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ArtB

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Grandson does summer jobs, gets loaner tools from grandpa.
He dumps on my compost pile (about 14/ acre pile back of house), but compost will be slow as it is all the full branches 6-8ft long.
Told him I'd watch for a chipper of decent size, already have a couple of 'toys', just 5 HP HO type, need something decent, enough to fill a 3/4 T PU or 4x10 trailer in a half hour or so
So, what is a decent size, 4 inch size likely biggest branch he would try to chip.
Have seen some decent deal on Bidadoo.
Recommendations for 'summer job' type, used, want to keep cost under say $3K, can repair if need be.
 
WmTreeCo.

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Sounds like he's already hauling brush to your place?
He could make a bunch of neat piles and rent a big chipper for a day at the end of the season and chip it all.
Sounds like a 6" chipper would serve him well behind a 3/4 ton, but 3k wont get you very far around here on something like that.

I know some small time arborists use smaller 4" chippers that you can load into a trailer, but if your buying used, what's available in your area will be the deciding factor in what you get.
 

old CB

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What you want and what you want to spend are too far away from each other.

The above suggestion to stage slash and rent a chipper every so often is your best option. Even a 6" chipper will be frustrating if you have much volume to feed thru it. A 12" drum chipper would serve you. But $3,000 would probably buy just a worn-out heap of trouble, unless you or grandson are a top mechanic with time on your hands.
 
Jonathon Masters

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I found an old Peco 6" disk chipper when I first got started. It had been sitting for about 3 years but I thought I could get it going. I spent $1250 on the purchase, put new tires, belts, and fluids in it and got the motor running. About a week later the starter snapped clean off the block, so I put a Harbor Freight 22hp on it. Then the pump that ran the feed wheels went out. Finally I had replaced everything on it and it ran like a champ. Lol. It wasn't an auto feed so we had to manually reverse the feed wheels when the motor bogged, but we could easily run 4" branches threw it. All in all I had about $5000 in it, and hours of time working on it and searching the internet for parts. Once I was ready for a bigger chipper I could only get $2000 out of it. Sorry if that wasn't helpful just wanted to share my experience.
 
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