Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 18
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by kipper413 JUNK
The only way to check or add oil is to partially dismantle the machine unless you purchase the extended dipstick that they show in the pictures but do not tell you how to get. When the machine became clogged on a one inch piece of wood, I discovered one of the blades was damaged before it was even used. Someone assembled this tool with a broken and damaged blade. This product is junk!
June 16, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Chipperattitude Bought a used one, it's ok
This chipper does great on fresh cut 'green' limbs -- even up to 3" no problem, but if the branches are dry (cut previously and left to sit) then it has a very difficult time with them, even small ones. Also, limbs/branches need to be trimmed in a way that they are very straight as any little sideways bits can get stuck in the hopper and that is a huge pain to disassemble the hopper sleeve to remove a jammed branch. For the $300 I paid for it used, I think it's a fair price, but I think the full retail is far too much.
May 17, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Carl Second Purchase
Bought one of the 20 years ago worked great. I wore it out. Bought new one, different engine but almost exactly the same. Solid construction. Hope it last as long as last one.
June 14, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by HOOT WORST PURCHACE EVER
WON'T CHIP 3" LIMBS THIS IS A TOTAL PIECE OF JUNK OVER RATED
March 29, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mike Mulcher
Mulching all the leaves in my yard is very convenient every year.I recommended to all household with trees in the yard.
April 26, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by EW Bad
Item was hard to start right out of box. Ran 1 tank of gas and after refueling, engine ran for 2 minutes and then acted like it ran out of gas. Could not get it restarted after that. Returned.
April 5, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by homepilot Good chipper/shredder with some exceptions
The product does work as advertised but it takes a bit of work to learn to use the shredder effectively without it jamming.
* the shredded output is very small and ideal for using as a ground cover
* the leaf shredder is fast and efficient
* the setup manual is clear and easy to follow
* seems to be fairly fuel efficient (used less than half the tank after a full day of work)
* Do not feed any sticks larger than, say 1/2" into the leaf shredder, otherwise it will jam.
* Jams are NOT easy to fix. Some disassembly seems to be required for every jam (keep your tools handy).
* The unit is loud, and I'm not referring to just the engine: when it goes into shred or stick grinding, it makes a LOT of noise. Ear (and eye and arm and hand) protection strongly recommended.
* It is not easy to start (my wife cannot pull hard enough). The motor seems to really want to start but because of the weight of the cutting wheel, it takes a LOT of pull to get it turning fast enough for the engine to ramp up to speed. It seems to work better on our unit to always use the choke, and then as soon as the engine fires, remove the choke.
* We have found that we need to separate our shred into piles: small stuff (leaves, small twigs) that can go into the shredder and larger twigs and sticks that will go into other side.
Issues with the unit I received:
* one of the wheel push nuts (that holds the wheel on the axle) was missing or fell off shortly after we started using the unit
* the nut for one of the shredders inside the chamber came off (or was never there?) causing the bar that holds the shredder to impact other metal surfaces creating a lot of noise. Thankfully I was able to disassemble the unit and find the problem before it did any serious damage (to the unit or the human standing next to it).
February 10, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by 35YTD Very Hard to start
When you can get the shredder started, it does an excellent job shredding up small branches but it is a real pain to get started. When I first got it, it would not start and I took it to a service center. They got it fired but told me I had to get it up to a certain speed with the pull starter before the ignition would fire off. I'm getting older and am having a real problem doing this. On most occasions, I can get it started when it is cold but once it is warm and runs out of fuel you might as well put it away for the day as it will not start. This thing really needs an electric starter. Also make sure you use the best, fresh fuel you can find. i use the expensive canned 92 octane TruFuel because if you need service, the first thing they will try to blame is bad fuel. For the money spent, I am very disappointed in this chipper and would not buy it again.
October 24, 2015