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ECHO BearCat Chipper-Shredder Video

5/27/2011 3:21:00 PM

Tags: Chipper Shredder, Machinery, Wood, ECHO BearCat, Windfall, Property, Caleb Regan

A photo of the author Caleb ReganA week or so ago, I had the pleasure of joining Mother Earth News Editor in Chief Cheryl Long at her homestead to see just what the ECHO BearCat SC3265 Chipper-Shredder could do.

We were both impressed with the ease of operation – this machine really grabs branches and other scraps and pulls them through the cutting knives. And the chips you end up with are the perfect size for mulching perennials, garden paths, and even layering the bottom of the chick brooder.

Check this bad-boy out, especially note how fast it chews up limbs about a couple of inches thick and converts them into chips about the size of a nickel. 

I’d always viewed limbs in my yard as nothing more than wood I could either burn or haul off. I trimmed several limbs this year when we expanded our garden to allow for more sunlight, and the only use I could come up with was to age them and use them in the smoker.

The ECHO BearCat SC 3265 is an excellent tool to help you convert your wood "waste" into soil-building materials. 

Caleb Regan and his wife, Gwen, live in rural Douglas County, Kansas, where they enjoy hunting, fishing, and raising and growing as much of their own food as they can. Caleb can’t imagine a better scenario than getting to work on a rural lifestyle magazine as a profession, and then living that same lifestyle right in the heartland of America. Connect with him on .

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