Should I Own or Rent a Wood Chipper?
A lot of customers ask us whether it's best to buy or rent a wood chipper. And we thought of addressing that question briefly.
Investing in a quality wood chipper is not an easy decision. If you are in this boat, you may be thinking, “Why would I invest thousands of dollars in a piece of equipment that I may only use seasonally?“
That is one key question to ask before committing yourself to own a wood chipper. And we would like to offer some insight that can help you decide whether to rent or own.
So, should I buy or rent? Well, this will fundamentally depend on your chipping needs.
Let us start with some realities of owning a wood chipper. Owning a wood chipper can pose some challenges. To begin with, you may need to do some degree of maintenance on the unit like changing belts (a wear and tear component), greasing the bearings, changing the wheels, etc.- You may be an avid fix-it-yourself person and so this will not be much of a concern. On the other hand, those who are not inclined to self-repairs need to remember that having a dealer do these things may not be worth the run, the time, and ultimately the cost.
Another consideration is space. Ask yourself if you have the proper storage space while the chipper is not in use. This is true especially in cold States that get a lot of snow. In contrast, if you live in places like San Diego you can use your unit pretty much year-round. If you live in a cold climate and need to put the chipper away for winter, you’ll need to provide a proper “hibernation” maintenance, particularly on the engine. That means, prepping the fuel with additives, cleaning the air filters, etc., before being stowed away for the duration of the cold season.
. The decision whether to rent a wood chipper will depend on the size and the periodicity of the task you are looking to take on. For example; if you are doing a one-time job to remove branches, renting a unit would be the smart move. (In fact, given how often these jobs appear on their list, many contractors prefer to rent.) A big downside for renting, however, is that places like Home Depot usually rent big chippers that need to be towed. So, you may not be inclined to have a tow truck come to your place of residence or work.
In addition, when renting it is important to consider time. Since you will likely be charged by the hour, you need to ensure that your task is prepped and well planned in advance to avoid extra charges.
So if you own a property that has trees and shrubberies, and you would like to keep this controlled year-round-- without the stress of having to deal with someone else's equipment or towing and all the renting paperwork-- then you will be well better off owning a chipper.