what size chipper should i get?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnwizards, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    i just recently cut down a very large tree with tons of limbs. i want to mulch them up and use on my property. my question is, what size chipper should i get? i'm looking at a 5hp with a 3" capacity. is that big enough or should i go larger? thanks for the replies..

  2. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    no replies??? surely someone can help me on this one....
  3. bushtrimmer

    bushtrimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 351

    Don't waste your time on one of those. Get everything together from around property at once and rent a vermeer.

    Just because it has a 3" capacity doesn't mean the engine will chip up a 3" branch. It would take a week for a decent size tree to chip.
  4. Tony Clifton

    Tony Clifton LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 865

    I wouldnt go with anything less than a 9", a 12" is preferable. It would literally take you weeks with a 3" like bushtrimmer said.
  5. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,569

    A 5Hp 3" is really only good for "twigs" and I don't think you'd be happy with that. As someone else said between that and renting I would rent a bigger one.
  6. Liberty Lawncare

    Liberty Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Rent one thats what I do every time I need one. Those little 5hp things will have you going nuts :realmad:
  7. Flex-Deck

    Flex-Deck LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,845

    Get one big enough to do the job - Wow how difficult is that - you do not seem to be in the chipper job full time.
  8. dkeisala

    dkeisala LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 911

    Everyone is right - I've got a clean up job coming up that requires removing several vine maples in the 4 inch caliper range. Stopped by SunBelt today to check on rental prices. 6" inch chipper with a 25 horse Kohler runs $162 a day (includes equipment protection plan).
  9. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 1,796

    Depends on the size of limbs and how fast you want to get it done. Lots of smaller limbs use a drum style Altec, faster than a Vermeer or Morbark becuase there are no slow feed wheels but if doing large limbs you want a bigger capacity throat and that would be the Vermeer or Morbark territory. Don't bother with a small one.
  10. lawnwizards

    lawnwizards LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,439

    no i'm not a chipping expert flex-deck. you jackass. if you would've read my post you would know that. quit trying to pad your post count with meaningless replies... Everyone else... thanks for the advice.


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