Tough as Nails

The Hardest Trees To Chip

By  | Chipper Product Expert

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.

These types of trees require the power and efficiency of a commercial grade chipper.

Beech Trees
Beech TreesOne of the tallest and toughest trees to cut is the beech tree. It's a very strong wood that holds up well, and can make for some of the best firewood once it's been seasoned properly on a rack.

With these trees, you want to use a very 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.

Bamboo TreesFreshly cut green bamboo is very heavy and dense. To cut through fresh bamboo, you need a heavy-duty commercial chipper with knife blades approximately 4-6" long and rectangular in shape. Blade thickness can vary from 1/2 inch to 2 inches.

This is a very eco-friendly wood to use as it's easy to replenish, and its chips make for great fuel.

Palm Trees
Palm TreesWhile they're beautiful to look at, palm trees are a real challenge to dispose of. Palm tree trunks and fronds are among the top most difficult tree materials to run through a wood chipper. Their texture and density make them very difficult to chip, but the resulting chips are great for fuel.

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 the trunk.

Eucalyptus Trees
Eucalyptus TreesThese trees are found world-wide, and are the most predominant tree species in Australia. When you think of the outback, you probably think rough, tough, and wild. Think the same with these armor-clad trees.

Eucalyptus wood requires a heavy-duty commercial-grade chipper shredder. Even the leaves and bark pose difficulty. The very stringy, fibrous bark and leaves would be too hard on an electric shredder. Using a commercial-grade chipper shredder will chip up the leaves and bark prior to processing it through the shredder.

Melaleuca Trees
Melaleucas TreesAlso known as punk trees, tea trees, and honey myrtle, the melaleuca trees are native to Australia. They have however been introduced to Florida where they were found to be quite invasive, spreading all over the state's forests.

Chipping a melaleuca tree requires a large commercial-grade chipper, but can also generate supplemental income. Melaleuca wood chips are the most termite resistant of all. They're very popular with landscaping, and can be sold to landscapers and homeowners alike.

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