Small chipper to condense shrub trimmings

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Az Gardener, Oct 6, 2005.

  1. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
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    Is any one using a small chipper/shredder to condense shrub and small tree trimmings? I was considering mounting a small chipper to a stake bed so when we trim (not hedge) shrubs we can go longer between dumps. We have a lot of woody ornamentals that take up a lot of capacity but not much weight. I would like to know if any one is doing something similar and what machine they are using. And finally is it worth the grief?
  2. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    My big concern is that given the size of the machine I want it is what a homeowner would buy, but I would be using it daily 8 months of the year. So I would need a commercial unit. I haven't seed one around here, just homeowner models. Any feedback would be appreciated.
  3. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Messages: 2,419

    My belief in a chipper is this. The engine is the pudding. The "blade" is basically a big assed disk with a slit in it and whatnot with the small "blade" cutters.

    If you want something that you think will last longer, either get one with a commercial grade engine on it or buy a homeowner model and then put an engine with a cast sleeve on it or get a Vanguard model and stick it on there.

    I would however stay away from the models that use plastic type materials for the chute and feed side.
  4. mmacsek

    mmacsek LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 549

    I bought a Mighty Mac 10hp chipper/shredder this past summer. It exceeds my expectations. I think they classify it as light commercial/heavy duty homeowner. The shredder can handle up to 1" dia. and the chipper up to 3" dia. The engine is 10 hp Briggs Intek I/C. The design hasn't changed since the 60's. I tend to push chippers to the limit and it didn't burp. It has 4 pneumatic tires and I paid about 1500.00 for it. They also sell a tow behind model with a Vanguard 18hp and bigger capacity for about 4000.00. Don't let thesize fool you. Good luck. Matt
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    I have one from TSC a homeowner model and use it for exactly what you described. It works great to reduce the volume on debri but it only gets used 1-2 times a yr. Had it for about 10 yrs and might have 150 hrs on it. never had any problems, But I doubt it would hold up to daily work and its also small if you want to save time.
  6. DuallyVette

    DuallyVette LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,957

    My neighbor had a small chipper. It looked like a waste of time. I bought a Morbark 2090 9 inch. I use it for limbing up trees and cutting shrubbery way back. Nothing less would do IMHO.

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  7. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812

    Sweet:D :D payup
  8. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    That machine there is NOT a waste of time. I have a friend who rented one one time so I used it on that Sunday to take care of the limbs of 4 tall spruce trees I took down in my yard. Cool machine.
  9. KurtisInIowa

    KurtisInIowa LawnSite Member
    Messages: 60

    I think they are great to have. Never had a problem with mine. I have an old Promark 6" disc chipper mounted to the front of a dual axle trailer with a dump box on the back of it. I get to unhook it and get my truck back at end of day. Plus, I converted the air intake to a leaf vacuum which also works great! I have a smaller niche in the tree market so for me it's perfect!
    My only advice/caution for you is that i've found that it's the shrubs, like juniper, cotoneaster, holly, etc that can be a real bear to chip. Those shrubs like to grow all knotty and curly which makes it tough to feed into the chipper. But i say go for it.
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