Powerhorse Chipper/Shredder - 208cc Powerhorse OHV Engine, 3in. Capacity
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
This chipper works great.
I lost much or all of four trees during a major wind and rain storm. The damage was so bad that I had to buy a pole saw before I could cut my way into the larger branches where I could safely use a chain saw. I bought this chipper to give it a try figuring if it worked, fine; if not, return it and apply the money against the $1500 a professional company wanted. It works fantastic. I did also need a reciprocating saw to cut the 3" or smaller branches off the larger pieces. This chipper is fun and easy to use. It's a little heavy to drag up hill after several hours of cutting, sawing and chipping. But with this chipper I also saved on buying mulch this fall.
October 2, 2013
Great addition for a homeowner!
Chipper worked excellent for me and chipped up the pile of branches in the pic and another pile in no time at all. Assembly was easy and the engine started on the first pull. No longer will I haul branches and limbs to the curb for the city to pick up.
July 5, 2013
Works ... BUT
How do you rate a product where the bearings shell out of the wheels on the third use? I built a wooden stand to let the new lawnmower wheels come up off the ground in use. However I notice that the new unit has pneumatic tyres, I truly hope these are an improvement not just a change.
On top of this the unit ceased to operate after 25 hours of use due to using GASAHOL - the small engine repairman said never to use alcohol in these engines but the manual contained not a word of caution!
OK, the price is right, but expect to have to do some serious maintenance on this unit over time unless all you do is shred leaves.
May 17, 2013
This chipper/shredder is a good value with the right balance of cost versus effectiveness. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better price/performance ratio at any dealer with any brand. With minimal assembly required to get this machine operable you can be up and running in an hour or less. During assembly I did encounter paint clogging the threads where the handle bolted. This was quickly remedied by running an 8mm tap through each hole to clean out the paint. Once assembled moving it to the work location is made easy with the pneumatic tires and the sturdy handle. Just tilt it back and you’re off. The 7 horse engine starts easily and runs surprisingly slower and quieter than expected. I encountered no problems with limbs up to the rated 3 inch capacity being fed into the side chipper. Just feed the larger stuff a bit slower and the chipper will make short work of turning it into mulch. And speaking of mulch, I was pleasantly surprised at how fine the output was. It really makes nice mulch for the gardening enthusiast. Another point worth mentioning is this is a very stable machine. Not once during several hours of continuous use did this machine shift position or tilt. My only issue with the operation of this machine is the top loading mulching hopper. It will clog easily if the input material is not relatively free of short twigs and branches that can turn sideways and prevent gravity from doing its job. Because of this tendency to clog I penalize my rating of this chipper/shredder one star. I’m a picky consumer but feel good about this purchase and have no reservations in recommending this machine to anyone in the market for one. I rate it a strong 4 stars.
May 15, 2012