If you have more acreage, you need more power to keep up with tree clearing, trimming and debris handling. Which makes the SC5540 the perfect machine for the job.
ECHO Bear Cat's 125 pound balanced rotor and 4 reversible chipper blades have a well-deserved reputation for converting mounds of tree branches into mounds of mulch and compost material.
Equip your new SC5540 chipper/shredder with optional 1-speed or 2-speed blower systems and it will pile the material where you want it.
Because the optional blower discharge chute rotates a full 360 degrees and is equipped with an adjustable deflector cap, precision placement of wood chips can mean filling up a pickup box, trailer or wagon for quick clean up and less labor.
*NOTE - For Use On Tractors with PTO Horsepower Ratings From 25 hp to 45 hp
How long will the chipper blades last on my chipper/shredder?
Depending on the type of wood, age and cleanliness, chipper blades will work well for between five and ten hours. Dry, dirty wood will dull the blades faster.
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.
What is the maximum size of material will these machines chip or shred?
The ECHO Bear Cat 2" chipper/shredder will chip up to 2"and shred up to 3/4" diameter material.
The ECHO Bear Cat 3" chipper/shredders will chip up to 3" and shred up to 3/4" diameter material.
The ECHO Bear Cat 5" chipper/shredder will chip up to 5" and shred up to 3/4" diameter material.
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.
When should I chip?
If you don’t plan composting the material, material is green and stringy or larger than 3/4" in diameter.
When should I shred?
If you plan on composting or if the material is smaller than 3/4", use the shredder. Shredding is also an efficient way to reduce the volume of leaves or prunings.
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.