Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 149
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by anthony1 Great product for yard clean up. Surprisingly quiet.
November 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 0528 Thumbs up for Chipper Joe
We had a landscaper quote the clean up and haul away behind our garage at $350. The Chipper Joe was under $200 and did the job behind our garage as well as the branches and leaves from our trimmed bushes and the branches and leaves that were removed hanging on our roof. The only time Chipper Joe clogged up is when I put too many leaves in it and even that was easy to open and unclog. Branches, leaves, weeds, vines and small trees are no problem for this product. No more yard waste bags and stickers. If you are a do-it-yourself person and want to save money, this is the greatest thing since sliced bread.
July 21, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Robin0915 Flimsy product--Broken after 2 hrs.
The Sun Joe worked fine for the first 15 minutes (sucked branches in as described), then needed pushing and shoving, and finally broke down after 2 hrs: all blades dull, one blade broken (!), feeder (plastic) broken. A shoddily built, flimsy product.
Do not use for: Branches over 0.75 in, branches under 1/4 in, sycamore and other hardwood species, pine branches, old and dry branches, young and fresh branches, branches that are not completely straight, anything other than branches.
Honestly, I don't know what this product is good for. Waste of money, better get a heavy duty shredder right away.
April 19, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by cjf613 great little unit at a great price
I was realistic and did not expect an industrial chipper at this price point. That said this little thing works like a charm. Easy to use and makes quick work of a pile of limbs. It has only jammed on me one time when I tried to chip a limb with too many side twigs. BUT it cleared in a snap and I was back in business. It does not do well with the really tiny twigs, but they are easy to pick out if you plan to use the chips for decorative cover. And if you just plan to bag them for disposal, sure makes it easy. This was definitely a smart purchase.
July 31, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by gert7to3 14 Amp Wood Chipper
The product works as described. You have to feed things basically one-at-a-time. Thicker stock has to be guided in. Keep a hand on what you feed because it could be spun around. I used it to mulch up dead branches from red pine. They were dry and slightly rotted, though some were resinous. You will want a running shear and a hatchet or machete.
My photo shows the product, the mulch pile, the branches that ere too thick to mulch and in the background both cleared and yet to do areas.
April 21, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by BogDog811 Effective light duty chipper for Harry Homeowner
A couple of weeks ago my wife and I went crazy in our back yard. We spent the entire weekend pruning, trimming and thinning our entire landscape. Wound up with a four foot high pile of trimmings that covered over half the yard. Wasn't about to manually cut that stuff up so it could be bagged and hauled out. So I went on line looking for a light duty chipper and settled on this one. It gets mixed reviews, but they all do.
During two 2 hour sessions I turned that huge pile of cuttings into two bags of chips. No jams or overloads. By the end of each session the motor housing was quite warm but not too hot to touch with a bare hand.
Don't try to rush things. Feed it one or two branches at a time. Don't push. Let them feed at their own pace and guide them in. I chipped branches up to an inch thick and four feet long.
The only problem I have is that there is no effective way to attach a catch bag to the output chute. I solved that by sitting it on top of a 32 gallon trash can lined with a lawn and leaf bag, with a couple of 12 inch pavers in the bottom (under the bag) to give it some stability. It sits there on an angle with the chute aimed right into the bag (see photos). I doubt that either the manufacturer or Home Depot would endorse that. But it worked well and was quite stable.
There's a crab apple tree back there in desperate need of a good pruning. I've been putting it off because I just don't want deal with the cuttings. I'm going after that tree next weekend. If I don't come back to amend this review you can assume it also handled that stuff as well.
August 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pepsieholik A great deal for the money.
It took about 1/2 to put together, and it works great. I was trimming hedges for 2 solid 8hr days. After the blades went dull, I took the blades out and turned them over, and chipped more. I bought a 6in grinder and just sharpened the blades again, this little chipper is well worth the money. Here's my advise for anyone learning as I just did, shred the branches the same or next day that you do your trimming. Older and dried out branches will dull the blade, but the fresh green branches will go down like a cube of butter on a hot skillet. This is not a professional chipper, but it is great for the weekend warriors.
March 29, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Michael It works fine for the price
This model is quite a bit cheaper than the gas models I compared it to. I am happy with this purchase. You can't go crazy with what you shove into the chute, just cut things up to removed nodules off the sides (so they fit cleanly through the throat) and take it slow. This chipper worked nicely for me.
I did open up the machine before using it, to inspect how the blades worked. I tightened the allen bolts on the blades another 1/4 turn before I turned it on. I was a bit surprised to find them so loose. This might have been to manufacture spec but I am comfortable with them a bit more snug.
March 9, 2014