Vermeer BC1200XL Brush Chipper

When there’s tough brush-clearing work to do, you can count on the Vermeer BC1200XL to handle it. The electronic fuel injection engine provides improved fuel economy with 135 horsepower (101 kW). The PSI engine allows for more efficient working conditions and boosts engine response under load.

See your Vermeer dealer for comprehensive service and genuine Vermeer replacement parts.

Features and benefits

  • Get more done thanks to the aggressive feeding action of dual horizontal offset feed rollers.
  • Protect your engine with the SmartFeed system, which monitors engine speed and stops or reverses the feed rollers if needed.
  • Take on the heavy work with an optional winch for effortless handling of large logs.
  • Prevent premature wear to the belt-drive system using the clutchless PTO system, which prevents high-speed engagement of the cutter drum.
  • 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 168 “ 426.7 cm
Length – Table Down, Tongue Extended 206 “ 523.2 cm
Width 79 “ 200.7 cm
Height 103 “ 261.6 cm
Weight – Engine Option One 5680 lbs 2576.4 kg
Tongue Weight – Engine Option One 660 lbs 299.4 kg
Length with Winch (Additional) 206 “ 523.2 cm
Weight With Winch (Additional) 5980 lbs 2712.5 kg
Sound Power 124 dB(a)

Engine Option One

Make and Model PSI 4.XL Electronic Fuel Injection
Number of Cylinders 6
Gross Horsepower (Maximum) 135 hp 100.7 kw
Torque (Max) 258 ft-lb 349.8 Nm
Max Fuel Consumption 9.5 gph 36 lph
Fuel Type Gasoline
Air Cleaner 2-stage dry with safety valve
Oil Filter Spin-on
Recommended Oil SAE 10W30
Oil Volume with Filter 7.8 qt 7.4 L
Cooling Medium Liquid
Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) 4 gal 15.1 L
Alternator 70 Amp
Fan 19″ sucker

Engine Option Two

Make and Model
Number of Cylinders
Gross Horsepower (Maximum) hp kw
Torque (Max) ft-lb Nm
Fuel Tank Capacity gal L
Max Fuel Consumption gph lph
Fuel Type
Air Cleaner
Oil Filter
Recommended Oil
Oil Volume with Filter qt L
Coolant Capacity (Engine and Radiator) gal L
Cooling Medium
Clutch Type
Clutch Drive Engagement

Feed System

Feed Roller Orientation Horizontal
Number of Feed Rollers 2
Feed Roller Clamp Load 2650 lbs 1202 kg
Feed Roller Clamp Type Hydraulic cylinder
Feed Roller Minimum Distance to Drum 1 “ 2.5 cm
Feed Roller Dimension 15
Number of Knives 8
Weight of Feed Roller 150 lbs 68 kg
Feed Roller Dimension (Two) 11.1″ (28.3 cm)
Number of Knives (2) 12
Weight of Feed Roller (Option Two) 80 lbs 36.3 kg
Number of Feed Roller Motors 2
Motor Manufacturer White Hydraulic
Feed Speed 110 ft/min
Infeed Table Width 52 “ 132.1 cm
Infeed Table Length 30.1 “ 76.5 cm
Infeed Hopper Height 32 “ 81.3 cm
Infeed Throat Capacity 13.3″ x 17″ (33.7 cm x 43.2 cm)
Pinch Point – Distance to End of Feed Table 67.4 “ 171.2 cm
Distance from Feed Table to Ground 27.2 “ 69.1 cm
Infeed Table Material Thickness .2 “ .5 cm

Safety System

Bottom Feed Stop Bar Standard
Bottom Feed Stop Bar Diameter 2 “ 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 Dual green hold-to-run buttons
Four Position Feed Control Bar Standard
Diameter 2 “ 5.1 cm
Material Thickness .1 “ .3 cm
Positions Four positions: Emergency stop, forward, and reverse
Actuation Force 34 lbs 15.4 kg
Green Hold to Run Button Standard

Drum/Disc Cutting System

Material Capacity 13.3 “ 33.8 cm
Width 20 “ 50.8 cm
Thickness .4 “ 1 cm
Diameter 20 “ 50.8 cm
Speed 2000 rpm
Weight With Shaft 480 lbs 217.7 kg
Safety Lock – Number of Positions 2
Number of Knives 2
Knife Thickness .6 “ 1.6 cm
Material A8 chipper steel
Useable Edges 2
Knife Size .625″ x 4.5″ x 9″ (1.6 cm x 11.4 cm x 22.9 cm)
Number of Bolts/Knife 4
Replaceable Threaded Knife Block Yes
Number of Paddles 5
Fixture Method Weld-on
Air Flow 2000 cfm
Bedknife Size 3.5″ x 17.3″ (8.9 cm x 43.8 cm)
Bedknife Thickness 1 “ 2.5 cm
Bedknife Material 1018
Bedknife – Number of Useable Edges 4

Cutter Drive Components – Engine Option One

Number of Bearings 2
Bore 2.4 “ 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 Yes
Belt Type 5V

Cutter Drive Components – Engine Option Two

Number of Bearings 2
Bore 2.4 “ 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 Yes
Belt Type 5V

Discharge System

Chute Height 104 “ 264.2 cm
Bottom Thickness .1 “ .2 cm
Top Thickness .1 “ .3 cm
Side Wall Thickness .1 “ .3 cm
Deflector Thickness .1 “ .3 cm
Chute Rotation Angle 270 deg
Rotation Type Manual pivot with handle
Rotational Lock Yes

Hydraulic System

Tank capacity 12 gal 45.4 L
Recommended Oil Type Vermeer VMF
System Type Open center, dual pumps
Filtration Method 10 micron return, 100 micron suction
Pump Flow at Maximum RPM 4.1 gpm 15.7 L/min
System relief pressure 2500 psi 172.4 bar
Auto Reverse PSI 2500 psi 172.4 bar
Flow Control No
Directional Control Yes
Oil Cooler No

Electrical System

System Voltage 12 volt
Battery Group 31; 950 CCA
Standard Gauges Fuel, hour gauges, voltage, water temperature, oil pressure, tachometer gauges, multifunction display
Switches Lower feed stop bar senstivity, toggle, SmartFeed and Ecoldle
Controller Vermeer ACS
Display LCD
Shutdown System High temperature, low pressure
Radio Remote Control No


Frame Description 7″ (17.78) Z channel; 0.25″ (0.64 cm) thickness
Toolbox Description No
Tongue Description 2.5″ x 4.5″ x 0.38″ (6.4 cm x 11.4 cm x 9.5 mm)
Tongue Extension Extendable 18″ (45.7 cm)
Hitch Type Pintle
Fender Description Bolt-on
Axle/Suspension Torsion
Type – Option One Rubber torsional
Manufacturer – Option One Dexter axle
Capacity – Option One 7000 lb (3175.2 kg)
Tires – Option One ST235/80/R16 Load Range E
Wheels – Option One 16″ (40.6 cm)
Tires – Option Two ST285/75/R16 Load Range E
Wheels – Option Two 16″ (40.6)
Brake Type Electric
Trailer Light Type LED

Winch Option

Winch Relief System 2200 psi 151.7 bar
Winch Boom Structure .25″ (6.4 mm) Grade 50
Winch Input Speed 51 rpm
Winch Controls Forward, reverse and free spool
Winch Rope 7/16′ (1.11 cm)
Rope Length 150 ‘ 45.7 m
Rope Line Pull 2000 lbs 907.2 kg
Rope Choker Detachable chain choker

Other Options

Special Paint Optional
Extended Warranty Optional
Preventive Maintenance Optional