If you are currently in the market for a wood chipper because you have a lot of trees that need to come down, you might be in for a bit of a sticker shock. Wood chippers are not a cheap piece of equipment. However, you can find cheaper wood chippers for sale if you know where to look. Here are four unusual places to look for cheaper wood chippers for sale.
Dozens of small family farms go out of business every year. The famers that own these lands pass away, and their children are unable or unwilling to take over the family business. That means that virtually all of the equipment is sold to repay any farm debts and to liquidate equipment that nobody in the family wants or needs. These farm auctions are an excellent place to look for a less expensive wood chipper, since the auctions will take whatever high bids are given.
Landscapers' "Going out of Business" Sales
Landscapers frequently have ownership of wood chippers, but they also go out of business. When that happens, they have some equipment to sell as well. Since these wood chippers are probably well-worn, you may be able to haggle the price of the chipper down to something that both you and the landscaper can agree on. Then the landscaper makes some money on something that he or she needed to get rid of, and you get a reasonably good and useful wood chipper for far less than you expected.
Rental Shop's Used Models
Rental stores frequently discard their older model equipment when they want to buy and stock new equipment to rent. You may have to make a few phone calls and do some digging around to find out which rental shops have wood chippers, and how often they sell off their old equipment to acquire new equipment. If you are lucky, you may find a rental store that is willing to put your name on a waitlist for the sale of old equipment, but if the wait is too long and you needed the chipper yesterday, you may want to keep looking.
Lumberjack Camp Castoffs
If you live in the great Northern regions of the country where lumber businesses are still big, you may be able to find your chipper in a lumberjack camp. Abandoned lumber camps or lumber camps that dispose of old equipment they do not want to fix may have a chipper or two in their castoff items. If the chipper was tossed aside and available for garbage/recycling pickup, it is free to the public (and you cannot get a chipper for less than free!). If it is hanging out in an abandoned camp, you may want to contact the lumber company and inquire if the chipper is for sale/free (so as to avoid any accusations that you stole lumber company property).