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Want to buy Looking for chipper or chipper-shredder recommendations

NuclearNick

NuclearNick

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Hello,

I'm looking to buy a better chipper or chipper-shredder than the old piece of junk I've been fighting with. I'm trying to keep this around $2K. I'll use it to chip/shred brush piles in about 6 acres of timber and mulch around the house, trees, trails, etc. Biggest pieces I'll attempt to chip are probably ~3 inches.

Any recommendations out there on brands / models to seek out (or avoid)? There are a few DR and Bearcat models for sale in the local area...

Thanks,
Nick
 
NeSurfcaster

NeSurfcaster

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I'm interested in the echo's too. Used big chippers are just too much money. I'd be happy w/ a new 8" echo for the same price as a used 15 year old 12" vermeer w/ a $hit ton of hours
 
Jere39

Jere39

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I used to rent Bandits and they worked great for an annual weekend of abusing my body, and unloading a bunch of money to the rental company. Then I bought a used DR 16hp chipper. It is hundreds of pounds lighter, more maneuverable. Of course it does not chip the big stuff, but up to 4½" it has been rock solid. I bought a new knife for it, then took my used one to get sharpened as back-up. This DR works great on my brush piles, I can run a tank or two, then put it away while my muscles recover. It has the road kit, electric start and pull start. I'm happy with it, and it cost right in your price range. Just one guy's opinion:

 
ElevatorGuy

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I used to rent Bandits and they worked great for an annual weekend of abusing my body, and unloading a bunch of money to the rental company. Then I bought a used DR 16hp chipper. It is hundreds of pounds lighter, more maneuverable. Of course it does not chip the big stuff, but up to 4½" it has been rock solid. I bought a new knife for it, then took my used one to get sharpened as back-up. This DR works great on my brush piles, I can run a tank or two, then put it away while my muscles recover. It has the road kit, electric start and pull start. I'm happy with it, and it cost right in your price range. Just one guy's opinion:

That’s neat, I prefer to burn stuff like that myself. What’s the tow machine x5 or x7?
 
Jere39

Jere39

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I did. They are commonly called a "log arch", and several companies make commercial offerings for large and small applications. But, many folks make their own. I had the axles and wheels from an old troweling machine trailer that adapted well so I made this one that is perfectly sized to my Deere GT and my ATV. Not to derail your thread, but it works great in my small firewood operation:
 
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