Chipper / Shredder Maintenance Guide

Routine maintenance is a must in order to ensure the performance and longevity of your outdoor power equipment. Complete these simple tasks to keep your chipper/shredder operating at a peak level.



Chipper/Shredder Maintenance

Before each use

Every 8 hours

Every 25 hours

Every 50 hours


Clear Grass & Debris Away from Muffler & Engine


Clean Control Linkage


Fill Fuel Tank



Check & Fill Oil


Lubricate All Moving Parts  


Lubricate Chute Release Rod  


Lubricate Control Levers & Check for Smooth Operation  


Lubricate Hopper Assembly & Discharge Chute at Swivel Pivot Joints. Test Full Range of Motion.  


Replace Air Filter    


Change Oil      


Replace or Sharpen Chipper/Shredder Blades        


Replace Spark Plug        


Wash Collection Bag        



Chipper/Shredder Maintenance Tips

To keep your machine in good operating condition, follow the maintenance chart above.  It's also important to purchase original manufacturer chipper/shredder parts when replacement is necessary.  The maintenance tips below will help you maintain your chipper/shredder properly.

  • Check bolts and screws for proper tightness at frequent intervals to keep the machine in safe working condition. Replace if necessary.
  • Stop the engine and make certain the impeller and all moving parts have stopped moving before cleaning, repairing or inspecting. Disconnect the spark plug wire to prevent the chipper/shredder from starting unintentionally.
  • Maintain or replace safety and instruction labels as necessary.
  • If the flail screen becomes clogged, remove and clean it. Cleaning with a forceful spray is not recommended as it could contaminate the fuel system.
  • Use a brush or dry cloth to clean the chute and around the muffler.
  • Empty any debris before trying to start your chipper/shredder.
  • Turn engine off if it jams or clogs. Disconnect the spark plug and carefully inspect the machine, removing any material that may be in the way.
  • When done using your chipper/shredder, make sure no debris is left inside, allow the engine to cool, and then wipe down the exterior.
  • Change the engine oil after the first 8 hours of operation.
  • Keep the control linkage clean and debris free to prevent control switch malfunctions.
  • Use light machine oil when lubricating.

Find maintenance parts quickly

When you need parts for your chipper/shredder, you can use the MTD Genuine Parts Part Finder to find the correct one. Common parts include:

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Resolving outdoor power equipment problems as soon as they arise will prolong the life of your machine. Troubleshoot chipper/shredder problems using our symptom guide.


The MTD Genuine Parts Knowledge Center provides do-it-yourself instructions for performing many basic maintenance items, including replacing cutting blades, drive and deck belts, and engine oil. If you find your machine has a bigger problem, use our service locator to find a qualified MTD service provider in your area.


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