Bandit and Vermeer are both prominent brands when it comes to tree care and arbour equipment. Each manufacturer offers a wide selection of models and it can sometimes be hard to choose the one that best suits your needs. This is why today we will be comparing two similar models; the Bandit 12XP and the Vermeer BC1200XL wood chippers.

Key features


The Bandit Model 12XP measures 2.0 m in width, 5.6 m in length, and has an axle capacity of 3630 kg. In addition, the wood chipper has a drum diameter of 24″ (60 cm) and a chipping capacity of 12″ (30 cm). 

Similarly, the Vermeer BC1200XL measures 2.0 m in width, 5.2 m in length, and has an axle capacity of 3175 kg. This lower weight-to-axle capacity allows for better towing performance and reliability of the axle. As a result, the BC1200XL can be towed by vehicles such as a Toyota Hilux or a Ford Ranger, unlike the Bandit 12XP which is too heavy for them. Lastly, the Vermeer BC1200XL has a drum diameter of 20″ (50 cm) and a chipping capacity of 12″ (30 cm).

Engine power

The 12XP mounts a 115hp John Deere diesel engine, while the BC1200XL comes with two engine options – a 110hp Cummins diesel engine or a 120 hp Tier 4 Cummins diesel engine. This extra engine option is very convenient, as it allows people to choose a wood chipper that best fits their power needs and budget. 

Tank capacity

Both wood chippers come with the same fuel tank and hydraulic tank capacities. The two machines can accommodate 94 L of diesel fuel and 45 L of oil for the hydraulic system.


Feed rate

The feed rate represents how quickly wood or other materials are introduced into the chipper’s feeding mechanism. This is an important factor to consider because it affects the machine’s overall performance and productivity.

The Bandit 12XP has a feed rate of 120 ft/min or 37 m/min, in comparison, the Vermeer BC1200XL has a feed rate of 110 ft/min or 34 m/min. Although this is a fairly accurate estimate, the overall feed rate is greatly influenced by the blades’ condition and the type of material being chipped. As a result, the 10 ft/min gap between the two machines might not be accurate for all materials.

Chipping capacity

As mentioned before, both wood chippers have a chipping capacity of 12″ (30 cm) each. This greatly varies depending on the material being chipped, but it’s an accurate number if you are chipping wood such as branches and logs. For more information on what a wood chipper can and can’t handle, check out our here What Can You Put in a Wood Chipper?

Reasons to buy the Vermeer BC1200XL


Vermeer’s SmartFeed software is an innovative feature incorporated into their wood chippers. It is designed to enhance the performance, efficiency, and safety of the chipping process.

SmartFeed utilises advanced technology and sensors to monitor and adjust the feeding mechanism of the wood chipper. It helps optimise the feeding rate and automatically adjusts the speed of the feed rollers based on the load and material conditions. This technology ensures a consistent and efficient feeding of the material into the chipper, reducing the risk of overloading or stalling.

Clutchless PTO system

Vermeer wood chippers feature a clutchless Power Take-Off (PTO) system, which is designed to provide a seamless and efficient power transfer from the chipper’s engine to the cutting components.

This system offers several advantages. First, it provides smoother engagement and disengagement of the PTO, resulting in reduced wear and tear on the components. The absence of a mechanical clutch eliminates the need for manual adjustments or replacement of clutch components over time, thus saving maintenance costs and downtime.

Second, the clutchless PTO system enhances operator convenience and safety. It allows for easy and quick engagement of the cutting mechanism without the need to manipulate a clutch lever. This streamlined operation not only improves productivity but also reduces the risk of operator fatigue or errors during engagement.

Axle capacity

As mentioned before, the BC1200XL has an axle capacity of 3175 kg which allows it to be towed by a wider range of vehicles. Unlike the Bandit 12XP (which requires a truck), you can tow this Vermeer wood chipper using a common Toyota Hilux or a Ford Ranger. 

Explore the Vermeer range

At Vermeer WA & NT, we offer a wide selection of wood chippers, including the BC1200XL we discussed today. Aside from supplying sturdy and reliable machines, we also have a great after-sale service for all our clients in Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

Are you looking for a smaller wood chipper? We recommend checking out the BC900XL with a 9″ (23 cm) chipping capacity and a 35hp Briggs and Stratton petrol engine.

However, if you need something bigger, the BC1500XL is a great alternative. It comes with a 15″ (30 cm) chipping capacity and a 125hp John Deere Tier 3 diesel engine.

Contact us for any information regarding our range of commercial wood chippers or for a free quotation. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

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