What not to feed a woodchipper

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Oz_Kioti

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The offending item must have been delivered in a load of mulch years ago, and spread under our olive trees. During pruning and chipping yesterday, I raked the prunings into a heap and into the chipper!

The anvil (bedding plate) on the Woodland Mills WC88 is totally unscathed. Must be made of tough stuff!!!

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arto98607

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Ouch!

I was helping my neighbor few weeks ago and did not want to feed into my chipper any of the stuff he had raked into a pile.

Mine is S&R Pro Chip from the 80's and I have few spare sets of knives, but new sets are no longer readily available.


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I don't put anything in my chipper that I can't readily see all around it. In other words only wood and branches that I have just cut myself.
 
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Did it make a sound when it fell? :D
 
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I don't wear gloves or long sleeve shirt chipping either. Too easy getting snagged on a limb or bark.
 
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I don't wear gloves or long sleeve shirt chipping either. Too easy getting snagged on a limb or bark.
I'm just the opposite.
I have to wear gloves and if I don't have a long sleeve shirt on, I had better have a few bandages and a roll of Coban.
 
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A case for the combo "Chipper/Shredder", anything that is not wood goes in the hopper, not the chute.

Still, I have turned the hammers three times to present sharp and square corners to restore performance due to dulling.
Small stones mostly. ;-(
 
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When I had the MacKissic shredder/chipper I'd get bags of leaves from town and dribble them into the big chute for the hammer shredders. One time a pair of hand pruners came slamming back at me. No damage to me, but after than I wore gloves up to my elbows and a full face shield. The hand pruners did get damaged.
 
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I've been clearing my fence line trees and burning brush piles and found a 3/8" steel rod x 3' long in the ashes yesterday morning. I don't know where it came from or how it got there but I'm glad I didn't find it with my chain saw. After seeing your photos I'm really glad I decided to burn the brush piles instead of using my chipper!
 
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Back in the day - we drank soft drinks and took our aluminum cans into Spokane for recycling. Then I got a brilliant idea. The cans took up lots of room - in transport. I'd just run them thru the shredder and reduce the volume. At the time I had a nondescript stand alone shredder. At first it worked well. Then things went south. The bits of shredded cans started wrapping around the shredder main shaft. I finally had to quit and it took quite a while to correct this condition.

The final solution - we quit drinking beverages that came in aluminum cans.

I always wear a pair of leather gloves when chipping. As far as a shirt - a T-shirt. For that matter - I wear leather gloves when felling, dragging & chipping my pine stands. When doing 800 to 1200 small pines - the bark will abrade the skin right off the palms of your hands. This spring time thinning of my pine stands takes a month or so. If I didn't wear gloves - it would take a good two to three months for the palms of my hands to recover.

The only "tough" material I've ever put thru my chipper - old, age & weather hardened apple trees. It chipped them OK but it wasn't easy like the young, soft & small pines I usually chip.
 
 
 
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