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Garden chipper basics

Garden chipper basics

Date posted: 10 November 2011

One of the key aspects of garden maintenance either as part of seasonal trimming work or as a result clearing up after a storm is the upkeep of trees and shrubs, and one of the most cost-effective and time-saving methods of assisting in this is by using a wood chipper.

Given the challenge faced when trying to dispose of branches, brushwood and shrubs either by having to rent a skip or getting a company to remove them for you, you can hire a wood chipper to help you recycle this garden waste into manageable, useful sizes.

This composting allows for multiple uses such as use on log fire or to sprinkle on flower beds and paths which helps to prevent weed growth and helps the shrubs to retain moisture. 

Also From a visual point, wood chippings can also lend to achieving a neatly landscaped garden.

Another advantage of using a wood shredder is that it's not always possible to burn the branches in the garden. This is mainly due to either the size or the area you’re working in (from a safety point of view) or the pollution caused, so using a heavy duty garden shredder can be the perfect cost-effective solution.

When confined to space, it's possible to use smaller portable garden shredders which are also able to cope with all types of garden waste from branches and shrubs to leaves and hedge cuttings.

The versatility of both these garden shredders and their ability to be broken down by the removal of the infeed chute, allows them to be easily transported and placed in the back of a box van for those who opt for 'click & collect' as opposed to having one delivered. 

When renting a garden shredder/wood chipper, you need to be aware of some key safety tips including :

  1. Always turn off the wood chipper first before trying to free any branches that may be stuck in the wood chipper. Never put your hands etc in the wood chipper when its on.
  2. You should always allow at least 15 minutes for the wood chipper to warm up in cold weather before use.
  3. Wear clothes that fit correctly and never wear any ill-fitting loose clothes as these can become stuck in the wood chipper if you get to close.
  4. When refuelling a petrol wood chipper, always turn the machine off before so.
  5. Always use a pusher tool when helping small pieces of branches to move down the chute.
  6. Always start with the wider end of the branch when putting branches into the chipper.
  7. Wear Safety goggles

At best at hire, we stock a comprehensive selection of garden chippers for hire suitable for both domestic and commercial applications. You can either book directly online or call 0344 288 8088 and speak to one of our representatives who would be happy to assist with your enquiry.


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