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    Default 3pt Chipper

    Hey guys,
    I'm interested in getting a 3pt chipper. I have a kubota B2910.

    Not looking for anything too big. I'm looking to stay under 1500 bucks if possible. 4 to 5 inch capacity would be fine.

    4 to 5 inch wood is firewood at my house.... so I'd be generally working with smaller stuff.

    Would like a shute to direct chips.

    Any idea's, websites with models and prices?

    Regards,
    Chris

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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    If you search for "chipper" in the Attachments forum, you'll find lots of information. Here's a recent thread .

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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    If you want a 3 pt. wood chipper that will work all day after day and live a long time, one will, a Vermeer. Salsco and Bandit make good chippers as well. The Valby is unproven yet but the design is similar to all the others. In development are the CCM 3 pt. chippers for compact tractors for 4-6" logs. The target retail price is less than $2000 for the manual feed and less than $2500 for the hydraulic feed. Expect them to be available for the fall of 2004.

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    We went through the 3pt chipper routine a couple of months ago. We've got a small orchard, a larger wood lot, plus a ton of general yard debris we were interested in chipping for mulch and general cleanup. The first decision for us was deciding between a chipper -vs- a chipper-shredder. Ultimately we decided on a chipper-shredder BECAUSE the smaller debris (pruning debris from the orchard, primarily) often made it through the chipper blades not fully chipped. We tested this on a number of 4-5" chippers. We then looked at the chipper-shredders from Bearcat. There are a couple of models Bearcat makes that chip and shred -- I believe they are the 70554, and 73554 (should check these on their website). The 73554 retails for approx. $3,500, but we easily negoitiated down to $3,000. This machine has been a GREAT chipper, handling up to 5" stuff with no trouble, and a shredder that makes wonderful mulch on the smaller debris. HOWEVER, we found that we've been somewhat dissapointed with the shredder because, if overloaded, it easily clogs and has to be broken-down to clean out the shredder tumbler. We understand this is not a problem with the 70554. As we've learned how to feed the shredder, we've largely gotten past this problem. The 73554 also has a fantastic blower, which has worked wonderfully (including modifying for dropping directly into a dump cart). In our search, we haven't found any 3pt chippers or chipper-shreddes in the $1,500 price range -- my guess is you'll probably have to get into the $2,500 range at least.
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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    I have looked at ones in the 2500 to 3000 range. They're nice just a little more than I wanted to spend.

    I did like the bearcat 70554 unit as it looked small and easy to store. THe Valby and Patu models are very large and won't fit inside with my machine.

    Regards,
    Chris

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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    From all I've heard, the 70554 is supposed to be a great chipper shredder. It's basically the same chipper as on the 73554, and the shredder is simpler/works better. The biggest downside is the availability of a blower -- the blower they make for it is a smaller (I think 4") unit, and it's mighty pricey (around $1,000, I've heard).


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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    EFC in Washington state is still advertising a unit for $1600 that looks pretty good.

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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    Just a couple of comments on Valby. Valby has been around a long time and are very well proven,extremely reliable smooth running chippers. I ran a Valby 150 for about 10 years on my Ford 2120 until I traded up to a Valby 160 with hydraulic feed. I have tried out a few other brands and find the Valby to be at the top of the heap. As far as storing it, the footprint is quite small.
    Any ohter questions, just ask. Andy

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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    Hey guys, hope you don't mind if I add my two cents.
    The Valby and Bearcat are both good units. If you want hydraulic feed I prefere the Valby over the bearcat. If you want the heavest duty and best preforming unit the Salsco 824 and 826 have it hands down. If you have not tried one you should. The Patu is a well made unit but lacks the desired throwing ablity because it is direct drive and only turns at 540rpm the Salsco, Bearcat and the Valby spin at about 1000+- rpm. (less chance of it cloging.)
    Good luck guys
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    Default Re: 3pt Chipper

    I've got a Patu DC 40 that I run off my B2910 and am very happy with it. Regarding 540 RPM versus 1000+ RPM, I was concerned about that difference when I first bought my Patu, but after several years of use, I can confidently report that it's immaterial. I've chipped everything from small to large, hardwood to softwood, pine needle branches, leaves, the works. The blower/chute reliably creates a pile 15-20 feet from the chipper, and it's never clogged up, not even once.

    It's once of my favorite implements, but that's like choosing between your children.

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