Vermeer introduced a gas engine option for its BC1200XL Tier 4i (Stage IIIB) brush chipper. The 135-horsepower (101 kW) PSI 4.3L EFI engine offers 23 percent more horsepower than its diesel engine predecessor and maintains similar production rates.
“The gas-powered BC1200XL enables Vermeer to provide a quieter — but equally reliable — machine at a competitive price point,” said Matt Hutchinson, product manager – Tree Care, Rental & Landscape at Vermeer. “The electronic fuel-injected (EFI) engine performs well during cold-weather starts and provides improved fuel economy over comparable carbureted gas engines.”
Vermeer has also observed an industry trend where tree care contractors are switching to gas-powered chip trucks. The BC1200XL gas engine offering allows those tree care companies to standardize their brush chipper and chip truck fuel usage.
Designed to process limbs up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) in diameter, the BC1200XL is a good entry-size machine for tree care companies.
“The BC1200XL is a lightweight brush chipper, which makes it easy to pull behind a standard 1/2-ton pickup truck,” said Hutchinson. “Its compact size also allows it to fit onto narrower jobsites.”
Like its diesel engine counterpart, the gas-powered BC1200XL has a drum speed of 2,000 rpm and an infeed speed of 110 feet per minute (33.5 m/min) to make quick work of brush and limbs.
The BC1200XL features the Vermeer EcoIdle™ engine control system, which helps reduce fuel consumption when material is not actively being fed into the chipper. The EcoIdle system also aids in noise reduction to minimize disruptions in residential areas.
In addition, the BC1200XL has the Vermeer-exclusive SmartFeed system, which monitors the engine rpm and automatically stops and reverses the dual horizontal feed rollers in order to prevent jams, maximize chipping efficiency and help reduce strain on engine components.
When paired with the optional Tree Commander™ remote control, contractors can further enhance jobsite productivity. The Tree Commander remote control can be attached to the operator’s belt or mounted directly to the operator’s station of a Vermeer compact utility loader. This allows the operator to remotely activate the reset/hold-to-run button and restart the feed rollers on the brush chipper if the bottom feed stop bar is tripped.
“When contractors use a compact utility loader to feed a Vermeer brush chipper in conjunction with the Tree Commander to remotely operate it, they may enhance jobsite efficiency,” said Hutchinson.
For crews without access to a compact utility loader, a Vermeer winch kit can be added to help reduce the manual labor required to feed large limbs. The winch system has a rope line pull force of 2,000 pounds (907.2 kg).
To learn more about the new gas-powered BC1200XL, visit Vermeer.com or contact a local Vermeer dealer.