Bandit Industries Inc.

Bandit Industries Inc.

Founded in 1983, Bandit Industries, Inc., is among the largest global manufacturers for wood and waste processing equipment, including hand-fed brush and whole tree wood chippers, stump grinders, track carriers, horizontal grinders, specialty yard equipment and skid-steer loader attachments. Only Bandit offers The Beast®, a powerful horizontal grinder able to recycle everything from wood waste to roofing shingles and more. More than 50,000 Bandit machines have been sold around the world and are used daily in virtually every type of climate, on any terrain. All Bandit machines are built by specialists in Isabella County, Michigan, serving professionals in the logging, tree care, biomass, land clearing, stump grinding, mulch, recycling and renewable energy markets.

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6750 Millbrook Road , Remus , MI 49340 USA
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The year was 1983. The movie 'Star Wars: Return of the Jedi' drew millions to the box office and Chrysler introduced the minivan to the world.  At the same time, Mike Morey Sr. built the very first Bandit® chipper. It was a 12-inch capacity Model 100 Brush Bandit. 

That machine was built in a 6,000 square-foot converted repair shop, with the support of six employees. Upon its completion, Mike embarked on a 15,000-mile tour to market his creation, receiving his first order for five chippers in December of 1983. Mike, along with his wife and co-owner Dianne Morey, launched the company in what seemed like a blink of an eye, and the cuddly raccoon decal on each machine soon became “Bandit”— the well-known face of the company. Throughout Bandit headquarters in mid-Michigan you can see images of the famous raccoon in photographs, paintings, pictures and wood carvings, of which many are gifts from dealers and customers as a token of appreciation for years of service, dedication and support.

The Bandit Campus: That first 6,000-square foot stand-alone building was soon eclipsed, with a company expansion taking places on average every two years to accommodate and facilitate growth. That expansion still continues–present manufacturing facilities exceed 280,000 square feet at two mid-Michigan locations, Millbrook and North Winn. The most recent expansion was completed in the spring of 2015 at the whole tree chipper manufacturing facility. 

Made in Michigan, Used World-Wide: Bandit Industries, Inc. is a full-line manufacturer of unique hand-fed and whole tree chippers, stump grinders, waste reduction Beast recycler units, high-powered forestry mowers and specialty equipment like the Model 60FM forestry mulch attachment for skid-steer loaders. All equipment is built at Bandit’s mid-Michigan location near Mount Pleasant and is sold in over 50 countries, literally covering every portion of the globe.

Talent: With each expansion, Bandit sought out and hired hardworking, local talent to keep growing in the right direction. Jerry Morey and Dennis Tracy joined the Bandit team in 1987, becoming part-owners with Mike and Dianne. With Dianne Morey serving as Bandit's human resources director, the company grew to over 200 employees in the late 1990s. That growth reached new heights in 2010, with the company's global workforce nearly doubling in the three years that followed. With Rosie Ebbinghaus serving as HR director, Bandit currently employs approximately 500 people. Bandit's strength lies heavily in the quality and commitment of the employees, many of whom have been with the company for over 20 years and have grown with Bandit to become managers.

Whole Tree Chippers: In the early 1990s, Bandit introduced whole tree chippers for tree service and land clearing contractors. Through regular contact and feedback from customers, Bandit has continually led the whole tree chipping market for durability, reliability and performance. Disc and drum-style whole tree chippers are available with capacities up to 36 inches in diameter and over 1,000 horsepower, filling 50-foot trailers with chips in as little as seven minutes. Innovations in chipper design, aggressive feed systems, and features like optional loaders or self-propelled undercarriages further make Bandit whole tree chippers the class leaders that so many companies appreciate.

Beast Horizontal Grinders / Recyclers: In 1995, the Beast entered the scene. These unique waste reduction machines have become extremely popular in the tree care, land clearing, municipal and recycling industries. They are also ideally suited for biomass operations. The patented cuttermill system provides the ability to cut, split or grind waste material into valuable products, ranging from conventional wood chips to mulch, asphalt, and a unique product called Bio-Sawdust—a ¼-inch minus material ideal for wood pellet production.

Stump Grinders: The first Bandit stump grinder was introduced in 2003 at the annual Tree Care Industry (TCI) Expo.  Available as towable units, self-propelled with wheels or high-flotation track crawlers, Bandit's comprehensive line of stump grinders are industry leaders for the tree care, rental and landscaping industries. 

Forestry Mowers / Mulchers: Experience with stump grinders in the land clearing and site development markets led Bandit to develop a line of extremely capable, high-capacity track carriers. These versatile machines can wield either a large stump grinder head or a high-capacity forestry mower, all designed in-house by Bandit with the goal of providing high-power, high-production land clearing for forest thinning operations, pipeline and utility clearing, agricultural reclamation and much more. They are able to clear large areas in dense, difficult terrain.

Biomass: Bandit Industries has long been a proponent and strong supporter of renewable, carbon-neutral biomass energy. Bandit continues to work closely with professionals in the biomass industry to develop whole tree chippers, Beast recyclers and other specialty equipment ideally suited for the production of biomass fuel. High-quality, specifically sized wood chips are vital for biomass boilers and fuel wood markets to achieve the highest levels of efficiency. Bandit is a global industry leader in the production of these specific materials, serving biomass operations from pellet mills to direct-fire biomass boilers large and small, all around the world.

Hand-Fed Brush Chippers: Bandit's claim to fame has been the hydraulic-feed hand-fed brush chipper. They form the backbone of more than 50,000 Bandit machines sold and in operation all around the world. With numerous styles and sizes to choose from, Bandit's comprehensive line of hand fed chippers favoured by companies large and small, from the local tree care specialist to landscapers, large scale land clearers and loggers. 

Dealer Network: Bandit simply has the best dealer network in the industry, with locations all around the world to serve customers directly. Bandit dealers provide valuable services and support to their customers on the front lines thanks to extensive factory training in both sales and service, ensuring that customers receive the best equipment and follow-up support possible. Recent company growth has seen this dealer network expand rapidly; since 2011 Bandit has added a new dealer nearly every month on average. There are currently over 160 Bandit dealer locations in over 50 countries.

Bandit Customers: In the end, Bandit's customers have remained the number one priority. 'We pride ourselves on the number of repeat customers who buy and rent our equipment,' said Bandit Industries President Jerry Morey. 'Listening to the ideas and suggestions of those who use our equipment has led to the development of many of our products. We consider our relationship with our customers a partnership. It's the success of our customers that has led to our success as a manufacturer.'

At BANDIT CHIPPERS AFRICA we are proud to offer our line of wood chippers, grinders and recyclers to the Sub Saharan African market. When you buy BANDIT, you also gain instant access to the most dedicated, committed network of dealers worldwide. We prides ourself that we are the only company that specializes in the recycling of BIOMASS in the Industry.

This is who we are and what we do. Not only do we sell these money making units, but we use them extensively in our own Recycling Fleet, which allows us to give clients 1st hand experience in not only how to operate the machines, but also to maintain them properly. And… because of that we have to carry a wide range of spares in stock, to keep our clients happy, and also to keep maintaining our own equipment properly and keep them in tip top condition.

Like one of our DIRECTORS, WILLEM VAN DER MERWE, always say: “While these machines produce chips, they make us money.”

We are able to stand by ready to assist with all your chipper and grinder needs. So remember, when you’re making your purchasing decision, don’t settle for anything less. Choose BANDIT. Choose the best!

Times change. Markets shift. Prices rise and fall. In an unstable economy, one thing remains the same. When you buy Bandit, you buy the best. For twenty-five years, we’ve been committed to producing quality products for the tree care, forestry, and waste reduction markets.

All of our products are built according to customer specifications and with the highest quality and craftsmanship. For this reason, Bandit equipment yields one of the highest re-sale values on the market.

We are proud to be a leader in the worldwide biomass energy market. We are avid supporters of renewable energy initiatives, and strive to provide equipment that can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, while reducing carbon emissions and stimulating our global economy.

Biomass can easily supply 10% of the world energy needs, and we are committed to helping reach that goal We are excited to have the opportunity to introduce you to our expansive line of equipment.


Servicing a chipper is the same as for any piece of equipment or car that you might own. Regular maintenance will ensure a dependable machine.

BANDIT Chippers Africa imports these chippers from BANDIT Industries in Michigan, USA and stock all the important wear parts for all the machines we have ever sold in South Africa.

We have our own service vehicle with a highly qualified technician that takes can take proper care of your BANDIT machine at your farm / premises. We also have BANDIT agents throughout South Africa which will be able to assist you with after-sales service.


  • KOHLER engines are used on our Stump Grinders, the Arbor Vac and the Model 65XP wood chipper and comes with a 12 month warranty and are serviced by approved dealerships countrywide.
  • BARLOWORLD carries all the necessary spares for the various CAT engines fitted on the wood chippers and comes with a 2 year/2000hr warranty.


BANDIT Chippers Africa gives full product training to owners and potential operators when we deliver chippers to clients. This will give them adequate knowledge to maintain the machine properly.


  • We offer training on request by clients when they have staff turnover
  • We have in-field technicians which can service your chipper on site
  • Chippers needs to be fully serviced every 250 hour intervals.

For more information on parts and service, contact our Head Office now!