2019 - Volume #43, Issue #6, Page #17[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Machine “Chunks” Wood Instead Of Chipping It
“It’s perfect for 2 to 6-in. diameter stuff that’s too good to turn into chips but too small to bother with a chainsaw,” says Dave Bish, Plant Oregon, a family-owned nursery. “We have 4 residences on our property that use wood heat, and we need a lot of outdoor campfire wood. Our RP-200 Wood Chunker chops up roundwood and drops it into easy-to-handle totes.”
Bish bought the Chunker from Scott Bagley, whose company Exeterra imports them from Europe to make charcoal. He soon was importing them to sell to people like Bish, who heat with wood.
“It is a simple and safe way to process small rounds and mill edging slabs,” says Bagley. “The chunks are great as plain fuel wood or as kindling for starting fires. They also work well for outdoor grilling and smoking meat.”
The 4 models range from the RP-100 for 3-in. and smaller wood rounds to the RP-200, which can process up to 6-in. diameter roundwood. The pto-driven Wood Chunkers vary in power requirements as well, with the RP-100 requiring only a 15 hp. tractor. The RP-200 calls for a minimum of 90 hp. Bagley reports Bish uses only a 60-hp. tractor on his but is chopping mostly softwood.
“The optional large flywheel really helps with smaller tractors,” says Bagley. “Extra knives can also be mounted to produce smaller chunks of wood.”
The Wood Chunker mounts on the 3-pt. and is equipped with a clevis hitch at the rear for pulling carts or wagons. When equipped with the optional conveyor, wood chunks fall directly into the trailing cart or, in the case of Bish, into totes.
The RP-100 is priced at $3,995. The RP-200 is priced at $7,145. With flywheel and conveyor, it is priced at $8,778.
“The 100 and 200 will soon be available as engine-powered units as well,” says Bagley. “We’ll also have one that can be powered by either tractor pto or engine. The chopping mechanism is also available by itself for those wanting to mount it in a custom configuration.”
An even larger RP-300 is available by special order. It will cut up to 8-in. dia. wood and is equipped with hydraulic rollers for in-feed and a 10-ft. long, 16-in. wide conveyor.
There’s a video of the “chunker” at www.farmshow.com.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Exeterra, P.O. Box 14, The Plains, Ohio 45780 (ph 740 818-4017; www.exeterrallc.com; www.woodchunkers.com).
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