Chipper for Composting

Discussion in 'Sports Field Management' started by MarcSmith, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hey Folks...

    I am looking for a chipper...I was wondering if any of you folks out there have a chipper fro the sole purpose of chipping/shredding for the purposes of composting/mulching.

    I'm dropping about 7-10K per year in landscape debris hauling fees....wich amounts to about 140 tons (unchipped) of debris each year. Being that I go though 1500 yds of shredded hardwood each year. I figure blending in a few tons of chipped/shredded material might save me some $$$$$ each year, plus after the first year or so I should have a pretty good compost pile as well.

    So my question is.....I rarely have anything over 6" that I cut so i figure a 6-12" chipper would be the way to go... basically the ability to show cost savings with in the first few years is key....

    Tub grinders are out, too expensive, and I thought about getting a PtO or a Skid Loader mounts, but I'm not sure i want to put more wear and tear on a 30K dollar piece of equipment....

    Any other Ideas....
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Maybe you could pile it up and have someone bring a tub grinder by every 3 or 4 weeks through the growing season.

    Pogo Tree experts is the company that does all of Montgomery County tree work and come down to your area all of the time. They have grinders of all shapes and sizes, all of them mobile. Well except for the huge monster one on site at his compost location.
    You will have to look up the number, call Mary at Pogo Tree Experts and ask, tell her Bill Skerrett sent you from ICT Organics

    It may work for your budget
     
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have talked to them, they are willing to accept my debris @ 40 a ton. and if they put a 40 yard roll-off on site it would cost about 600 a pull....which twice what I'm paying now for a 30yd pumpster.

    I know that recycling isn't cheap but landscape debris is the one thing, at least in theory, that can be reused on site or given to local residents. Basically becoming zero emmisisons in regards to landscape waste
     
  4. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
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    fecon makes a shredder/grinder thats meant for composting. i think there is one listed on machinerytrader.com
     
  5. Daner

    Daner LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Marc, You have a excellent Idea there...If It were me...I would Look around at the auction sales out your way and try to pick up your own...That way It's there when you need It.

    I could be a start for a whole new composting program for you...that could pay for that chipper In a short period of time.

    Best of luck
    Daner:waving:
     
  6. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    bandit has a new unit 1680 sharp tooth, Son of a beast.....I have not gotten any pricing yet....
     
  7. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
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    We rent a chipper for the course when we have storm damage or when we have built up enough pruning piles to justify it. When they are clearing lines in the area we get them to dump on our site. We use the chips in beds throughout the course and we screen the old composted piles and use the humus in flower beds and new plantings. We are lucking in that we have enough room to do this because hauling it off would be very expensive. Some of the larger treecare companies sell off their equipment every few years and replace it so yoou might want to check with them. They did that when I was with Davey Tree.
     
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
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    On a campus or country club size, I'd do it in a heartbeat if it saves money. And what a nice source of mulch / compost.

    In business, its easier and cheaper to haul, let someone else compost, and buy it back.

    But on a big place, or the right company with space, it can be awesome, as long as you are not double and triple handling debris.

    Makes fine compost. Used to have like 40 truckloads dumped at my parents when I went to college, spread 8" deep in the wooded area.

    Virtually became soil-like in just 2 years without even turning.

    Or, turn and make it even better.
     
  9. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
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    my problem is space...i can store bulk mulch and stuff like like that but I don't have space to hold tons of debris, now chipped debris wont take up as much space so I could work with that. I figure if I pull a 30yd dumspter 20 times a year I've got 600 cubic yards...which assuming a 20:1 reduction(most home owner chippers can get 14:1) I've only got 30 yards of bulk chipped material....I figure 25% would be fines(leaves and small twigs dirt, ect) and would rapidly compost....so i'd be looking at 8 yards of fines and 22 yds of chips....if I pull in a chipper every time i'd pull a dumpster I'm not saving anything....
     
  10. Dollar Spot

    Dollar Spot LawnSite Member
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    In Ohio you have to have a composting permit. I don't know if this is to raise a few more tax dollars or if it's a way to police for possible odors getting to the surrounding neighbors.
     

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