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    Default PTO CHIPPER Suggestions

    I am looking for a PTO Chipper for my kubota L3010 (30hp).
    What is out there. I will not be doing commercial chipping, just around the farm.
    Should I get one for the PTO or one with its own motor and tow it around with the tractor?

    <P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by HarleyBob on 11/28/01 05:48 PM (server time).</FONT></P>

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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions By Vermeer

    I've seen a few, one @ $900. and the other about $1300., don't remember brand names, but wasn't impressed with the size of the stuff they claim to "chip/shred"... 1" and the build was just regular 16/14 gauge light sheet metal...

    For some serious stuff ...4-6" stuff, will cost $3000. plus... or buy a Vermeer for the price of a used tractor...[img]/w3tcompact/icons/blush.gif[/img] {quality stuff though!}
    Vermeer PTO Driven Chippers

    You may be able to find some closeouts on Troy-Bilt 12hp driven chippers for under $1000. I just gave one of my best friend's a like new one... and he loves it!

    Good luck in your search...




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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions By Vermeer

    <font color=blue>I just gave one of my best friend's a like new one</font color=blue>

    What does it take to become one of your best friends, ol' pal, ol' buddy? [img]/w3tcompact/icons/crazy.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions

    HarleyBob: I hope you don't mind a recycled posting. I entered this a few days ago in response to Duckhunter's query about PTO-driven chippers.

    Duckhunter: I spent quite a bit of time researching PTO driven chippers a year or so ago and finally purchased a Valby Model 140 for use with my small tractor. It's a good unit and I'm satisfied with it. I wanted a rugged chipper (commercial quality) and my short list of possibilities included the following:
    Bear Cat www.crary.com (not as rugged as the next three)
    Danuser www.easternfarmmachinery.com
    Patu www.brushchippers.com
    Valby www.valbysales.com

    These chippers are all capable of serious work and long service. The Chinese-built chipper sold by Bolton (www.boltonpowerequip.com) seemed like a lot of chipper for the money, but I guess I've been turned off by the poor quality of some of the Chinese-built tools and things I've seen. The Bush Hog (www.bushhog.com) chipper/shredder was impressive, but didn't have as large and heavy a disk as some of the others. I've heard good things about the Woods chipper as well (www.woodsonline.com); someone in one of the discussions voiced the opinion that Woods chippers are built by Bear Cat (Crary). There are many other chippers, including Chippit (www.entectradingltd.co.uk), Ram (www.rampower.com), Befco (www.sledmaine.com), Gravley (www.gravely.com), Vermeer (www.vermeer.com), Roberge (www.comsearch-can.com), KwikChip (www.fletcherstewart.co.uk), Dr. Chipper, Morbark, Goossen, Brush Bandit, Mighty Mac (made by Mackissic and sold by Northern Tool). Some of these are too big; some are too small. Trying to get information on these will make you dizzy after awhile. By the way, I haven't checked these sites in some time; undoubtedly some will be changed or nonexistent now. And, of course, you need to answer a basic question: Do you need just a chipper or do you need a chipper/shredder combination? Other considerations include: ability of your tractor to power a chipper, diameter/thickness/weight of chipper disk, number and size of blades, size of shaft, type and ruggedness of bearings, direct drive or belt-driven to increase speed, thickness of sheet metal in housing, location and size of feed chute, availability of fan to aid discharge, ruggedness of stand, availability of mechanical or hydraulic feed, ease of use, ease of maintenance, location of dealer, availability of parts. I've undoubtedly missed some key points here, but it gives you an idea of what to look for. Good chippers are expensive. If you are lucky enough to locate a used one in good repair, grab it! I've done quite a bit of work with my Valby and the only problem with it is that it plugs up easily when I run through leaves, grass and vines--especially if they're damp. My Valby is direct drive and its disk turning at 540 rpm doesn't throw the material with sufficient force to enable the machine to purge itself consistently. Also, I don't have a mechanical or hydraulic drive, so I spend alot of time pushing branches into the chute. Surprisingly, my 18.5 hp tractor handles the chipper just fine. Chipping brush takes time, patience and motivation. The mulch is worth it's weight in gold, but it's amazing how small a pile you wind up with after chipping a huge brush pile. Good luck on your search.





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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions By Vermeer

    I'm with Harv !!

    Tis it the season to be jolly or are you always that nice??

    BTW 0 Did you get that toplink I chased a price for you?

    I bought a BareCo ROPS after visiting their site for you and it is crap. Doesn't fit properly, bolts don't line up etc.

    Taking it back soon.

    <font color=blue>Neil from OZ.</font color=blue> [img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions

    GlennT's summary is real good. I ended up with a Patu 4" and have been very happy with it. It too is direct drive but I've never had it plug up. My only complaint is that after about 4 years of use I'm getting tired of manually feeding branches. I get tired well before the machine does.

    I'm personally very skeptical of the 8hp stand alone chippers. The number of them for sale in the papers after being used "only twice" is a red flag to me. I've seen people struggle with 5hp machines, and inch along with 8hp. Being able to run a 4" x 30' maple sapling through in one gulp is real nice, and I can assure you 8HP, or even 11HP isn't enough. Big stuff gives the tractor a work out. I've even stalled mine once or twice (B2910). But, you pay for it. A good 4" chipper will run $2500 and up


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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions

    Woods http://www.woodsonline.com also makes a line of chippers.

    I have a 8100 with hydraulic drive; it takes an 8" log (theoretically), and spits out out no problem. I don't often chip 8" material, but with the large opening and the hydraulic feed you can feed in pretty good size trees (bigger than I can lift or manuever) and it chips them up without a problem.

    Hydraulic feed is a nice option if its in the budget. When working alone, it is a great time saver...feed them in, and by the time you go and get the next piece and then come back the first piece is gone. Went out the other day by myself and cleaned up a several enourmous pile of maple branches in about 45 minutes.

    This is one of my favorite implements, and so far anyway, the most expensive. In hindsight, I am glad I bought it because that $8K would have been about $3K if I had left the money in the stockmarket....[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]


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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions

    Wow, Glenn that is some bit of research you have done. Thanks for passing it on.
    I will plow through some of the websites. I have seen nothing used after some searching.
    I have a feeling the machines get pretty beat up and it would be best to start new.
    Thanks for the help.


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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions

    I bought mine used and it's no worse for wear now after 4 more years. Aside from cutter knife condition, there really isn't much to them, and consequently not much to go wrong. Bearings should be checked etc. but I don't think they are subject to the same abuse and trauma that something like a brush hog or tiller would be.


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    Default Re: PTO CHIPPER Suggestions By Vermeer

    <font color=blue>...What does it take...</font color=blue>

    Lots and lots of years... of putting up with me... [img]/w3tcompact/icons/blush.gif[/img]

    Actually only a couple basic qualities... honest, loyal, consistent, reliable, personal integrity and high morals...[img]/w3tcompact/icons/smile.gif[/img]




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