Do you need a license plate for a log splitter?


Log splitters mounted on a towable trailer are fast becoming more popular across the US and the globe. The question most homeowners who own a log splitter mounted on a tow trailer often ask is whether you need a license plate for a log splitter?

As a general guide, you need a license plate for a log splitter mounted on a trailer. Towable log splitters are classified the same as a trailer in most states across America and the laws and regulations that apply to trailers also apply to log splitters. However, other local state laws do not require a log splitter to be licensed for it to be towed on highways. They require a bill of ownership and limited mileage on how far and fast you can travel when towing a mobile piece of equipment.

Placing a license plate on a towed log splitter on a trailer is up to your local DMV, not DPS. The law requires specific lights for rear-mounted equipment, which applies to both trucks and trailers. Trailers don’t have brake lights but they do have turn signals, stop lamps, and tail lights.

People who want to save money by not purchasing a trailer plate but don’t have the specifically required lighting can use 4 red flags attached to each side of the tow bar within certain height restrictions. These are always up to interpretation by law enforcement so be aware of your local DPS rules on them.

Towing a log splitter in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) does not require a license plate for a towable log splitter mounted on a two-wheeler dickey or tow dolly as long as it is not classified as a piece of farm machinery.

However, there are certain rules and regulations that your must follow while towing the equipment:

You cannot tow the log splitter with both four wheels touching the road with commercial dealer plates.

You must attach safety chains from the trailer hitch to the log splitter trailer being towed to prevent it from falling off the dickey.

The log splitter must be constructed with a main beam and the tongue weight of the trailer should not exceed 1,500 lbs.

And you should never tow a log splitter to a state where it is registered as a farm vehicle. To make sure these conditions are met, you may want to check the owner’s manual for the appropriate way to operate your two-wheeler dickey.

In order to avoid problems related to mounting a license plate on a towable log splitter, it is a good idea to follow these guidelines:

The state in which you are going to use the log splitter should have similar laws and regulations that apply if you were towing it in your local state.

You should ask a local DMV representative whether you need to comply with certain regulations for mounting a license plate on a towable log splitter before buying one.

Being aware of the rules and regulations that apply before purchasing the equipment will be helpful if you are ever stopped by law enforcement. For safety reasons, you should always attach 4 safety chains between the log splitter and your vehicle to make sure they don’t drop off.

Towing a log splitter in Merryland

If you are going to tow a log splitter in Merryland, you should be aware of the local laws before doing so.

If you are towing a log splitter in Merryland, you must have a valid license plate on the equipment to avoid any penalties or fines.

You should always follow all DPS guidelines when towing a log splitter in Merryland to remain compliant with local laws and regulations.

If you are not familiar with the DPS guidelines, you may want to call your local DPS branch before towing a log splitter in Merryland.

Ensuring that the towing equipment complies with all regulations will protect both you and other drivers on the road. The last thing you need is getting pulled over by law enforcement while driving your log splitter.

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FAQ’s about not needing plates for log splitters in Merryland

Q: Do you need a license plate for a log splitter?

A: The DPS does not require you to have one but your state may have specific regulations regarding the towing of log splitters.

Q: Do you need a license plate for farm equipment?

A: It depends on what type of farm equipment it is classified as in your state.

Q: Where do I find information about not needing plates for log splitters near me ? Refer to your local DPS website for the most accurate information. They keep all the laws up to date with frequent changes in safety regulations.

As a general guide, you do not need a license plate to tow a log splitter. If you are towing any type of machinery on a trailer it is not required unless your state says otherwise. You should contact your DPS

Where can I find more information about not needing plates for log splitters?

Local government websites and local authorities are the best sources for up to date rules and regulations for towing a log splitter with or without a license plate.

Towing a log splitter in Washington State

The Washington state law recently changed with the passing of new legislation to allow for the legal parking and towing of log splitters and other farm equipment on city property.

But it is still illegal to tow a log splitter in the state without adhering to safety regulations. You should always check your local laws before doing so because some cities or counties may have additional regulations.

Washington state law requires you to have a valid license plate on the log splitter while it is being towed. The Washington State Patrol can help you understand if your log splitter needs a license plate or any additional safety equipment for towing.

You should call your local DPS office to get information about what regulations apply where you are located.

How do I find out what the safety regulations are for towing a log splitter in my area?

To get information about the safe towing of log splitters, you should contact your local DPS division office. They will be able to tell you if there is anything special that needs to be done before they can classify it as roadworthy.

This includes any regulations about having working lights, reflectors, brakes, safety chains or anything else that the DPS requires before they will certify it as roadworthy.

Any log splitter can be called a towable machine because you are pulling it behind your vehicle to its final destination. You should always check local laws if you are planning to tow a log splitter in the state of Washington.

You will need to contact your local authorities or DPS branch office to get information about what regulations apply where you are located.  The state has specific rules about which vehicles need license plates and which ones don’t.

Towing a log splitter in California

According to California DPS, you do not need a license plate for towing farm equipment on the highways under specific circumstances.

As a general guide, you do not need a license plate to tow a log splitter in California. The state treats two-wheelers as mobile equipment ( welder or Compressor) which does not require a license plate to be towed on the highways.

You must however be driving within 50 miles of your farm or within 50 miles of where you are taking it for repairs.

If you have just purchased it from a previous owner or brand new, you will need to have a valid bill of sale with you at all times when using your log splitter and DPS recommends that you get a new certificate of ownership from the DMV.

Should I get an identification number for my log splitter?

You must register your log splitter with the California DHS or Department of Harbors and Navigation if you are towing it on the highways. If you are not, then you can simply attach your bill of sale to it as identification.

If you are towing it on the highways, then your log splitter must be registered with DHS at their office in Sacramento. The process of getting a certificate of ownership is easy and takes just 15 minutes or less. You can get all the details here .  You do not have to go into an office but instead submit the details online and wait for them to issue you a certificate.

Conclusion

Log splitters need to be registered with the DMV locally while they are being used on the roads.  They do not however need a license plate attached while they are within 50 miles of where you are using it or repairing it.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to contact your local DPS office or call them to get up-to-date requirements for transporting a log splitter.

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