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Albach Diamant chipper

With a travel speed of 72 km/h, the Albach Diamant 2000 can be driven on local roads and highways from job to job, even hundreds of kilometres apart.

At the tree stand, its fulltime four-wheel drive allows it to navigate rough terrain. With the push of a single button, the Albach Diamant 2000 automatically converts from transportation mode to chipping mode in 20 seconds. The Diamant 2000 allows a tight control on the chip sizing, from microchips all the way to 2.5 inches.

“Whatever my Sennebogen 718 material handler knocks down, the Albach can come right behind and process in a fraction of the time,” said Dan Mayer, owner of Mayer Tree Service in Massachusetts. “If it’s a big job, we let the Sennebogen go off a day or two in advance, and then have the Albach follow up behind.”

Mayer, who constantly researches new equipment types, makes, applications and procedures, had keenly noted self-propelled mobile chippers from Europe.

A trip to the Bavarian town of Menning, Germany to learn more about the Albach product offering would result in

Mayer became the first in North America to own a combination of a Diamant 2000 and a SENNEBOGEN 718, following a trip to the Bavarian town of Menning, Germany to learn more about the Albach product line.

The equipment combination instantly became a staple in his company’s busy municipal, residential and commercial tree management operations.

High-tech and ready to work

Customizable overall to meet an arborist’s particular geographic or application needs, the crane-equipped chipper produces up to 500 cu. yds. of chips per hour.

Once the Albach chipper is driven to the jobsite, its computerized cabin is transformed from a highway-mode transport pod into an elevated work station. This provides the operator with an eye-level view of timber handling, chip production and delivery. The spacious, high-tech, air-conditioned cab is comparable to that of the world’s most modern agricultural and construction equipment.

The operator’s ergonomic swivel chair can access operating consoles located on both the left and right sides of the cab. This allows the operator to maximize the machine’s processing capabilities regardless of the physical challenges or restrictions of the particular job site.

Developed in house by Albach, the advanced in-cab software allows touchscreen machine operation and critical data access via the colored terminal. Software settings can be personalized, as can joystick configurations.

Jobs large and small

The Albach Diamant 2000’s 2.4-ton rotor consumes large trees as effortless as it processes small branches, according to Mayer, who admits “it’s hard to impress me” after 30-plus years in the tree service business in New England. The Albach chipping rotor is mechanically driven and is equipped with six blades.

“The SENNEBOGEN will cut down the trees and put them in a pile,” Mayer said. “And the Albach will pick up a big batch of that pile and chip it all at once. Once the timber gets on the ground, once make it horizontal, the Albach will take it from there … no matter the size.”

For the accurate placement of chips, the unit’s extended-angle chute can be swiveled up to 270 degrees and adjusted up and down by up to 10 ft. This allows chips to be loaded directly into trucks parked in nearly any position nearby.

Tech specs

  • Engine: Volvo
  • Transmission:2 speed
  • Max speed: 72 km/h
  • Turning radius: 27.9 ft.
  • Max output: 500 cubic yards
  • Crane max reach: 33.14 ft.
  • Max Lift on max reach: 2,000 lbs.
  • Length: 33.9 ft.
  • Width: 8.37 ft.
  • Operator viewing height: 15.6 ft.