When no two jobsites are alike and there are unrelenting elements to contend with, arborists need a brush chipper that doesn’t just show up, but works. The Vermeer BC1500 brush chipper uses a precision-balanced 22.5” (57.2 cm) drum with two 5” x 8” (12.7 cm x 20.3 cm) A8 double-sided knives to chip through material up to 15” (38.1 cm). Powered by a Tier 4i (Stage IIIB) 130 hp (96.9 kW) Cummins diesel engine, the BC1500 can handle the toughest of material with ease.


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-fetter hubs in addition to the 1-year/1000-hour Vermeer equipment limited warranty.
  • With the optional Tree Commander™ remote control, jobsite productivity is improved by allowing the operator to control brush chipper functions remotely. The remote can be attached to the operator’s belt or held in an optional bracket mounted directly to the operator’s station of a Vermeer mini skid steer.
  • 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
Length with Winch (Additional) 192 in 487.7 cm
Engine Option One
Make and Model Cummins QSB4.5 Turbo Tier 4i (Stage IIIB)
Number of Cylinders 4
Gross Horsepower (Maximum) 130 hp 96.9 kw
Torque (Max) 459 ft-lb 622.3 Nm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 gal 170.3 L
Max Fuel Consumption 7 gph 26.5 lph
Fuel Type Diesel
Air Cleaner 2-stage dry with safety element
Oil Filter Spin-on
Recommended Oil API CC/CD
Oil Volume with Filter 15.5 qt 14.7 L
Cooling Medium Liquid
Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) 7.1 gal 26.9 L
Alternator 65 amps
Fan 24" (61 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" (53.1 cm) diameter
Number of Knives 12
Weight of Feed Roller 120 lbs 54.4 kg
Number of Feed Roller Motors 2
Motor Displacement 28.3 cu. in (468.8 cu. cm)
Motor Manufacturer White
Feed Speed 122 ft/min
Infeed Table Width 55.4 in 140.7 cm
Infeed Table Length 30.1 in 76.5 cm
Infeed Hopper Height 32 in 81.3 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 .3 cm
Positions 4: E-stop, forward, neutral, reverse
Actuation Force 34 lbs 15.4 kg
Green Hold to Run Button Standard (one on each side)
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" (1.6 cm x 12.7 cm x 20.3 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" (6.4 cm)
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 .3 cm
Side Wall Thickness .1 in .3 cm
Deflector Thickness .1 in .3 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 20.8 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
Battery 950
Standard Gauges Tach/hourmeter (includes toggle to obtain oil pressure, water temp, engine error codes) fuel gauge
Switches Droop, sensitivity and Ecoldle toggle switches
Controller Vermeer ACS
Display LED
Shutdown System High temp, low pressure
Radio Remote Control No
Frame Description .25" (6 mm) Z channel, 7" (17.8 cm)
Toolbox Description Standard
Tongue Description 2.5" x 4.5" x .375" (6.4 cm x 11.4 cm x 1 cm)
Tongue Extension Ext. 18" (45.2 cm)
Hitch Type Pintle
Fender Description Bolt-on
Axle/Suspension Torsion
Type - Option One Rubber torsional
Manufacturer - Option One Dexter
Capacity - Option One 7000 lb (3175.1 kg)
Tires - Option One LT 285/75R16 LR E
Wheels - Option One 16" (40.6 cm)
Brake Type Electric
Trailer Light Type LED
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, free spool
Winch Rope 7/16" (1.1 cm)
Rope Length 150 ft 45.7 m
Rope Line Pull 2000 lbs 907.2 kg
Rope Choker 1/4" (6.4 mm) chain
Other Options
Special Paint Optional
Extended Warranty Optional
Preventive Maintenance Optional