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.


BC1500 T4F | Vermeer Brush Chippers

Brush Chipper Operation and Safety Video

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
General Dimensions and Weights
Length - Feed Table Up, Tongue In 179 in 454.7 cm
Length - Table Down, Tongue Extended 217 in 551.2 cm
Width 86 in 218.4 cm
Height 104 in 264.2 cm
Weight - Engine Option One 6907 lbs 3133 kg
Tongue Weight - Engine Option One 947 lbs 429.6 kg
Horsepower Options 125 hp (93.21 kW)
Engine Option One
Make and Model John Deere 4045H Tier 3
Number of Cylinders 4
Gross Horsepower (Maximum) 125 hp 93.2 kw
Torque (Max) 355 ft-lb 481.3 Nm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 gal 170.3 L
Max Fuel Consumption 7 gph 26.5 lph
Fuel Type Diesel
Air Cleaner Two stage dry with safety element
Oil Filter Spin on
Recommended Oil API CC/CD
Oil Volume with Filter 14 qt 13.3 L
Maximum Angle of Continuous Operation 30 deg
Cooling Medium Liquid
Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) 30 gal 113.6 L
Alternator 65 amp
Fan 26 " (66.04 cm) suction
Clutch Type Automotive style
Clutch Drive Engagement Manual
Feed System
Feed Roller Orientation Vertical
Number of Feed Rollers 2
Feed Roller Clamp Load 300 lbs 136.1 kg
Feed Roller Clamp Type Spring
Feed Roller Minimum Distance to Drum 1.3 in 3.3 cm
Feed Roller Dimension 20.9 " (53.09 cm) diameter
Number of Knives 12
Weight of Feed Roller 120 lbs 54.4 kg
Feed Roller Dimension (Two) 20.9 " (53.09 cm)
Number of Knives (2) 12
Number of Feed Roller Motors 2
Motor Displacement 28.3
Motor Manufacturer White Hydraulics
Feed Speed 122 ft/min
Infeed Table Width 15 in 38.1 cm
Infeed Table Length 30 in 76.2 cm
Infeed Hopper Height 20 in 50.8 cm
Infeed Throat Capacity 15 " x 20 " (38.1 cm x 50.8 cm)
Pinch Point - Distance to End of Feed Table 67.4 in 171.2 cm
Distance from Feed Table to Ground 27.2 in 69.1 cm
Infeed Table Material Thickness .2 in .5 cm
Safety System
Bottom Feed Stop Bar Standard
Bottom Feed Stop Bar Diameter 2 in 5.1 cm
Bottom Feed Stop Bar Material Thickness 11 GA
Actuation Force (BFSB) 34 lbs 15.4 kg
Normal Sensitivity 22 deg
Reduced Sensitivity 12 deg
Reset Method Green hold to run button
Four Position Feed Control Bar Standard
Diameter 2 in 5.1 cm
Material Thickness .1 in 0.3 cm
Positions Four positions: Emergency stop, Forward, Neutral, and Reverse
Actuation Force 34 lbs 15.4 kg
Green Hold to Run Button Standard
Drum/Disc Cutting System
Material Capacity 15 in 38.1 cm
Width 22 in 55.9 cm
Thickness .4 in 1 cm
Diameter 22.5 in 57.2 cm
Speed 1980 rpm
Weight With Shaft 540 lbs 244.9 kg
Safety Lock - Number of Positions 2
Number of Knives 2
Knife Thickness .6 in 1.6 cm
Material A8 chipper steel
Useable Edges 2
Knife Size .625 " x 5 " x 8 " (1.59 cm x 12.7 cm x 20.32 cm)
Number of Bolts/Knife 3
Replaceable Threaded Knife Block Yes
Number of Paddles 5
Fixture Method Weld on
Air Flow 4600 cfm
Bedknife Size 2.5
Bedknife Thickness 1.5 in 3.8 cm
Bedknife Material HRLC Steel
Bedknife - Number of Useable Edges 2
Cutter Drive Components - Engine Option One
Number of Bearings 2
Bore 2.4 in 6.2 cm
Type Spherical roller
Manufacturer Linkbelt
Dynamic Capacity 31400 lbs 14242.8 kg
Static Capacity 53500 lbs 24267.2 kg
Belt Idler/Tensioner Spring loaded
Belt Type 5V
Discharge System
Chute Height 104 in 264.2 cm
Bottom Thickness .1 in .2 cm
Top Thickness .1 in 0.3 cm
Side Wall Thickness .1 in 0.3 cm
Deflector Thickness 0 in 0 cm
Chute Rotation Angle 270 deg
Rotation Type Manual worm gear drive
Rotational Lock Self locking gear set plus an additional steel plate rotation lock
Hydraulic System
Tank capacity 12 gal 45.4 L
Recommended Oil Type Vermeer VMF
System Type Open center
Filtration Method 3 micron return, 100 micron suction
Pump Flow at Maximum RPM 5.5 gpm 20.9 L/min
System relief pressure 2800 psi 193.1 bar
Auto Reverse PSI 2650 psi 182.7 bar
Flow Control Yes
Directional Control Yes
Oil Cooler No
Electrical System
System Voltage 12 volt
Battery 950 CCA
Standard Gauges Tach/hourmeter (includes toggle to obtain oil pressure, water temp, engine error codes) fuel gauge
Deluxe Gauges
Switches Droop and toggle switches
Controller Vermeer ACS
Display LED
Shutdown System High temp, low pressure
Radio Remote Control No
Frame Description .25 " (0.64 cm) Z channel, 7 " (17.78 cm)
Toolbox Description Standard
Tongue Description 2.5 " x 4.5 " x .375 " (6.35 cm x 11.43 cm x 0.95 cm)
Tongue Extension Extends 18 " (45.72 cm)
Hitch Type Pintle
Fender Description Bolt on
Axle/Suspension Torsion
Type - Option One Rubber torsional
Manufacturer - Option One Dexter
Capacity - Option One 7000
Tires - Option One ST235/80R16 LrE std
Wheels - Option One 16 " (40.64 cm)
Tires - Option Two LT 285/75R16 LR E
Wheels - Option Two 16 " (40.64 cm)
Brake Type Electric
Trailer Light Type LED's
Winch Option
Winch Relief System 2500 psi 172.4 bar
Winch Boom Structure .25 grade 50
Winch Input Speed 51 rpm
Winch Controls Forward, reverse, and free spool
Winch Rope 7/16 " (1.11 cm)
Rope Length 150 ft 45.7 m
Rope Line Pull 2000 lbs 907.2 kg
Rope Choker 0.25 " (0.64 cm)
Other Options
Special Paint Optional
Extended Warranty Optional
Preventive Maintenance Optional