Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 86
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by John DuroStar 14 Amp Electric Chipper Shredder
Assembly was very easy I didn't even read the instructions. There was one issue with one of the handle twist bolt; The alignment is off and I can't get it installed. As time permits I will redrill the hole so as to align the hand bolt correctly.
I've used the chipper for about 1 1/2 hrs so far. I've only experienced one jamb and that was a forked and twisted branch. I had to disassemble the entire top assy. and take a screw driver and hammer to drive it out. I would not consider this the machines fault. It was me trying to force a branch that was too big for the chipping slot. All and all this surpasses other chippers that I have owned in the past. I would recommend it.
October 2, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CLD3 Good Purchase
Does exactly what we need. Shredded leaves great, also used to chip small branches from downed trees.
February 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bart Excellent Tool
This chipper does exactly what I need it to do. I bought it to grind up trimmings from my Palo Verde trees (I live in Arizona). These branches are very bushy and thorny, but the Eco-Shredder makes quick work of the bushy branches. Trick is to feed the large end first and make sure you push continuously as you get to the bushy ends. With a little pressure, the flared tube accepts the branches and they are sucked into the shredder by blades, turned by the 2 1/2 HP motor.
The shredder will grind up any branches you can fit into the flared branch tube (about 1 3/8"x 2 1/2" usable opening opposite flared end). I would venture to guess that ANY kind of tree is fare game for the branch shredder. Another trick is to make sure to cut off any branches that are approaching right angles to the main branch. However, flexible secondary branches go into the tube easily with minimal pressure.
The tool is VERY well built and easy to assemble. The blades inside are very heavy duty. The motor is very powerful for an electric motor, and shreds 1" limbs with ease. If a jam occurs, it is easily cleared by either turning the motor shaft with the included allen wrench (similar method to garbage disposal clear), or by removing the 3 quick disconnect screw knobs, removing the top assembly and clearing the stuck debris form the blade assembly. The motor is very quiet when not shredding. For mulch collection, I used a standard rectangular recycle bin (14" high) which fit nicely under the ejection chute once I removed the rubber extension.
Keep in mind this is NOT as powerful as a gas chipper but will work very well for branches 1 1/4" and under. Also, I did not use the (very large) leaf hopper, but based on what the tool did to branches, dry leaves would be no problem I think. Sharp blades are a must; the blades are very heavy duty steel, and an extra set is included with the unit. I highly recommend this product. For the price it is a great value and does the job very well.
March 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mulchmaker Chips and shreds all day long
As noted in earlier reviews, the assembly booklet leaves something to be desired. Notwithstanding that, this product was easy to assemble. You put the wheels on, the handle and the hopper, and that is it. The all steel construction is a plus as is the heavy duty vinyl hopper. The electric motor is very powerful.It chips wood into tiny bits and shreds leaves into very small pieces. It took a bit of experimenting to do the chipping and shredding without causing a jam. Once you get a good rhythm going, the jams are few and far between. For example, the machine does not like acorns. But, the ease of taking the hopper off, and the tool to manually turn the blades, made quick work of any jam. So far I've shredded tree branches; leaves; milkweed stalks; various flower stalks; and garden debris. I use a five gallon bucket to catch the chipped/shredded material. This machine is just fine for a quarter acre suburban yard with trees, flowers and bushes, and a vegetable garden. This would be a very worthwhile purchase for anyone who wants to create their own mulch.
October 28, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CSOB Never again.
This seemed like such a good idea, but it only worked for a couple of hours until the motor simply froze. By then, the "mulch" had become partially chopped leaves.
Lessons learned: make sure any leaves you put into this shredder are completely dry. If they aren't, expect it to clog quickly and often. Also, hand pick every leaf to make sure a little rock hasn't found its way into your pile of leaves.
I will go back to bagging my leaves and taking them to the green waste recycling center and buying mulch by the bag. The was an expensive lesson.
December 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Streetcar We really like the Durostar Eco-Shredder Model ES1600
As other reviewers have mentioned the assembly manual was not very helpful It said nothing about assembling the "axles" to the frame. But, there were not that many parts so anyone with any mechanical smarts should be able to assemble it without a manual. If you clog up the top hopper the manual says to unscrew three knobs to remove the hopper. Actually, you need to unscrew five knobs and remove the handle to remove the hopper.
We ran it for about 5 hours to reduce a big pile of raspberry and grape vines, sunflower stalks plus a few hardwood branches into a much smaller pile of mulch. The machine only stalled once when I was feeding an inch thick hardwood branch into the side chute. It never jammed or clogged even when I was feeding multiple vines in the side chute and my wife was feeding leaves and twigs in the top hopper at the same time. All the material we were putting in was Thoroughly DRY. We had to frequently rake away the mulch from under the machine before it built up enough to cover the vents on the motor.
After running it for 5 hours some of the screws had become loose and one had fallen out, which I later found in the mulch (but not the washers). I would suggest checking it every hour for loose screws. When I later took it apart to clean I found a large crack on the inside of the side chute, probably a broken weld. (Picture 2) It doesn't look like it will impact the operation unless I try to feed one-inch hardwood branches again. But I may want to get it welded sometime. I have not tried warranty service because I would probably have to pay to ship the heavy steel hopper back to the repair center.
The only other complaint I have is that the short power cord is just long enough to get tangled under the wheels when I pull it, so I used some cable ties to tie it up to the frame. (Picture 3)
August 30, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by MulchMan Very Light Duty Mulcher
This shredder is on the lower end (light duty) of the chipper/shredder world. It is only good for very light and very dry material fed at a very slow rate. Otherwise you will find yourself constantly taking it apart to remove jams. Also contributing to the frequent jaming are the blades that become dull very rapidly, even with clean( no dirt), organic material. Perhaps this is what is to be expected of this relatively inexpensive piece of equipment. Finding an appropriate cost sweet-spot for big yard gardeners wanting to recycle/mulch their organic material is very difficult. The hassle of low-end chipper/shredders is probably not worth the time and the cost of the high-end machines is not worth the price. It's a shame!
March 11, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BillfromTexas Just say NO!
I owned this for 24 hours, and returned it for a gas powered one. The majority of the time I was using it, I was unjamming the unit. You have to unscrew and remove the handle just to be able to unscrew and remove the feeder. It is good for leaves and some bush trimmings. It is basically a garbage disposal on steroids.
July 20, 2015