So here is a question I have pondered for a while now.
Knowing how expensive it is to service my tractor, and how much fluid (motor and hydraulic oil) is involved (and needs disposal) when hourly limits are reached, is it worth the hours and wear and tear on the tractor, which is useful in an infinite variety of other tasks around the homestead, to run a pto driven chipper?
Would a self- contained chipper i.e., a chipper with its own motor, be a better option vice putting the hours on the tractor?
Granted, a self contained unit means yet another engine to maintain and repair. I suppose a key factor is how much you think you will use the chipper - the occasional downed tree is one thing, clearing a section of land with a lot of brush and small trees another. Let’s assume 8 hours per month.
What do folks think?