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Pin, Grooved 1”
Clip, Hairpin (Cylinder)
BR001705
BR008531A
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ALWAYS check before towing to make certain your log splitter is correctly and
securely attached to the towing vehicle. Be sure that the ball hitch you are
using is the proper size for the hitch coupler on the log splitter (see “Specification” section). Be sure the safety chains are properly hooked to the vehicle
leaving enough slack for turning.
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ALWAYS allow for added length of the log splitter when turning, parking, crossing intersections, and in all driving situations.
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ALWAYS be careful when backing up. You could jackknife your log splitter if
care is not taken.
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ALWAYS disconnect your log splitter from your towing vehicle before attempting to use it.
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NEVER exceed 35 m.p.h. when towing your log splitter. Obey all state and
local regulations when towing on state and local roads and highways. Adjust
your speed for terrain and conditions as needed. Be extra cautious when towing over rough terrain, especially over a railroad crossing.
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NEVER tow your log splitter when there is fuel in the engine’s tank.
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NEVER allow anyone to sit or ride on your log splitter.
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NEVER carry any cargo or wood on your log splitter.
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Cylinder
Pin, Clevis 1/2 x 2-3/4”
BR001765
BR004056
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Bolt, Carriage 1/2-13 x 2-1/2”
Weldment, Slide Wedge
BR021163
BR001277
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Casting, Slide
Clip, Hairpin 3/32 x 1-3/4”
BR001761
BR014271
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Bolt, 1/2-13 x 1-1/2”
Pin, Clevis 5/16 x 3”
BR001493
BR001208
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Lockwasher 1/2”
Nut, Hex 1/2-13
BR001304
BR001404
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Weldment, Rail Rest
Weldment, Rail
BR021266
BR021393
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Do not smoke or have open flames when refueling the engine. Do
not spill fuel. If fuel should spill, quickly wipe up the spill and allow
the excess to evaporate before continuing. Make sure gasoline
soaked rags are properly disposed of.
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DO NOT fill the gas tank while the engine is hot or running. Allow time for the
engine to cool down before refueling.
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Always store gasoline in an approved, tightly sealed container. Store the container in a cool, dry place. Do not store the container in a house or near any
heating appliance.
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Take a class B fire extinguisher with you when operating the log splitter in dry
areas as a precautionary measure against possible flying sparks.
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If gasoline is spilled, move the machine away from the area of the spill and
avoid creating any source of ignition until the spilled gasoline has completely
evaporated.
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ALWAYS replace the log splitter gas cap and the fuel container cap securely.
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ALWAYS use an approved fuel container to carry gasoline.
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ONLY refuel the log splitter outdoors in a clear area void of gas fumes or spilled
gasoline.
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NEVER smoke while operating or refueling the log splitter. Gasoline, oil, and
even gas fumes can explode.
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NEVER operate the log splitter near a flame or spark. Oil and gasoline are
flammable and can explode.
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Preventing Fires
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Important Notice
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The log splitter is equipped with an internal combustion engine and should not
be used on or near any unimproved forest-covered, brush-covered, or grasscovered land unless the engine’s exhaust system is equipped with a spark
arrester meeting local or state laws (if any). If a spark arrester is used, it
should be maintained in effective working order by the owner and/or operator.
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Parts Section
Assembly Instructions
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• 10” crescent wrench
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Required Tools
Washer, Neoprene 5/16”
• Two 3/4” open end wrenches
• Funnel
• Pliers
Shipping List
The following chart contains the list of parts that should be shipped as part of the VH9934
Log Splitter.
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Coupler, Hitch 2”
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Bolt, 1/2-13 x 1-1/2”
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Chain Assembly
Bolt, 3/8-16 x 3-1/2”
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Bolt 3/8-16 x 3”
Washer, Flat 3/8”
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Locknut 3/8-16
Weldment, Front Leg
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Weldment, Tongue
Nut, Hex 5/16-18
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Lockwasher 5/16”
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Washer, Flat 5/16”
O-ring, Fill Plug
• Two 9/16’’ open end wrenches
BR001345
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Locknut, 5/16”
Bolt, 5/16-18 x 2”
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BR001025
Plug, Fill Vented
Washer, Flat 3/8”
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BR001022
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Fender
Bolt 5/16-18 x 1”
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BR001400
Bolt 3/8-16 x 1-1/2”
Plate, Vertical Latch
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BR001251
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Dust Cap
Nut, Spindle
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BR014077
Locknut 3/8-16
Clip, Hairpin 3/32 x 1-3/4”
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BR001304
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Key, Cotter 1/8”
Washer, Thrust
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BR001761
Ear, Hinge
Pin, Hinge
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BR014188
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Bearing, Tapered Roller
Tire, 4.8” x 8”
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BR021251
Lockwasher 1/2”
Nut, Hex 1/2-13
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BR001304
• Two 1/2’’ open end wrenches
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Seal, Inside
Weldment, Base
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• Flat head screwdriver
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BR001401
BR001402
BR001303
BR021394
BR020284
BR001301
BR001400
BR001218
BR001260
BR008508
BR008540
BR001208
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BR008301E
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BR001207
BR008301F
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BR007003
BR008301A
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BR001202
BR008301B
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Base Unit (engine)1
Rail Unit (hydraulic cylinder)1
Hitch Assembly Parts
Hitch Assembly (2 inch)2
Bolt (3/8-16 x 3 inch)2
Bolt (3/8-16 x 3-1/2 inch)2
Flat Washers (3/8)2
Locknuts (3/8-16)2
Safety Chains2
Tongue and Front Leg Assembly
Tongue and Front Leg Weldment1
Bolts (1/2-13 x 1-1/2 inch)2
Lockwashers (1/2”)2
Nuts (1/2-13)2
Rail to Base Assembly
Rail Rest Weldment2
Bolts (1/2-13 x 1-1/2 inch)2
Lockwashers (1/2”)2
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1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
2
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Description
Nuts (1/2-13)2
Clevis Pin (5/16 x 3”)2
Hairpin Clip (3/32 x 1-34”)2
Rail Latch Assembly
Rail Latch (flat steel plate)2
Bolt (3/8-16 x 1-1/2 inch)2
Flat Washer (3/8)2
Locknut (3/8-16)2
Valve Assembly
Control Lever (valve)2
Connecting Link2
Fender Assembly
Fenders2
Bolts (5/16-18 x 1 inch)2
Locknuts (5/16-18)2
On the pallet.
In cardboard box.
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Unpacking the Crate
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(8)
1. Cut the metal banding and remove the top,
sides, ends, and protective plastic covering of the packing crate. Do not remove
the base unit or the rail assembly from the
bottom pallet at this time.
2. Carefully check the larger components on
the shipping pallet for damage. If the parts
are damaged call Brave Products at
(815) 672-8861.
(7)
3. Cut all of the banding straps and open the
cardboard box to make sure all the smaller parts have been shipped. The chart in
the “Shipping List” section provides a complete list of all the parts shipped with your
log splitter. If any parts are missing call
Brave Products at (815) 672-8861.
NOTE: The contents of the cardboard box
contains the hitch assembly, valve handle,
two safety chains, two fenders, rail rest
assembly, rail latch plate, and one bag of
hardware, as shown.
Item
Part No.
Description
1
BR002652
Decal, Notice
Qty.
1
2
BR002665
Decal, Waring Engine
1
3 (NS)
BR002625
Decal, VH9934 Logo
1
4
BR002555
Decal, Caution
1
5
BR002558
Decal, Warning
1
6
BR002557
Decal, Caution
1
7
BR002621
Decal, Flag
1
8
BR002521
Decal, Serial Number
1
NS - not shown
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Assembly Procedure
Decals
WARNING
AR N I
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CAUTION
Some components are very heavy
and can be damaged if mis-handled.
Also, to help prevent personal injury,
it is strongly recommended that two
(2) people work together to uncrate
and assemble the log splitter.
Make sure all decals are attached to the log splitter and/or engine and
are legible at all times.
1.
Remove and read all instructions and
safety recommendations before assembling or operating this log splitter.
2. Before removing the base unit from the
pallet, remove the tongue and front leg
assembly and install it to the base unit
using two 1/2-13 x 1-1/2 inch hex head
bolts, lockwashers, and nuts. Tighten the
nuts securely. Roll the tongue/base unit
off the pallet.
(1)
(4)
(2)
(5)
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Notes
3. Carefully stand the rail assembly in an
upright, vertical position.
WARNING
Make sure the rail assembly is standing on
a flat, level area. If necessary, have a
helper steady the rail to prevent it from tipping over. The rail assembly weighs
approximately 300 pounds and will cause
bodily injury if it falls on someone.
4. Lower the front leg and lock it into position.
Carefully align the hinge brackets in the
base unit with the holes in the rail assembly.
Have someone hold the rail assembly
to prevent it from falling during this part
of the assembly.
5. Bolt the base unit to the rail assembly
using two 1/2-13 x 1-1/2 inch long hex
head bolts, lockwashers and nuts as
shown. Tighten the nuts securely.
6. Bolt the rail rest to the rail assembly using
two 1/2-13 x 1-1/2 inch long hex head
bolts, lockwashers, and nuts as shown.
Tighten the nuts securely.
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Troubleshooting
The following section will detail procedures for checking your log splitter, should you
encounter a malfunction. Brave Products, Inc. recommends that you do not attempt to
make repairs to the log splitter. In the long run, it is better to take your log splitter to a
servicing lawn and garden dealer for repairs.
7. Bolt the rail latch plate to the base unit
using a 3/8-16 x 1-1/2 inch long hex head
bolts, flat washer, and locknut as shown.
Do not overtighten the locknut. The rail
latch should rotate freely.
Problem: When the control handle is pushed forward (extend), the wedge does not
move.
1. Check the hydraulic tank to make sure the oil level is one inch from the top of the tank.
2. Remove the pump from the engine flange. Check the coupler, making sure the drive
keys are in place and there is no damage to the blue urethane spider.
3. Disconnect the wedge from the cylinder. Grasp the hydraulic cylinder shaft and try to
pull it out. If the rod comes out easily, you will need to rebuild or replace the cylinder.
8. Carefully lower the rail assembly to a horizontal position.
NOTE: Block the wheels to prevent the base
unit from moving.
4. Once you have determined that the engine to pump coupler is intact and the cylinder
is in good condition you will need to replace the pump.
Problem: The engine stalls when the wedge engages the wood.
1. The engine may not be properly adjusted. Take the engine to a service center for
repair and/or adjustment.
9. Insert the clevis pin through the rail rest
and secure it with a hair pin clip on the
opposite side.
2. If all engine settings are correct, replace the pump.
Problem: The wedge moves slowly, but will split wood.
1. Replace the hydraulic system oil filter.
2. Check the oil filter housing for dirt and debris that may have obstructed the openings.
3. If the ram speed is still slow, replace the pump.
Problem: The ram will not automatically retract.
2. Push the valve handle to the retract position. If the handle will not stay in this position, replace the valve assembly.
10. Attach the hitch coupler to the end of the
tongue and front leg assembly (rear hole)
using a 1/2-13 x 3 inch long bolt, two flat
washers, and a 1/2-13 locknut. Tighten
the locknut securely.
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Specifications
11. Attach the two towing safety chains to the
hitch (front hole) using a 3/8-16 x 3-1/2
inch long hex head bolt, two flat washers,
and a locknut. Tighten the locknut
securely.
Mechanical Specifications
Slide Rail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 x 6 inch reinforced, heavy-duty H-beam
Wedge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . High carbon steel, compound angle
Force/Tonnage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 ton
Cylinder Stroke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 inches
Log Opening . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 inch maximum
Cycle Time . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 seconds (approx.)
Operating Positions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vertical/Horizontal
Wheels & Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . High-Speed, 4.80 x 8”
Safety Chains . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Standard
2” Hitch Coupler . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Standard
Engine . . . . . . 8 HP horizontal shaft engine (Briggs & Stratton, Tecumseh, or Honda)
NOTE: The safety chain should be installed
against the hitch assembly with the flat washers on the outside of the chain, as shown.
12. Assemble the control handle to the valve
body. First remove the cotter pin and
valve handle pin. Then, place the flat
portion of the handle into the slot of the
valve spool. Install the 3/16 x 1 inch pin
through the holes. Secure the pin with a
cotter pin (bend the cotter pin to make it
secure).
Hydraulic Specifications
Cylinder Size . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 x 24 inch, clevis type cylinder with 2.0 inch rod
Hydraulic Tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 gallons
Hydraulic Oil Filter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Spin-on, 25 micron filter
Safety Release Control Valve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Detent, auto return
Gear Pump . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-stage, 16 GPM
Unit Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 560 lbs.
Shipping Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 620 lbs.
Overall Shipping Size (H x W x L) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31.5 x 28 x 78 inches
13. Install the master link through the hole in
the valve body and the hole in the handle.
Replacement Filters
Put the top master link over the protruding posts.
Replacement Filters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . NAPA 1553
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FRAM PF1654
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WIX 51552
Hydraulic Oil Specifications (non foaming)
Tractor Hydraulic Oil
For extremely cold weather conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAE 10W
For extremely warm weather conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SAE 30W
Transmission Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dextron Ill
14. Install the master link clip over one of the
protruding posts and align the open end
with the groove on the opposite post.
Press the master link clip onto the chain
link post. Make sure the clip is securely
fastened in the grooves of the post.
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c. Remove the hydraulic tank fill cap and
fill the tank with the recommended
type and quantity of oil. Replace the
cap.
15. Attach the high-pressure hose from the
filter assembly to the top valve fitting.
Securely tighten the hose fitting.
NOTE: The high-pressure hose is self-sealing and does not require any type of sealing
material. Tighten the fitting with the 10 inch
crescent wrench.
d. Hold the valve handle in the extend
position and pull the engine pull start
cord until the rod is fully extended.
This step pumps oil into the cylinder.
e. Replace the spark plug and spark plug
wire.
f. Start the engine and cycle the cylinder
several times.
16. Attach the other high-pressure hose from
the bottom valve fitting to the pump.
Securely tighten the hose fitting.
g. Retract the cylinder and shut off the
engine.
NOTE: The high-pressure hose is self-sealing and does not require any type of sealing
material. Tighten the fitting with the 10 inch
crescent wrench.
h. Recheck the hydraulic tank to make
sure oil is filled within one inch from
the top of the tank.
17. Bolt the fenders onto the fender brackets
using two 5/16-18 x 1 inch long hex head
bolts and 5/16-18 locknuts. The fenders
are interchangeable (left or right). Position the fender over the tire with equal
spacing in the front and back.
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Hydraulic Oil Change
18. The log splitter is now completely assembled. Follow the “Start-Up Procedure” in
the following section, which adds oil to
the engine and hydraulic tank before trying to start the engine.
Brave Products recommends an oil and filter change every 100 hours of operation. Refer
to the “Specifications” section in this manual for the type and quantity of oil.
Important Notice
Never run the log splitter unless the hydraulic oil tank is full.
1. Drain the cylinder.
a. Remove the spark plug wire and spark
plug to help reduce the back pressure
on the engine and to prevent it from
starting.
b. Disconnect return hose (1) from the oil
filter housing and place it in a waste oil
container. (Please properly dispose of
the waste oil per local regulations.)
c. Extend the cylinder by holding the
valve handle forward and pulling on
the engine’s pull start cord until oil
from the return line stops flowing.
2. Drain the hydraulic tank.
a. Place a waste oil container under the
inlet hose.
b. Remove inlet hose (2) from the tank.
c. Slightly raise the front of the log splitter
to completely drain the tank.
3. Refill the hydraulic tank.
a. Reconnect the inlet hose to the pump.
b. Reconnect the return hose to the oil
filter.
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Inspection and Maintenance
Start-up Procedure
General Maintenance Check (before operating)
Important Notice
The hydraulic system (hoses, cylinder, and pump) should be carefully inspected before
each use. Also inspect the mechanical parts at the same time. Make sure all hoses,
clamps, nuts, bolts, fittings, etc. are properly installed and tightened.
WARNING
Do not check for leaks with your hand. Leaks can be located by passing a piece of cardboard or wood around the suspected leak and looking for discoloration. High-pressure fluid escaping from a very small
hole can be almost invisible. Escaping fluid under pressure can have
sufficient force to penetrate skin, causing serious injury or even death.
If fluid is injected into your skin, it must be treated immediately by a doctor familiar with this type of injury.
Always replace frayed, kinked, or cracked hoses and/or other damaged hydraulic components with Brave Products authorized parts and components specified in the “Parts”
section of this manual. Replacement parts from secondary suppliers (not original Brave
replacement parts) can lead to product damage and/or personal injury, and will void the
warranty.
CAUTION
Do not remove the cap from the hydraulic tank or reservoir while the log
splitter is running. Hot oil under pressure could be expelled resulting in
serious injury.
Should it become necessary to loosen or remove any hydraulic fitting or line, be sure to
relieve all hydraulic pressure by shutting off the engine, removing spark plug wire, and
moving the valve control handle back and forth several times until no cylinder movement
is visible.
Do not start the engine. Follow all the instructions in the “Start-up Procedure”
before operating the log splitter. Failure to follow this recommendation will
result in engine and hydraulic pump damage.
If this log splitter is purchased without an engine, the customer assumes all liabilities that
might arise from an engine that is incompatible with the design of the log splitter. Also
any unauthorized changes or modifications to the log splitter will void all warranties.
IMPORTANT: Before starting the engine, read the engine manufacturer’s operating and
maintenance instruction manual. If an engine manual was not supplied with the log splitter, it is your responsibility to obtain a manual. Start by contacting the store where you
purchased the log splitter. If they cannot help you, contact the engine manufacturer.
1. Fill the hydraulic tank with 9 gallons of SAE 10W tractor hydraulic oil or automatic
transmission fluid such as Dextron III. The tank is full when the oil level is one inch
from the top of the tank. Do not tighten the fill cap at this time.
2. Fill the engine’s crank case with the engine manufacturer’s recommended oil.
3. Lubricate the surface of slide rail with grease. This will help to prevent wear between
the slide plates and the slide rail.
4. Remove the spark plug wire from the engine. This prevents the engine from starting
until the hydraulic pump and cylinder are completely filled with oil. Make sure the
spark plug wire is held away from the spark plug with string or other nonconductive
material.
5. Push the valve control handle to the forward position (towards the front of the cylinder) with one hand and pull the engine starter cord (about 15 times) with the other
hand until the cylinder piston moves forward. (Keep everything away from the splitting wedge during this step.)
NOTE: Extending the cylinder piston draws the hydraulic fluid through the system and
expels any trapped air in the system.
Important Notice
Engine Service
Refer to the engine manufacturers’ manual for engine maintenance and repair.
Storage
If your log splitter is equipped with a factory installed engine, do not mix oil
with the gasoline. Using mixed oil/gasoline in a four cycle engine can cause
engine damage.
Refer to the engine manufacturers’ manual for engine storage. No special procedures
are required for the hydraulic system to store the log splitter.
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WARNING
Be careful not to spill fuel when filling the engine. If fuel should spill,
quickly wipe off and allow the excess fuel to evaporate before continuing. Fuel and fuel vapors are highly flammable and can cause personal
injury or even death when ignited.
g. Once the wedge reaches its full downward
travel, pull up on the control lever to the full
retract position. The splitting wedge will
automatically retract. It is not necessary to
hold the control lever as the cylinder
retracts. When the cylinder is fully retracted, the control valve will automatically shift
to a neutral position.
6. Fill the engine’s fuel tank with fresh, clean, lead-free automotive gasoline.
7. Attach the spark plug wire and start the engine per the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. With the engine running, cycle the log splitter several times.
9. Push the valve control handle to the retract position and retract the cylinder piston.
The cylinder valve will automatically stop the cylinder from retracting when it reaches
the end of its stroke.
h. DO NOT load another log or remove split
pieces until the wedge has completely
stopped and the control handle automatically returns to the neutral position.
10. Check the fluid level in the hydraulic tank and add oil as needed. Replace and tighten the fill cap.
11. Your log splitter is now ready to use.
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Towing
CAUTION
If you find you must hold the log
until the wedge touches it and
holds it in place, be very careful
not to put your hand on top of the log. If
you must, hold the log in the middle of the
block. Remove your hand immediately
when the wedge engages the log. Never
use your hip or any extension device to
operate the valve control handle.
1. Position the hitch on log splitter over or
onto the tow vehicle’s tow ball. In some
cases the hitch may not totally engage
with the ball without raising the front leg of
the log splitter.
e. Only using your hand, push the control
lever down (towards the log). If the log
moves before it is contacted by the
splitting wedge release the control
lever and then reposition the log.
Operate the log splitter only when
standing in the area shown in the picture.
2. Raise the front leg to the towing position
by pulling the spring pin. If not already
secure, make sure the hitch on the log
splitter is properly and securely attached
to the ball.
f. Hold the control lever, extending the
splitting wedge, until the log is split or
the cylinder rod stops at its maximum
travel position. As the log is being split,
DO NOT reach forward and attempt to
catch the split wood — let it fall to the
ground.
3. Attach the towing safety chains to the tow
vehicle.
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Operation
c. Lock the rail assembly into a vertical
position with the rail latch.
WARNING
Do not attempt to operate the log splitter without fully understanding
all our instructions, safety precautions, and/or warnings. If any doubt
or question arises about the correct or safe method of performing anything found in this or other Brave Products’ manuals, contact your
Brave Products’ dealer or call the Sales and Service representatives at our main
headquarters. Proper care is your responsibility.
When operating the log splitter make sure you
are standing in the safe operating zone as
shown in these pictures. You must stay in the
safe operating zone at all times when the
splitting wedge is in motion (whether extending or retracting). Never place any part of
your body into a position which would cause
an unsafe operating condition.
d. Move the log under the splitting wedge
keeping your hands on the sides of the
log near the middle of the block. Center the log making sure that the sawed
end is sitting on the large plate (base
plate).
1. Set your log splitter on flat, dry ground.
Make sure you read all the recommendations from the “Safety” section before
using the log splitter.
CAUTION
Do not place your hands on top
of the log when loading the log
splitter. This is a very UNSAFE
method and could result in injury to your
hands.
2. Make sure both ends of the log you are
splitting are cut as square as possible.
This will prevent the log from sliding out of
position while under pressure. All logs
should be 24 inches long or shorter.
3. Start the engine using the instructions
from the engine manual. Warm up the
engine and hydraulic system by running
the engine at half throttle for 3 to 4 minutes, then advance the engine throttle control to maximum speed.
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5. Operating the log splitter in a vertical
position.
Use the following photos for the correct
and incorrect methods of splitting logs.
Never split a log using an incorrect or
unsafe method.
WARNING
Before loading and operating the log splitter, always wear protective gear such as
safety goggles, face shield, hearing protection, tight-fitting gloves without draw
strings or loose cuffs, and steel-toed
shoes.
WARNING
Before loading and operating the log splitter, always wear protective gear such as
safety goggles, face shield, hearing protection, tight-fitting gloves without draw
strings or loose cuffs, and steel-toed
shoes.
4. Operating the log splitter in a horizontal
position.
Use the following photos for the correct
and incorrect methods of splitting logs.
Never split a log using an incorrect or
unsafe method.
a. To operate the log splitter in a vertical
position, remove the hair pin clip and
clevis pin.
a. Place the log on the log splitter. Grasp
the log on the sides near the middle of
the block. Center the log, side-to-side,
on the rail of the log splitter making
sure that the sawed end is against the
large plate (base plate) at the opposite
end from the hydraulic control valve
control lever.
b. Block the wheels and stand the rail
assembly up into a vertical position.
CAUTION
Do not place your hands on the
ends of the log when loading the
log splitter.
This is a very
UNSAFE method and could result in injury
to your hands.
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c. Hold the control lever, extending the
splitting wedge, until the log is split or
the cylinder rod stops at its maximum
travel position. As the log is being
split, DO NOT reach forward and
attempt to catch the split wood — let it
fall to the ground.
b. Only using your hand, push the control
lever forward (towards the log). If the
log moves before it is contacted by the
splitting wedge release the control
lever and then reposition the log.
Operate the log splitter only when
standing in the safe operating area
shown in the picture.
d. Once the wedge reaches its full forward travel, pull back on the control
lever to the full retract position. The
ram of the cylinder will automatically
retract into the cylinder. It is not necessary to hold the control lever as the
cylinder retracts. When the cylinder is
fully retracted, the control valve will
automatically shift to a neutral position.
CAUTION
If you find you must hold the log
until the wedge touches it and
holds it in place, be very careful
not to put your hand between the log and
the end plate or the log and the wedge. If
you must, hold the log on top and in the
middle. Remove your hand immediately
when the splitting wedge engages the log.
Never use your hip or any extension
device to operate the valve control handle.
e. DO NOT load another log or remove
split pieces until the wedge has completely stopped and the control handle
automatically returns to the neutral
position.
WARNING
Do not operate the log splitter by
reaching across the rail. This is a
very UNSAFE method which
could cause personal injury or even death.
WARNING
Do not reach across or step
across the rail while the log splitter is running. This is a very
UNSAFE method which could cause personal injury or even death.
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