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 4 final Cummins diesel engine and a PSI 5.7L gas engine, the BC1500 can handle the toughest of material with ease.


BC1500 Gas Brush Chipper

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.
  • Reduce vibration and structural loading to the rear of the machine with vertical feed rollers designed with helical cleats that hold material more firmly.
  • 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
  • Add Confidence Plus® Asset Protection Program in your initial purchase or add it anytime within the standard one-year warranty period. When you finance your maintenance expenses, you can know and plan for a fixed cost upfront. Check with your local Vermeer dealer for specific model availability.
  • See your Vermeer dealer for comprehensive service and genuine replacement parts for your Vermeer brush chipper.
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 7800 lbs 3538 kg
Tongue Weight - Engine Option One 940 lbs 426.4 kg
Length with Winch (Additional) 13 in 33 cm
Weight With Winch (Additional) 280 lbs 127 kg
Sound Power 125
Horsepower Options Cummins QSF3.8L T4F - 130 hp
Engine Option One
Make and Model Cummins QSF3.8L T4F - 130 hp
Number of Cylinders 4
Gross Horsepower (Maximum) 130 hp 96.9 kw
Torque (Max) 360 ft-lb 488.1 Nm
Fuel Tank Capacity 45 gal 170.3 L
Fuel Type Diesel
Air Cleaner 2-stage dry with safety element
Oil Filter Spin-on
Recommended Oil API CJ-4 or ACEA-E9
Oil Volume with Filter 13.6 qt 12.9 L
Cooling Medium Liquid
Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) 5.5 gal 20.8 L
Alternator 135 amps
Fan 22" (55.9 cm) suction
Clutch Type Automotive-style
Clutch Drive Engagement Manual
Engine Option Two
Make and Model PSI 5.7L
Number of Cylinders 8
Gross Horsepower (Maximum) 165 hp 123 kw
Torque (Max) 300 ft-lb 406.7 Nm
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 gal 189.3 L
Max Fuel Consumption 11.7 gph 44.3 lph
Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Cleaner 2-stage dry
Oil Filter Spin-on
Recommended Oil API
Oil Volume with Filter 5 qt 4.7 L
Maximum Angle of Continuous Operation 20 deg
Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) 5 gal 18.9 L
Cooling Medium Liquid
Alternator 70 Amp
Fan 18.7 suction
Clutch Type 13" spring loaded clutch
Clutch Drive Engagement Manual lever
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
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 2208 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 Multifunction Display (MFD) (shows various engine parameters and error codes), fuel gauge, DEF gauge, pressure, water temp, engine error codes)
Switches Droop sensitivity, exhaust aftertreatment enable/disable and EcoIdle toggle switches
Controller Vermeer ACS
Display Multifunction Display (MFD)
Shutdown System High coolant temp, low oil pressure
Radio Remote Control optional - via IK
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 8000 lb (3628.7 kg)
Tires - Option One LT 285/75R16 LR E
Wheels - Option One 16" (40.6 cm)
Brake Type Electric
Trailer Light Type LED
Other Options
Special Paint Optional
Extended Warranty Optional
Preventive Maintenance Optional
Remote Control Tree Commander Remote Control Optional
Hydraulic Chute Controls Optional