Nowadays, people have invented or discovered a lot of ways in cutting up branches of trees. You always have the option of either using a chainsaw or a wood chipper, whichever works better for you.
If it is just for smaller tree limbs, chainsaw works fine
But, for larger tree limbs, a wood chipper is recommended as it can quickly cut those branches up. Usually, a wood chipper will be used if there is a high volume of branches that you would like to cut up. Though, buying your own wood chipper may be quite a huge investment. Renting a wood chipper may be an option according to its usage. Read on for some tips on how to rent a wood chipper.
Make a choice according to your preferred style and size
There are different models and types of wood chippers out there that dealers or renters may offer you, so choose whichever is useful in your supposed project. Most companies like Bear Cat have a list of equipment available in their website. These wood chipper models available out there are intended for a variety of people—from homeowners to commercial landscapers. Modifications like hoppers and feed rollers are just few of those that are also included.
Ask how to operate the unit and strictly follow the usage directions
Reading the manual helps, but there are unwritten words that can be best obtained by asking the experts or people who had been using it for quite some time already. You have to know how to use it according to the directions provided to assure safety. It is ideal that your renter walks you through it, especially if you have no idea on how to use it carefully. Most renters are willing to help you learn the correct and basic ways of using a wood chipper.
Go over the wood chipper maintenance issues
Like any other machine, the wood chipper needs some maintenance as well, so it is advisable that you have some knowledge on how to keep it in good condition. You may try asking the renter some valuable information especially about storage, transportation, and gas and oil concerns (especially if you will be using an older machine). So, try to ask for information that will be very helpful later on (for instance, whether there are ‘tricks” in operating the chipper).
Get into an agreement on take-out versus return conditions
Make it known to your renter that it is essential for you to know what types of unit damage would get you charged for fees. Try to have the renter understand that you have to come to terms especially in using a wood chipper as it really involves some wearing when used and returned. It will be better if both of you will come to terms and agree on the types and extent of damage that you will be liable or accountable for.
You always have an option to rent or buy a wood chipper. Again, it will depend on your usage. Over time, the fees being paid for the rental for this piece of equipment may accumulate as you rent every now and then. But, if you will just be using once in a blue moon, it will be better to just rent one.