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Benefits Of Using Wood Chippers and Should You Buy One?

Wood chippers are a great way to make use of useless branches and bushes which you would otherwise have had to reluctantly drive to the dump. The set of knives built into these industrial tree eaters shred just about anything you throw into it and either spits out mulch, sawdust or cube-like shaped wood chips.

The mulch it produces can be used in your garden as a ground cover to spread around your plants and enrich the soil. It also locks the moisture in under the mulch as well as improves plant growth by releasing nitrogen slowly back into the soil. As the wood chips start to break down, they release heat which regulates the temperate of the soil under the chips and keeps it warm. This protects the soil from the scorching heat during the day and also keeps it warm at night. These wood chips produced by wood chippers also absorb water which gets released very slowly onto the plants.

Wood chippers are very simple and easy to use and the average homeowner will have no problem operating one of them. This also saves you from driving up and down to the dump when clearing your backyard and also gives you an endless supply of mulch and wood chips to through on your plans.

When you are trying to figure out what size wood chipper you need, you need to think about what sort of trees and shrubs you will be chipping. They differ depending on the size of the material to be shredded or chipped. The needs for chippers can range from small branches to whole trees with a trunk that are 40 centimeters in diameter.

Obviously, if you are simply cleaning up your garden area, an industrial wood chipper would not be necessary and definitely would not be cost effective. The chippers that are intended for use as occasional gardening aids should be used for small yards where space is limited. A small machine will save space, will be light and will still be very effective. Most models made for this use are easy to maneuver and can handle all size classes of maintenance that is typical of gardens and yards. Typical users are homeowners and residential landscapers. These chippers generally will not mulch your wood, so you will need a larger machine for that. Visit Heizomat here.

Medium sized wood chippers are highly valued for mulching. Most of them can easily chip up landscaping waste of all sizes from hedges, large branches, and small whole trees. A key advantage of the medium-sized chipper is the quality of the chips it produces which is typically uniform and homogenate. This is important to those who are interested in heating with wood chips where the particle size is important, using chips for mulching beds, or as raw material for composting.

Then we have the industrial wood chippers. These are built to shred trees based on a large capacity and they produce a quality chip that is uniform. Typically, those who own these machines are either in the construction industry where they use them to help clear lots or they make and sell the wood chips for mulch or decoration.

So now that you know how valuable it can have a wood eating machine like this in your arsenal the next question would be is it best to buy or rent one? Most people don’t have the kind of money to lay out for a 1 million and machine they’re not going to use more than one a month and that should go unsaid. But there are also smaller commercial machines you can buy costing between R60,000 and R80,000 which would be perfect for chopping up backyard land waste.

Renting a machine is always a great way to test the waters first and once you see it’s worth you could take the plunge and buy one. The benefit of renting a wood chipper though is you don’t have to store a monster machine like that in your backyard and you also don’t need to insure. Maintaining wood chippers can also be like having a second car. Servicing it can be pretty expensive and if you need to replace broken parts it could be difficult to get hold of if it’s an import machine.

Be careful what you chip.

Wood chippers are designed to chip branches and tree limbs. They are not designed to chip metal, plastic, processed wood (such as 2-by-4s), or leftover building materials. Be sure that you only chip branches that are in the size range that your chipper is designed to chip. For example, if your chipper is designed to chip up to 4″ diameter branches, trying to feed a 5″ diameter branch into the hopper can clog the machine, put unnecessary stress on the engine, and put you in danger.

So yes although using a wood chipper has endless benefits there are pros and cons to buying and renting one. The questions you need to ask yourself are how often are you going to use it, for what are you going to use it and is it worth it for you.