Before we talk about the benefits of hydraulic nut splitters and how to operate them safely, we will understand the different types of nut splitters available. There are three types of nut splitters- C-Frame Nut Splitter, Ring Frame Manual Nut Splitter, and Hydraulic Nut Splitter.
C-Frame nut splitters offer the least safety as the frame does not offer protection from flying particles when the nut is being cut. The Ring Frame nut splitter’s design offers protection from flying particles. However, they are labor-intensive and may affect project completion time. Hydraulic nut splitters complete jobs faster with less manpower.
Dos and Don’ts in Operating a Hydraulic Nut Splitter
Hydraulic Nut splitters are fast, simple and safe to use. Here are some of the dos and don’ts to ensure the tool is operated safely.
- Wear protective gear like gloves, glasses, boots, etc. when conducting the job.
- Do not use it to cut chains and bolts.
- Do not use the ring frame to tighten or loosen the nut by rotating it.
- Ensure the splitter is in a proper position where the head of the tool must rest on a flat surface of a nut.
- Do not move the nut splitter when operational.
- Do not heat the nut when splitting.
- Ensure the blade is greased before the operation.
- Make sure all the hydraulic connections are in place.
- Do not place your finger inside the ring frame when the nut splitter is in operation.
- De-energize the nut splitter as soon as the nut is split to avoid damages to the bolt thread.
While the design of the nut splitter offers safety, precautions need to always be taken to ensure the job is completed swiftly and safely.