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What NOT to Put in Your Woodchipper!

Wood chippers possess a wide range of chipping capabilities for landscaping professionals. But with all their versatility, there’s a list of materials your operators should NEVER feed their woodchippers.

Some operators, driven by their curiosity, may experiment, unfortunately resulting in personal injury or equipment damage. To promote safety and efficient usage, let’s first iron out some of the common forms of materials you CAN feed your wood chipper.

Chip This!

So, what can you chip? Bandit woodchippers, like most, are designed to process various types of organic materials, like wood, branches, limbs, brush, and other forms of vegetation, into smaller chips. It’s important to note that different models offer varying capabilities. Your operators should always follow their user guidelines for the specific model they’re using to avoid causing harm to themselves or the equipment. But when used correctly, your chipper can be a pleasure to operate!

Don’t Chip This!

Bandit woodchippers, while impressively sturdy, can only feed on certain forms of materials. Deviating from the approved list of feed materials can result in adverse outcomes such as chipper damage, safety hazards, and potentially harmful environmental impacts. Now that you’re armed with the knowledge, let’s go over a few of the materials that should never go anywhere near your wood chipper.

Grass and Leaves

A leaf here and there won’t pose much of a threat, but if you’re trying to feed your chipper solely leaves, you’ll have a problem. The same goes for grass, which holds a lot of liquid and can quickly block up or even break a wood chipper.


Pet waste and manure should never be fed into a chipper. It’ll smell bad and gum up your chipper’s teeth, causing more work for your operators as they’ll be faced with a difficult and disgusting cleaning job.


Our wild card for the list, but not to be underestimated, as coconut shells explode into a million pieces when placed into a chipper. On top of being a general safety hazard, coconut shells have the potential to pose a threat to both you and your chipper.

Chip, Chip and AWAY!

Regardless of whether you’re a seasoned professional, or an enthusiastic newcomer, having a clear understanding of what materials are suitable for your chipper is crucial. At Cal-Line, we offer a diverse range of Bandit wood chippers ready to be swept off the lot! If you still want more, check out our inventory or give us a call!

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