What is the difference between a mulcher & chipper

I'm looking at cutting down some trees on the weekend. Was going to hire a chipper as I'm interested in mulching the garden bed. When I inquired about a chipper the salesman said I should be using a mulcher, not a chipper. Just wanted to confirm with someone with more experience.



LawnSite Bronze Member
Shreveport, La.
You feed limbs into a chipper and it spits out chips, a mulcher is mounted on anything from a small bobcat to the largest dozers and is basically a grinder head that "mulches" ANYTHING in its path. My neighbors have one mounted on a skidder chassis
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There is no machine that can take green chips and convert them to mulch. Don't use that green stuff on your bed it will suck all the nitrogen out as it decomposes.