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Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Out Yonder from Liberty Hill, Texas
BearCat 70554 PTO Chipper
I have had it now for more than a month and I have used for about 15 hours. It is a very impressive with it performance. It cost $3009.00 so before I went out and bought it I did a lot of research on all the major brands. The one thing donít like about is that it discharge chute is on the bottom, I can buy a 360 degree top discharge two speed blower but at a price of $1670.00 I can do a whole lot of shoveling!
It does have reversible blades, and it has a very heavy flywheel, which is a must if you donít want to stress your PTO assembly. I have yet had to replace the blades but it very easy access to them. It is great for the disposal of cedar trees (central Texas weeds) and I have more than enough of those water stealing weeds. For a 4 inch in diameter piece of wood in chips it up about a second a foot! It is also potentially the most dangerous piece of equipment I own, you can lose a finger or hand in a blink of an eye.
I have had no trouble getting rid of the mulch this time of year (I should be selling but I am giving it away to my friends). I highly recommend this chipper it has a branch chute and a gravity feed top leaf chute for chipping and mulching! It nice not having to burn everything and wait for the fire to go out. I still have flashbacks to the movie ďFargoĒ --- Is that you friend you putting in chipper is it?---
I have included a before and after shots of an area that took 6 hours to clear and the mulch it made. I did keep some cedars fo fence post.
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