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Old 11-12-2001, 02:56 AM
Chipper Man Chipper Man is offline
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Ric you are correct the two types of chippers are drum or disc. And yes both may or may not have a feed wheel or wheels. Most disc chippers over 6 inches have power (wheel/wheels) feed. The power feed chippers are buy far the safest.

Many of the larger tree services that do line (utility) clearing use drum chippers (chuck and duck) with out feeders. They like them for a few reasons. They are are very fast and they tend to run for ever. Though most only handle up to 6"- 8"

Disc chippers feed at a some what slower rate but are much safer. The most popular capacities are 6"- 18"

I would stongly suggest buying a power feed disc chipper.

By the way Ric that woods chipper is realy made by Bear Cat.

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Old 12-20-2001, 12:52 AM
Benry Benry is offline
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When your buying a chipper, go for the hydraulic feed it the only way. Buy as much horsepower as you can budget. Buy 30-40% larger capacity than the size of the wood you want to regularly chip (if that makes sence). another words if you want to chip 6" wood buy a 9" capacity chipper. The Bear Cat unit is good for up to 5-6" and great for trimmings and clean up. Chip stuff up to 3 " and fire wood the bigger stuff. Keep the blades sharp, depending on the type of wood and how much dirt is on it you might have to sharpen every 10-15 hrs. of chipping. I have dealers who have rented the same 25HP chipper to Landscapers for 4 years with great reliability.

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Old 12-20-2001, 07:12 PM
E-man E-man is offline
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if you are looking for a used chipper look for local auctions taking place. Back in june we picked up a 7 year old morbark (7" cap.) for $1,600 best purchase we ever made we only had to replace the fuel pump, we just bought an inline pump and it works fine.
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Old 12-20-2001, 11:04 PM
UrbanEarth UrbanEarth is offline
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It sounds like you do not need a unit every day, so why not rent? If you have a place to stockpile, wait until you have no more room, rent a unit for a day, and chip it all at once. I would not want to tie up that kind of cash in a piece of equipment that was not going to be making money on a daily basis.

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Old 12-21-2001, 09:28 AM
Atlantic Lawn Atlantic Lawn is offline
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If you can get by with renting it then by all means do so, as you know it's just one more piece you are going to store and maintain. If you really want one I would also recomend looking at the auctions for a few months you can usually get a steal if you just keep searchin.
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