Salsco 826 Wood Chipper

Salsco 826 Brush Chipper6" x 12" Wood Chipper
3-Point Hitch
Model 826

The Model 826 has an extra wide infeed hopper to accommodate brushy material, and an extra long infeed tray that folds up for ease of storage and transportation.  The infeed opening at the chipper disc is 6" high by 12" wide.  The 826 requires only 25hp at the PTO.  Both the 360º swivel chute and the adjustable chip deflector are easily adjusted without tools.  The heavy duty rectangular steel tubing frame has adjustable  legs to lower the infeed pan.  The control handle is easily accessed from either side and has a slow speed, high speed, neutral and reverse.

Extra Wide 12" Infeed Opening!


Pictured is the Salsco 826 Chipper with a skid steer option.  This option allows the unit to attach to and run off a skid steer instead of a tractor.




The Chipper disc is 26" in diameter x 1" thick steel.  It has 6 welded and gusseted fan blades to exhaust chips, four reversible chip blades, each 1/2" thick x 4" wide x 5" long, and extra wide chip pockets to decrease clogging.  The chipper disc is easily accessible for removal of chip blades, for replacement or for sharpening.



Salsco 824 ChipperThe feed sensing option counts the impeller R.P.M. and recognizes when the tractor is getting loaded up, due to a combination of large, long logs, and not enough horsepower.  If this happens the Feed Sensing will stop the feel roll and allow the tractor to catch up.



Salsco 12" Infeed

The infeed opening on the 826 is 6" high x 12" wide.  This extra wide opening accommodates brushy material and reduces the pruning and trimming that is needed.





Paint Orange polyester powder coat paint provides excellent outdoor weatherability and offers protections against ultra violet discoloration.
Infeed Chute 40" wide x 23" high (920 sq. in.); 61" from edge to roll; 19-3/4" from ground to tray.  Fold down infeed pan, with sides, can be closed for storage and transport.  Control bar positioned at top of infeed tray is easily accessible from both sides of the machine--high speed, low speed, neutral and reverse.
Infeed Opening Extra wide 6" x 12" opening at the infeed roll means less trimming and pruning.
Chipper Disc 26" diameter x 1" thick disc with six exhaust blades; mounted on a 2" diameter steel shaft.  Weight:  200 lbs. (approx)
Chip Blades Four (4) chip blades; 5-3/32" long x 4" wide x 1/2" thick of oil hardened steel.  Double sided
Bed Knives Two 1" thick reversible and adjustable bed knives--One horizontal & One vertical.
Feed Roll Single 7" diameter x 12" long feed roll with cutter blades; powered by a variable speed hydraulic pump.
Hydraulic Tank Large 4-gallon capacity steel tank measures 8-1/4" x 10-3/8" x 10-1/4"; lockable filler cap with dip stick.
Hydraulics Piston type hydrostatic pump with variable speed control--maximum feed rate is 94' per minute; Hydraulic hoses - 2,500 P.S.I. working; 10,000 P.S.I. burst.
Dimensions Length with feed try closed -- 65", Height to top of discharge -- 84", Width - 52", Weight - 1560 lbs. (approximately)

The Salsco Wood Chipper Model 826
Sawmillers realize that almost every little bit that comes from the log is now marketable
By Bill Gove

For many years sawmill operators have been feeding their slabs and edgings through traditional wood chippers to make pulp or fuel chips. But the small portable mill operator often finds this impractical due to the size and complexity of the chippers. A wood chipper that is prominent in the marketplace, somewhat portable, with proven capability, and made by a well-established manufacturer, is the Salsco of Cheshire, Connecticut.

My journey to locate an operating Salsco wood chipper led me to an enterprising one-man stationary sawmill set-up in Uxbridge, Massachusetts. The owner, Jerry Visser, is of the third generation to live on his farm. When the dairy business closed out 30 years ago, Jerry sought other means of farm income. In addition to the hay and corn on his own 100 acres of cropland, Jerry does custom cropping of corn silage on as much as 600 acres of neighboring farmland each year.

Crossroads Farm Custom Sawing

Of a less seasonal nature is Jerry’s sawmill, Crossroads Farm Custom Sawing, a unique mill with a plethora of commercial and home-fashioned devices to make a one-man operation possible.

The heart of the mill is a Timber Harvestor 36HT25 sawmill that Jerry has used for seven years. An assemblage of live decks, rolls, and belts, many fashioned by Jerry himself, stretch in various directions. A live deck moves the logs into the shed, powered by an 8 gmp hydraulic pump. From the tail end of the sawmill a series of live rolls move the square-edged lumber to the other end of the building, where it is deposited onto another deck by one pull of an overhead rope. Lumber that is to be edged moves in another direction to a storage deck behind the edger.

The shop-fashioned edger is equipped with two laser lights to line up the edging cuts for the two movable saws. The narrow belt off-feed from the edger allows the edgings from each side to drop into the feed trough below. The trough then carries the edgings to the Salsco chipper.

The Salsco Chipper

A close look at Jerry’s chipper reveals a compact but very rugged machine, made to operate on a tractor PTO. He uses the Model 826, the middle of Salsco’s three sizes of 3-point hitch wood chippers. The throat or feed opening is 6 inches by 12 inches, but has an infeed chute that is 40 inches by 23 inches, large enough to receive brushy material without chopping it all up.

As the wood is conveyed into the chipper, it hits the knives on the chipper disc at a 90-degree angle, which, as Jerry explained, produces a better quality chip for his purposes when cutting up lumber edgings. The wood is fed by a 7-inch feed roll into the two 6-inch reversible knives that are fastened to a 26-inch disc. The slower the wood is fed, the finer the chip.

A well-engineered speed sensor prevents the chipper from being overloaded with heavy material.
The chipper disc normally runs at about 1450 rpm, but when a load lugs it down to a slower speed, which the operator can chose and preset, the feed roll will stop until the disc picks up speed again. Jerry had his speed sensor set to activate at a speed of 1300 rpm. There is a safety button located at the speed sensor controls as well as a control handle on top, which is accessible from either side of the machine.

Jerry’s chipper is powered by a 40-hp Ford gasoline industrial engine, which he has set up just outside the building. He feels that with the speed sensor feature one could easily operate the chipper with less power, if need be. According to the manufacturer, the chipper requires only 25 hp at the PTO.

One can also visualize other possible applications for the Salsco wood chipper. The manufacturer provides an optional attachment for installation on a skid steer machine, allowing for more mobility. The chipper is mounted on wheels, although I was unable to determine how practical that would be for over-highway transport. (It’s always best to check with the manufacturer.)

Jerry had been operating his Salsco chipper for six months when I was there. The metal construction is rugged…rdquo;even the paint quality (polyester powder coat) is outstanding. As Jerry pointed out, there were hardly any worn spots on the paint.

Products and Future Additions

Jerry’s market for the product of his chipper is horse bedding. Because the chipper does not cut the wood fine enough for this bedding, he runs the chips through another machine as well, a granulator that regrinds the wood. The granulator is set up next to the chipper. From this second machine, the material is blown into the sawdust bin where it is mixed with the fine sawdust from the bandsaw. The resulting product finds a good market with the many horse owners in the area.

As for the slabs that come from the mill operation, Jerry does not feed these through the chipper, although it could certainly handle them. Another conveyer takes the slab wood away from the saw and up an incline where it is dumped on top of a pile. The slabs are later cut into 4-foot lengths for use as fuel to fire the Mahoning outdoor stove that heats his old farmhouse.

A future addition will be a couple of Nyle dry kilns (Jerry already has some parts). He plans an 8-footer to dry hobby lumber and a 20-footer for drying wide pine flooring. A Logosol four-siding moulder is also on his must list.

Jerry obviously enjoys operating his sawmill. Working alone, he can saw from 3,000 to 3,500 board feet in an eight-hour day. When his neighbor steps in and works behind the edger, the production practically doubles. Almost 80 percent of the logs sawn are white pine, the remainder being hardwood. Two of his main products are wide flooring and shed lumber.

About 80 percent of the sawing is custom work which Jerry enjoys. His fee is 20 cents per board foot for softwood and 25 cents for hardwood. An extra fee is added for logs over 16 feet long or for lumber over 16 inches wide. He will also process junk wood, but the fee is $80 per hour.

To return to the Salsco wood chipper, Jerry had nothing but praise. Says Jerry, “For my money, it’s the best on the market.”

Bill Gove is a regular contributor to Sawmill and Woodlot magazine.