Train and educate every member of your tree crew on the safety features of his or her particular chipper, and how to operate each correctly.

The majority of chippers have some form of reversal bar or lever that allows the operator to reverse the feed wheels in the event a stubborn piece of wood is jammed.

Many modern chippers have different emergency stop mechanisms that can be triggered in different ways to stop the chipper immediately in the case of a near or actual emergency.

None of these features should ever be disabled, regardless of how frustrating operators may find them.

Chipper operators should never reach into the feed area/table with their hands, or try to kick brush or wood into the feed wheels with their feet. An excellent practice is not to stick anything in there that you don’t want chipped.

Chippers are incredibly valuable and useful in the day-to-day operations of tree care, not to mention a considerable investment, so crew members need to understand how to use this helpful behemoth safely and efficiently to get the benefits and maximum life from the machine.

Read more: The Importance of Safe Chipper Operation

Editor’s note: This information was originally published in April 2013 and has been updated for accuracy.