DEK (4") 15-HP 420CC Professional Duty Tow-Behind Chipper Shredder
With power to spare, the DEK (4") 15-HP 420CC Professional Duty Tow-Behind Chipper Shredder may be the best chipper/shredder you may not have heard of. It will chip 4 inch diameter branches and can reduce 12 bushels of yard waste down to one without breaking a sweat. At 270 pounds it’s a bit on the heavy side so you’ll need to tow it into place with either an ATV or a lawn tractor. It comes with two feeder ports, one for brush and one for branches. It also features an automatic low-oil shutdown and a centrifugal clutch to protect the engine.
This chipper will tackle the larger jobs when you need it to, yet it is versatile enough to easily take on smaller suburban jobs too. Its middle-of-the-road pricing keeps it reasonably affordable for what you get, and it is the most powerful chipper/shredder here. It comes covered by a 1 year warranty, and features a Chinese made DEK engine, one of the more reliable small engines currently on the market.
Craftsman Leafwacker 3-Way Chipper Shredder
If you want a good machine at an affordable price, look no further than the Craftsman LEAFWACKER™ 3-Way Chipper Shredder. It effectively chips, shreds and mulches with its 10 horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. It features two feed hoppers, the top one at 14 inches wide and the side one, for branches, at 10 inches wide. A tamper is included to safely push brush and other wood or leaf debris into the upper feed hopper.
At 155 pounds, it’s a medium weight unit that will hook up to your lawn tractor or ATV for easy mobility. This chipper shredder will chop up 3 inch diameter branches and spit them out into the included 3 bushel catcher bag. It’s capable of mulching down 10 bags of debris into 1 bag. While this unit has no bells or whistles, you’re getting a solid machine covered by a one year warranty that will work for most suburban applications.
If you are looking for a chipper that gives you the most bang for the buck, check out the Yard Machines 24A-45M4000 208cc OHV Gas Powered Chipper Shredder. It’s reasonably lightweight at 155 pounds, easy to maneuver and will accept 2 inch branches. With its 6 HP Powermore engine, it may not have as much power as the other chippers, but if you have a smaller yard or just need to chip smaller branches and twigs, this is the only chipper you'll need.
This is the lowest priced chipper here, but it will handle branches 2 inches thick and mulch down 10 bags of leaves into 1 bag. Although it has only 1 hopper, it can actually be dropped down to the ground so you can rakes leaves directly into it. The reality is that for smaller home-owning suburbanite and city slicker alike, this is all the chipper/shredder you'll really need. This unit comes with a two year warranty.
The Earthquake (3") 305cc Chipper / Shredder With Briggs & Stratton Intek Engine is another solid wood chipper good enough to make this list. Although rated to chip 3-inch diameter branches, this is a suburbanite chipper with a 10 horse Briggs engine that won't let you down, and even take on some of those occasional tougher jobs.
For mulching, this chipper shredder can't be beat. It will turn 20 bags of debris into 1 bag, the best debris to bag ratio on this list. If you’re interested in generating quality mulch for your garden, pathways, or bedding around trees and shrubs, this is the machine for you. This unit comes with a 2 bushel bag and a big hopper at almost 17 inches wide along with a branch feeding port and a one year warranty. Although fairly lightweight, it isn't towable, so you'll need to manhandle this thing to where you need it to be.
From Nicaragua comes one of the best chipper/shredders made. The YARDBEAST 2050 - 3" Wood Chipper Shredder uses a quality Briggs 10 horsepower engine for durability, and the engine comes with an low-oil sensor that automatically shuts down the unit when it gets low on oil. It’s about as close to a commercial chipper/shredder as you can get while still suitable for the consumer market.
This chipper shredder will mulch 13 bags of debris down to 1 bag, which is second best here. It will also chop up 3 inch diameter branches and comes with two wide hoppers. This unit is not towable even it weighs in at 235 pounds but it does come covered by a two year warranty
If it wasn't for its high price and the fact that it can't be towed, this may have been the top unit here. But if you want bragging rights around your neighborhood, and you are willing to pay the price, this chipper will do you proud.
The powerful yet lightweight GreenWorks 15-Amp Electric Chipper, will chip up to 1 3/8 inch diameter branches, yet weighs only 32 pounds. This unit features big 7 inch wheels to make rolling easy, and the cord lock secures the cord in place so you don't have to worry about it getting in the way. It will take on branches or limbs up to 1 3/8th inches in diameter, so for most suburbanites, this is all the chipper you'll need.
This model features a push paddle to safely and effectively push branches and other wood debris into the hopper, and it also comes with an extra set of reversible blades. Better still, this unit is covered comes by a four year warranty it’s a quality, durable choice. The price is right too, as it is one of the lower priced units on this list making it the best chipper/shredder that you can get.
If price is no object, then the Patriot 1.5-HP Electric Chipper Shredder is for you. It is far and away the most expensive chipper/shredder on this list, but it will handle branches up to 2 1/2 inches in diameter, and not break a sweat. This baby will mulch leaves down from 8 bags to 1 bag and it also features one of the largest hoppers at 7 inches in diameter. This chipper/shredder comes with a branch hopper, a leave and twig hopper on the top, includes a collection bag, and comes covered by a two year warranty.
At 95 pounds it’s the heaviest unit on the list, but the oversize 7 inch wheels make it fairly portable around your property, as long as you don't exceed the 100 foot cord length. If this unit wasn't almost 6 times the price of the GreenWorks chipper, it would have made it to the top of the list. No one will question how good this unit is, and with a 14 amp 1.5 horsepower motor, it will get the job done. But you'll pay for this power, and for probably 90 percent of all suburbanite chipping jobs, you'll never fully use it.
If you are interested in the best bang for the buck model on this list, the DuroStar Home & Garden Outdoor Electric 3-Way Leaf EcoShredder/Chipper/Mulcher is the one to see. Although costing more than the top rated chipper, it mulches down leaves in a 10 bags to 1 ratio, just like the expensive Patriot unit. This chipper/shredder also offers big power with its 14 amp 2.5 horsepower motor, so it’s going to make short shrift of any yard work.
This model chips up to a 1 3/8ths inch diameter branches or small tree limbs, and the 3-way feed allows you to effectively feed in branches or brush in the port that best fits. It comes with a set of replacement blades, 7 inch wheels to make its 71 pound weight reasonably portable, and it has a one year warranty. Although this model chipper/shredder may be difficult to locate, you should be good to go on all chipping, shredding and mulching chores.
If you want the lightest and most maneuverable chipper/shredder here, then the Earthwise 14-Amp Electric Chipper/Shredder will fit the bill. It has enough power to get the job done, and it will even mulch leaves from 6 bags down to 1 bag. Although it will chip branches that are 1.5 inches in diameter, it’s intended for light duty jobs.
It’s very maneuverable on the 6 inch wheels, and the pusher paddle makes it safe to feed, but the units light weight may make it a bit unstable for larger branches or feeding in a lot of brush at one time. It comes with a one year warranty, but you'll have to supply your own container to catch the wood chips, or else they'll discharge directly onto the ground.
For the least expensive chipper/shredder on this list, choose the Sun Joe Chipper Joe 14 AMP Electric Wood Chipper/Shredder. It will take on 1 1/2-inch thick branches and limbs, and will convert 6 bags of leaves into 1 bag. At 32 pounds, it’s definitely lightweight and it features 6 inch wheels for portability. The pusher will help send leaves down into the hopper, and it also comes protected by a two year warranty. There is really nothing fancy about this chipper/shredder, but it will do a capable job with lighter weight material. You'll have to provide a bucket or a bag to catch the chips, but for basic chipping and mulching duties, that aren't too heavy, it will certainly get the job done.