PELLA, Iowa – Complete with an 89-horsepower GM industrial 3.0L gas engine, the BC1000XL brush chipper is powered by an electronic fuel injection (EFI) system.
Bolstering the BC1000XL is a direct electronic pressure regulator that allows for greater control of fuel delivery, fuel economy and optimum combustion. Among the benefits provided by the enhanced engine components are improved cold-weather starts and lower fuel consumption, as compared to conventional carbureted engines.
Patented SmartFeed technology comes into play when monitoring machine speed and throughput.
This feed-sensing system helps monitor engine rpm and is able to automatically stop and reverse feed rollers when processing large, hardwood material. Operators have the option of choosing three different droop settings that adjust the rpm to fit specific applications.
A clutchless PTO preserves engine performance and minimizes wear to valuable components, including the belt-drive system. The throttle is integrated with the belt-drive engagement process to ensure that the PTO can only be engaged while the engine idles at low rpm. It is then able to automatically throttle up to full rpm after the belt drive is fully engaged; through this process, engagement of the cutter drum is obtained only when needed.
The BC1000XL now comes complete with another patented Vermeer feature, the EcoIdle engine control system. When the EcoIdle function is selected by the operator, the engine speed automatically lowers to a preset rpm after 60 seconds or five minutes of inactivity to help reduce fuel consumption when not chipping material. Due to this idling, noise and greenhouse emissions are also reduced.
Augmenting the safety and ease of control of the machine is the accessible control panel. Located on the right rear of the chipper, the panel is positioned to allow operators the ability to easily monitor gauges and droop settings at all times.
Safety is important when designing a brush chipper, which is why the BC1000XL is equipped with a strategically located bottom-feed stop bar to make it possible for the operator’s leg to strike the bar and shut off the feed, either intentionally or automatically in an emergency situation. A green hold-to-run button is positioned within reach of each side of the feed table to momentarily override the bottom feed stop bar if required by the operator.
Control of the feed rollers is optimized with the four-position feed control bar. The bar is within reach of the operator, allowing him or her to alternate the rollers from forward to reverse. Additionally, pushing or pulling the control bar will automatically stop the feed rollers.
Throughput can be expedited on the user-friendly BC1000XL. A large 12-inch (30.5 cm) tall, 17-inch (43.2 cm) wide infeed opening can decrease the number of trim cuts needed prior to processing. An adjustable discharge chute allows chip boxes to be filled evenly while safely directing chips away from the infeed area; the discharge chute can be rotated up to 270 degrees.