Sorry for the delay in responding-
I have absolutely no arguement with any statements made so far-
This old beast is NOT for making guaged chips- it is for thrashing big pieces into small ones.
The resulting chips are dependant upon many factors including size, species, MC, frozen or not, knife/anvil setting/sharpness,
We used it to create woods roads, and a yard cover around the mill. Now that we have better means of handling logs, there is not the need to cover the mud with something clean.
Since we also burn our slabs for heat- we used it mainly for those pesky edgings and rotten crap.
Now we just bundle and chop up everything, and save the time and gas to chip.
If I ever felt the need to chip again, I'd be looking for a disc type chipper that was adjustable for a variety of chips for a marketable product.
I would also be looking for something with a hydraulic feed-safety being the main reason, and for control of the chipping process.
Back to the throat size- it is 12" wide, and mangle a 12' wide slab into chips, slivers and shards like any slab.....or stall
I warn everyone who asks about this machine that it is a dangerous machine, and that they need to be savvy and cautious...whenever we were chipping and someone came around, we shut down- didn't need the distraction and certainly not any "help" !!!
It WILL throw pieces back that are inadvertantly tossed into the top of the head- I had a truck mudflap hanging behind it as a deflector, but standing to one side is still imperative. slabs fed in bark down result in less strips blowing through in strips, and seem to chip easier. It does not like lumber cutoffs, and they will bounce around and fly out.
It is for sale, but I am not "trying to sell it".... copy?