3 Days Ago
Also to mention again the chipper feeding ability of being able to drag what it would take four or five men pulling their guts out to do and effortlessly feed whole parts of trees into my bandit 250(140hp) meant that on open ground with a two man two truck show I could out process any of my comp, feeding a chipper by hand. And do it effortlessly. One guy drove chip truck/chipper one guy drove dump trailer with mini skid. Over 12" wood got tossed in the dump trailer by the grapple and everything smaller got tossed through the chipper by the grapple. Minimal hand work, raking and the odd piece, and minimal effort. But maximum production. One guy would cut while the other would process, or run ropes and process if time allowed. Once I got the sena comm units, that was the icing on the cake for maximizing efficiency. No hollering, no shutting down the chipper. Mini skid OP can be talking to the cutter the whole time.
If it was a climbing and roping tree the mini allowed the ground guy to build quite a pile and easily and quickly move it out of the drop zone, even if they only had time to forward it a bit so they can be johnny on the spot for the guy in the tree. To keep the drop/landing zone clear.