Jan 05, 2012 3:43 pm
I'm after a petrol powered woodchipper / shredder. After moving onto an acre block I've managed to accumulate about 6 cubic metres of tree cuttings in only 5 months. I can't really burn them and taking them to the tip is alot of messing around even with a 6X4 trailer. So the best option I figure is to buy a chipper. The only ones I've seen for sale so far are Regum, Masport and Hansa. Hansa is far too expensive as I have a budget of maybe $1100. Has anyone used any of these or owned one? Especially some of our Landscape gardners who may have a bit of product knowledge. I need on that will chip pretty much anything from pine branches, gum branches to palm fronds.
Re: Woodchipper / Shredder - Brands2
Jan 05, 2012 5:49 pm
Don't know a price, but my father in law has a Greenfield Piecemaker. It has had a long, hard life and just keeps going.
Had a quick look on e-bay.
Re: Woodchipper / Shredder - Brands3
Jan 06, 2012 3:23 pm
Thanks for that. They looks pretty good but a little out of my price range. Not sure where to buy them locally either. I ended up buying a Rover 5HP from a local mower shop I usually go to. Main reason was they are common and a model that has sold for years so plenty of parts available. The Masport was just too expensive. I'll post later to give my hopefully positive review
Re: Woodchipper / Shredder - Brands4
Jan 07, 2012 10:56 pm
Well not that anyone would be interested but I found it to be pretty good. About the only short fall is that fibrous plants like palm leaves get caught up in the shafts and don't shred. Best to wait until they have dried out or just put them in the garden waste bin. Everything else is no problem. The grate can be changed to a large size for wet/green waste but changing it isn't that easy. Neither is removing anything that gets caught around the blades - you are meant to have access from underneath but I found it easier to remove the chute and remove it from above. It also tends to use quite a bit of fuel. However these are fairly minor quibbles as it gets through 95% of waste without a problem including quite large branches and the mulch is quite decent (depends what you put throught it of course). Considering that better brands like Masport were 50% more expensive I think it does the job quite well.
Re: Woodchipper / Shredder - Brands5
Jan 09, 2012 10:56 am
I don't think you'll find anything that'll do palm fronds easily... I hope the Rover works well for you, after the dramas my sister in law has had with her POS Rover mower I wouldn't have even considered one.
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