Anne Miller wrote:
[b]What are your thoughts on wood chippers? What are the pros and cons of wood chippers vs the PTO kind?
John F Dean wrote:Last year I bought a Titan BX 42 pto mounted chipper. It is great. It is also around 1500.00. In my experience, smaller units don't do serious enough work. I have a 5 hp chipper that is useless.
Eric Hanson wrote:I understand your wood chipper needs as it mirrors mine from 2009. I have to ask though, if you were to estimate, what is the average diameter of the largest (call it the top 20%) diameter of the tree trunks you need to chip?
James Freyr wrote: May I suggest utilizing your tractor's engine and look for a PTO chipper. Your tractors engine will make may more torque and run a nice chipper than will eat bigger limbs faster.
Eliot Mason wrote:On the other hand, wood chippers are fantastic for getting rid of piles of brush that you don't want to dispose of in some other way. Feed them in and they're ... just gone. Its magic.
The general rule seems to be something like 4-5 hp per inch of chipping capacity.
The real question of a chipper/shredder is "What do you want to do with it?" There's rendering branches into chips, shredding leaves down to leaf powder, dealing with unruly branch crowns, taking revenge on blackberries - and there are questions of where and how often.
Pre cross-country move we had a MacKissic that I'd converted to electric. Amazing. A huge help with yard chores and so easy to just turn it on or off.
So ... if I really needed to buy a PTO version again I'd get something with a chute to move the chips. That's pricey, so I'll probably just be renting again.
John Young wrote:The size of chipper needs to be related to the size of your tractor as well as your expectations of what size of branch you want to feed. I chose a large PTO powered version, a Vermeer BC906, going with PTO to not have another engine to maintain. I am glad I went with a larger unit with a hydraulic feed, I would highly recommend that feature.
This tree was minimally damaged compared to the other trees we worked on today. We will be working on cleaning up storm damage every trip we make for months.