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Very keen to get a tracked machine over the next month or so. I have been going round in circles with the options and would like some opinions. I will still have the road tow TW150 and my work is pretty varied. I have a 10'x5' 3500kg plant trailer on its way so can fit all the options on.

 

  1. 2009 Schliesing 300MXRH(independent lifting tracks) with 1850 hours for £17500+VAT. 7.5"x 9.5" infeed and 45hp turbo kubota. I know they are solid machines(1900kg) but I am still nervous about a machine of this age with a fair few hours on it and seems like a lot of money taking that into account. Maybe I am wrong but it's hard to compare it to anything as they don't come up 2nd hand very often. Pictures of the machine below! I may get this on demo and have a go with it.
  2. TW 230VTR - new at about £23,400 and 2nd hand with low hours are holding value very well so new may be the best bet on one of these. This is the safest bet, we all know what they can do and can just about stretch to a new one.
  3. TW 280TFTR - It would be a 2nd hand one of these, looking at about £21,500+VAT, 2017 model with 420 hours. I do like the idea of having a bigger chipper but need to weight up if access will be an issue.
  4. Forst TR8 or XR8 - I had pretty much ruled out Forst as I am unfamiliar with them and seems like popular opinion TW is better. Lots available 2nd hand from about £16,000. They are still an option, I saw a nice XR (variable tracked) on market place today, £20,000, 2017, 500 hours with a winch that did look tempting, 1-year warranty remaining.

 

What are your thoughts? Have I missed something?  I do like the Schliesing but it does worry me getting an older machine.

 

I don't need an embankment chipper, I like the idea of it and would come in handy from time to time and may open up options in the future. It also looks the business and may save a drag or two!

 

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Hi, i was talking to a guy about a tw230vtr he was selling, out of my price range but might suit you, we love the 230 tow so id imagine it pretty damn similar, low hours too! 

 

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<p>Hi, we are selling our 2015 Timberwolf TW230 VTR Tracked Chipper  (282 Hours)  £15500 +...

 

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The chute throat on the 230 is worlds away from the 150’s , a much better design, so much bigger but shorter, easier to get stuff in. If you wanna chip lots of big stuff the 280 is great BUT you can feed 7/8” through a 230 all day, on paper a 6” in life 8”. Although im sure TW would say its no good for the machine? Who knows, ours seems fine! 

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Yes, the 230s are awesome bits of kit, the 150 feels inadequate when I go back to it. I really think it is the safe bet that will do pretty much everything I need. You would think if it fits its meant to chip it but I have only once seen a tow behind miss a beat and nearly stall on a big bit of dead Ash.

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14 minutes ago, ChunksBigBro said:

Hi, i was talking to a guy about a tw230vtr he was selling, out of my price range but might suit you, we love the 230 tow so id imagine it pretty damn similar, low hours too! 

 

ROVER.EBAY.COM

<p>Hi, we are selling our 2015 Timberwolf TW230 VTR Tracked Chipper  (282 Hours)  £15500 +...

 

That actually looks pretty good. Cheers.

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Thank you, I popped into landpower a few weeks ago and had a good chat with Amanda.

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The 280 is a big lump, footprint of a small car.

personally I’d choose something with varitracks for tighter access jobs

the timberwolfs seem to hold their money far better than försts 

are you financing the machine or paying cash? 

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The 280 is a big lump, footprint of a small car.
personally I’d choose something with varitracks for tighter access jobs
the timberwolfs seem to hold their money far better than försts 
are you financing the machine or paying cash? 
Yep, that was my initial impresion with the 280. And yes, they are holding money very well, i think this may also be down to the fact that TW are changing engines in 2020 as well. A fair chunk of it will be finance, i will put down what I can.
Cheers Josh.

Any one with experience on the Schliesings out there got any coments on that?

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If you are going to finance the machine buy new you get warranty/service, peace of mind knowing the machine has been cared for, The second hand machines have got their best years behind them and are being sold before they start to cost,£6000 is maybe one yrs finance @£125 a week not a lot  and you get to keep the machine as long as you want and looked after they will last years.

 

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