Powerhorse Chipper/Shredder - 208cc Powerhorse OHV Engine, 3in. Capacity
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
excellent but manual needs help
The unit is very strong and the engine started on the second pull .It runs and sounds like a Honda. very impressed with operation ,very nice small chips. If you intend on being a BIG player in this market you are going to have to fix your manual. nothing shows tire pressure(30psi on the tire.) the assembly even with the addendum sheet in the box ,it still needs a closer look at the manual to assemble it. My rating a 5 but -1 for a poor manual.....! This is a great unit ,and good value....Time will tell the entire picture...My guess ,long and Happy.
August 5, 2011
This chipper does all it says it will, The motor is easy to start and with 2 pulls it starts right up. It chips all that you put in it.(hardwood takes a little time to chip up so take you time.) build well out and easy to put together, come with tools to do the job. Has lock nuts to make it sure nothing comes apart. Dont over tighing the nuts for the wheels it will break.Over all great product for the money.
June 13, 2011