When no two jobsites are alike and there are unrelenting elements to contend with, arborists need a brush chipper that doesn’t just show up, but works.

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The Vermeer BC1500 brush chipper uses a precision-balanced 22.5-in (57.2-cm) drum with two 5-in x 8-in (12.7-cm x 20.3-cm) A8 double-sided knives to chip through material up to 15 in (38.1 cm). Powered by a Tier 4 Final Cummins diesel engine and a PSI 5.7L gas engine, the BC1500 can handle the toughest of material with ease.

When no two jobsites are alike and there are unrelenting elements to contend with, arborists need a brush chipper that doesn’t just show up, but works.

The Vermeer BC1500 brush chipper uses a precision-balanced 22.5-in (57.2-cm) drum with two 5-in x 8-in (12.7-cm x 20.3-cm) A8 double-sided knives to chip through material up to 15 in (38.1 cm). Powered by a Tier 4 Final Cummins diesel engine and a PSI 5.7L gas engine, the BC1500 can handle the toughest of material with ease.

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Features & Benefits

SmartFeed system

Improve productivity with the SmartFeed system, which monitors engine rpm and senses jams, automatically stopping or reversing the rollers as needed.

Vertical feed rollers

Reduce vibration and structural loading to the rear of the machine with vertical feed rollers designed with helical cleats that hold material more firmly.

Tree Commander™ remote control

With the optional Tree Commander™ remote control, jobsite productivity is improved by allowing the operator to control brush chipper functions remotely. The remote can be attached to the operator’s belt or held in an optional bracket mounted directly to the operator’s station of a Vermeer mini skid steer.

Specifications

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  • General Dimensions and Weights

    • Length - Feed Table Up, Tongue In 179 in 454.7 cm
    • Length - Table Down, Tongue Extended 217 in 551.2 cm
    • Width 86 in 218.4 cm
    • Height 104 in 264.2 cm
    • Weight - Engine Option One 7800 lbs 3538 kg
    • Tongue Weight - Engine Option One 940 lbs 426.4 kg
    • Length with Winch (Additional) 13 in 33 cm
    • Weight With Winch (Additional) 280 lbs 127 kg
    • Sound Power 125
    • Horsepower Options Cummins QSF3.8L T4F - 130 hp
  • Other Options

    • Special Paint Optional
    • Extended Warranty Optional
    • Preventive Maintenance Optional
    • Remote Control Tree Commander Remote Control Optional
    • Hydraulic Chute Controls Optional
  • Cutter Drive Components - Engine Option One

    • Number of Bearings 2
    • Bore 2.4 in 6.2 cm
    • Type Spherical roller
    • Manufacturer Linkbelt
    • Dynamic Capacity 31400 lbs 14242.8 kg
    • Static Capacity 53500 lbs 24267.2 kg
    • Belt Idler/Tensioner Spring-loaded
    • Belt Type 5V
  • Drum/Disc Cutting System

    • Material Capacity 15 in 38.1 cm
    • Width 22 in 55.9 cm
    • Thickness .4 in 1 cm
    • Diameter 22.5 in 57.2 cm
    • Speed 2208 RPM
    • Weight With Shaft 540 lbs 244.9 kg
    • Safety Lock - Number of Positions 2
    • Number of Knives 2
    • Knife Thickness .6 in 1.6 cm
    • Material A8 chipper steel
    • Useable Edges 2
    • Knife Size .625" x 5" x 8" (1.6 cm x 12.7 cm x 20.3 cm)
    • Number of Bolts/Knife 3
    • Replaceable Threaded Knife Block Yes
    • Number of Paddles 5
    • Fixture Method Weld-on
    • Air Flow 4600 cfm
    • Bedknife Size 2.5" (6.4 cm)
    • Bedknife Thickness 1.5 in 3.8 cm
    • Bedknife Material HRLC steel
    • Bedknife - Number of Useable Edges 2
  • Safety System

    • Bottom Feed Stop Bar Standard
    • Bottom Feed Stop Bar Diameter 2 in 5.1 cm
    • Bottom Feed Stop Bar Material Thickness 11 GA
    • Actuation Force (BFSB) 34 lbs 15.4 kg
    • Normal Sensitivity 22 deg
    • Reduced Sensitivity 12 deg
    • Reset Method Green Hold-to-Run button
    • Four Position Feed Control Bar Standard
    • Diameter 2 in 5.1 cm
    • Material Thickness .1 in .3 cm
    • Positions 4: E-stop, forward, neutral, reverse
    • Actuation Force 34 lbs 15.4 kg
    • Green Hold to Run Button Standard (one on each side)
  • Engine Option One

    • Make and Model Cummins QSF3.8L T4F - 130 hp
    • Number of Cylinders 4
    • Gross Horsepower (Maximum) 130 hp 96.9 kw
    • Torque (Max) 360 ft-lb 488.1 Nm
    • Fuel Tank Capacity 45 gal 170.3 L
    • Fuel Type Diesel
    • Air Cleaner 2-stage dry with safety element
    • Oil Filter Spin-on
    • Recommended Oil API CJ-4 or ACEA-E9
    • Oil Volume with Filter 13.6 qt 12.9 L
    • Cooling Medium Liquid
    • Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) 5.5 gal 20.8 L
    • Alternator 135 amps
    • Fan 22" (55.9 cm) suction
    • Clutch Type Automotive-style
    • Clutch Drive Engagement Manual
  • Engine Option Two

    • Make and Model PSI 5.7L
    • Number of Cylinders 8
    • Gross Horsepower (Maximum) 165 hp 123 kw
    • Torque (Max) 300 ft-lb 406.7 Nm
    • Fuel Tank Capacity 50 gal 189.3 L
    • Max Fuel Consumption 11.7 gph 44.3 lph
    • Fuel Type Gasoline
    • Air Cleaner 2-stage dry
    • Oil Filter Spin-on
    • Recommended Oil API
    • Oil Volume with Filter 5 qt 4.7 L
    • Maximum Angle of Continuous Operation 20 deg
    • Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) 5 gal 18.9 L
    • Cooling Medium Liquid
    • Alternator 70 Amp
    • Fan 18.7 suction
    • Clutch Type 13" spring loaded clutch
    • Clutch Drive Engagement Manual lever
  • Chassis

    • Frame Description .25" (6 mm) Z channel, 7" (17.8 cm)
    • Toolbox Description Standard
    • Tongue Description 2.5" x 4.5" x .375" (6.4 cm x 11.4 cm x 1 cm)
    • Tongue Extension Ext. 18" (45.2 cm)
    • Hitch Type Pintle
    • Fender Description Bolt-on
    • Axle/Suspension Torsion
    • Type - Option One Rubber torsional
    • Manufacturer - Option One Dexter
    • Capacity - Option One 8000 lb (3628.7 kg)
    • Tires - Option One LT 285/75R16 LR E
    • Wheels - Option One 16" (40.6 cm)
    • Brake Type Electric
    • Trailer Light Type LED
  • Discharge System

    • Chute Height 104 in 264.2 cm
    • Bottom Thickness .1 in .2 cm
    • Top Thickness .1 in .3 cm
    • Side Wall Thickness .1 in .3 cm
    • Deflector Thickness .1 in .3 cm
    • Chute Rotation Angle 270 deg
    • Rotation Type Manual worm gear drive
    • Rotational Lock Self-locking gear set plus an additional steel plate rotation lock
  • Hydraulic System

    • Tank capacity 12 gal 45.4 L
    • Recommended Oil Type Vermeer VMF
    • System Type Open center
    • Filtration Method 3 micron return, 100 micron suction
    • Pump Flow at Maximum RPM 5.5 gpm 20.8 L/min
    • System relief pressure 2800 psi 193.1 bar
    • Auto Reverse PSI 2650 psi 182.7 bar
    • Flow Control Yes
    • Directional Control Yes
    • Oil Cooler No
  • Electrical System

    • System Voltage 12
    • Battery 950
    • Standard Gauges Multifunction Display (MFD) (shows various engine parameters and error codes), fuel gauge, DEF gauge, pressure, water temp, engine error codes)
    • Switches Droop sensitivity, exhaust aftertreatment enable/disable and EcoIdle toggle switches
    • Controller Vermeer ACS
    • Display Multifunction Display (MFD)
    • Shutdown System High coolant temp, low oil pressure
    • Radio Remote Control optional - via IK
  • Feed System

    • Feed Roller Orientation Vertical
    • Number of Feed Rollers 2
    • Feed Roller Clamp Load 300 lbs 136.1 kg
    • Feed Roller Clamp Type Spring
    • Feed Roller Minimum Distance to Drum 1.3 in 3.3 cm
    • Feed Roller Dimension 20.9" (53.1 cm) diameter
    • Number of Knives 12
    • Weight of Feed Roller 120 lbs 54.4 kg
    • Motor Displacement 28.3 cu in (468.8 cu cm)
    • Motor Manufacturer White
    • Feed Speed 122 ft/min
    • Infeed Table Width 55.4 in 140.7 cm
    • Infeed Table Length 30.1 in 76.5 cm
    • Infeed Hopper Height 32 in 81.3 cm
    • Infeed Throat Capacity 15" x 20" (38.1 cm x 50.8 cm)
    • Pinch Point - Distance to End of Feed Table 67.4 in 171.2 cm
    • Distance from Feed Table to Ground 27.2 in 69.1 cm
    • Infeed Table Material Thickness .2 in .5 cm

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