Hints & Tips
This is the season when professionals and amateurs alike begin considering pruning trees and shrubs and wondering what to do with all the branches and small twigs and other debris.
And some of you of may well be considering replacing an old chipper/shredder or thinking about buying one for the first time.
Mowdirect has been stocking and selling chippers and shredders for many years and over that time we have built up considerable knowledge and expertise.
If you have never bought one before the choice can be a bit of a minefield as there is a wide range of both electrically powered models and petrol ones to consider.
As a general rule the ones running off petrol are more powerful and the ones you should consider if you have a larger garden where you don’t want to bother about long cables to provide the power.
It’s likely that a chipper/shredder has been on your wish list for some years if you have a large garden.
So here are our top ten machines for your shortlist if you are considering buying one for the first time or replacing an old one.
There are many others on our site so make sure you have a look to see what else is on offer before buying.
And don’t forget, if you want more advice you can always phone our team who have years of experience in garden machinery and can offer helpful advice if you have any special requirements.
We make no apologies for putting our own MD Chip ‘N’ Shred Petrol Chipper Shredder at the top of the list as it offers superb performance for an unbeatable price at only £529.95.
It will deal with small branches up to two inches in diameter and the business end has a strong flywheel disc with heavy duty flail blades and separate shredding knives.
Unusually for a machine at this price there are transport wheel and a handle to help you move the machine to where it is wanted.
The MD machine comes with free replacement shredding knives, a canvas collection bag for the debris, free goggles and free ear muffs worth over £50.
The manufacturer’s recommended price for the chipper/shredder alone is £749.95 so you can see what a great deal this is – hence its place in our top ten.
It has free next working day delivery and a one year guarantee.
Second on our list is the Rover 898117 Petrol Chipper / Shredder at £629 – the manufacturer’s recommended price is £749, so another really good deal.
Another robust machine with a 196 cc engine designed for easy starting and top fuel efficiency, this one has two feed chutes, one for green waste and the other for branches up to two inches diameter.
The engine has a five year guarantee when used domestically.
It has a self-feed mechanism which draws the waste in to help speed up the job. Transport wheels are included as is a large debris collector.
Handy make excellent garden machinery and the Handy THCS-65 Petrol Chipper Shredder is the third one you should consider.
This one is powered by a Briggs & Stratton 6.5 hp engine designed for rugged use.
It deals with small branches up to two inches in diameter and is built in solid steel to ensure a long working life.
Again, there is a separate chute for green waste and one for branches and woody material. It has a handle to make it easier to move around and has transport wheels as well.
This is a high spec machine, and good value for money at £649, free next working day delivery and a one year manufacturer’s warranty (two years on the engine).
Another clever machine is the Ardisam Earthquake CS10 Petrol Chipper-Shredder, a really powerful machine which as well as shredding your garden waste can vacuum it and bag it in one easy step.
Triangular hammers provide more shredding power than the conventional rectangular ones and it has two chipping knives and two shredder blades. It is designed so that branches are literally dragged in to the cone.
Power comes from a 10 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and the large wheels make it easy to manoeuvre.
This one is priced at £849, £50 off the manufacturer’s price and there is an optional vacuum kit and leaf tray.
The Viking GB370S Petrol Chipper-Shredder is a strong machine designed for a long life with a large ejection chute designed to minimise blockages.
It uses a twin chamber system with hammer blades for softer debris and a second chipping chamber designed to take branches up to 45 mm diameter.
It has reversible blades for a longer working life.
Power comes from a 6.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and the body is made from non-corroding weatherproof materials to prolong the machine’s working life.
At £875, it is a full £100 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price and free next working day delivery and a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.
We are now getting in to much more powerful machines and one we have on special off is the MTD 465 3-in-1 Petrol Chipper-Shredder for £949, £240 less than the manufacturer’s recommended price.
This is a really strong machine with a 7.5 hp Briggs & Stratton engine and is designed to take small branches up to 2.8 in in diameter. There are two steel chipper blades and 12 reversible and replaceable flails.
The machine has three in one feed options – rake-in, hopper and chipper chute and the hopper measures 46 cm by 46 cm.
Large pneumatic wheels make it easy to move around and there is a 90 litre nylon collection bag for the waste.
Safety goggles are provided and it has a one year domestic use guarantee and free delivery.
Another really versatile machine which can deal with waste from the allotment and kitchen garden as well as small branches up to 40 mm in diameter is the Eliet Maestro Petrol Shredder.
It employs a unique principle enabling it to tackle any variety of garden waste and chop it down to a very fine waste ready for the compost heap.
The wide hopper makes it very easy to use and it is easily moved to any corner of the garden.
At just £1130, it is £50 off the manufacturer’s recommended price, is delivered free the next working day and has a one year manufacturer’s guarantee.
From the same stable comes the Eliet Minor Pro Petrol Shredder with a Honda engine which is on special offer £1849, over £150 off the manufacturer’s recommended price.
A wide feed chute means it can take all manner of twisted branches and its unique processing system enables it to process every sort of green waste as well.
It can deal with small branches up to 45 mm in diameter and has many in-built safety features.
The 6.5 Honda engine delivers plenty of power and it has been robustly constructed for a long and demanding life.
It has large wheels with pneumatic tyres for ease of movement around the gardens.
And lastly, a really robust and powerful machine made to tackle the most demanding tasks is the Mighty Mac Woodsman 10 Petrol Chipper-Shredder.
The Might Mac has a 10 hp Briggs and Stratton engine and can take branches up 75 mm in diameter.
This machine is a real workhorse capable of demanding tasks and yet is still easily manoeuvred thanks to large pneumatic wheels.
And at £1079 is £100 off the manufacturer’s recommended price.
You will find many more machines on our site, these are just our top ten which we think you should consider, but if you need any further advice please call our team on 08454 588905.
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