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Ka-ching! Sound of the tree chipping biz

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- Getting into the big-scale tree chipping business isn't cheap. Rod Zorn offers this basic shopping list: - $300,000: 435-horsepower wood chipper. - $15,000: End-dump truck, 40 cubic yards. - $80,000: Semi-tractor and semi-tra...

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. -- Getting into the big-scale tree chipping business isn't cheap. Rod Zorn offers this basic shopping list:

- $300,000: 435-horsepower wood chipper.

- $15,000: End-dump truck, 40 cubic yards.

- $80,000: Semi-tractor and semi-trailer with walking floor.

- $80,000: Two stump grinders at $40,000 each.

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- $110,000: Mulch machine.

- $188,000: Bobcat skid-steer machines: One at $68,000, two more at $50,000 apiece and 15 attachments, including a shear and "hot saw" with carbide teeth, at $10,000 each.

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