I bought a MacKissac 10hp Briggs Intek this past summer. You can pull or tow behind a tractor. It doesn't look massive but it works great!! We had a demo and was impressed. It takes 3" in the chipper and shreds up to 1" dia. The design has been around for years. We paid around 1500.00. Great investment. Matt
I know this is an old thread but thought I would bring it back up as I am in the same boat as the original poster. I need a inexpensive chipper to handle large piles of pecan limbs, up to 3", mostly smaller. I would not use this thing everyday, just after a bad storm when the clints have lots of pecan limbs. The bigger than 3" I saw up for my fireplace. I am tired of hauling off trailor loads of limbs 20 miles to the landfill. I know that a commercial unit is much better but I will not use it that often. Are there any light duty commercial or a decent home owner model. I looked at one at blowes yesterday for 500 but I as scared of the junk they sell. Just looking for suggestions.
Good used chippers are hard to find. And as far as that homeowner crp goes... you get what you pay for. Do some research, find something for a couple grand and you might get a chipper that will take the abuse.