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How Does a Wood Chipper Work? 

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How Do Woodchippers Work? 

A Wood Chipper is a tool that is mainly used to cut out the debris from your yard. You must have a collection of tools that are frequently used in the garden if you love gardening. A wood chipper is one of them.

It is frequently used in industries to reduce the wood into chips or sawdust. If you love to arrange barbeque in your garden, then you must have felt the need for a wood chipper to eat out the debris from your yard.

Woodchipper is one of the essential tools used for gardening. Agricultural industries use gardening and woodchippers for land maintenance or to clean up the mess after a meteorological event.

A woodchipper makes your work a lot easier than hard. However, there are some protocols that you need to follow to use the woodchipper correctly, but it has more pros than cons.

How does a Woodchipper work?

How does a Woodchipper work

A common question is how to use a woodchipper. The size of a wood chipper does not affect its working anyhow. All the woodchippers work in the same way.

Also, a woodchipper is relatively costly. So, to understand the working of a woodchipper, let us break it down and understand each part’s concept.

The first part of a wood chipper that we should understand is its engine. Either fuel or gas powers the engine of the woodchipper. It can also run on electricity via a plug connected to an outlet. The main task of an engine is to make the crankshaft turn within the wood chipper.

The next thing is the drive belt. After the crankshaft becomes operational, its job is to engage the clutch. The clutch gets engaged once the engine reaches a specific RPM (rotations per minute). This process moves the drive belt.

Another part that we should move to is the impeller. The impeller is attached to chipper knives and blades. Now, the movement of the drive belt turns the impeller and sets the knives in motion.

Next comes the material. The most important thing for a wood chipper is what kind of materials you are inserting into a wood chipper. Once you start feeding into the wood chipper, the wood and debris get inside the hopper. At this point, it hits the impeller that contains the blades that cut the wood and materials into tiny pieces.

The last thing that we should know about a wood chipper is the chute. It contains all the products that you have fed into the wood chipper. To get these products out from the chute, the woodchipper then uses fins present on the back of the impeller in coordination with the airflow. This pushes the material discharge out of the chute, and they land at the angle you have pointed them.

Wood chippers have mainly two different chutes for processing the wood material that you have fed into them. The smaller chute shreds the wood material into chips and small pieces. The enormous chute task is to feature blades and other additional materials such as plants into mulch.

However, a wood chipper comes in various shapes and sizes and thus possesses several other qualities. Each wood chipper has its way of working. So, it depends on the type of wood chipper you are purchasing that how you are supposed to run them.

Types of Woodchipper

There are different kinds of woodchippers available in the market, each ranging from low to high. Some of them run on electricity while other runs on fuel and gas.

Also, some of the woodchippers are specially designed for serving large industries and scales. So, one by one, we will discuss some of the types of wood chippers available.

High Torque Roller

High Torque Roller Woodchipper

High torque roller woodchippers are of low speed. More so, they are built specifically to run on electricity, and thus they make no noise when running.

Therefore, a high torque roller woodchipper is considered first for residential purposes. Also, they are self-feeding and possess features like anti-jamming issues.

Drum Wood Shredder

Drum Wood Shredder

A drum wood shredder is a large motor drum that is present in the center of the machine. This drum’s task is to feed the materials into the machine and cut the material into chips with the help of the large chute.

This process is, however, very long and risky. As the drum is directly connected with the engine, there are possibilities that the drum gets a jam.

This drum is relatively much more comfortable to operate. Also, it does its task in such a manner that there seems no difficulty in running this. But the only problem while using this drum wood shredder is that it contains a high risk in operating.

Disc Chipper

Disc Chipper

A disc chipper is made up of steel, disc, and it is attached to cutting blades. The material is fed into this machine with the help of a hopper through the hydraulic wheel. It is then forwarded to spinning wheels for spinning.

As the disc starts rotating, the blades associated with the disc starts chipping of wood and material that has been fed into the machine.

Household jobs for Woodchipper

Although it seems like a woodchipper has been built explicitly for industrial use, it is not like that. A wood chipper is mainly used for industrial as well as residential purposes. Also, various machines are used for doing household chores.

Still, among all of them, a woodchipper is necessary for every household. Also, a wood chipper is necessary for gardening purposes.

For instance, you will often be needed to trim the hedges to maintain them and make them neatly cured for the neighborhood.

It contains many small twigs, debris, and branches that contain many leaves. Suppose you do not want to use a wood chipper. Then you will have to find some ways to dispose of them. So, it is a better way to learn to use a wood chipper for residential purposes.

The next thing that you can do with a woodchipper is trimming of different grass present in your garden. The woodchipper will trim the grasses so that it will remove all the twigs, debris, and dust. It can also trim the branches with so many leaves into chips that it will not cover your garden area.

If you live in an area where a high number of natural disasters happen, such as tornadoes, it will be conducive to you if you purchase a woodchipper for your use.

This is because a woodchipper will find it easy to chip all the present materials in your garden due to the tornadoes and winds. Also, they can cut the branches and all other wood materials that may present in your garden.

Safe Operation

Although a woodchipper is necessary for every household and especially for those fond of garden and gardening.

Because a woodchipper is significant for those, who love gardening to clean the garden and clean the debris, branches, and dust present in the garden.

However, it is equally important to take care of yourself while using a woodchipper as the blades of a woodchipper is so blunt and fast that it can cut any of your organs or can provide damage to you.

If you are using a woodchipper, it will be useful for you to take extra precautions and use the Woodchipper with care.

When you take out the Woodchipper on the ground to use it, place it on the level ground at some meters away from your foot.

You will not want any risk in operating it and roll it down while using it. This will also help you maintain the perfect angle that will be needed to cut down the materials of the garden that are waste.

The next thing you will have to take extra care and precaution is feeding the machine. When you must feed the machine, take a wooden pole to put the materials inside the machine.

Do not ever try to put the materials with your hands, as the roller is very dangerous, and it can damage your organ if you do not take care

The last and most important thing is to while rolling the machine, walk side by the side of it so that you can maintain some distance while using it and protect you from any damage.

If you walk behind the roller, you may crush your leg or fingers on the machine’s roller. So, please walk side by side while operating the machine.

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen is the founder of OrganizeWithSandy and Works with Champalimaud Design where she curates and creates fresh ideas for designing and styling your life.

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