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Wood chipping

Postby Lt.Mike » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:18 pm

I have a brush pile that was manageable and along came hurricane Sandy. It became a bit larger after that and with normal yearly clean ups has only gotten larger since. I had a small 8hp chipper that needs tlc but I'm thinking it'd take me a year and a day using just that.
I'm kicking around renting the larger homedepot chipper at $300.

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Anybody rented one and do you think if I ran the hell out of it could I get this mess done in one day? :roll:

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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Barnyard » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:29 pm

Should handle that with ease if you keep up with it.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Lt.Mike » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:34 pm

Barnyard wrote:Should handle that with ease if you keep up with it.

Ya? You think so, in one day?
Great! I'm pretty cheap about spending any money much less $300 but I'd like to get this chore done and behind me.
Thanks for the reply Barnyard.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Barnyard » Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:57 pm

Most rental places will let you bring it back first thing the next day for days rent. Get it early at opening, run it too dark and return the next day when they open. Check to see what their policy is. I bet you get done sooner than you think,

Make sure you take your watch off and be careful of clothing snags.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Lt.Mike » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:03 pm

Barnyard wrote:Make sure you take your watch off and be careful of clothing snags.

That's a good point!
Gloves, hearing and Eye protection will be first order of business.
My wife Paula says she wants to help when I do it. Partly because she sees some fun in shredding branches but mostly because she wants that big brush eyesore gone.
I'm probably going to give the property a good cleanup of anything to chip before I rent it and go after all the stuff my little chipper can't handle first.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Barnyard » Sat Mar 04, 2017 7:42 pm

Thing to remember, once the chipper has a hold on the brush, it is gone. If it shags a glove or sleeve it may try to take that with it. Just resist it as much as possible. Keep your hands out of the chute at all times. I usually just stand back far enough to where I can toss the brush in and leave go just before the cutters snag it.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Peter Person » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:19 pm

...or get a burn permit, light it up on a rainy day and it's gone!
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Lt.Mike » Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:53 pm

Peter Person wrote:...or get a burn permit, light it up on a rainy day and it's gone!
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I'd do that but this is NJ, over regulated, overly sensitive and in your business. In a world where we are polically correct, eco-friendly and saved from ourselves my town government would and has hit the panic button at the thought of someone intentionally setting a fire bigger that a barbecue grill.
Fire permits have happened but it's not worth the fight.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Barnyard » Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:10 pm

I've been looking at these piles on my cell phone. Now that I'm home and can see them on my PC it is different. The chipper won't handle some of those logs I see in the top photo. All in all, if all you have is what can be seen cut in the pix, then you should still get it done in a day. You'll sleep sound that night.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby John *.?-!.* cub owner » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:11 pm

I assume you already know this, but the limbs go in butt first.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Eugene » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:21 pm

See if the local fire department can use your debris for a practice brush fire.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby SONNY » Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:48 pm

Most chippers wont handle dead wood!----I have a big Vermeer and they told me to NOT offer it dead wood!---I have tossed in 5" short logs and it will take them, but the ole deutz really smokes on them! On the smaller dia. stuff, I drag as big of limbs as I can (20 footer's) and toss the "butt end" in and when it grabs them they are gone in a split second!----this thing is called a "chuck and duck" stile , but works your behind off! thanks; sonny
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Lt.Mike » Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:34 am

I'm not worried about the bigger stuff as I have a wood stove they'll feed down the road.
Home Depot has 2 units for rent and there's only $20 difference between them so I figure going bigger, less chance of jamming. There is locust in that pile which my chipper can't cut. I swear that stuff is like wooden steel. I won't throw any of that if it's big into their chipper either.
I know about the butt end first thing. One thing that appeals to me is not having to trim the branches into a straight stick first so it'll fit into my small chipper.
Carting it off to be burned elsewhere seems as much or more work than chipping. This pile is 100' Long x 15' wide x 5' high.
I'd love to put a match to it but that's just not an option. At least I'll have plenty of chips for the wet areas of my property.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:12 pm

Shop around on the rental. You may be able to do better on the price.
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Re: Wood chipping

Postby Barnyard » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:34 pm

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