Cnsupepower Guide: To avoid squashing a finger, cutting yourself, or worse:

Understand The Type of Wood You're Working With. Certain types of wood react differently as they are split. Always place your hands on the sides on the log, not on the ends, before placing the wood inside the log splitter. If you get into wood that isn't straight grained or has crotches, be prepared for it to split irregularly - whether that is at an angle, a big chunk come out the side, the log turns sideways, etc. Identify any out of the ordinary pieces of wood and then continue with caution.

Only Work When You Are Well Rested and Alert. With any equipment, you must be fully aware and alert of your surrounds. With log splitting, as with other machinery, there's no do overs! If you start getting overly tired, find yourself "resting" your hands wrong on the log, or getting sloppy with your work, stop. Stop right then and go do something else.

Avoid Unnecessary Back Aches. The most common injury when using a log splitter comes from lifting rounds. Bending over and over again to lift a heavy load can quickly strain your lower back. The Split Second is also the only log splitter that adjusts to your height; raising 27" to 34" to not only keep you safe, but comfortable. Try to work with equipment that is customizable to your needs and comfort.

Work Properly When You Are Part of A Team. Never allow more than one person at a time to use the log splitter. The same person should both load and operate the log splitter. When you are working with a team, be especially aware of your surroundings and what others are doing as you are splitting.

Wear The Right Clothing. Always wear safety glasses or goggles while using the log splitter. Never wear loose fitting clothing or jewelry, instead wear snug fitting, comfortable clothes and gloves during splitter operation. On the same note, never operate barefoot or while wearing sandals. Always wear protective shoes with non-skid soles.

Read Your Equipment Owner's Manual. As always, your Performance Built Log Splitter owner's manual will outline everything you need to operate your machinery safely. Don't disregard the safety recommendations.