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Speedco log splitter the dip stick of the hydraulic fluid tank is a treaded bolt. On the side of the bolt is an overflow port. Fluid is pumping out of that port as the splitter runs. The splitter was running fine until I moved it to a new location. Could something be plugged?

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afritz afritz
Providing a complete model number to your question will definitely help an expert better your search. If you would like to reply to this thread with a complete model number included than I would be more than happy to assist you. Have a great day.
by afritz afritz Earned 142 community points in Chipper Shredders & Log Splitters
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Model #LS401214 33 ton
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Mark T
Thank you for your question.

I am sorry you are having a problem with the splitter. I recommend checking the oil level first. If it is slightly over full or on unlevel ground, it could leak oil during use. If the oil level is fine and the unit is level, run the unit until it starts to leak. Then turn it off and look inside of the tank. If the oil is foamed up that would cause the leak. The foam is cause by air mixing with the hydraulic fluid or water in the system. Drain some of the fluid into a glass jar and let it sit for a few days. If the fluid has water in it, it will separate. If this happens, you have to change the oil and the filter. If the oil does not have water in it the problem could be a small leak in the suction line going to the pump. Check all of the connections first.

I hope this is helpful.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.

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Mark T.
by Mark T Earned 1,098 community points in Chipper Shredders & Log Splitters
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Thank you so much for replying, Mark. I will check out all of your suggestions. Last night I was trying to notice when it happens and noticed that it definitely happens when I allow the ram to retract back fully into the cylinder. I'll let go all the way back while I get another piece of wood and it really starts to squirt out. If I stop the ram before it goes all the way back, it hardly did it at all.

How level does the splitter need to be? It's not on perfectly level ground but not extreme.
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August 7th, 2011
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Mark T
Thank you for your reply. I recommend checking the oil level first and verify there is no water in the oil. I would also like to know if the if the oil coming out is foamed up or if it looks normal. If it looks normal, the problem could be it is on the fuller side of ok in the dipstick. The auto return on the valve should kick out when the cylinder bottoms out. If it does not kick out there is a problem with the valve. A hydraulic shop should be able to repair the valve if it is out of warranty. Please keep me posted on what you find.
by Mark T Earned 1,098 community points in Chipper Shredders & Log Splitters
August 8th, 2011
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