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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Jun 11, 2012 in Chippers

Whilst a regular chipper is suited to most jobs around the house, there may be times when you are required to use more heavy duty equipment, especially if you are required to clear land as a part of your job or you live on a rather large, wooded property. The instructions to use a heavy duty chipper differ slightly to those used to operate a smaller model, however, so it is important that you have at least the basics down pat before beginning.

To begin with, make sure that you have read the manual that came with the chipper thoroughly. These instructions should give you a fairly good idea of what to expect when using the equipment, as well as what signals will indicate that something has gone wrong.

Before switching the chipper on, take a moment to locate the reverse and emergency stop buttons or levers. This way, you will know what to press (or pull) if something goes wrong. You should also check over your branches and other garden debris for any stones or metal that could be potentially damaging or fatal if loaded into the chipper.

Remember to always stand to the side of the hopper when feeding branches into the chipper, and always feed the larger branches butt (or trunk) end first. Try and mulch up the larger branches last, as you can use them to push smaller pieces of garden debris into the cutting blades (and avoid using your hands, which could be ripped to shreds).

Above all, when operating a heavy duty chipper you should abide by the same safety precautions that you would when using a smaller model or any other type of dangerous equipment. This includes wearing the proper safety gear and working with a partner, just in case something untoward happens.