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    Default Wood chipper vs pine needles

    I am looking for a wood chipper which will not jam when chipping white pine...

    The chipper I tried this past week end was jammed with pine needles every 10 min. It was a Couture C20 (www.machineriegcouture.com/PDF-2011/Forest3.pdf‎).


    What is your experience with pine needles ?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Wood chipper vs pine needles

    I chip the entire tops of loblolly pine trees with my Wallenstein BX-42. Needles haven't been an issue thus far.

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    Default Re: Wood chipper vs pine needles

    You might want to consider a chipper/shredder instead of a dedicated chipper. Chippers do well with small trunks and branches...not so hot with the small stuff.
    My chipper/shredder is a Woods 5000 (same as a Crary Bearcat, since that's who makes them (Woods is a reseller only for this particular implement). It's a great machine for the typical yard or small farmette clean up work.

    BTW, do let those pine branches and such set for a week or so before chipping or shredding. Once the sap has dried out, it's much easier to chip. Less sticky to handle too...
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    Default Re: Wood chipper vs pine needles

    Haven't had any issues with my Brush Bandit 250xp, a lot of machine though ! 12"- with 140 horse Cat spinning it.
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    Default Re: Wood chipper vs pine needles

    Likely not an easy thing to accept, But.. On My MacKissic Chipper shredder, I like to feed hemlock in "tip first"

    That way the woody chips work to clear the needles. Sometimes a pain to get strted, but I find the side branches actually fold back and feed more readily than when shoving the but end first. Sharp knives a must!

    (I burn anything over 2 inch , "limb wood is the best wood" And YES, Hemlock throws good heat when it's dry, 'just takes a good size pile of it to do so ;-)

    I have no clue if this works for straight chippers.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Wood chipper vs pine needles

    Make sure the rpm is up where it's supposed to be. Some people like to run them at less than full rpms and the blower doesn't have enough air velocity which tends to clog the chute.

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    Default Re: Wood chipper vs pine needles

    I have a Wallenstein BX-42 chipper only. About 99% of my chipping is Ponderosa pine. If I don't watch the manner in which I feed; the pine pitch will heat up, coat the chute and the needles will clog the output chute. I think most of the pitch comes from the green pine tree and not the needles but the effect is the same. Two thing have helped with this situation: I got a much larger tractor (18 pto hp to 56 pto hp) and as things start looking "sticky" in the discharge chute I send 3-4 dead trees thru to clean it out. Before I figured out what was the cause it would happen every ten minuets or so - now it rarely happens. I have never tried spraying or coating the chute inside with anything. Another thing that will almost totally stop chute plugging - if you can fall the trees and let they "dry out" for a year. I have never had the chute plug when chipping only dried out pines.

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    Default Re: Wood chipper vs pine needles

    I just ordered a Wallenstein BXM42 chipper-mulcher.

    I an confident it will eat all my pines needles without jamming.

    My tractor is a Case DX-33.

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