Electric and combustion motors are the two main types of engines used for wood chippers. Understanding the differences between these engines should help you select the right one for your project. While less common, tractor-mounted (PTO) wood chippers also have certain advantages.
Electric wood chippers are designed for moderate use and, for this reason, are often used on medium-sized farms. Wood chippers with an electric motor have power that varies between 1,800 W (2.41 HP) and 3,000 W (4 HP) which is sufficient to shred soft branches with a diameter between 35 mm and 50 mm.
Combustion engine wood chippers are designed for intensive use. They are recommended for orchards or gardens larger than 1,000 m². These machines, with power that varies between 6 HP and 200 HP, are capable of shredding any type of wood, whether it is softwood or hardwood, up to 75 mm in diameter.
A PTO wood chipper refers to a wood chipper hooked to the back of a tractor that relies on the tractor’s motor. It’s more affordable and easier to use than a motorized chipper. Also, accessing certain types of land can be difficult to do without a tractor, making a tractor-mounted wood chipper essential.
Wheeled wood chipper – ELIETNeo³ – ELIET
Combustion engine wood chipper – Mega Prof – ELIET