PELLA, Iowa, – Vermeer introduced the BC1800XL gas brush chipper. Sharing the same performance qualities as its diesel counterpart, the new Vermeer BC1800XL gas brush chipper is designed for large-diameter chipping jobs, ranging from land clearing to tree care operations.
“From companies looking to standardize their equipment with their fleet of trucks to organizations looking for more economical equipment options, the demand for gas-powered tree care equipment is on the rise,” said Matt Hutchinson, product manager for tree care, rental and landscape at Vermeer. “With the BC1800XL gas brush chipper, customers will get a large-diameter chipper with the same level of productivity and reliability as a similar-sized diesel-powered model.”
The BC1800XL gas chipper is outfitted with a 165 hp (123 kW) PSI 5.7 L gas engine that can handle logs up to 18 inches (45.7 cm) in diameter. The onboard Vermeer SmartFeed control system helps maximize the chipper’s performance by monitoring engine rpm’s, sensing jams and automatically stopping or reversing the rollers. The unit’s vertical feed rollers with helical cleats are designed to hold material firmly, to minimize vibration, shock and structural loading to the rear of the machine.
To boost fuel efficiency, the BC1800XL gas chipper comes with the Vermeer Ecoldle engine control system that automatically lowers the engine speed when material is not being fed into the chipper and increases speed when new material is added. It also helps reduce noise on the jobsite.
The Vermeer Tree Commander remote control comes standard with the BC1800XL gas brush chipper. From the remote, the operator can control all brush chipper functions. The remote can either attach to the user’s belt or be mounted directly onto the operator’s station of a Vermeer mini skid steer.
The BC1800XL gas chipper’s feed table measures 67-inch (170.2 cm) wide. There is a four-position upper feed control bar mounted over the feed table. A bottom feed stop bar disables hydraulic flow to the feed rollers when contact is made.
An optional 150-foot (45.7 m) winch to aid with moving larger logs is also available on the BC1800XL gas chipper.