Not all trees are created equal, and neither are chippers.
Woods can range widely in density and their fibrous makeup. It's important to consider what you'll be chipping before you get down to business.
The types of trees you'll find listed below have some of the most difficult types of wood to chip. Your everyday chippers and chipper shredders won't be able to process them. Instead, these require the power and efficiency of the strongest chippers, such as a commercial-grade PTO or skid steer wood chipper.
With these trees, you want to use a heavy-duty chipper shredder. Look to professional models for the strength and power to chip through these tough trees. If you don't have a wood-burning furnace, consider selling the chips to someone who does.
Why bother with bamboo if it's so difficult to cut or chip? It regrows quickly, so it's easy to replenish and therefore eco-friendly. Plus, bamboo chips can be used to make high-energy fuel, and the silica bamboo contains makes it an excellent mulch for soil.
You'll want a large commercial-grade chipper shredder for this kind of a load. The shredding capability will be useful for processing the fronds, and the commercial strength of the chipper blades will enable you to chip wood from the trunk.
Eucalyptus wood requires a heavy-duty commercial-grade chipper shredder. Even the leaves and bark pose difficulty. The stringy, fibrous bark and leaves would be too hard on an electric shredder. Using a commercial-grade chipper shredder will allow you to process the leaves and the bark as well as the wood.
Melaleuca trees are native to Australia. However, they were introduced to Florida, where they proved to be quite invasive and spread all over the state's forests.
Chipping a melaleuca tree requires a large commercial-grade chipper, but it can generate supplemental income. Melaleuca wood chips are the most termite resistant of all. They're popular for use in landscaping and can be sold to landscapers and homeowners alike.