2 Days Ago
I have probably $4k into my Chuck and duck, purchase and mechanic repairs, beyond maintenance. I've had it now for 10 of its 40 years. It doesn't like the heat so much any more. Probably like to get a second chipper soon as possible, but want to finance a house instead.
An old employee wanted to rent mine from me instead of a bc1000, again. Same trees.
Fast fast fast on straight limbs. The longer the better.
Hydraulics have some major perks.
I don't think the "dangerous" CnD are the ones that eat people. Face screens for all chippers imo.
A hard used hydraulic machine might have more maintenance.
That telescoping, swiveling chute is a HUGE improvement over a straight discharge chute, or straight with a side/ROW discharge door.
Your never going to get a hydraulic chipper for $1000, and some hours.
If you have more time than tree jobs, seems like a reasonable risk.
Be certain you can get blades and anvils, and the blade mounting isn't screwed up in any way.
Having a back up for is huge, if you upgrade.
I have 4 trailers, one day for months unused. Yesterday, I need it. It costs me $35 for tabs a year. Backup save money.