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Those of us who consistently work with woodchippers are more than familiar with how they work, what they can do, and the different varieties that exist. If you rely on a woodchipper to perform your job, you’re probably so used to operating them that, by now, it may have started to feel like second nature. But do you know anything about the history of the woodchipper? In today’s blog, we’re going to look at the scarcely-known history of this powerful application.

The First Woodchippers

Though there are many different types of woodchippers in existence today, all of these varying types can largely claim the same origins. Invented by Peter Jensen in Maasbull, Germany in 1884, the “Marke Angeln” woodchipper would quickly become the biggest part of his company, which already produced and repaired woodworking machines.

The Disk Woodchipper

As the woodchipper gained popularity and its value and convenience spread, different varieties of this invention started coming out of the woodwork, if you will. The original disk chipper has a steel apparatus with mounted knives that work as its chipping mechanism. This design dates back to an innovation by German inventor Heinrich Wigger, for which he got a patent in 1922. This design features reversible hydraulically powered wheels that draw the wood from the hopper to the disk, which is mounted perpendicularly. As the disk spins, it turns the large wood pieces into chips. Though this design, and the similar models that have followed it, is not the most energy-efficient woodchipper, it does provide some of the most uniform wood chips. The disk chipper is most commonly used by commercial tree care companies.

The Drum Woodchipper

The newer models implement mechanisms with an oversized steel drum powered by a motor and usually employs a belt. The drum is installed parallel to the hopper and rotates toward the chute. The drum can also serve as a feed mechanism, bring the wood in as it chips. This “Chuck-and-Duck” chipper has some significant drawbacks and safety concerns due to its auto feed mechanism.

Though the woodchipper is a normal part of our lives and it’s not unusual to see them all over the place, it’s always interesting to learn the beginnings of these inventions and machines that we’ve come to rely on.

The Chipper-Stopper

Though these powerful machines can be dangerous, there are ways to ensure that you’re always protected and productive. The Chipper-Stopper is an electronic motor brake that permits rapid stopping of AC motors by DC injection braking, creating a stationary magnetic field inside the motor. You’ll find that with the Chipper-Stopper, braking is smooth, adjustable, and frictionless. Get this low-cost, innovative motor brake for your high inertia applications like woodchippers, centrifuges, and hogs.

Ambi-Tech Has The Answers

Spinning, rotating, and cutting tools and applications can often result in problems with production and even serious, life-threatening injuries. With our maintenance-free, easy to install electronic motor brakes, you can stop your applications quickly, which can give you peace of mind, help you be more productive, and avoid safety hazards. Contact us today to learn about all of our models or with installation help!