Gregory E

Verified Customer
Feb 19, 2021

WC46

Woodland Mills WC46 Wood Chipper Review If you’re looking for a quick review, I’ll sum this up here first. I’ve used this chipper for 11 hours. Before the snow got too deep and I couldn’t move through the trees anymore. I use it on a 2015 John Deere 2025R. Rated 18 PTO Hp. I was looking for a chipper with a powered in-feed roller as I have had shoulder surgery on both of my shoulders in the past 2 years. Also the hopper is at a comfortable working height. I purchased the chipper to mainly chip buckthorn, box elder and some mixed oak that have died from oak wilt. Also some live oak prunings along the trails. I don’t chip anything over 3” as I have someone that burns anything over that size. I’m happy with the chipper and do not regret my purchase. I’m happy with Woodland Mills as a company and am considering purchasing their stump grinder. For someone looking to use the chipper as I do, I definitely recommend this chipper. Now if you’re looking for a bit more in-depth review of this chipper, read on. As someone that has personally worked for a world wide company and has experienced the cost cutting practice of using inferior Chinese manufactured replacement parts (that fail in months instead of years) in place of quality manufactured OEM parts, I was skeptical of a product manufactured in China. Due to the positive reviews for the chipper, the features it offered I was looking for, and the price, I decided to take a chance. When it arrived at my residence (12 acres in rural central Wisconsin) on a truck with a lift gate as stated, I was informed that if the lift gate would need to be used it would be an extra charge. I was under the impression that the lift gate use was included in the price. For those wondering, the 2025R with forks and a ballast box was able to lift the 648 lbs from truck bed height. As others have stated, the shipping container is a steel welded and bolted framework covered by the cardboard box. No damage to the container, or the unit. After uncrating I immediately proceeded to do a very thorough inspection of the quality of the parts and manufacturing of the chipper. Me being extremely leery of Chinese made products. At the same time I also went over every fastener and hydraulic line connection to make sure they were tight. I have to admit. I am impressed and happy with what I found. The steel is of a decent thickness and strength. The welds look good, as much as can be determined from visual inspection. Everything is thoroughly and nicely painted. I did not find one loose fastener or hydraulic line fitting. As someone who has had bad experiences with Chinese bearings, I greased the bearings first thing. I also checked the bed plate gap. The manual states 1/16”-1/8” gap. I found the gap to be well in excess of 1/8”. So I adjusted it to 1/8”. I found that a piece of 1/8” x 2” x 24” flat stock makes a great thickness gauge. I also have a 1/16” x 2” x 24” piece of flat stock. Assembly was straightforward and easy. Even assembling it by myself. For my tractor with the iMatch quick hitch, I needed to trim the PTO shaft by 1-1/2”. Easy to do following the instructions. I have a cordless bandsaw for making cuts like that. As to actual use and functioning. First thing I discovered, that on my particular unit, the hydraulic in-feed roller wouldn’t rotate until I moved the adjustment lever to the “2-1/2” position. Not a big deal. It does work. Rotation speed also increases as it should when the adjustment lever is moved beyond the “2-1/2” position. I found that for my general purposes I just leave it set at “2-1/2”. It typically chips faster than I can feed it. My main purpose is to chip the buckthorn. Anyone familiar with this evil vegetation knows how crooked this can grow with branches coming off the main trunk at angles up to 90 degrees. Perpendicular to the trunk. I have buckthorn as tall as 20’ or more. A few with trunks up to 6” in diameter. My original hope was that I would be able to take a 15-20’ tall buckthorn that has grown fairly straight, no more than 3” at the base, and would just be able to feed the trunk into the chipper with the branches hopefully bending and folding to feed in also. I’m referring to 3/4” diameter and smaller branches. That doesn’t work quite like I had hoped. The buckthorn are tough and stubborn. The branches don’t fold in like I had hoped. So I’ve modified my cutting technique to accommodate the capabilities of the chipper. It seems to work a little better with the more flexible box elder branches. I did debate at length if I should purchase the WC46 chipper or the WC68 chipper. Due to the fact the larger chipper has a larger size hopper and 2” wider roller. Which I can only wonder if it would lend itself to bending and feeding branches better. I have read the reviews of owners of the larger chipper used with small tractors like mine. As stated, I don’t chip anything over 3” diameter. I can only wonder if the larger chipper would have worked better for my purposes. Other than the branch bending/folding feeding issue, the chipper chips quite well. For a test I took some 4” diameter dead and live oak branches and fed them through to see how the chipper would handle those on my tractor. The engine rpm dropped from 3000 to 2800 rpm but it just kept right on chipping and sped back up. Like I said. I don’t plan on chipping anything over 3” diameter so it suits my purposes just fine. A representative from Woodland Mills suggested I set the bed plate gap to 1/16” which should help keep the rpms up on my tractor. I set the gap to 1/16” but haven’t had a chance to test it out yet. Too much snow to get out to the woods. I have discovered that the smaller green branches can do two things as they flex and don’t chip. I’m referring to the 1/4” and smaller size at the ends of the branches. They go through in lengths rather than chips. Sometimes these lengths if fed in large quantities without larger materials, can clog the discharge chute and plug it up. It’s at these times you will be thankful for the design of the chipper. Remove one bolt, open the chipper and clean out the chute and chipper. Nice. Back to chipping in minutes. The other thing I’ve noticed with those smaller green lengths of branches, they will wind around the main shaft in the chipper. Between the back of the flywheel and the housing. On the in-feed side. So far they haven’t caused an issue, but since I discovered this possibility I open the chipper and check it at the end of the days use. Due to the distance between the in-feed roller and the cutting surface, you can end up with a small chunk of branch sitting in that spot. Until you feed more stuff in that usually pushes that piece into the blades. Not an issue. Just thought I’d mention it. If there’s a piece like that in the chipper at the end of the day you might hear it rattling around. For storing the chipper when not in use in my shop I built a cart. I had some scrap 1/4” x 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” angle I used to build a frame with 5” hard plastic rollers. Two fixed and two pivoting. I can push the chipper on this cart with one hand. I really like the fact the chipper folds into a small footprint. I’ll try to include some photos of some of the things I have mentioned. At this point I am quite happy with the chipper. Time will tell how it holds up. I am also very happy with the staff at Woodland Mills that I talked to or emailed. Polite and knowledgeable. Other companies could take some lessons from this staff. Thanks Woodland Mills for designing and building nice products for small land owners like us. Chip Pile.jpg Stringy Wrappings.jpg Chunk.jpg Chipper Cart.jpg

Thomas D

Verified Customer
Apr 17, 2020

WC68

Bought the WC68 to use with a JD3520 and it works great. Have about 10 hours on it so far and it makes short work of the small trees and limbs. Should have bought it years ago!

Dean A

Verified Customer
Apr 07, 2020

WC68

I bought the chipper last fall 2019 but didn't get a chance to assemble and use it before the snow came. The instructions for assembly are logical and well presented. I gave it the first run today and I'm very pleased with the performance. I think my family and I will enjoy using the WC68 Woodchipper for many years to come

Tyler S

Verified Customer
Apr 01, 2020

WC68

I purchased the WC68 chipper June of 19, it is powered by a 2002 Branson 3520 29HP at PTO I use the indeed speed set to the middle. I never write reviews I feel obligated to do so with this chipper due to how amazing it performs under consistent hard use. So far I have thinned 5 acres of heavy underbrush on my land. Chipping all 6” and under trees. I have a wide range of hardwoods and pine that the WC68 has chipped. The powerful indeed wheel will grab the entire tree and chip it with very little effort. I still haven’t reversed the blades after all the use, and anticipate not needing to for quite some time. The only thing I have found that is a minor design flaw is the bottom hopper steel either should have been made flush where it connects to the infeed or should be set higher. It’s made to be roughly 1/4” lower, with it being low it does catch the butts of trees when you have an arm full. Other than that I highly Recommend this chipper to everyone.

Charles S

Verified Customer
Apr 01, 2020

WC88

works great very well made

Brian F

Verified Customer
Mar 17, 2020

WC88

Mine is still in crate waiting on spring. I have used my neighbor s WC 88 on a much smaller tractor than mine and it blew me away from the start. Easy to use and loads of capacity.

Ron C

Verified Customer
Mar 14, 2020

WC68

After a lot of research, I decided to purchase the Woodland Mills WC68 chipper for my 29 Horsepower New Holland tractor, which delivers 25 horsepower to the PTO. I took delivery of my chipper in late December. As I opened the packaging, I noticed that there had been great care taken by the factory to package the unit to prevent damage during shipping. Assembly took about four hours and was fairly easy. The factory had already done most of the assembly. As I was assembling the unit, I noticed that the unit is very well built. The steel that is used is thick and the welds were complete and nicely done. The hydraulic components are front line components and, if needed, easily replaced by most hydraulic distributors. It is now early March and I have about 40 hours of use on the chipper. I have chipped pine and oak, up to the 6" maximum, and the unit has handled these trees and limbs without a problem. I have been able to chip manzanitta up to 5", any larger than that, the unit will not digest the limbs. The manznitta is very dense and hard. The feed wheel feature is a huge plus for this machine. We have cut down trees that are 20' - 25' tall, 4" - 5" in diameter, trimmed some of the lower limbs and fed them right into the chipper. The feed wheel assists in feeding the chipper very nicely. You will have to adjust the speed of the feed wheel from time to time, depending on what you are feeding into the chipper. I usually just leave it on a slower feed speed, in order not to jam the machine. The chipper blades are holding their edge, I have not had to reverse them yet. It is important to clean your chipper regularly. This also allows you to visually inspect all of the components too. The adjustable discharge spout has been a good feature. The chips are discharged into a trailer and the trailer is moved to where I want to spread them on the ground. The adjustable discharge spout allows for even filling of the trailer without having to do much moving of the chips in the trailer. The chipper has allowed me to clear a lot of area in a short amount of time. Much quicker that trying to cut and burn the trees and bushes that need to be removed. This was a large investment for me and I am very please with the choice that I made. This is a well designed and well built machine.

Chuck P

Verified Customer
Mar 14, 2020

WC68

After a few adjustments and a new flow control valve chipper is great. Very good tech support.

John S

Verified Customer
Mar 07, 2020

WC46

This is a fantastic piece of equipment. Easy to set up and operate. Chews through large and small material with ease. The hydraulic feed is a game changer.

Dennis B

Verified Customer
Mar 06, 2020

WC88

Bought this chipper in December 2019. Process was smooth and delivery was great as I had it delivered to our acreage at the barn. Assembly of the feed chute was tricky for me as I did not see any instructions as to mounting inside or out. I also bought the trailer hitch. Had to drill the mounting holes in the chipper for it but the drill bits were supplied. I understand the chipper now comes with the holes predrilled. This is a well built unit. Does everything they say it will. Would recommend some instructions on how to dislodge branches that get stuck in the feed roller. Would also recommend replacing the bolts that hold the in feed roller on each side be replaced with some sort of quick release so that you don't have to unscrew the nuts to be able to lift the roller. I would recommend this chipper to anyone. It will do the job.

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