Used Wood Chippers For Sale
When you need to use a wood chipper in your construction company’s daily operations, you are going to want to make sure that you are using it properly, and maintaining it as necessary. Using the machine properly and maintaining it will keep you from having to purchase another machine in a short period of time. If you have found yourself in need of a new machine, you may want to think about checking out auction sites like eBay to find great deals on used wood chippers for sale. When you do get a new-to-you machine, you will want to follow the tips outlined in this article to make sure you are not going to have to replace it again.
If You Are Using Electric Wood Chippers... You are going to want to make sure that the wire you use to power the machine is a large enough guage to carry the electricity properly. Small wires will cut down the amount of electricity that is able to be carried to the machine, which could cause unneeded wear and tear on it, as well as destroying the wires that you’re using. To avoid this problem you are going to want to make sure that you are using at least a 12ga wire that is rated for 15 amps or higher. These wires will be able to carry the proper amount of current over longer ranges, such as 50 feet or 100 feet that could be required to reach where you are working at.
While you are using your wood chipper you are going to want to make sure that you have it positioned on flat ground to avoid any problems. Having it on uneven ground could cause the machine to slip. If the machine were to slip towards you while you are shoving sticks and brush into it, you could run the risk of having your arms included in the pile of brush which would make for a very bad day for you. You also want to make sure that there is plenty of room for you to be able to put the brush and sticks in without having to maneuver around other obstacles. Having the chipper in an akward position could cause kickback and harm to you as the operator.
When it comes to feeding material into the chipper you are going to want to make sure that the debris has had plenty of time to dry out. If you are force feeding wet material into the chipper you are going to run the risk of clogging it up, which would require extensive maintenance on your part to get it running again. If you notice that the debris you are going to be feeding into it may be a little damp, you will want to scatter the pile over a larger surface and give it more time out in the sun. The sun will help remove some of the excess moisture which will make it much easier to feed through the machine.
If you are planning on feeding large piles of leaves into the machine, you will want to take the time to gather up other brush to add in with the mix. Leaves have a tendency to clog the machine when they are fed through on their own, but adding in small sticks and twigs in with the mix will help feed them through and keep the output nozzle from becoming clogged. This is a quick tip that can help save you from a few hours of working on getting the nozzle unclogged if it should happen to you.
After you are done feeding through the pile of brush that you are working on, you will want to make sure that the machine has cleared out the last bits of it. If you are leaving small chunks of material in the machine when you shut it off, you run the risk of having problems the next time that you go to start it. These small bits can get lodged into the machines drum which could apply enough pressure to keep it from being able to turn over properly.
Another important rule for keeping the machine running at its peak performance is to make sure that the blades are always sharp. If the model that you are using is a cheaper brand, you may find yourself sharpening the blades after every project that you finish, which can get incredibly time consuming. However, if you have a more expensive model with higher quality blades, you can usually get away with completing a few projects before you have to take the blades off and sharpen them again.