Powerhorse Chipper/Shredder - 208cc Powerhorse OHV Engine, 3in. Capacity
This Chipper shredder is a beast! It has turned 2 acres of brush, small trees and a billion leaves into useable mulch. The chipper makes excellent "playground" mulch, really small,fine mulch excellent for home use. The shredder portion turns all those leaves into great mulch for use on gardens or other plantings. The only thing you have to watch is the feed speed when chipping larger branches, 2 inches or bigger and you have to hold the branch back so it doesn't feed too fast or it will jam up.
June 26, 2014
REview of my Powerhorse Chipper Shedder
I had looked at several models of chipper shredders from very expensive to the cheapest and found this model at Northern tool, its not the most expensive nor the cheapest but is a quality tool for the money. i read many review on it, and for the most part were praises on the Powerhorse. The negatives were most in part due to operator error. It was easy to assemble with minor tools and 30 minutes. Put gas and oil in it and fired it up.
It will handle up to 3" limbs (some more expensive models can only go 2") that was plus for me.
The hopper could be designed a bit better, it doesn't want to "feed" material through as good as I would like it to, but works none the less. If your looking for a medium priced quality shredder this one does the job for home, farm cleanup. I would recommend this for the money.
May 26, 2014
Idiot Tested Tough
I was shredding Vines and using a 2 by 4 to push them when it fell into the shredder. About a foot or more of the 2x4 was shredded before the engine jammed and stopped. Lucky the belt didn't break or burn up. Took the hopper off and picked all the wood chunks out of the shredder, didn't see anything bent, missing or out of balance. Now I use a cross can't fall in.
April 24, 2014
Chipper Top, Shredder Flop
I am currently using this Unit the second Season.
The Engine always starts with the first Pull and runs stabil without any Problems.
The Chipper works great and takes Branches up to the specified Size, dry or fresh, without any Problems. Working with two People, one is preparing and reaching, the second one is feeding the Machine without idle Time is not a Problem. The Unit keeps up and is running stabil.
The Shredder on the other Hand is more or less useless. The Hopper is to high for an average Person to feed the Unit. The Plastic Safety Flap inside of the Hopper is so sturdy, that it needs to be pushed down by Hand to have the Material sliding in to the Shredder. You better use a Stick to do this, but don't have it get caught by the Shredder Wheel. The Results of shredding are poor as well. A good Portion of dry Leaves comes out the same Size it has been put in. I am considering to take the Hopper off and closing the Opening with a Sheetmetal Plate.
As I wrote in the Title already, Chipper Top, Shredder Flop.
April 19, 2014
This unit worked great the first 4 months. Then I started having issues with it dying all the time.At first it started dying after about 10 minutes, would restart and it would last another 10. Now it runs only about 2 minutes and dies again. Was really pleased with it at first, now I'm wondering if it was worth it. Of course it's inexpensive to start with so what should I expect. If you want to use it often and hope it lasts for years, upgrade
March 30, 2014
HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A GOOD CHIPPER FOR A WHILE.DEBATING ON THE RENTAL OR BUYING .PURCHASED THE POWER HORSE. IT WAS EASY TO PUT TOGETHER, MAYBE 20 MIN OR SO. FIRED THAT PUPPY UP, STARTED ON THE FIRST PULL. WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE POWER IT HAS. IT TURNED SAPLINS AND TREE LIMBS INTO CHIPS SO FAST!! AS FAST AS I COULD FEED IT . IT SEEMS TO LIKE THE BIGGER LIMBS THE BEST. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A CHIPPER THATS A BEAST THAN THIS IS THE ONE!! HOPE IT CONTINUES TO PERFORM THE WAY IT HAS, GOT ABOUT 3-4 ACRES TO CLEAR
March 9, 2014
Fits the bill
Purchased this shredder to help clear approx 1/2 an acre of privet hedge that has grown up on my property over the years. I was hoping this unit would handle the soft green material and it does so very well. Even handles the hardwood limbs I've been feeding it. So far I'm happy - started on the 3rd pull.
So far the only thing that bugs me about this unit is that I wish the hopper was easier to access in order to clean out. You must remove 6 bolts in order to access the chamber to clean it out if you happen to get a little carried away. That said, if you follow the directions and only put limbs in the grinder and 'brush' in the top you'll be okay. I made the mistake of putting a small limb in the top and that cause the unit to bog down. One other issue - I did try several times to put dead leaves in the top and they didn't feed well. Perhaps I'm doing this wrong but I was afraid of clogging it up again so I stopped.
I considered the 'red brand' but went with this unit because it was available at a better price and I'm pleased. Looking forward to getting back out there tomorrow and grinding up more limbs!
February 21, 2014
Way better than my last chipper
Great chipper compared to my last one which was a cheaper brand. This one takes the limbs and chips them up with almost no hassles. I did have trouble finding the hardware for the handle when I was assembling it. The bag of bolts and other hardware had fallen into the chipper during shipping and was in the chipping area. I found it the first time I turned it on; it was not a pretty sound. It starts easy and the instructions are good.
February 4, 2014
Using it to shred hay for winter use and I trim trees had to burn or take branches to dump. No I chip them for garden mulch
February 4, 2014
This is a great chipper/shredder for the money. There are a lot of units that hover around this price point with similar features. However, units that have this size engine and capacity are generally more expensive than this model.
Assembling the unit was easy and straightforward, although I was disappointed that many of the fasteners already had surface rust on them right out of the box. I may replace them with zinc bolts/nuts in the future.
I used it for around 3 hours today and shredded enough to make around 3 bushels of chips, with almost no problems. It kept going and going and taking everything that I threw at it. 3" diameter dry hardwoods to extremely green softwoods all fed and chipped flawlessly. The only time it jammed was my fault and not the chipper's. I used a push stick that was a bit too large to shove some leaves and twigs in the hopper, and it caught and sucked it in, which then jammed.
I will say that getting the jam cleared took 45 minutes. Most of that time was due to the fact that you have to unbolt the entire hopper to clear a jam, and then unbolt the discharge chute and screen to get at the other side. It was a royal pain, but a good enough lesson for me to not let my mistake happen again.
As I said, the unit worked perfectly, but keep in mind that you're buying a unit that's cheaper. The fit of the parts is not really exact and tends to get brute forced with bolts rather than dry fitting like they should.That being said, everything goes together just fine, but you do have to make sure certain parts like the discharge chute and screen are tight to get them to align properly.
Don't mistake this as a professional piece of equipment, but for a homeowner with a wooded acre or two to keep up, this will do a fantastic job. I'm very pleased with the purchase and would buy the same unit again vs a more expensive one with lesser specifications.
November 3, 2013