I am cutting a lot of brush (stalks 1-2" diameter, never larger than 3")). And a few young trees up to 5" which I am denuding and disposing of the logs separately, so what remains is branches.

I want to have someone take the brush away, and I gather they would chip it first.

How do I cut it for easy chipping?

How do I stack it?

  • I gotta go find this site for you. Forget doing stacking. There are people who have purchased an honest to goodness clean up any and all debris, fill a pup truck full of chips, take it all away with absolutely no effort on your part. Similar to a lumber mill on wheels. I'll go look for those videos...
    – stormy
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 4:58
  • Here is an idea: So many of these companies with all sizes and styles of chippers, loaders and to do it yourself I doubt you'll save moola. video.search.yahoo.com/search/…
    – stormy
    Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 5:14
  • The cut location is not truck-accessible. Blazing a road in there is not possible. Getting the cuttings out 1000' to a truck-accessible location is 90% of the total work and I'd go broke paying anyone labor for that. I have no interest in chipping myself, those machines are too dangerous and I want the chips gone too. Commented Apr 24, 2018 at 13:58
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    I guess I am having a tough time envisioning your project. True, rivers are a big deal with any construction. Most rivers have buffer zones depending on the type of river and habitat. Salmon rivers, streams have huge buffer zones...300 feet to 600 feet from the high water mark of the 'creek' or river on one side is off limits to EVERYTHING. Same on the other side. Why, though, the chips would end up in the river I am not understanding. They decompose, stay in place unless on a slope with lots of water sheeting over the surface...They decompose quickly, within a year with a bit of help.
    – stormy
    Commented Apr 25, 2018 at 7:00
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    Can you burn those branches if there are problems with getting machinery/vehicles to your location? Commented Apr 25, 2018 at 7:02

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I have two chippers (one petrol, one electrical both with max. diameter of 5 cm) but unfortunately both are too small for chipping larger branches not to mention trunks.

This spring I've decided to remove about 50 apple trees and since I didn't want just to trow whole trees away I did this:

  • removed limbs/branches and moved logs away
  • cut larger branches into smaller parts (trying to have them as strait as possible)
  • stacked branches in few piles so that thicker part of branches are aligned in same direction (towards the chipper) for easier feeding into machine (like in my superb drawing :D )

         \ | / 
           |    <- (piles of branches)

Most chippers have some kind of funnel shaped opening/feeder so you can't really put branches in reverse position. Once the chipper grabs one end of branch and starts grinding, it will continue to pull in the rest of it.

If chipper is manually loaded, having branches aligned in same direction will shorten amount of time (and stress if branches are tangled).

Anyway, IMO it all depends on size and type of chipper. With really big machine it doesn't really matter what goes in and in what direction.


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