Rated 3.9 out of 5Â by 73
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â 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 5.0 out of 5.0Â 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 4.0 out of 5.0Â by susan This chipper allows us to transform yard "waste" into nutrient rich mulch.
I have been composting for years, but shrub and tree branches don't break down fast enough. This chipper does the trick. Now none of our yard "waste" goes anywhere but is recycled back into my gardens. We love it. I could use one even more powerful, for larger branches, but I like the compact size. It is easy to move and store.
Part of the directions is faulty. Do not cover the out chute with a plastic bag. That causes the motor to shut down. We catch the shredded material in an open cardboard box and then I can easily spread it on my flower/vegetable beds.
February 21, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by FrugalShopper really gets rid of yard clutter
wood chippers are pretty pricey so was glad to find one under $250. made a quick job out of mulching my overgrown lilac bush. blade got stuck once cutting one of the larger branches but it's built well enough to be able to undo 3 bolts and take the top of the unit off to get to the blade for clearing or replacing when needed. much better built than one I had previously, this one has plastic parts too but the main case is metal with metal bolts. won't do 2" diameter branches but pretty good value for what it can do.
May 31, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by GardenerJohn Downgrade of Previous Review
Previously I gave this item two stars, but after my recent experience, I've downgraded it to one star. After shredding six bags of leaves and chipping 50 or 60 branches pruned from my wildly overgrown lilacs, the screws and nuts holding the top hopper and metal feed tube together came loose, and some were lost in the chipped/shredded materiel, necessitating my finding suitable replacements, and let me tell you that refastening the hopper to the metal tube using this replacement hardware was a real pain in the you know what, a real patience builder to say the least. In addition, the sheet metal screws holding the plastic plate to the bottom of the motor vibrated loose, and one fell out, never to be seen again. I subsequently bought #12 sheet metal screws and replaced all of them. Based on my experience, I rate this machine of poor quality and design.
June 21, 2014