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Steve Bullman

Woodchipper accident in Australia

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Fatal accidents happen every day in the news, but we're quite distanced from it most of the time. When it happens to someone who does EXACTLY the same thing we do on a daily basis...then it hits hard. This news sent me on a dark little meander through the internet, reading up about other chipper tragedies, youtube etc. Stumbled across this clip - a demo of just how quickly a drum chipper can suck a rope in. I was genuinely astonished. I will be much more respectful of these machines in future....

 

 

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I show this video to every guy who starts works on our crew, just before they start using the chipper.
I doubt if the Timberwolf 150 would speed winch you in that quick but it still helps foster some healthy respect for the job in hand.

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10 hours ago, TIMON said:


I doubt if the Timberwolf 150 would speed winch you in that quick but it still helps foster some healthy respect for the job in hand.

That rapid acceleration kicks in when the rope finds its way to the circumference if the flywheel rather than the main shaft. A smaller flywheel would be a bit slower,,,,,,,,,,,,  not so as you would notice but you might just get to live another terrified second

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So in that scenario I assume that the safety cut out bar at the mouth pf the hopper would not have time to work,  or should it be able to stop the feed rollers in a split second.?

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