In this article, we’ll walk you through how to use an electric wood chipper. These are relatively simple machines that are undeniably useful and convenient.
Many people, however, are unaware of how to properly use one. Nor are they aware of the main purposes of a wood chipper. If you are unsure of those things, then this article will fix that!
What Is An Electric Wood Chipper?
So, a wood chipper is a type of machine that does two things. First, it takes big branches and pieces of wooden debris – usually yard debris. Second, it turns those branches and the wooden debris into much smaller pieces of wood.
Now, that describes a very standard, very traditional wood chipper. An electric wood chipper is just like that, but instead of being powered by gasoline, it’s powered by electricity.
Most wooden yard debris is quite large and cumbersome. Moving it around is a difficult process. Along with that, past a certain point, most people don’t need any of that debris. So, a wood chipper can serve as a way of recycling that wood.
People have found many great ways to use wood chips. Some use them as mulch for their gardens. Others use them for compost.
Those are just a few uses that people have found for wood chips. But, there are many, many more uses.
So, How Do I Use An Electric Wood Chipper?
Let’s start with this basic fact. Remember, this an “electric wood chipper.” Wood chippers are, by their very nature, power-hungry tools. They require a significant amount of electricity, due to the process that they are performing.
Because of this, make sure that, wherever you decide to put the wood chipper, it is right by a power outlet. Or, if it isn’t, make sure you have some extension cord that enables you to plug the electric wood chipper into a suitable power socket.
Most extension cords are, unfortunately, rather flimsy and poorly made. That’s why, if you need an extension cord, make sure you purchase a high-quality one. Ideally, an extension cord that has been shown to be made of high-quality materials — preventing damage caused by things like punctures and excessive heat, along with other kinds of damage.
Naturally, you’re also going to want to make sure that the voltages are just right. If they aren’t, this will affect the cutting speed of the blades in the wood chipper.
Now, the next thing you’re going to want to do is you’re going to want to put on some safety gear. Gear such as a helmet and, most importantly, safety glasses.
The reason why this is such a necessity is because wood chippers are very fast machines. They move with incredible speed, and this tends to lead to items rapidly discharging from the wood chipper. Sometimes backward. Since these devices are moving so quickly, and since they’re such hefty items, it’s a good idea to be safe, rather than sorry.
To keep safe, as well, there are a couple of other things you should make sure of and do.
Earplugs are always a great choice. That’s because these are loud machines that make a considerable amount of noise. Whether or not you have sensitive ears, ear damage is still a definite possibility when working with machines such as these.
Wearing loose and/or baggy clothing isn’t the best choice, either. Loose clothing has a much higher chance of being sucked into the wood chipper. This can be very dangerous, as you might imagine, due to the strength of the wood chipper and how hard it can pull on the clothing.
Once you’ve taken those safety precautions, you can begin the final, and most important, step!
The Actual Work
Yes, it’s time to take the debris that you have and to begin putting it into the machine. This is a simple process, but there are a couple of things that you must keep in mind.
When putting the debris in, do it slowly, and don’t put too much in at any one time. Putting in too much will, more than likely, lead to the rapid discharge mentioned earlier. So, divide the debris into smaller piles or segments, and put it in slowly. Wait for it to have been shredded, and then put the next batch in.
Using an electric wood chipper is a simple process. Just make sure to take the necessary safety precautions, and to take things slowly.