This photo was taken during one of the chipping sessions this spring. After I park the trailer near the chip pile, I bring the chipper over to the area and park the tractor between the trailer and the pile. The idea is to not spend your time walking back and forth carrying wood to the chipper. Be sure to wear good hearing protection as the diesel and BXM32 is noisy.
I mentioned earlier that I wouldn't get the shredder option if I had to do it all over again. I thought I would be using the shredder more than I do. In the spring, it is easy to snap off the small branches from the sapplings. These are tossed into the shredder hopper as it does a good job of mulching these little braches. That being said, you need to do lots and lots of those little branches to see any sizable gain in the chip pile. Running those same branches through the chipper hopper does chop the branches nearly as well so you end up with pieces of branches in the chipping pile .
I now wish I had bought the next larger sized chipper, which is 4 inches, since the price is nearly the same as a 3" chipper-shredder. The BXM32 will take saplings slightly more than 3" in diameter, which is great, but I would rather be feeding it with 4"+ material. If I had that model, I would just snap the little branches off at the field's edge and not deal with them at all. It would be easier overall and it would be more productive.
Before you wonder why there is no guard on the PTO shaft, it is because I removed it. It had to be the most stubborn guard I've ever had on a piece of equipment. The cuffs on the ends of the shaft are so big I literally can't get the shaft's locking button depressed and slipped onto the shaft stub. And the end connected to the chipper itself had to be removed in order to grease the joint. So I just took it off. With the design of the chipper, it is nearly impossible to get into the danger zone, so to speak, when it is connected to the tractor's 3 point system. The Masey's lower Cat 1 arms are not very long so everythings it up close and tight when connected. I grew up as a kid when guards were rarely found on a PTO shaft and managed to make it to where I am today. Enough about the guard other than I am NOT advocating that YOU should remove any safety guard.
Notice the two pices of 6"x6" wood blocks on the chipper. I don't like running a steep PTO u-joint angle so I place these under the chipper as I'm getting things set up for a chipping session. This raises the chipper itself and reduces the shaft angle which prolongs the u-joint life. I probably won't live long enough to appreciate that little fact but perhaps my grand kids will.
I made the two hopper covers out of some scrap 1"x2" material and some plywood I had laying around. I keep these covers in place when the chipper is not in use. It keeps the rain out and any other foreign material that shouldn't be there.
Here are some chips from the last session. I added a video so you can better see what the chips look like and how well the BXM32 make them.
I've had the Wallenstein BXM32 Chipper-Shredder for several years. It is well made and it certainly does everything it is supposed to do. For you movie buffs, I'm pretty sure it would outperform that little chipper they used in the movie "Fargo". <grin> On the Wallenstein website, the BXM32 is listed under the commercial model category. The owner's manual is very well written and has the obligatory sections for safety, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting. I'm confident mine will be running well after the time I'm able to go cut sapplings for it to chip.
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