Thanks William… What you mentioned is what I had in mind. A truck is cheap down here, and has a lot of power. That power—with the proper skill set and design—could be transferred into some kind of chipping/shredding mechanism.
The truth is that I’m not much of a mechanic, or fabricator, and I don’t think I have that skill set. I would need to see a well-documented similar project for me to emulate, and even then, I would need to bring in some local welders and fabricators (also very affordable) before the V8 project could ever take place. I’ll come back to this for sure… Might be a year or two, however.
For now, I think it’s smart to focus on the small shredder. All the parts would be water jet / laser cut, or purchased. Pretty easy to assemble too.
In the meantime, I’ll keep my eyes out for V8, DIY chippers and shredders. If something comes along that is similar to what you describe, I’ll be sure to jump on it fast. I still think it could be done for around $2k… When you consider the cost of an industrial chipper down here, that’s at least 5-10 X the savings…
I really like your post, and how you laid it all out… If you ever decide to build it, let me know!!