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I have a pile of old wood on my property that I need to either process or haul to the dump, 20 ft wide x 12 feet tall x 40 ft long. I am considering buying a 3point chipper for the small stuff and hauling off the larger pieces. Most of the pile is cherry, oak and some pine, that has been laying on the ground for years (not fit for fire wood).

How well do these type of chippers work, I have a JD790 (30HP) and what brand would you recommend?

Thanks for the help,, Art
 

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I have had quite a few 3pt chippers, because we chip so much I bought diesel stand alone units. The one thing that is critical if you are going to be chipping any volume is to have a feed, generally on the pto units they are hydraulic fed, as for brands the Wallenstein or Bearcat are good chippers.
 

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I use a Wallenstein BX 62, which works great with my JD 3720. It actually requires a little more then the 35 PTO HP that my CUT can provide, but works great as long as I dont exceed about 5 inch diameter wood. With more HP, it can handle up to 6 in (that's firewood to me, however). I think the BX 42 would work great on your tractor given your PTO power.
I dont' have the hydraulic feed on mine, and really, I don't miss it. It self feeds great, unless your trying to chip gnarled, twisted stuff that gets stuck in the feed chute. Also, the blades on my Wallenstein have really impressed me. After chipping a LOT of maple, oak, hickory and ironwood saplings and tops- more then 10 hours total, I was concerned I'd need to reverse the blades (they are sharpened on both sides, so when one side dulls, you flip 'em over and your good to go). However, I opened it up (just one bolt gives access to the flywheel and chipper blades), and it didn't show the slightest indication of ANY use. Those blades were still very sharp!
No experience with any other brands, but very satisfied with my Wallenstein.
 

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if that's your only chipping job, you may wish to rent one for a weekend, and have at 'er.

I have one for my 2305 that is not self-fed... it would do the job... but not too quickly. See pics below.

I guess it depends on how much are you willing to pay?... a new Mackissic like mine runs $1600 I think... you can find them used for $1200 or thereabouts..



 

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Guys

Thanks for all of your help,, I'm now looking for a wallenstein and or a bearcat..

Thanks again:thThumbsU
 

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