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Best Wood Chipper Shredder 2019

I am not going to lie – one of the best investments I ever made was buying a good chipper shredder.

It has given me an almost endless supply of feed I can put back into my yard to make it even more healthy and vibrant.

Luckily for you I’ve put together a list of the Best Wood Chipper Shredders of 2019 so you can benefit just like I did.

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Best Wood Chipper Shredders Of 2019
At A Glance List

Below is a quick view of my favorite wood chipper shredders of 2019. To find out more about them click on the link to take you to the full review.

Best Electric Chipper Shredders

Name

Mulch Ratio

Best For

Rating

#1 – Power Smart PS10 (Read Review)

20:1

♦ Best Buy ♦

93%

#2 – Patriot Products CSV-2515 (Read Review)

20:1

Power

91%

#3 – Sun Joe CJ602E (Read Review)

27:1

Date/Bamboo

88%

#4 – Sun Joe CJ601E (Read Review)

16:1

Easy To Maintain

86%

#5 – Lawn Master FD1501 (Read Review)

10:1

Price

85%

#6 – Duromax Eco Shredder (Read Review)

10:1

Dual Purpose

84%

Best Gas Chipper Shredders

Name

Mulch Ratio

Best For

Rating

#1 – Yard Machines 208cc (Read Review)

10:1

♦ Best Buy ♦

95%

#2 – Patriot Products CSV-3065B (Read Review)

20:1

All Round

93%

#3 – Patriot Products CSV-3100B (Read Review)

20:1

Larger Loads

92%

#4 – YARDMAX YW7565 (Read Review)

20:1

Price

90%

#5 – Tazz K33 (Read Review)

20:1

Design

89%

#6 – Earthquake 205cc (Read Review)

10:1

Ease Of Use

89%

The Details…

How to Choose a Chipper Shredder

So let’s get down to business:

When you are considering what type of chipper shredder you want the first factor you need to decide upon is whether you want a gas powered chipper shredder or an electric powered chipper shredder.

Gas or Electric?

Essentially the bottom line is if you have a smaller sized yard an electric chipper shredder will probably do for you, if your yard is medium/large a gas powered one may be better.

Put it this way:

Electric chipper shredders are smaller, lighter and cheaper than their gas counterparts, but they are a lot less powerful, can’t handle branches over 1.5 inches in diameter and you are constrained by needing to be near a power point.

Gas chipper shredders cost more, but allow you much more flexibility as you can take them anywhere. They are more powerful and the top end machines can chip their way through branches up to 3 inches in diameter without a problem.

In short:

Think about the size of your yard and the size of wood that you need to chipping before you make a decision.

Chipper Capacity

Tied into the above look at the maximum cutting capacity before you make a purchase.

What it all boils down to is:

Think about the size of the wood you intend to chip – there is no point buying a small electric chipper if most of the debris is over 1.5inches in diameter as electric chippers won’t be powerful enough to chip it.

Likewise you have no need to spend lots of money out on a powerful gas chipper if your yard needs to be cleared of tiny branches and twigs.

Engine Size

It’s not rocket science:

A powerful engine makes wood chipping much easier.

For yards which require a large amount of seasonal work and have sizeable branches, a 6.5hp (horsepower) engine will probably be needed.

Basically:

The more powerful the engine the less it will bog as you feed the debris in. For smaller yards a 14 or 15 amp engine should be just fine.

Mulch Ratio

Most chipper shredders will reduce waste to a ratio of at least 10:1, with many going up to 20:1.

This means ten (or twenty depending up on the ratio) bags of debris will be reduced to a single back of mulch or chips which you can then use on your garden.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of a chipper shredder is always worth bearing in mind as well.

Naturally:

As mentioned gas powered units weigh more – but most come on wheels these days so can be dragged around.

Warning:

Some are easier to transport than others though and you also need to think about where you intend to store your chipper shredder as you don’t want to buy something too big and have nowhere to put it!

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The Best Electric Chipper Shredders 2019

 #1 of 6 – Power Smart PS10

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a cheap but good performing chipper to clear up smaller sized yards.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 1.625 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 20:1
  • Motor: 15 amp
  • Weight: 33 lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

If you have a smaller sized yard and are looking for a budget priced chipper that performs far better than the price suggests then look no further than the Power Smart PS10.

So let’s take a closer look:

From the off you are onto a winner as it is incredibly easy to assemble. What I particularly liked was all the tools to put it together are supplied, so you don’t have the frustration of searching around for a wrench or screwdriver to do the job.

It deals with shrubs and small branches up to an inch and a half in diameter flawlessly, eating through such branches and leaves without a problem.

Standing at 37 inches high and weighing only 33lbs, it is light as a feather (almost!) and its 6 inch wheels mean you can move it around your yard without a problem.

Here’s the point:

It rarely jams, but if it does you can easily remove the cover and open it up to take out the offending pieces and get back to chipping again asap.

It also has a multitude of safety features – it automatically shuts off when overloaded to protect the motor and has a safety locking knob which prevents the blades from spinning, when the casing is opened or if it comes loose.

All of this means you don’t have to worry if it is the first time you have used a chipper shredder – it is as safe as it can be.

Be warned:

The only downsides are the opening to feed the branches in is quite small, so you really can’t put anything in over 1.5inches maximum and it is so light that really you need it to be on a flat surface when you use it as it may tip over.

But for the price you really won’t get much better.

MY RATING: 93%

Pros

  • Easy to assemble

  • Easy to open if it jams

  • Eats through branches effortlessly

  • Lots of safety features

  • Great price

Cons

  • Opening to feed branches in is small

  • May tip over if not on flat surface

#2 of 6 – Patriot Products CSV-2515

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those with larger yards and a bigger need for chipping and shredding, but who don’t want to get a gas powered machine.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 2.5 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 20:1
  • Motor: 14 amp
  • Weight: 95 lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

The Patriot CSV-2515 is the beast of electric chipper shredders!

Unlike the lighter duty electric chipper shredders this can handle large branches that are up to 2.5 inches diameter.

Let’s dig a little deeper:

I can’t reiterate how strong this thing is and it is surprisingly powerful for an electric chipper/shredder – you won’t find any other electric units as strong as this, it is built like a tank!

Note that you will need a heavy duty 12 gauge extension cord and three wire system for this as it draws 14 amps of electricity.

Not only can it handle larger branches than any other chipper shredder on the market the hopper for leaves and other vegetation is also really big – 16 inches long and 14 inches wide.

This makes it easy for you to dump the debris in it to be shredded.

Make no mistake about it:

You will get the benefit of a top quality chipper shredder, but with no gas to run out of, oil to change, etc. It makes clearing your yard very easy.

The power is evident as you feed branches into the chipper – it cuts through them like a knife through butter.

What is more it produces probably the best quality mulch of any electric shredder, with a 20:1 mulch ratio, so you get a nice fine product to spread on your dressing beds and composting, etc.

It comes with a handy collection bag, as well as safety goggles.

But:

There is very little to complain about with the CSV-2515, but in the interests of fairness I will point out this is another product with a poor instruction manual, and it could probably do with a heavier flywheel to keep it balanced a little better.

In a nutshell:

This is a really great electric chipper shredder and whilst it may be more expensive than others, there is a reason for that – top quality performance!

MY RATING: 91%

Pros

  • Incredibly powerful

  • Can handle branches up to 2.5inches

  • Produces top quality mulch

  • Large hopper for leaves/vegetation

  • Reduces time for clearing large yards

Cons

  • Poor instruction manual

  • Flywheel could be heavier

#3 of 6 – Sun Joe CJ602E

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want a lower priced chipper to deal with date or bamboo palms on their land.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 1.57 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 17:1
  • Motor: 15 amp
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

If you are prepared to spend a little bit more and want a step up from the Sun Joe CJ601E (mentioned below), then look no further than its big brother the CJ602E.

Let’s dig a little deeper:

It is marginally more expensive but has a more powerful motor, an increased cutting capacity and an improved mulch ratio.

Where the CJ602E thrives in comparison to many other electric chipper shredders is that it can handle bamboo and date palm fronds.

This is HUGE.

Whilst others struggle to deal with such material the CJ602E gets through it with comparative ease as long as you keep the blades sharp. So if you have date or bamboo palms on your land this is ideal for you.

It is a surprisingly solid machine, whilst a lot of it is plastic – the most important parts are steel and nice and robust.

It can be put together easily, and all you need is a Philips head screwdriver to attach the metal base to the main body and a wrench (which is supplied) to attach the wheels.

It does a lovely job of chipping smaller branches and also shreds leaves that remain on the branches and shrubs as well as dry vines – all in a quiet and efficient manner.

But you need to know:

The only real gripes with it are that it struggles with wet materials, a common factor among budget chipper shredders and the pusher for this Sun Joe does have a tendency to come out of the snap on clip when pushing it over bumpy ground.

In short:

It is a step up on the already very good CJ601E.

MY RATING: 88%

Pros

  • Deals with bamboo & date palms well

  • Solid machine

  • Easy to put together

  • Excellent for chipping smaller branches

  • Quiet and efficient

Cons

  • Struggles with wet materials

  • Pusher has a tendency to unsnap

#4 of 6 – Sun Joe CJ601E

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want piece of mind if something goes wrong with their chipper but still at a great price.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 1.5 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 16:1
  • Motor: 14 amp
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

The Sun Joe CJ601E is one of the most popular electric wood chippers on the market. It is made of lightweight soft plastic, yet is durable and robust and does a great job of chipping smaller branches.

So let’s get down to business.

What I particularly like about this Sun Joe is just how easy it is to replace the blades.

What is common with the more budget priced chippers is that the blades are prone to losing their sharpness. That means you will occasionally have to remove them to sharpen or replace them.

With some cheaper chippers that can be a pain but with the Sun Joe it is a cinch!

Here’s how ridiculously easy it is:

Take two screws out, remove the blades, but the new blades in and replace the screws and you are done. This will save you a lot of time and frustration!

In keeping with this theme – it can be ready to run just minutes after you get it – it only has four bolts and two wheels you need to fit and at 26 lbs it is light enough to move around with one hand.

Sun Joe also have a reputation for excellent customer service and are incredibly responsive to questions and very good about the two year warranty.

Note:

The only downsides to this device is it suggests on the box it produces four types of output (chipping, shredding, mulching and composting), this is misleading – it just chips are one sizes (of a good quality though!).

Also it can be a pain to open it up when it jams as there is a locking bolt that takes a number of revolutions to unscrew – so you just need a bit of patience.

All in all:

Those minor quibbles aside this does a great job.

MY RATING: 86%

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Pros

  • Replacing blades is so easy

  • Ready to go within minutes of receiving it

  • Excellent customer service

  • Durable and robust

  • Good price

Cons

  • Misleading image on box – only one type of output

  • Opening the casing to unjam can be a pain

#5 of 6 – LawnMaster FD1501

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want an easy to use and maintain chipper shredder that produces good mulch.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 1.5 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 10:1
  • Motor: 15 amp
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

The LawnMaster FD1501 is another budget level chipper that performs above its station.

So let’s get to it:

This is even lighter than the Power Smart PS10, weighing just 25lbs and the addition of wheels mean that if you are slightly older and don’t want to be lugging a heavy chipper shredder around it could be the perfect choice for you.

As with the other chipper shredders at the lower end of the price scale, this is geared more towards those with smaller yards.

It cuts through freshly cut branches and shrubs without a problem, but struggles a little more if the debris has been left for a week or longer.

Here’s the point:

If you are not particularly technically minded this is a great choice as, if something goes wrong or it gets clogged up, the screws and knobs to open the casing are really easy to unscrew.

It is small, it is stable and it comes with a bag you can attach to it to collect all the chipped material, and, I should add, the quality of the mulch for a low cost chipper is really good.

But remember:

The only downside is the blades don’t appear to be hardened steel so they dull a little more quickly, but they are two sided so you can just flip them over and use the other side.

As a precaution it might be worth buying an extra set of blades though so you can put these in the LawnMaster whilst sharpening the other set.

So it all adds up to this:

All in all, a great piece of kit that will help keep smaller gardens in top shape and produces a great quality of mulch.

MY RATING: 85%

Pros

  • Very light and compact

  • Handy mulching bag included

  • Produces really nice mulch

  • Easy to open casing if needed

  • Good price

Cons

  • Blades may dull

  • Struggles a little more with older debris

#6 of 6 – Duromax Eco Shredder ES1600

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who are prepared to pay a little more for a dual purpose machine with a hopper and a chipper.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 1.375 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 10:1
  • Motor: 14 amp
  • Weight: 70 lbs
  • One Year Warranty

The Eco Shredder is a step up in the price bracket from some of the chipper shredders mentioned, but it is also a step up quality wise too.

So let’s fire away:

Aside from the plastic hopper on the top, it is a solid all metal chipper shredder, which is obviously well made.

The main advantage though is the separate hopper for shredding leaves.

At about a square foot in size you can load it full of leaves and see them shredded with the minimum of fuss. It feeds well and the leaves rarely get trapped in it.

Check this out:

It also has an efficient chipper for chipping branches up to 1.375inches in diameter, making it a good dual purpose machine if that is what you are looking for.

As long as you don’t overload it the Eco Shredder will deal with pretty much everything you throw at it producing a really lovely mulch.

A word of warning:

Being a more solid machine this is considerably heavier than the previous chipper shredders mentioned, so that is worth remembering and the instruction manual that comes with it can only be described as terrible at best!!

But the bottom line is this:

It is easy to unjam, really quiet and even shreds cardboard.

MY RATING: 84%

Pros

  • Well made and robust

  • Separate hopper for shredding leaves

  • Deals with everything you throw at it

  • Very quiet

  • Lovely mulch quality

Cons

  • Heavy

  • User instructions are terrible

The Best Gas Chipper Shredders 2019

#1 of 6 – Yard Machines 208cc

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for an innovatively designed chipper shredder that performs excellently for the price.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 2.0 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 10:1
  • Motor: 5.5 hp
  • Weight: 250 lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

This Yard Machines Chipper Shredder is one of the best rated gas chipper shredders on the market – but it also happens to be one of the cheapest – what a great combination.

What makes this so special?

The feature which sets this apart from its competitors – many more expensive – is the fact the hopper can be tipped down to ground level by the pull of a lever.

This means you rake leaves and twigs into it directly for easy mulching, no more backache from bending to the floor to pick up leaves.

It does a great job on leaves and the separate chipper does a great job on branches up to 2 inches thick as well.

Still not convinced?

The chips it puts out are really small and of a great quality. It actually chews debris up really quickly and spits out the mulch efficiently.

As long as look after this chipper shredder – maintain the air filter, spark plug and the oil, and keep it clean, it will run and run and run, giving you minimum problems.

It starts easily and is very powerful for its size.

Admittedly:

This is such a good performing, well priced machine there is very little complain about – the only complaint being the oil is difficult to change.

This is because the chipper chute is located in front of the oil filler and dipstick cap, so you might have to remove the chipper chute to change or check the oil.

Removing the chipper chute isn’t that difficult, just inconvenient.

To sum up:

All in all though, you won’t find a better chipper shredder for the price.

MY RATING: 95%

Pros

  • Feeding machine is easy with tilt down hopper

  • Works well on both leaves and wood

  • Quick and efficient

  • Nice mulch

  • Excellent price

Cons

  • Oil difficult to check/change

#2 of 6 – Patriot Products CSV-3065B

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who want an excellent all rounder that can deal with anything at a reasonable cost.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 3.0 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 20:1
  • Motor: 6.5 hp
  • Weight: 120 lbs
  • Three Year Warranty

We are stepping up into a higher price bracket here but the Patriot CSV-3065 is a joy to use from start to finish.

Why do I say this?

I love the design of this machine. The chute to deposit material in is straight, but the cutting rotors are quite far down.

The rotors create a vacuum which sucks the material that is being shredded into them.

The benefits of this for you are threefold – one it is ultra safe, two it handles branches that are curved well and three material is reduced to mulch in no time at all.

Sounds impressive right?

In fact this really does seem to deal with everything easily. The chipper even handles smaller Cedar branches despite the hardness of the wood and the shredder deals with palm fronds and larger leaves.

It is built to last and has some nifty features – for instance it has a sensor that will not allow it start with no or low oil and it comes with a gas shutoff valve and drain valve for the carburettor.

By contrast:

Minor dislikes again center around the gas tank.

It requires oil that is not included and filling it could be easier – you will need to have a long funnel handy.

Slightly surprisingly for something SO well made, there is no off switch. You have to either pull the plug or shut off the fuel feed.

So what does all this mean?

It is on wheels so portable, starts easily and can handle just about everything – what more could you ask for!

MY RATING: 93%

Pros

  • Deals with curved branches better than most
  • Very quick and efficient
  • Branches literally sucked into machine
  • Deals with palm fronds well
  • Portable

Cons

  • Oil required is not included

  • There is no off switch

#3 of 6 – Patriot Products CSV-3100B

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those with wooded lots up to five or so acres who are looking to chip up larger volumes of branches.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 3 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 20:1
  • Motor: 10 hp
  • Weight: 139 lbs
  • Three Year Warranty

I take your Patriot Products CSV-3065B and raise you – I present to you the Patriot Products CSV-3100B!

The silver lining is:

Essentially Patriot have taken the excellence of the CSV-3065B and added a bigger engine, replacing the 6.5hp engine with a commercial 10hp engine.

If you have mostly softwood and want to do mulching of leaves and so on, you will probably be fine to stick with the 3065B but if you have more land and a lot of hardwood trees then the extra horsepower of the 3100B really makes a difference.

This is crazy:

You can feed 3 inch branches and it doesn’t labour in the slightest because of its long stroke and high RPM.

The hopper is large, at 16 inches by 14 inches, so you can easily dump leaves and vegetation in there and it has the same 7” chipper the CSV-3065 has meaning even branches with offshoots are effortlessly chipped.

It is easy to assemble and reliably starts with just one or two pulls.

Just a note though:

This thing is big and powerful and that means it is heavy! Dragging it uphill is tough, so if you can I’d recommend you get the tow bar accessory so you can attach it to a tractor or ATV.

Similarly because of the size it is loud, so you will need hearing protection.

Let’s recap:

This is worth the money and there is a reason Patriot are in this list three times – they make quality products and really know what they are doing when it comes to chipper shredders.

MY RATING: 92%

Pros

  • Powerful commercial 10hp engine

  • Deals with hard wood easily

  • Large hopper

  • Reliable starter

  • Great for larger properties

Cons

  • Heavy

  • Loud

#4 of 6 – YARDMAX YW7565

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a lower priced gas chipper that can still handle larger branches.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 1.5 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 16:1
  • Motor: 14 amp
  • Weight: 26 lbs
  • Two Year Warranty

Although the YARDMAX YW7565 is at the cheaper end of the spectrum in terms of gas chippers, it can handle branches up to 3 inches in diameter, something some of the more expensive gas chippers struggle with.

For starters:

It is easy to put together, the main thing you need to do is bolt on the two piece feed hopper.

When you have constructed it you will see a lot of thought has been put into the design and construction.

Check this out:

It has heavy gauge steel housing and a belt drive that runs to a heavy cutting disk. Greasable bearings support the cutting disk.

The feeding chute, at 21 inches by 14 inches, will be large enough for most homeowners, and it has durable all terrain tires, so it can be moved around easily.

Anything you throw into the chipper is dealt with pretty easily and dry branches especially fly through it.

You might want to know this:

The one thing it does seem to struggle a bit with though are palm branches.

The other minor gripe is the muffler cover needs a safety guard or a cage over it. It does get hot fast and it is easy to accidentally burn yourself on it

To cut a long story short:

This well constructed and high performing chipper shredder should last you many years!

MY RATING: 90%

Pros

  • Handles branches up to 3 inches in diameter

  • Well made machine

  • Large feeding chute

  • Easy to move around

  • Great price

Cons

  • Struggles to deal with palm branches

  • Muffler cover needs a safety guard

#5 of 6 – Tazz K33

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those who an easy life when it comes to collecting mulch (and a good chipper shredder I hasten to add!).

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 3.0 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 20:1
  • Motor: 14 amp
  • Weight: 140 lbs
  • Five Year Warranty

Where the Yard Machines outstanding feature is its tip down hopper the Tazz K33 has its own unique selling point – its very efficient and easy to use mulch bag.

What is the magic formula?

The bag has a dock lock system that connects it easily to the output chute so everything that is produced whizzes straight into the bag.

The bag can then be removed from the dock and has a bottom out zipper that makes it a cinch to spread mulch over your garden.

Of course this feature wouldn’t be enough to warrant the K33 mention in this list but fortunately the actual performance of this chipper shredder is very good.

It all boils down to this:

It has a has a very powerful 301 cc engine that makes it easy to chew through branches up to 3 inches in diameter and it is well designed.

It is quite tall at 51 inches, but this means it is easy to drop leaves and debris into the hopper without stooping.

It actually has a small footprint as well which means you can store it easily as it takes up minimal room.

Warning:

On the downside it does clog if you put in too many damp leaves or small twigs, but is fine as long as you pace yourself.

Also the oil isn’t the easy to change due to the position of the drain plug.

In essence:

A low priced, well designed and efficient gas chipper shredder.

MY RATING: 89%

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Pros

  • Collecting mulch is simple with mulch dock bag

  • Powerful 301cc engine

  • Well designed

  • Small and easy to store

  • Deals with branches up to 3 inches thick

Cons

  • Opening to feed branches in is small

  • Has a tendency to clog occasionally if you try and do too much

#6 of 6 – Earthquake 205cc 

Price Guide: $$$

BEST FOR…
Those looking for a top quality all round chipper that doesn’t jam and deals with all types of wood and mulches leaves.

Product Spec

  • Cutting Diameter: 3.0 inches
  • Mulch Ratio: 20:1
  • Motor: 6.5 hp
  • Weight: 97 lbs
  • One Year Warranty

The Earthquake 205cc wins a place in this list because it achieves the impossible for a chipper shredder – it pretty much never jams!

In addition the chips and mulch it produces are some of the best you will get from any chipper shredder.

Think I’m exaggerating?

The chips are around the shape and size of a thumbnail and the mulch is almost powder like which will really benefit your garden if you buy one of these.

So it never jams and chips and shreds well, two big pluses, what else?

You’d have to say:

The engine is a step down from the Patriot CSV-3100B at 6.5hp, but it is still amazingly powerful and chips and shreds mostly anything.

It comes pretty much assembled – you just have to attach the handle, it starts on the first pull on most occasions and it has a heavy duty fabric back you can attach so chips and shreds are blown into the bag. It also handles hardwood well too.

You should know however:

On the downside the oil reservoir is not easy to get to and there is no dipstick provided, so checking and changing the oil could be easier.

Also this is heavy! You might need to get the adapter and attach it to a ATV or tractor so you can tow it as it is difficult to push up hills.

In summary:

The Earthquake 205cc is a gem of a machine that does its main job very well indeed.

MY RATING: 89%

Pros

  • Doesn’t jam
  • Produces top quality chips and mulch
  • Reliable starter
  • Deals with hardwood well
  • Minimal setup needed

Cons

  • Oil reservoir is in an illogical position

  • Heavy

In Summary

Best Chipper Shredder For Composting

I have to go for the Patriot CSV-2515. It is incredibly strong and has a fantastic 20:1 mulch ratio which gives an amazing quality of mulch that is fine and perfect to spread on your dressing beds and compost.

Best Commercial Wood Chipper

Again it is a Patriot, but this time it is the CSV3100B. The 10hp engine is commercial size and deals with even the hardest of wood effortlessly. It is a beast.

Best Chipper Shredder For Home Use

For standard homes you can’t beat the Power Smart PS10. It eats through shrubs and small branches up to 1.5 inches without a second though.

Best Wood Chipper Under $1000

It is hard to look beyond the Yard Machines 208cc here. I love the innovative design of the hopper and the separate chipper and shredder options, but of which work like a dream.

Best Wood Chipper Under $500

Once again the Power Smart PS10 comes up trumps. This budget priced chipper shredder is a delight to use from start to finish and it is hard to find anything to complain about at this price.

I hope you have found this rundown of some of the best chipper shredders of use.

If you do have any questions or are uncertain about anything please feel free to drop me an email and I will do my best to help you.

Get one of these if you want wonderful mulch that will benefit your yard and breath fresh life into your soil.

Enjoy!

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Steve Mann

Steve is a one time gardening hater turned into gardening obsessive. This was all thanks to going to University where a two year stint spent transforming the previously horrific garden of the student house he lived in left him addicted to all things horticultural! Now with a new house in tow and due to some fortunate circumstances he is free to test out a whole host of gardening equipment. Find out more about Steve or drop him an email at steve@suaveyards.com.

10 Comments

  1. jeffrey16201

    I found your article very interesting and informative on the best wood chipper shredders, I recommend this type of product for anyone with a nice size yard to make their lives easier.

    I never knew they made electric shredders until today, I always has gas shredders for my yard and garden maintenance.

    The brand I have always used was Troy Bilt, I am wondering what is your opinion on the Troy Bilt brand?

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    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Jeffrey, glad you found this interesting, they certainly do make clearing your yard easier don’t they?

      Electric shredders are more suited to smaller yards, I am not sure of the size of your yard, but that might be why you haven’t come across them.

      Funnily enough I just realised there are no Troy Bilt wood chippers in my list – this was nothing personal, they do make some reliable chippers.

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  2. Win Bill

    I have some relatives who lives in Staten Island. For some reason their backyard is surrounded by a bunch of trees that they do not need. They asked me if I can find them a wood chipper that can get rid of the tree branches. I told them to burn it in the beginning, but that might cause pollution and poisonous gases so we didn’t go that route. When I looked at your electric, I immediately know that none of them are what my relatives are looking for. What they need is a truly powerful machine. The earthquake 205 cc immediately caught my attention. This is definitely the monster that they need. I watched the video and it can even turn cherry wood into sawdust. Cherry is a famous type of hardwood that people use to build furnitures with. If it can crush that, it can literally pulverize any kinds of wood. I do have a question about the thickness of the wood though. Can you put in wood that is thicker than 3 inches in diameter?

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    • Steve Mann

      Ah glad this was useful for you – sounds like your relatives do need something very powerful and the Earthquake 205cc is certainly that – it is a monster as you say!

      Three inches is the limit for even the most powerful home wood chipper shredders I am afraid, so I wouldn’t recommend they put thicker wood in. However 3 inches is quite big, above that size you will need to look at commercial wood chippers, which are much more expensive.

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  3. walker2

    I have wanted a wood chipper/shredder for a long, long time but always thought they would be too big for a woman to handle. Your article gives a lot of options and was very informative. I did not know until now that there were even electric ones on the market! I think I could handle one of the smaller ones although my yard is more of a medium-sized than a small one. Do you think a woman could handle a gas powered one? I’d love to hear your thoughts and thanks for a very knowledgeable review.

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    • Steve Mann

      Thanks for the kind comments about my article – glad you found it useful. 

      Yes there are a whole host of chipper shredders on the market now and in the means of promoting equal opportunity I am sure a woman could handle a gas powered chipper shredder! As long as you don’t get a huge commercial chipper shredder the smaller ones for home use are very portable.

      I think the Yard Machines 208cc, which is gas powered, or the Patriot Products CSV-2515 which is electric might be ideal for you. Both are relatively powerful, portable and offer great value for money.

      Good luck in whatever you choose and if you have anymore questions just shout.

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  4. Grant

    Great post, Steve. There’s quite a bit of variation in chipper shredders on the market, isn’t there. After reading your post, I tend to lean toward the gas chippers, for the power and the versatility that they provide, although my yard is pretty small. I’m concerned that I would get stuff all cleaned up and then not need the machine again. Are the gas chippers durable enough to maybe use in a landscaping business? Thanks.

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    • Steve Mann

      Hi Grant, thanks for your comment. Gas Chippers certainly pack the most power, that is without a doubt. The larger gas powered wood chipper shredders, such as the YARDMAX YW7565, are definitely capable of commercial use. Some of the higher end units are hugely powerful.

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  5. Tony W

    Wow! This is great! You have a ton of information here. Thanks. I did not even consider or knew electric wood chippers existed.
    I bookmarked this page for future reference. I may find something that will change my mind. I will be looking more into the prices to make a decision.

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    • Steve Mann

      Thanks Tony, glad I could help! If you have any other questions please be sure to drop me a line. 

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