Rental Chipper Safety and Use Tips
Before you leave your local, ARA-affiliated rental store, make sure you know how to handle the rented brush chipper safely. Here are some additional tips.
- Read all manufacturer warnings and instructions prior to using your rented brush chipper.
- Properly secure rented brush chipper when you transport it.
- Follow safe practices when hooking up and towing the rented brush chipper.
- Ensure body parts stay clear of the rented brush chipper’s cutting parts.
- Do not point the rented brush chipper’s chute at a person or structure.
- Never wear loose clothing or jewelry that can catch on brush going into the rented brush chipper.
- Wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective boots and gloves.
- Keep onlookers at an appropriate distance from the worksite.
- Rent the appropriate brush chipper from your local ARA-affiliated rental store. See Comparing Rental Chipper Features for descriptions of types of chippers that you can rent.
- Situate the rented brush chipper on level ground for use.
- Chock wheels to prevent the rented brush chipper from moving.
- Place brush that you will shred near the rented brush chipper in an orderly manner that makes it easy for feeding into the chipper.
- Follow manufacturer’s recommendations for starting and shutting off the rented brush chipper’s engine.
- Only feed brush into the rented brush chipper while it is running at full throttle.
- Feed the wood part of the branch — not its leafy offshoots — into the rented brush chipper first.
- Never feed rocks or metal objects through the rented brush chipper.
- Shut down rented brush chipper’s engine before attempting to dislodge any brush jams.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your brush chipper needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.