Posted April 12, 2022

Brush chipper

Vermeer expands its line of AX brush chippers with the new AX17 brush chipper model.

Designed for tree care contractors performing high-production arborist work, the Vermeer AX17 brush chipper features an intelligent feed system that includes the exclusive Vermeer SmartFeed and SmartCrush systems.

Vermeer AX17 brush chipper
Vermeer expands its line of AX brush chippers with the new AX17 brush chipper model.

The AX17 is convenient to transport in congested urban areas with its single axle and weight under 10,000 pounds, even with optional accessories attached. It features a patented winch boom that can be raised out of the way when not in use and a patented bottom feed stop bar. This robust brush chipper is built for high-capacity takedowns and can help contractors reduce manpower on jobsites. 

 “Vermeer AX chippers offer the latest innovations for arborist work,” explains Steve Weldon, product specialist for Vermeer Environmental equipment. “The AX17 offers many of the same advantages as the larger AX19 model, but with a smaller footprint, making it a great option for contractors doing a lot of city work or looking for a high-production chipper that can be pulled behind a vehicle and does not require a CDL.” 

The Vermeer AX17 brush chipper is powered by a 130 horsepower Cummins T4F diesel engine and has a 26-inch drum with two knives. It is equipped with horizontal offset feed rollers and a durable, fixed infeed table to take in large logs and tree limbs.

The AX17’s intelligent feed system provides over 6,500 pounds of pull-in power. It uses the Vermeer SmartCrush system to increase down pressure on the material being fed and assist when feeding forked or branchy material. It also comes with the patented Vermeer SmartFeed feed-sensing control system that monitors engine speed. It automatically stops, reverses and shifts material back and forth to help reduce the need for labor at the rear of the machine. Plus, operators can use a full-function remote to operate the feed rollers, move forward or in reverse, stop the machine, control the infeed crush feature and rotate the chipper’s chute while away from the machine, further reducing the need for labor.  

The AX17 can be outfitted with a patented winch boom that provides 3,200 pounds of pull-in force to help load large materials. The winch can be raised out of the way when mechanically feeding the machine.

The brush chipper was built with safety in mind with its a patented bottom feed stop bar. Mounted over the feed table, the four-position upper feed control bar has dual stop positions and allows the operator to stop the feed rollers and select forward or reverse operations.

Other features include an easy-to-access lower clean-out door and the Vermeer EcoIdle engine control system that minimizes fuel consumption when the machine isn’t actively being fed.