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Old 09-29-2013, 02:04 PM
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I'm looking for a good wood chipper to clear my lot. My budget is around $1500 and if possible I'd like for it to handle 4 inch limbs but I recognize most are around 3 inches

any help would be appreciated
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Many of the rental yards have units.

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I owned a Vermeer BC1200 for a few years. Bought it over the phone, put a couple hundred hours on it, and sold it for close to what I paid for it. With sharp blades it was incredible up to 12". A BC 635 or 650 would handle 6", and many were at rental places. Only issue I had was I needed to replace the main bearing once, and that was a bit steep. I sold it to a rental shop where some idiot filled and ran it on gas.
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Rent one, they are high maintenenance.
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Originally Posted by 301bLLC View Post
Rent one, they are high maintenenance.
Rental is not an option...... I will need something for a few hours here and there..... Plus I have no way to get a full size unit into my backyard.
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Only maintenance is greasing about a dozen zerk fittings, oil changes fuel and hydraulic filter change. Pretty simple, actually. Changing blades is actually very easy once you get it down!

Most (if not all) are self feeding. Other models are not - they call'em chuck and ducks!

Renting is quite reasonable around here.
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That one on the movie Fargo seemed to work pretty good. Not sure of the brand though
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I don't think you are going to find what you are looking for. Rated at 4 means 2. Otherwise they work, but are painfully slow. Fire is amazingly efficient. Or you could get everything cut and stacked, organize so all the butt ends face the same way, and don't make a big pile, make rows maybe stacked 3 or four boughs/branches high. Limbs can be as long as you can handle (actually makes it easier because the machine pulls it in). Don't trim off little limbs or shoots because that is just going to make more clean up. But organize and call the man. The tree guy will come in and do it very quickly and should not charge much. What would kill a little DR type machine he can do in a couple of hours. The right machine can take the whole tree if you can get it to him. Those little machines are not too good. They will do the occasional clean up if you have a bunch of little stuff, but not "clear a lot". Skid loader and fire works. Skid loader and ambusher works well too. Got any pictures of what you are dealing with, and what you are looking to end up with?
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I don't think you are going to find what you are looking for. Rated at 4 means 2. Otherwise they work, but are painfully slow. Fire is amazingly efficient. Or you could get everything cut and stacked, organize so all the butt ends face the same way, and don't make a big pile, make rows maybe stacked 3 or four boughs/branches high. Limbs can be as long as you can handle (actually makes it easier because the machine pulls it in). Don't trim off little limbs or shoots because that is just going to make more clean up. But organize and call the man. The tree guy will come in and do it very quickly and should not charge much. What would kill a little DR type machine he can do in a couple of hours. The right machine can take the whole tree if you can get it to him. Those little machines are not too good. They will do the occasional clean up if you have a bunch of little stuff, but not "clear a lot". Skid loader and fire works. Skid loader and ambusher works well too. Got any pictures of what you are dealing with, and what you are looking to end up with?

I can get some pics...... I have a wooded lot so I can scatter the trunks........ I can burn anything 3" or over....... I am just looking for something to make quick work of the canopy.
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Last year I purchased a used TroyBilt Chipper/Shredder. It has a 10-hp Briggs & Stratton engine. Starts easy and has the right amount of power. The shredder blades (really for leaves and the smallest of twigs) needed sharpening after the fall season of shredding leaves. I had the replace the chipper blades, as one was cracked. I think it was $90 for a set of two. I will be sharpening those extra-strong steel blades before I start this Fall.

When I bought this used unit, I thought it was too big for my needs, but I got to tell you I changed my mind quickly. I think it is perfect for me (residential lot with a number of trees). I wish I would have purchased sooner. It really makes the work go so much faster.

A 3-inch limit on branches for chipping. I have not gone over 2 1/2-inces. Sometimes the feed can be a little stubborn with branches that are curved, but I keep reminding myself that this is still way better than doing everything by hand.



http://www.troybilt.com/equipment/tr...ipper-shredder
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I see this as an opportunity. There are quite a few tractor mounted units. Now you need a tractor, AND a chipper. Mowing deck would be good. Maybe a post hole auger as well. Box scraper might come in handy... Tiller? why not. Oh, and a trailer to haul it all! Loved my Kubota!
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I have a BCS B-100 that I am very happy with. Mine uses the PTO off of my tiller, but they make a stand-alone model also. I have a few different BCS machines and they are extremely well built.
It says branches up to 3", but I have put in bigger and it did just fine. The shredder will make quick work of leaves and canopy type stuff.
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I was given a free Troy Built. Not bad for what it is.
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Burn it....I have a decent home version that I HATE! The damn thing tried to kill me once. I never use it now, I just burn the stuff.
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Crary/Echo Bear Cat.

I think they have 3 and 5" models, but the 5" models are probably over your price range.

The pic above and a revolving need is why I didn't rent one.

I have an 11hp model I picked up used recently. It's a solid built machine with a heavy belt driven drum-spins for a long time with a nice whoosing sound after I shut the engine down. The shredder can handle 3/4" branches and chipper does 3". The only problem with the chipper is that the limb needs to be somewhat straight to fit down the chute-but I think most of the smaller chippers have that problem.

I've used it about 10 hours on old limbs and new growth and am very happy with it. Handles the max with no issues. But as said above, its not as quick as the big commercial towables.
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