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Wood Chippers for Industrial and Commercial Wood, Brush and Whole Trees
Commercial wood chippers use a feed mechanism (usually rollers) to bring logs, brush and whole trees towards a set of disc or drum-mounted rotating knives for chipping. Unlike grinders, industrial wood chippers have the precision needed to produce high-quality woodchips that are identical in size; they can even delimb and debark for special fuel or pulpwood chips. Wood chippers sometimes have a grapple for self-loading and an enclosed cab for extra protection against falling hazards.
My Little Salesman recognizes the value of a high-quality wood chip, which is why you'll find high-powered wood chippers meant for industrial and commercial-grade wood as well as thick brush environments. Whether you are chipping away at a single branch or an entire tree all at once, the My Little Salesman marketplace has the right wood chipper for all your forestry and land clearing needs.
How to Choose the Right Wood Chipper
Commercial wood chippers can either be:
- PTO (Power Takeoff) Wood Chipper – Also called a brush chipper, a PTO wood chipper is typically used for smaller land clearing jobs around the farm. A brush chipper relies on the tractor’s engine for power and can only handle branches of about 6 to 12 inches in diameter.
- Self Propelled – Self propelled chippers typically run on tracks for the best traction and all-terrain handling (wheeled chippers are less common, but are sometimes needed for delicate soils that cannot be disturbed). Tracked chippers can operate on top of fallen trees and brush as long as the slopes are not too great.
- Trailer Mounted – Also called whole tree chippers, trailer mounted chippers are the largest and most powerful of them all, but they can only be used in relatively level terrain with very gentle slopes. Trailer mounted chippers generally can’t get as close to the action as self propelled chippers can; however, they have an extraordinary capacity.
The rotating blades themselves can be mounted on a drum or a disc. A disc wood chipper uses slightly less fuel than a drum wood chipper, but drum chippers produce smaller wood chips. As long as the blades are sharp, both types will produce a fine quality product.
What to Check for When Buying a Used Wood Chipper
- Check to see if the chipper still has the original factory parts. If so, they may need replacing. Also, any aftermarket parts can be a red flag depending on the third-party manufacturer.
- Check the condition of the motor for improvements, replacements and cleanings.
- Make sure the knives have been sharpened.
- Knowing how many hours a wood chipper has been used for can help you guess which parts will need to be replaced right away or in the near future.
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