Machine performs as good as can be expected considering the price. As far as chipping branches up to once 1 1/2 inches it works fine. It struggles with thicker branches and does a poor job as a shredder. Also you can only do one branch at a time which can be a lot of work if you have piles to shred. If you expect the do the chipping quickly and more than one branch at a time you may want to consider a machine in the $500 to $800 range, but if you only have a few branches to do at a time I do recommend this machine.
The blades do the job but the housing is of low quality. I purchased the machine to get rid of a few piles of small branches I had piled up for the last three years and it took me a day and a half to finish the job (stop and go work). If you put twigs through it the machine clogs, then you have to open it to unclog it. After the second time of having to unclog it, the screw that secures the blade casing got stuck. Now I'm not able to open it. If you only have a few branches to chip and don't expect much shredding this machine will work for you. The quality of the product could be improved.
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