I don't have specific recommendations. I have about 150 trees and own
a 8-HP chipper/shredder. The shoot pivots to the ground which is
great for leaves. There have been lots of times I wanted more power.
Emptying the bag is a drag--easier to discharge the output to the
ground. Look for cast parts, good wheels. A tight-fitting dust
mask, ear protection, leather gloves help.
Bought mine at sears MTD looks like toro 7.5 HP. HARD TO GET PARTS but
reasonable price 700 bucks looks like toro made by same company. Wore
out blade after chipping 50 30 gallon trash cans of trees:( sears ended
up giving me a brand new machine when they couldnt get parts, blade
Anyhow its one of those tools I ALWAYS wanted but regret buying and
have thhought of selling it.
unreal noisey, need ear plugs, realtively slow faster to put brush and
leaves in trash cans for garbage men, way dirty, from dust ICKY!:(
have to watch for branches with knots, they get stuck and its lots of
work removing them, machine large so it takes LOTS of storage space,
and finally people want to borrow it then they dont follow simple
instructions and get it jammed. nice hopper that leaves get stuck in. I
suspect its been designed to be idiot proof safe, but doesnt work well.
anyhow think long and hard before buying.
if your around pittsburgh i might just sell it, this one only has a
couple hours of run time on it.
I'll give you a recommendation of one to avoid: the Sears/MTD model with a
plastic input chute for the chipper. Doesn't take long for the plastic to tear
out around the bolts that hold it to the metal body of the machine.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On Mon, 22 May 2006 11:54:03 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller)
Hard to believe an engineer designed a plastic chute! I know the part
that connects the chute to the chipper/shredder body needs to be extra
tough--it's that point that gets a lot of stress and the best part
will be a cast (maybe iron) part. It's a waste of money/time to buy a
I want a chipper too. From what I can tell you can't have too much
power in a chipper. The only limit is your budget. I have 20
forested acres with lots of brush and deadfall. I really like the
chipper which attaches to a bobcat skidsteer. It is rated at 35hp!!
I know this probably isn't what you have in mind but remember you can
likely rent a bobcat and chipper if you don't own a skidsteer. Here is
a link for the chipper:
You gave no indication of the size machine you are thinking of. But if
perchance you need a "little one" for garden type stuff and autumn
leaves, DON'T get this one from Harbor Freight:
I bought one for "around the home garden stuff" and found it was near
useless, I could have chewed the stuff up by mouth faster.
That was one of the few times I was thouroughly displeased with a Harbor
Freight item. I tried it a couple of times, then gave it to Goodwill and
took a charitable tax deduction for half what I paid for it.
When I did take down a few 3" to 8" trees last year and needed to get
rid of the brush I rented a chipper for a day.
I would STRONGLY recommend you rent one first. I have 150 acres and
have rented three of them in the last 30 odd years. I wouldn't have
purchased any of them, but the only one that was any good was pretty
big - 35 hp tow behind units powered by a big diesel. I think once
you rent anything, you'll see that unless you use it commercially,
renting is fine. If you use it commercially, you'll buy something big
anyway. The smaller units (< 10 hp) are all pretty crappy - you'll
spend more time clearing the machine than you will chipping.
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