A wood chipper machine is a machine used primarily in forestry and logging to chop up logs into smaller pieces that can then be processed further. This type of equipment is often used by the wood chip industry. These machines are highly versatile and have different types of heads for specific uses such as to remove the bark, remove branches, or shred large logs for use as fill or damp proofing.
Note that the wood chipper shown in this article is a tabletop model, not suited for professional use. The higher-end models can be used for de-branching the trees.
How does the wood chipper work
The logs are fed into the top opening of the machine and then travel down a chute before being chopped up. The result is wood chips that are fed out one end of the machine and can be loaded directly into trucks or onto conveyors from there. There are also larger machines that can feed the wood log through a grinder, or chop it vertically, resulting in pieces that can be used as firewood.
When you use such a machine, you need to be extremely careful to feed the logs in properly and avoid jamming the machine. Make sure that all branches are feeding down into the device and not sticking up above it. Always use protective gear such as ear defenders and safety glasses while operating this type of machine. Make sure that all the pieces are dry, and that the machine is working properly. Wear protective boots to avoid trips and back injuries when running this type of machine.
The biggest danger with any kind of chipper is poor quality wood used for the job. On many occasions, you will find that it is not possible to grind or chop up a tree or log properly if there is a lack of different kinds of wood used in the device. This will cause the piece to break apart before it can be processed further.
What is the use of a wood chipper machine?
Wood chipper machines are used to shred and chip logs into mulch. Mulch provides a natural way of co-existing with the planet’s resources by recycling old, unwanted logs. Chipped mulches are often used in the landscape industry to create a ground cover, walkways, or garden beds for varied applications.
The wood chips can be used in landscape architecture to make paths, planting beds, and decorative garden features, such as fountains or small berms.