Wood chippers are an essential piece of equipment for getting rid of unwanted trees, branches, trunks, or brushes. Keeping your wood chipper in tip-top condition is crucial, as, without regular maintenance, it could stop functioning correctly and become unsafe to operate.
ABC is an authorized dealer of Bandit wood chippers. We eat, breathe, sleep and love wood chippers, and we are the most experienced and knowledgeable contractor in Africa when it comes to wood chipping and associated agricultural services and products. Here are our tips on taking care of your wood chipper to ensure maximum performance and safety.
- Cleaning your machine
Cleaning your chipper after use will ensure maximum performance the next time, as a clean machine will function better than one covered in shavings and other debris. Regularly cleaning your chipper on the inside and outside also avoids debris causing blockages and damaging your parts.
For a deep clean, pressure washers are often recommended; however, you should be cautious about spraying water near the chipper’s electrical elements and engine.
- Maintaining your chipper knives and bolts
Not only will dull blades lead to slower production, but they can also damage your machine by placing additional stress on it. Remove the knives carefully, wash off the debris, reattach them and confirm the blade bolts have the proper torque.
- Keep an eye on your chip quality
A chip quality deterioration can indicate that your wood chipper’s anvil could be wearing out. The anvil is more durable than the blades but still does wear over time.
If you have concerns regarding your chipper’s anvil, contact us for advice.
- Follow the correct start-up, operational, and shutdown checks daily.
Following the correct protocols when starting, operating, and shutting down your wood chipper is extremely important, and adhering to this will significantly extend your machine’s lifetime.
These instructions and other specifications can be found in your chippers manual.
- Ensuring the clutch is engaged correctly
Ensuring the clutch is engaged correctly and clutch tension is appropriate according to the chipper’s manual. Neglecting this will damage the clutch leading to costly repairs. These instructions and other specifications can be found in your chippers manual.
- Clear out the chipper’s air filter
Over time, the air filter in your wood chipper’s engine will get filled up with grime and dust. If you leave this uncleaned, your engine will be left to overheat, damaging it and consuming more fuel. It’s a good idea to check on the air filter regularly, even more than once a day, if you are working in dusty circumstances.
Looking to fix, purchase or rent a wood chipper? As an authorized dealer for Bandit wood chippers, we are your preferred company for wood chipper sales and associated agricultural services and products.