I've used a few chipper/shredders. The more HP the better. Get at
least a 5 HP, 10 is better. I like the ones you can lower the chute
to the ground so you can rake leaves into it. For the chipper chute,
the area where it attaches to the body of the machine is subject to
extreme forces. For that reason, a cast transistion piece is a good
design. Wear safety protection (ear plugs, goggles, gloves, heavy
pants, tight-fitting dust mask.)
On Sun, 13 Mar 2005 16:32:55 -0500, "Jeff & Kathy Brown"
That may be a good option for some folks, but a decent chipper/shredder
that will handle 3" branches can be had for less than $800. Once you use
it the 10th time, it's paid for itself. If I were to rent, I'd probably
rent twice a year, so after five years, buying is better.
Another question is do I want to store the chipper, or store the debris
I want to chip until I rent the chipper.
And yet another consideration is how do I get the rental home and back?
If I have to rent a truck or trailer each time, too, my break even point
comes much sooner than 5 years.
Most of the folks in my neighborhood bypass the whole decision, and get
the debris hauled off each week in the yard waste collection container.
I opted for a 5 hp chipper/shredder which I ran at least once a week
last fall, and this spring. It's actually ran more than my rototiller or
leaf vac, but not as often as my lawn mower.
I don't regret buying any of them, although I can understand why what
works for me wouldn't work for everyone.
Okay. Let's off-set that over the cost of renting a truck or trailer to
get the rental to and from the store. Living close enough to the store
that I don't need a truck or trailer would be pretty unusual, too.
Most maintenance, including oil changes, and blade replacement, can be
self-done. Blades can then be carried to a shop to be sharpened.
There are also mobile services that will come out and service lawn and
garden equipment. The on-site service doesn't cost more because the
service doesn't need to pay the overhead costs of a retail store front.
Also, many lawn and garden equipment repair shops have free pick-up and
delivery, especially for customers who own more than just a single lawn
mower. There's a half dozen equipment repair shops that want my business
enough to come to me at no additional charge.
Oh, and when I bought it, it was delivered free. The rental stores don't
do that for retail customers. At least not in this area.
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