Rated 4 out of 5★ by 1reviewer.
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Plaindriver Good DIY Unit I live in Tn on a 5 ac parcel, about 75% un cut woods. Has a beautiful log cabin, but there are too many trees that are close to house, and when they drop acorns, sounds like a bomb on the metal roofs. We can use the firewood, but needed a way to dispo the small branches and small limbs. Did research on the net and ended up purchasing the larger Earthquake chipper/shredder. Have had it about 8 mos. now, and have about 75 hrs with it.It comes with thin plastic wheels w/solid rubber tires. Very difficult to move around on anything but pavement. So I changed them to pneumatic air tires. After the first use, I removed the cover off the inlet tube for branches. It really impeded sticking anything that wasn't straight or in excess of about 1" dia into the chipper blades. Without, I can feed 3" branches, and when it comes to the small branches growing off the main branch, I just keep stuffing and it works great. I also got one of those hr meters on ebay for $10, so I can track maint intervals.Re the hopper, it also had this rubber cover that made it nearly imposs to do other than "spoon feed" it small twigs. So, I did away with that as well. Now, it is much more usable and efficient, though OSHA may not approve. It is really quite strong. I have previously owned two Craftsman 8 HP units, and this is substantially better. And it starts very easily.Now, the negatives: Im 6'0 tall, but this unit is quite low. To pull it around, it is hard on the lower back, especially over uneven terrain, despite the new tires. The pull handle is low, so I need to stoop over to pull it, and its rather heavy. Next, the tube for feeding long branches is also quite low. Would be nice if it also were higher. There is no tow bar to drag it w/a tractor. I have a small 36" x 60" trailer from Lowes, and I chain the chipper down in there and then drag it to the woods w/small JD tractor. I leave it in the trailer to chip, and just point the chute out the open end of trailer.I used the bag twice. It doesn't make a real good seal, but the bad is that if fills in no time, meaning you will have to shut down, untie it and go dump it. I doubt I will ever use the bag again, tho it is a good qual bag.Funny, when you look at it, it appears sorta cheap. When you start it and feed it, WOW! This unit has authority. There are several models of this unit, definitely worth the paltry extra bucks to get the most powerful of the three.All in all, I am satisfied and would buy again, but it does need tweaking. 04/29/2013