WOOD CHIPPER SERVICE
If you own a wood chipper, you know how useful they can be. The capacity to take large chunks of wood and reduce it down to wood chips means that it’s far easier to dispose of or to use in your garden as flooring or as compost. For information on different types of wood chipper, and which one is the best for you, see our Best Wood Chipper guide. Making sure you buy the right wood chipper in the first place is crucial for long-term use. In particular, you should choose one that has a long warranty; that way, the manufacturer will be responsible for providing the parts.
One of the most important parts of owning a wood chipper is keeping it running smoothly. There is – unsurprisingly – a lot of moving parts within a wood chipper and so keeping it well-maintained is essential to it being both safe and efficient. Servicing it yourself regularly will ensure you get years of use from your wood chipper and it will still run as safely and smoothly as it did when you first bought it.
COST OF WOOD CHIPPER SERVICE
If you’re hiring an arborist to take care of wood chipping for you, you can usually expect to pay between $100 and $550. The price depends on the number of branches or trees that you are expecting to be chipped.
$100 is usually the minimum you will pay, as this is a normal call-out fee for an arborist for this type of wood chipping.
WHY CHOOSE A WOOD CHIPPING SERVICE
If you’re in doubt as to whether or not to call in a wood chipper service, the following should explain the pros of wood chipping:
Wood chipping is extremely space-efficient, meaning wood takes up less space. If you decide to have a professional remove your timber waste, chipping will make the whole process easier (and cheaper).
If you use wood chips or mulch on your garden bed, it can prevent moisture loss from evaporation by up to 70%, thereby saving water in the ground and requiring you to water your beds less.
The alternative to chipping is usually burning. Although burning is easier for you to do yourself, hiring a professional wood chipping team will mean that the carbon in the wood is not released into the atmosphere – thereby helping to cut down carbon emissions.
HOW TO CHOOSE A
For more information on what to look for in an arborist, see our guide on how to find the best arborist and what to look for when hiring an arborist. However, below are the key features you should consider when determining the right company to hire:
The Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) runs a certification program to ensure quality within the industry. If you are hiring someone to come and mulch or turn a branch into wood chips, then you should consider hiring a TCIA-certified professional. Not only does it demonstrate that they have passed the required tests, but it also shows that they are committed to professional development and training.
Any professional working on your property with a wood chipper should carry both liability and medical insurance. This guarantees that any damage they do to themselves, your property, or your neighbors’ property will be covered. Moreover, it demonstrates a commitment to safety and due diligence. You should ask to see the certificates before proceeding with the work.
WOOD CHIPPER MAINTENANCE TIPS
One of the most important of these is how vital it is to regularly service your wood chipper. In addition, it’s vital that you remain safe while you complete your service. As a general rule, you should perform a full service on your wood chipper once a year to make sure everything is working smoothly. On top of this, you should also perform checks each time you use your chipper.
Below are some regular maintenance tips:
With electric wood chippers,
the only two pieces of additional equipment that you get are a plug (and a cable) as well as a tamper to push down the branches into the chipper. This means that you’ll need to service these parts as well, although such is the nature of both that they are far less likely to break than other parts.
A further difficulty with electric wood chippers is that they tend to be smaller than gas-powered ones (they are sometimes listed as ‘electric chipper shredders’), meaning that the parts are smaller and more fiddly. However, many electric models have longer warranties, meaning that it’s relatively easy to order parts. In general, when it comes to servicing, you’ll be glad you bought an electric model.
GAS-POWERED WOOD CHIPPER SERVICING
When servicing a gas-powered wood chipper, you’ll need to consider the following:
What additional features does it have?
Some gas wood chippers come with shredders, others come with vacuums, and others come with no additional features. This obviously changes the way you will need to service your chipper. Generally, the more features it has, the more you will need to check and lubricate the chipper. This is particularly true if you have a vacuum attachment, which can very easily become clogged. A key safety point to remember is that the entire machine should be shut off when you are working on it – just because you’re servicing the vacuum, doesn’t mean you can leave the chipper running.
Check the engine
If you are adept at car maintenance, then checking the engine on a wood chipper should be relatively straightforward. You need to conduct the standard checks (spark plugs, oil levels, and general lubrication) and make sure it’s all functioning well. You should also avoid waiting too long between uses, even if you just need to run the engine for five minutes every month or so – particularly during cold weather. If you do run the engine, make sure it is in a well-ventilated space to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
Use the manufacturer’s parts
This is particularly important with gas-powered engines as you have the added danger of an internal combustion engine. Even if you think you can patch something with a makeshift part, don’t do it.
Generally, if you do, you either run a landscaping or tree cutting service, or you own a farm.
Either way, a commercial-grade wood chipper requires a lot of regular maintenance. However, in terms of their functions, these industrial models differ little from their smaller counterparts. You still need to undertake regular servicing and maintenance. In some cases, the manufacturers or the suppliers will do this for you in the form of a regular checkup.
However, you will also need to undertake some checks yourself.
is an extremely useful tool in any lawn care arsenal. Being able to condense down large branches makes life significantly easier. However, you also need to know how to care for your wood chipper. Like other lawn care equipment, it contains a number of moving blades and is susceptible to clogging. You need to be proactive about maintenance to prevent small problems from becoming major ones.
If all of this wood chipper maintenance is not something you’re interested in, then call in a wood chipping service to repurpose your yard debris.