- Model BC1500 - Tier 3 Brush Chipper



Powered by a 125 hp/93 kW John Deere tier 3 diesel engine, the BC1500 powers through material up to 15”/38 cm in diameter. Automatic throttle and clutch system prevent high-throttle clutch engagement to reduce frequent clutch plate adjustments. Extra-large 45-gallon/170 L fuel tank lets you put in more hours before refueling. The optional winch can help load larger logs directly onto the feed table.

  • Improve productivity with the SmartFeed system, which monitors engine rpm and senses jams, automatically stopping or reversing the rollers as needed.
  • Easily lift material up to 2000 lbs/907 kg with the optional hydraulic winch
  • Provides operator safety with a 67.4”/171 cm long feed table for extra distance and exclusive bottom feed stop bar system.
  • Protect your investment with a 3-year/3000-hour extended limited warranty on drum housings, cutter drums, shaft and ring-feeder hubs in addition to the 1-year/1000-hour Vermeer equipment limited warranty.
  • See your Vermeer dealer for comprehensive service and genuine Vermeer replacement parts.

When it comes to the tree-care industry, there is a line of brush chippers that has earned a reputation for its jobsite productivity and operator safety features: Vermeer.

The Vermeer® BC1500 drum-style brush chipper is yet another innovative machine designed for natural disaster cleanup or other applications in which contractors and municipalities require a 15' (38.1 cm) chipping capacity.

The BC1500 is powered by a 125 hp (93.2 kW) John Deere Tier 3 diesel engine and is equipped with a 45 gal (170.3 L) fuel tank that allows approximately 17-plus hours of continuous operation. Other productivity enhancing features include an automotive-style clutch that negates the need for frequent clutch-plate adjustment, large gauges for easy monitoring, and a precisionbalanced 22.5' (57.2 cm) drum with two 5' x 8' (12.7 cm x 20.3 cm) A8 double-sided knives.

Add patented and patent-pending features such as SmartFeed, a fourposition feed control bar, and the Bottom Feed Stop Bar system and you have the latest technology from Vermeer built into this highperformance brush chipper. Options such as powered chute rotation and hydraulic winch are also available.

Help improve chipping productivity. The SmartFeed system monitors engine rpm and automatically stops and / or reverses the feed rollers to enhance production. This system also senses feed-roller jams and manipulates the material automatically to reduce the need for manual control bar use.

Packed with power. A John Deere 125 hp (93.2 kW) Tier 3 diesel engine offers productivity to complete most types of tree-care jobs.

Easily lift heavy material. An optional winch allows operators to move large logs effortlessly. The 150' (45.7 m) winch line can handle logs up to 2000 lb (907.2 kg) and can automatically lift the log onto the feed table.

Operator safety. Combined with the patented Bottom Feed Stop Bar is a four-position upper-feed control bar with dual stop positions and forward / reverse feed positions. Mounted over the feed table, this enables the operator to stop the feed rollers and select forward or reverse operations. Dual reset / hold- to-run buttons allow the operator to readily reset the Bottom Feed Stop B ar.

Smooth feeding. Vertical feed rollers with helical cleats help hold material firm ly to the infeed table which reduces vibration, shock, and structural loading to the rear of the machine.


Weight: 6907 lb (3133 kg)
Length (transport): 179' (454.7 cm)
Length (operational): 217” (551.2 cm)
Width: 86' (218.4 cm)
Height: 104' (264.2 cm)


Make / model: John Deere 4045H Tier 3
Horsepower: 125 hp (93.2 kW) @ 2400 rpm
Fuel type: Diesel
Number of cylinders: 4
Displacement: 275 cu in (4.5 L)


Fuel tank: 45 gal (170.3 L)
Hydraulic tank: 12 gal (45.4 L)

Cutting System

Drum size: 22.5' dia. x 22' wide (57.2 cm x 55.9 cm)
Speed: 1980 rpm
Knives: A8 chipper steel
Quantity of knives: 2
Bedknife: Four usable edges

Feed / Discharge System

Infeed throat / feed capacity: 15' x 20' (38.1 cm x 50.8 cm)
Feed table length: 30' (76.2 cm)
Feed table height: 27' (68.6 cm)
Feed roller style: Twin vertical, helical cleats
Infeed rate: 0 fpm – 122 fpm (0 m/min – 37.2 m/min)


Frame: .25' x 7' (.6 cm x 17.8 cm) fabricated Z-section
Tires (standard): ST235/80R16 load range E
Tires (optional): LT285/75R16 load range E (flotation)
Axle / suspension: 7000 lb (3175 kg) rubber torsion
Electric brakes with breakaway switch


System voltage: 12 V
Lights: Brake, turn, tail, license, side indicators

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