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Author Topic: Chippers  (Read 410 times)


  • Joined Nov 2008
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:50:46 pm »
We have been busy trimming trees and are looking for a good chipper that can cope with quite a lot of work. We have a small one already that does branches as long as they are not thick. anyone any exoerience on these and what is a good one to buy ?


  • Joined Oct 2018
Re: Chippers
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2019, 08:14:04 pm »
Hello :wave:

Try to hire one if its a one off. How thick are the branches. If buying for long term, then forst chippers are incredible and worth every penny. They literally eat the wood, up to 6 or even 8 inches

 If not then Google 'chippers for hire' and there is no shortage of hire opmpanies out there that will do chippers.

Do you know the model of the chipper you have now and what its capacity is, because that might actually be sufficient for a lot of brash if you are just trimming.

Hope this helps :thumbsup:


  • Joined Nov 2008
Re: Chippers
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2019, 09:45:30 am »

We bought a Bosch ATX 2200 garden shredder years ago which claims to handle up to 40mms 40mm. It uses a toothed gear against an aluminium cutting block and is very slow and prone to not cutting through the wood properly. Ate miles of hedging but not up to the job now we're cutting back willow and pine, branches around 3" - anything bigger makes firewood.

Given the poor performance of some 6.5hp petrol chippers on youtube I'll give them a miss and look for something PTO driven, or stockpile the branches and hire a FORST in the summer.


  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Chippers
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2019, 10:53:37 am »
we're cutting back willow and pine, branches around 3" - anything bigger makes firewood.[/font][/size]

Are there no keepers of goats, sheep or pigs interested in this for forage?  I'm busy collecting Christmas trees for the goats at the moment and have been planting willow as forage over the past couple of years so I hope to start harvesting next year.
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  • Joined Jun 2012
  • Devon
Re: Chippers
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2019, 05:47:03 pm »
We bought a PTO chipper for our massey 135 as we have a few acres of old coppice to work through and the chip is always useful for paths and round beds in the allotment and orchard along with adding to the composts. Amazing how much a tree/brash reduces when it's chipped. I've a stack of coppice brash waiting for me to take the chipper down and run it through. we have this one It's probably not up to professional forestry use but it's enough for us and eats surprisingly hefty trees.


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