My electric wood chipper / garden shredder is not starting

  1. Remove the black plastic cap from the side of the machine and rotate the outer nut on the end of the shaft. You should be able to spin this using your finger and thumb. If the drum is not moving freely using your finger and thumb, remove the hopper and clear any blockages from the drum, spinning it back and forth to ensure all debris is removed.
  2. Ensure that the hopper is secured tightly in place using the bolt. The bolt is a safety mechanism for the chipper so the machine will not start without the bolt being in place and tightened.
  3. Check the fuses on the device and the main power supply, including any extension cables. Also, reset the trip switch which is a small clear button located beside the ON/OFF switch on the motor. If you’re able to press/click the button, this means that the machine has tripped.

Q: What are the common reasons why an electric wood chipper may not start?
A: The common reasons include blockages in the drum, an unsecured hopper, blown fuses, and tripped switches.

Q: How can I check if there are blockages in the drum?
A: Remove the black plastic cap from the side of the machine and rotate the outer nut on the end of the shaft. You should be able to spin this using your finger and thumb. If the drum is not moving freely using your finger and thumb, remove the hopper and clear any blockages from the drum, spinning it back and forth to ensure all debris is removed.

Q: What should I do if the hopper is not secured tightly?
A: Ensure that the hopper is secured tightly in place using the bolt. The bolt is a safety mechanism for the chipper so the machine will not start without the bolt being in place and tightened.

Q: How can I reset the trip switch on the motor?
A: The trip switch is a small clear button located beside the ON/OFF switch on the motor. Press/click the button to reset the switch.

Q: What should I do if the troubleshooting steps do not resolve the issue?
A: If the machine still does not start, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the manufacturer’s customer service for further assistance.

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