With a variety of diameters and accessories, brush chippers, mulchers and stumpers are handy for projects of any size. Whether you need commercial forestry equipment or need to clean up your own property, United Rentals has walk-behind gas-powered wood chipper rentals for smaller jobs and towable chippers, stump grinders and brush mulchers for larger jobs.
Learn more about our chippers and stumpers in our FAQs section below
A chipper — also known as a mulcher, brush chipper or wood chipper — is typically used to break up brush or branches from trees into manageable chunks for mulch. A shredder breaks up leaves and brush for composting or recycling purposes.
The materials you are breaking up and the size of the job are the primary considerations when choosing equipment. A gas-powered or towable chipper is ideal for heavy-duty jobs, such as large branches. Stumpers are also heavy-duty equipment, but they are used for tree stumps with large diameters. An electric chipper or shredder would be enough for smaller jobs like clearing small branches and leaves. Remember to consult the owner’s manual before operation as this machinery can be dangerous. For tips on avoiding unfortunate accidents, look no further than our wood chipper safety article.
Before choosing to rent a stump grinder, you should have an idea of the number and size of the stumps you need to break up. We offer several compact walk-behind stump grinders for rent for smaller, less demanding projects and more robust ride-on stump grinders perfect for heavy-duty stumping applications. For additional assistance in selecting the right stump grinder rental for you, please reach out to a United Rentals representative who will be happy to help.
A stump grinder is a piece of heavy equipment that grinds the stump and main roots below the tree into wood chips. However, the time it takes to grind a stump depends on the size of the stump, the location and the weather. It can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several hours.