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Author Topic: Chipper for 50 acre wooded swamp  (Read 2095 times)

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Offline mweichert

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Chipper for 50 acre wooded swamp
« on: April 05, 2019, 09:52:38 AM »
Hi there,

First all, thanks for reading. I truly value your time and opinion.

I have a 50 acre woodlot part of the Greenock swamp complex in Ontario, Canada. The forest floor is covered in rotting logs, branches, and debris. It hasn't been cared for at all, with one tree falling on top of the other tree.

I'm thinning the forest and do selective harvesting for firewood. I end up with a lot of brush that I would like to run through a wood chipper. The chips make it easier to get around with the side-by-side. I'd be chipping white ash, tamarack, cedar, and white pine.

Because of the swampy conditions, I'm afraid to take my Kioti DK45 tractor into the bush. So instead of a PTO chipper, I'm looking for a towable gas powered chipper. My budget is around $1500-2000 USD.

I've narrowed it down to the following:

Woodmaxx DC-1260:
Ducar 4" Gas Chipper (made in China)
DR 11.5 FPT:

If anyone could provide their opinion on what unit would work best I'd very much appreciate it.


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Re: Chipper for 50 acre wooded swamp
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 07:40:30 PM »
I would guess puncture resistant tires ,  flotation aids for the side by side and a small winch of some type may be more useful than a small chinese wood chipper.

Also chainsaw waders and some one to pull you out if you get stuck. 
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Re: Chipper for 50 acre wooded swamp
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2019, 12:02:26 PM »
I doubt you'd be happy with any of your choices. I had a 4" chipper that I bought to grind brush around my 2 acre yard. I used it twice and sold it as it was just too slow, even chipping 1" brush, to be feasible.  These are all residential chippers and not made for the kind of use you're talking about. Stepping up to a 25 hp chipper would probably do your job but the price jumps up to $15 to $20,000.00.  
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Re: Chipper for 50 acre wooded swamp
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2019, 03:13:47 PM »
Welcome to the forum.
I have places that look like that. But only about 20 acres. I bought a OWB to burn the big wood. Well really anything 2 inches and up. ;D  When I do leave brush in the woods I try to cut it up in pieces no longer than a couple feet. You would be surprised how quick that goes into the ground. I have a tractor and sometimes I have to drive over my brush. Now if thier was pieces in there 4 feet long,it could come up and do some damage. My Father and me was cutting wood here before I built a house. I would cut up the brush in short pieces than too. Yes,it takes time,but how long does it take to feed brush into a chipper? I haul out dead fir and white pine for firewood.
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