Branch Chopping Machine

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  1. candor

    candor Moderator/IT Guy

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    Came across this recently, thought it was a novel idea for cutting up branches.



    It seems you can order the chopping unit from poland and build your own machine around the rest of it, or order a fully built machine too.

    Is there anything like this available in Ireland or the UK? Most seem to be mulchers rather than choppers.
     
  2. Mike

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    These are quite popular in the UK, and there are a few of them working this side of the water too afaik.
    http://www.welmacuk.co.uk/branch_loggers.htm





    The only problem I see with them is, what is the end product fit for really, unless you had and external burner that you could toss the whole bag in.
    For a normal fire/stove, I think drawing that stuff to it all night could wear thin.
     
  3. candor

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    I agree, for a lot of the small stuff, it'd get tedious, mostly thinking 2" to 4" material, I find it good for making a decent bed in a fire and may as well use it up.
     
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    They probably bundle it up as kindling nets?
    Quick way of doing it anyway!
     
  5. muckymanor

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    Have you got a link to where you can order the chopper unit?
     
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    Meant to follow up on this sooner. Here's a diy option that could be put together easy enough using an axel and drive and a good sized rim.

     
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    I spotted something like that before, a good idea and as you say, easy to make. Wouldn't be difficult to make a depth stop either.

    Either design would need decent guards around it for safety!
     
  9. Treemover

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    I meant to pop up a few photos of the machine I bought last year;

    Its not able to take big stuff, but rather small stuff the thickness of your wrist; say 5cm diameter.

    Great stuff to burn or get a fire going; and it dries out in no time.
     

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    Where did you buy that treemover? I was looking at them at lamma, a mate of mine bought a few of the chopping boxes and is making his own. They seem to be a great job.
     
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    I bought it direct from the manufacturer. Let's just say the uk distributor was taking a massive margin.

    There are cheaper alternatives, but I need this to pass health and safety for sites; which other cannot.

    It wasn't cheap; two and a half times a competitor!!! But it is well built.

    Very quiet compared to a woodchipper. It's like a silage wagon verses precision chop.
     
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    What make is the tractor that you have it mounted on ?
     
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    It goes behind everything;
    Mf 575,
    But in that photo it's a kioti ck35
     
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    Any recommendations for a branch chopper to suit a farmers own use, pto driven .
     
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    There's lots for sale on the internet, everything from €2000 upwards. Never seen one other than my own in the flesh, so can't really comment.

    I think you can hire one, a guy on done deal sells and hires them.

    I offer the service, ie myself, tractor and logger.
     
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    Looks nice but does that actually save any time??
    Someone has spent ages quatering and sawing to length
     
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    Aye its a fair bit of engineering but I also noticed those quartered lengths too . I really only suits uniform stuff . I'd be more interested in the machine that deals with branches and converts them into usable firewood .
     
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