Chipper Operating Tips from Altec
Posted by: Catherine Whittaker on November 13, 2015
Operating a chipper can seem like an overwhelming task, but with the proper safety precautions and the operating tips below, you can tackle many yard maintenance projects yourself.
Prior to operating your chipper rental, familiarize yourself with the operator’s manual, safety recommendations and the following operating tips.
- Test the Panic Bar and feed roller controls prior to use; be sure to retest each time you start the chipper
- Cut any excessively large pieces of wood or brush into smaller, more manageable sizes
- Inspect items prior to feeding them through the chipper for stones, foreign objects or other pieces that should not be fed through the equipment
- Stand off to the left or right side when operating the chipper; never stand directly behind the equipment
- Use a long wooden pole or stick to feed objects into the chipper; this will help you to avoid the feed chute area and keep your hands and body a safe distance from the machine
- Always operate the chipper at maximum engine RPM
- Use steady, even action with the controls
- Stay focused; chippers require dedicated attention while working
- Clean your area as you work; piles of debris around the chipper can be a fall hazard if left unattended
- If you need to take a break or stop during your work, use the Panic Bar to shut off the feed wheels or shut the engine off and remove the keys from the ignition.
Always remember - never reach into the chipper while it is running.
With the right preparation and a safety mindset, you can get started on your to-do list today!