Chipper Shredder Safety Tips

A chipper shredder is ideal for removing large amounts of leaves and twigs. However, it's important to follow these chipper shredder safety tips before you begin your cleanup projects.

  • Be familiar with all controls and their proper operation. Know how to stop and disengage them quickly.

  • Keep bystanders, pets, and children at least 75 feet from the machine while it is in operation. Stop the machine if anyone enters the area.

  • Do not put hands or feet near parts, or in the feeding chambers and discharge openings.

  • Never attempt to unclog either the feed intake or discharge opening, remove or empty bag, or inspect and repair the machine while the engine is running. Shut off the engine and wait until all moving parts have come to a complete stop. Disconnect the spark plug ignition wire and ground it against the engine.

  • Wear sturdy, rough-soled work shoes and close-fitting slacks and shirts. Loose fitting clothing or jewelry can become caught in moveable parts.  Never operate this machine in bare feet or sandals. Wear leather work gloves when feeding material into the chipper chute.

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