All models are built with heavy-duty, 7-gauge chipper housing and trailer construction. Each contains a double-banded belt drive and features a feed chute opening 13 x 14.5 inch. The 14 x 1 inch thick, 49 pound dynamically-balanced disc with cantilever design reduces wrapping while utilizing two reversible chipper blades. A 4.5 inch square optional discharge chute with deflector cap directs the chips and raises the discharge of chips into the trailer or back of a pickup.
All three models have a four-sided adjustable steel anvil. The power source is category 1, 3 point hitch PTO. The PTO has a hand operated belt engagement.
(*NOTE - For Use On Tractors with PTO Horsepower Ratings From 15 hp to 28 hp)
How long will the chipper blades last?
Depending on the type of wood, age and cleanliness, chipper blades will work well for between 5-15 hours. Dry, dirty wood will dull the blades faster. Alternate dry and wet material to extend blade life. Hydraulic feed machines will have longer blade life.
What are the tractor requirements for these chippers and chipper/shredders?
The ECHO Bear Cat 4.5" chipper requires a tractor with PTO hp ranging from 15hp to 28hp. The ECHO Bear Cat 5" chippers and chipper/shredders require a tractor with PTO hp ranging from 25hp to 45hp. The ECHO Bear Cat 8" and 9" chippers require a tractor with PTO hp ranging from 35hp to 60hp.
When do I buy a chipper powered by a tractor Power Take Off (PTO) vs. an engine-driven unit?
If you own a tractor a PTO chipper is a smart economic choice.
Will the chipper fit my tractor?
The ECHO Bear Cat chippers and chipper/shredders are designed to fit all Category 1 three-point
hitches. Chipper weight and tractor hp needs to be taken into consideration. All Chipper models fit Category 1 Quick Hitch.