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Posted by Josephine Ayre on Dec 01, 2011 in Chippers

The wood chipper (or tree chipper, as it is sometimes known) was invented in 1884 by German man, Peter Jensen. It is designed to cut up wood, generally tree limbs or the actual trunks, into tiny pieces or chips, and even sawdust at times.

Most kinds of wood chipper are portable, meaning that they can be moved around fairly easily. This goes for the smaller, privately used models that can be wheeled around your yard, to the larger, commercially used tree chippers that can be towed behind a truck or van.

The general set up of a wood chipper consists of an entry chute, or a hopper as it is known by those in the business, a knife mechanism that does all the cutting, and an exit chute. A collection bin is often placed at the bottom of the tree chipper to catch the chips, but as the chips pose no threat to the garden or lawn, this is not always necessary.

When being used, a tree trunk or limb is inserted into the entry chute where it is pushed through the tree chipping mechanism. Most entry chutes will have a collar or guard of some kind that is designed to protect the operator from accidentally being caught by a branch or the wood chipper and being dragged into the blades. It is also recommended that the correct safety gear, such as goggles and gloves, be worn whilst operating a wood chipper to further prevent injury.

While a tree chipper can vary in size, type and cutting capacity depending on its purpose (private or commercial), they are very useful pieces of equipment for those who own large properties, land with an abundance of trees, and those who work in the tree felling industry.