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Author Topic: Skid Steer Mounted WOOD CHIPPER- Are they more than toys??  (Read 3034 times)

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Skid Steer Mounted WOOD CHIPPER- Are they more than toys??
« on: April 16, 2017, 09:42:16 PM »
I have been thinking for what I do (ski trail) it would be super convenient and better for the trail to use a skid steer mounted wood chipper. One of the best looks like Woodmax 9900:   http://www.woodmaxx.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MX-9900SS

Does anybody have one of these, or something similar, that chips 8 inch capacity?? How do they work?? What size log will they chip fairly easily?? Will they hold up?? 

I guess also, is there a better brand of chipper that you are aware of??

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Re: Skid Steer Mounted WOOD CHIPPER- Are they more than toys??
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 12:57:22 AM »
 I had never seen that brand before, actually built in western NY. 👍  I don't have a chipper on a skidsteer but have 15+ other skidsteer attachments and we are always shopping around for what works. We do alot of small clearing jobs for septic systems, we did have a 12" Woodchuck disc/diesel and upgraded that to a BC1800XL Vermeer we feed with a 121-3 Kubota excavator.  That attachment actually looks pretty rugged, the vinyl doors won't live long but the rest seems good. My experience is if you figure 2/3 of what they say rated capacity is what a chipper is "comfortable" at, over 12" and mine doesn't really like it, rarely do we put stuff in that big, mostly bull pine. How big of a skidsteer do you have and how much do you intend on using it ? The axillary cooler isn't a bad idea. For 5-6" stuff I think it would probably work great. A decent small used diesel chipper is close to what that attachment costs new, for doing dedicated work like small brush on a ski trail I think it would work great and you may have less maintenance headaches. Certain wood doesn't like to chip or will plug the chute / fan up. Have them walk you thru changing knives, whatever their procedure is, torque specs, bolt life, there's not alot to it but you don't want to do it wrong.

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Re: Skid Steer Mounted WOOD CHIPPER- Are they more than toys??
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 11:32:26 AM »
Thanks for the great reply. I have two skidsteers- a Gehl 7810 with steel trax (100 HP, 13000 lbs) and an ASV SR-80, 80 HP and around 8500 lbs. The Gehl has hi flow of around 38 gallons p/m, so will work well. I think the ASV will also be OK, and would rather use that as is easier on the trail with 20 inch rubber trax.

Like you said, I think with a SS mounted chipper the process would be more efficient, so will likely go that route. The rotor or disk or whatever you call it is around 275 lbs I think, and overall 1500 lbs, so fairly sturdy. Wallenstein makes a PTO drive for 100HP tractors that is much more significant, around 3500 lbs, and 10 inch chipping, so I am at least going to take a look at that, altho I have no tractor. I would have to buy a cheap tractor, and that would be wider and heavier, so probably not the best for my trail, but definitely a stronger chipper.

After I posted I found a Bearcat model that looks to be a bit beefier, altho I'm not sure better. There is a Bearcat dealer in town, but the Woodmax is a purchase direct from manufacturer, altho thru research I have heard they provide good customer service.

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Re: Skid Steer Mounted WOOD CHIPPER- Are they more than toys??
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 06:45:18 PM »
My friend has an ASV 80 or 90 Hp with high flow and chipper
He doesn't like it says it clogs and is to slow
I had a 4" chipper on my first tractor and he told me that worked better and it wasn't even power feed .
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Re: Skid Steer Mounted WOOD CHIPPER- Are they more than toys??
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 09:01:45 PM »
I have owned one of woodmaxx, s chippers for 3 years. Mine is 8 inch PTO drive with hyd feed. I use it to dispose of edging waste and brush cleanup. Im not asking it to do a lot but it works fine.
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Re: Skid Steer Mounted WOOD CHIPPER- Are they more than toys??
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 09:36:20 PM »
It seems that the Woodmaxx or Bearcat that I am looking at can reliably feed 5-6 inch logs. That is not quite as big as I wanted, but will be OK. The convenience of having it on a skid steer makes a lot of sense to me. Still not sure if I'll get the Woodmax or Bearcat, but Bearcat having a local dealer, will probably go that way.


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