Yep, filler cap would be the only source other than parts failure. I've had my splitter 11 years and have never removed the tank cap.What are the most common or likely sources of contaminates ? other than worn parts...?...seems to be the most vulnerable place is the filler cap...(all kinds of scenarios there)...and that would leave only a suction strainer to protect the pump...
Yep, filler cap would be the only source other than parts failure. I've had my splitter 11 years and have never removed the tank cap.
|Every 100 hours or per 1 year|
|Clean spark arrester (optional)|
|Check/adjust maximum load speed*|
|Check/adjust valve clearance*|
|Clean fuel tank and filter*|
|Change hydraulic oil|
|Change hydraulic oil filter|
A suction strainer stops chunks. Chunks destroy pumps abruptly.
Suction strainers do nothing for the fines that slowly destroy your pump, cylinders, motors, etc. A pressure line filter is nice if the pump dies, but are expensive and bulky. They do nothing for any contamination coming from system components,
Only a good return line filter prevents fines and chunks from the system from getting into your tank. Clean oil from the tank into the pump gives you a clean system.
There is always a risk you introduce contamination when filling. A filler with a screen keeps the chunks out. A breather keeps airborne fines out. Clean oil out of a sealed container is actually not that clean. But, a simple gear pump system with a return liner filter, run under no load, will clean itself up rapidly.
On a simple system, there are diffusers you can add to your return line. They do help reduce foaming of the oil.
A filter is a filter its physical orientation probably has no effect on how it operates other than it needs to be between control valve and tank... Use what ever plumbing that is appropriate to locate it in safe area (above top of tank level) ... I would bet a couple of nipples and a 90° elbow would do...One question though, must the filter be vertical? Can it be horizontal? My return line is at the bottom of the tank and the filter would hang low where it my be ripped off if I hit something while moving the splitter.
You answered your own question in regards to changing oil.What? do you mean that in 11 years, you never changed your hydraulic oil in your splitter? Mine ask to change the hydraulic oil every 100 hours or yearly
Every 100 hours or per 1 year Clean spark arrester (optional) Check/adjust maximum load speed* Check/adjust valve clearance* Clean fuel tank and filter* Change hydraulic oil Change hydraulic oil filter
Mine has no filter, just strainer. Might be why they ask that the oil be changed every year or 100 hours. I'll be adding return line filter to it. My splitter flow is 8 gpm so I guess this 15 gpm filter will do the trick. I'm in Canada so my choice of suppliers is limited
One question though, must the filter be vertical? Can it be horizontal? My return line is at the bottom of the tank and the filter would hang low where it my be ripped off if I hit something while moving the splitter.