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    Default Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    I'm in the market for a PTO chipper to use with my kubota L3130. A Neighbor has a Bearcat 70554 5" model. It seems pretty good, but it simply dumps the chips in a pile below the unit, so he has to constantly move it around. Has anyone used the model with the blower on it? What actually powers the blower?

    Does anyone have any advice on chippers? Brands? Models? What to expect to spend? Where to buy (web or local)? I'll mostly be chipping cedar (juniper) trees, and whatever oak branches are too small for the woodstove.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    Doug, there was a long thread on the Chinese chipper. Basically it's a monster, rated to take up to 6" and gobbles everything you can give it. It blows the chips into whatever your filling up, I use an old PU body on a trailer frame. A number of TBN'ers have them including myself. There are a number of dealers here on TBN that carry them and other web merchants as well.

    Good Luck,

    David

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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    Doug, we have sold alot of the Jinma woodchippers with little or no problems, the discharge shoot will direct the wood chips to a extent,we are in Bellviile Texas I'm not sure how far you are from us,we have a new load due in 3-4 weeks if you are close enough your welcome to come by and try one out.

    Tommy
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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    Tommy at www.affordabletractorsalesco.com is no doubt closer to you than myself .... and has a large inventory of parts support if and when needed.

    Here are some misc pictures of the Jinma Chipper ...

    http://www.ranchhandsupply.com/pages/32/index.htm

    Good luck on your search.

    Ronald
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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    Depends on how much you want to pay. Ones available near $1500 are Jinma, DR and MacKissic. The most capable of these seems to be the Jinma. It's a beast though: weighs 800 # and requires "some assembly". Does up to 6", probably about 20 hp min. The Mac is only 160# and only requires about 12 hp and does up to 3". Think the DR is in between.

    For more info, see the list below:

    The following were examined and/or demoed (by the poster):
    Valby CH140F
    Made in Finland. Super heavy duty and capable. Self feeds very effectively. I would have purchased this chipper if price was no object (in 2002 this chipper cost ~$2,800 in the US).
    Weighs 585 lbs (220 lb flywheel); 15-40 hp required; 540-1,000 rpm required; runs at 540-1,000 rpm; 2 knives; max. size material = 6.25" rotating exhaust chute; hydraulic feed can be added. Cost: $4,180 + tax (price quoted by NYS dealer 8/2005; add $3,010 for hydraulic feed)
    Wallenstein BX40
    A great alternative in a "classic" chipper to the Valby CH140. Weighs 400 lbs; 16-40 hp required; runs at 540 rpm; 3 knives; max. size material = 4". Cost: $2,200 + tax (price quoted by NYS tractor dealer 8/2005)
    Salsco Model 600
    An impressive "high speed" chipper, very well built. See more pictures here. The newest Model 600 I saw had a double belt pulley instead of the single belt pictured on the company's website. This chipper self feeds very effectively because of the especially steep intake chute; however, I did not like the steep angle so well. It felt less natural to me to lift material up over the lip of the chute. I think this chipper is an excellent value for the money; I almost bought one. Weighs 388 lbs; 8-40 hp required; runs at ~1,800 rpm; 2 knives; max. size material = 3.5". Cost: $1,750 (quoted by Salsco 8/2005)
    Pequea Machine, Inc. Champion C-3
    This is the chipper I bought. See more pictures here. Simple mechanics, heavy construction. I believe this chipper weighs well over 400 lbs (instead of the quoted weight of 350 lbs). I like the angle, size, and arrangement of the loading chute; I especially like the fold-down cover that becomes a shelf (like the bigger 6" chippers I have rented). Three year old 3" hawthorn feeds smoothly and continuously into this chipper. Simple and easy to maintain. Exhaust chute reverses from side to side, but does not rotate. The chipper base has slots cut for loader forks (too bad my kubota doesn't have a quick-detach bucket system so that I could easily mount forks!).
    Quoted weight is 350 lbs (I think 400+ lbs); 15-30 hp required; runs at 3.3x tractor PTO speed (~1,800+ rpm); 2 knives; max. size material = 3". Cost: ~$2,500
    I bought this chipper new from the manufacturer at the 2005 NY State Farm Days ag show; I paid less than the list price quoted for the Salsco 600 (above).
    Woods Equipment TCH4500
    I saw this chipper (made for Woods by BearCat) at the the 2005 NY State Farm Days ag show. Nicely designed, with a large folding load chute. Belt driven, with a manual lever to tension the belt (i.e., this chipper has a clutch independent of the tractor's PTO clutch). The end of the flywheel shaft is exposed in its housing, and is painted so that it's easy to see if the shaft is rotating. The shroud for the flywheel is slightly elongated upward with a nice big lifting hole near the center of balance of the chipper: easy to sling this machine to move it. Disadvantage: chips are exhausted downward to one side only (wouldn't take long until you have to shovel them aside). This chipper seemed expensive to me at the quoted price.
    Weighs 600 lbs; 8-40 hp required; runs at ~1,800 rpm; 4 knives; max. size material = 4.5". Cost: $3,250 (quoted by Woods 8/2005)
    NOTE: I did not consider the Jinma Model 4 Mechanical-feed Chipper from China, despite (generally) favorable reviews I've seen for the Model 6. The Model 4 (4" capacity) seems to cost almost as much as the Model 6 (6" capacity), and most dealers offer only the Model 6 (which is too heavy for my BX-22 at ~780 lbs).


    The links in the above-copied article don't seem to have carried through. It's in the forums somewhere. Search for it.

    Ralph

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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    Thanks for all the information. Do most PTO chippers make small mulch? By that I mean do they make something you could use in a garden mulch pile or on hiking paths? The Bearcat I looked at had something like a 2" screen, and nothing got through until it was smaller than the holes. The one thing I want to avoid is the big chunks I see thrown by those giant machines when they clear for roads around here.

    Tommy,
    I may have to come visit you to check out what you have. It looks like you are near Houston. I'm up northwest of Austin.

    Doug

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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    The Jinma has small chips good for what you want,We just sold one this week to a guy at Lake Travis, I could call him to see if he will let you take a look at his I'm sure he would not mind.E-mail me to let me know and I will give him a call.If not you are welcome to come by our shop.We are about a 1-1/2 from Austin

    Tommy
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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    Having chipped all week I can pass along this tip. On our shredder, one made in France, the manual says that it will chip better if the wood is dry. We ahve found this to be true. Chipping green wood, branches just cut off the tree, it jams our chipper. Today we shredded branches we cut a week ago and the chipper ran much better.

    Some day I would liek to get a new chipper. I do not like the fact that there is no exhaust chute, the chips jsut accumulate underneatht he chipper. It is a PIA, we ahve to rake them oway in order to make room for more. We are chipping volumes, acres of brnaches form our olive trees. Tomorrow we will finish the highest terrace, man that will feel good.

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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    My Mac has a medium screen (about the same as the medium one of the course, medium and fines ones I have for my TroyBilt). This screen makes nice mulch. Just this afternoon, I had to get a couple buckets of mulch to put on top my newly-planted asparagus. The pile was steaming when I dug into it, and it's down now after my taking about 9 loads of bucket plus carryall down to my garden plus another 3 loads to my tree/grape vine/blueberry rows. So, it was only about 3 feet tall instead of the 4 to 5' when it really was cooking.

    My pile has about 50-70 bags-worth of leaves that had been run through the Mac plus some tree shreddings plus sawdust amended with fertilizer to get a 30:1 C:N ratio.

    Ralph

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    Default Re: Help Please! I Need to buy a Chipper

    20060318

    My Woods 5000 chips and shreds based on the opening you feed (has 2). It seems to work well with my BX-2200 (soon to be B3030 or JD 3320, etc, with CAB!! AC!!), but my experience is limited since I bought right b4 winter and did not do anything after November last yr.

    Cautionary note--I had a heck of a time finding a PTO shaft short enough to work in the tight space.

    I did get frustrated fast with the dumping of chips and bought a blower from Leinbach in Winston-Salem, big Woods dealer, over Christmas. That may get installed tomorrow, depending on the East Belmont Farm eq auction, near Ralph in C-ville (you going? Look me up via the white F-350 diesel, with spouse).

    Those others sound good as pure chippers, but I wanted shredding as well.

    J

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