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WOT: Wood chippers - the 411?

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I need a wood chipper, and I was about to buy a 10 hp in CL for $250, but a relative lent me his fairly new John Deere 8hp, to try. After an hour of feeding small branches (2"max), I just figure out I was going to be there for 40 hours! The thing didn't suck the branches like one would expect.

Can anybody recommend a better one, or are the ones that tree removal companies use, the only ones that work?

I have a pile about 20'x8'x6' to chip.

tia

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Try and find a rental PTO driven chipper. You'll need to rent/borrow a tractor to power it, but they do get the job done.

I've seen the Liberty chipper work and its most impressive. Nothing like driving the chipper with 30 HP :-), chews up 6" doug fir logs . . .

http://www.libertychippers.com/

John N

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You are better off renting. The DR machines aren't bad, but they take a while. http://www.drpower.com/wood-chippers.aspx

Uncle Rick and I share ownership of a Troy Bilt, but frankly, it's a POS. We spend more time repairing it than running it.

When I have serious brush, I rent. I've tried the attachment to my RC30 (track loader), and it's marginally better than the Troy Bilt, but not as good as the Vermeer rental machine. http://www.ur.com/index.php/equipment/rental/browse/view/?category=Lawn+%26+Landscape&id=442

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thanks for the replies, I guess the bottom line is that anything 10hp and less is baby stuff, glad I didn't buy one. I am slowly removing all the small branches, and will run them over with my riding lawn mower before I stuff them in the composter. (It works) The big ones, I will use the chain saw to cut them in small length to burn in the stoves. I have a burn permit and I am seriously thinking of burning the whole pile, all my neighbors belong to the right, so they won't g.a.f. , but the chickens are down wind and the house has shaker roof, and I really want find a use for the stuff, and not just take the easy way out. Renting a chipper in Hollister is like $400 a day, since they have to bring it from out of town! Oh, well, I have plenty of time these days...

Ray, thanks for the warning too.

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Burning brush is the way to go for smaller stuff.

Keep a tarp over the pile so you can light it when you got a light rain.

Just do not make the pile too big.

In some areas CDF or a local fire safe council will have a chipper program.

Some times a tree service might do it for cheap if they are in the area.

Just pile the brush in one direction. Makes it easier to chip.

Those small chippers are a joke.

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If you do have a 411 then there should be no problem with the pile - you can load it up and take it someplace else then it will be someone else's pile...

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