Pull behind Chipper?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bunton Guy, Nov 10, 2001.

  1. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I bring home so much brush of all kinds. I spend so much money bringing it to my local dumps that I would be broke. So I started bringing my junk home. Im running out of space and thought that I would buy a USED pull behind chipper that you see usually tree companies using. Im looking for a used diesel model not sure what good brands are out there. Looking for something 3-10 years old. What kind of prices would these peices be going for. I figure if I get one I can shred all my brush and sell the mulch or use it myself.
  2. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
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    In my area the majic number is around $6000.00 + depending on year, hours and model. I am in the same boat as you. It would be a lot easier in the long run to own one. I sub out my chipping to a friend, $50.00 per hour.

  3. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    I've looked into this myself for the future.
    I have seen a couple decent units for $5K.
    There are some smaller chippers that handle stuff up to 4" or 5" as well as brush that are around $3K brand new. Can't think of the name though.
  4. General Grounds

    General Grounds LawnSite Senior Member
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    :blob3: i recently pruchased a Bear cat 8" chipper, w/ a 25hp kohler for $7500, brand new, does a great job for what i need it for, mostly cleanup brush.T
  5. gogetter

    gogetter Banned
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    Check out:



    Turfquip has a small used unit available, and tree trader has a classifieds section with a bunch to look at.

    I don't know what size you're looking for, but it's a start.
  6. Chipper Man

    Chipper Man LawnSite Member
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    As for what brand to buy.
    The major brands are Brush Bandit, Morbark, Salsco, Woodchuck, Vermeer and Woodsman. I would think twice about any off brands.
    Good Luck
  7. Chipper Man

    Chipper Man LawnSite Member
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    You on the right track, but be careful you do not wind up with someone elses problems. Chipper are machines of destruction. I would think twice about buying a used chipper. If they have alot of hours on there they are bound to need constant maintenace. As for prices. New chipper prices are as follows.
    6" hydraulicly feed 25hp $10K +-
    9-10" 40-80hp $15-22K
    12-13" 80-116hp $20-30K
    There are many options available. Feed sensing / auto feed is probably the most important one. Many other options are very well worth while.
    I think if you own a decent chipper you would probably have no problem keeping it busy (and making you money)
    Good luck
    Chipper Man
  8. Bunton Guy

    Bunton Guy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey Chipper man what is the difference between the 2 chippers I often see the big guys using one has it lookes like a flat pan style blade with cups on it that shred up the wood. That machine dosent seem to work as quick as the one that has 2 rollers that roll towards each other and kinda pull in the wood. I have seen guys with that type of shreder pull in stuff a foot and a half across. So could you explain the difference between these to it seemed to me that the one with those 2 big rollers was the fastest and most effitient. ????
  9. Guido

    Guido LawnSite Silver Member
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    I think the one with the two rollers is the self feeding nit he's talking about, not sure though, I'm not too educated in chippers.

    I wanted to add my 3 cents though.....If you spend the extra money to get a more reliable unit, the work will come. If your looking to fill some empty slots in your scheduele, you can find a good tree guy to sub out the larger jobs to, and you can come in and finish up once he drops the tree.

    There is also the option of renting it out to other LCO's in your area that can't justify the cost of the machine, but do have an occasional use for it.

    Hope this helps get some more ideas flowing.
  10. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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    There are two basic types of chippers DRUM and DISC. These can have power feed or gravity feed. I am sure there are more designs but these are the basic. I have a 7" gravity feed 20hp disc chipper made by woods( off brand). Power feed is the only way to go with brush because it breaks the crotch and feeds the whole piece of brush to the chipper. You can figure that 10 yards of brush will mulch down to 1 yard. Even junk mulch is easy to get rid of or sell. At one time I had an old trailer that I would blow mulch into but the gravity feed was a pain so I dump now. Chipping was time comsuming. LOL

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