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10 hp Troy Built chipper pull start frozen

My chipper was running fine. Ran out of gas and now the pull start won't turn. It appears to locked up. Is there a safety switch.

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If a branch was already being chipped when it ran out of must clear the hopper of any chunks of wood in it. Pull the plug wire and use a metal pry bar to dislodge any pieces of wood. when the flywheel runs free, put the plug wire back on and the choke on. Try it now!!!

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You can also check the air filter / exhaust. the usually have some foam type insert in or around. if it looks melted and not spongy you'll wnat to replace it.

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