Earthquake 9060300 Chipper Shredder - 205cc 4-Cycle Briggs Engine, 2 Year Warranty
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- Chips materials up to 3 Inch in diameter
- Heavy-duty chipping knives and hammers
- Converts brush piles into usable mulch
- 20:1 waste reduction ratio
- Includes a two-bushel bag
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|Item Dimensions||34.25 x 23.5 x 27 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||9060300|
|Shipping Weight||122 pounds|
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With our patented dual triangular hammer design, Earthquake chipper-shredders offer maximum power at the point of impact. Triangulating the force actually increases shredding and chipping power, making our chipper-shredder quick and efficient. With a metal cone and high-powered Briggs and Stratton Engine, you'll have the durability and shredding strength to turn yard waste into the perfect mulch.
Top customer reviews
I have now also run bean plants and corn cobs through this and it chops everything up like a champ. I also use it for leaves and limbs which it handles with very positive results. I love this thing.
The shredded garden plants have cut my composting time by months. Compost heat up fast and tomato plants compost in weeks not months. This photo is of tomato plants after being shredded.
The unit was delivered in good condition but the box displayed some damage. Fortunately, it appears the packaging has been improved from the earlier reviews. Mine came encased with some kind of expando-foam and pine lumber to secure the piece inside the (damaged) box. I filled the motor with 10-30W synthetic oil (okay according to the manual). My heart nearly dropped at the thought of needing to exchange the unit after the first night's use when I checked it and saw approximately 1.5" oil slick underneath the motor. Fortunately, it appears to have stopped and is now no longer exhibiting any oil leaks.
Break-even point for me, compared to renting is around seven days worth of use. I'm halfway there already and should easily cross that mark before end of this year. However, for me, the best feature is not the $$ savings but the huge time savings compared to me manually cutting up the twigs and branches to try and fit it into the garden refuse container provided by my city.
In operation, the unit is noisy (or so says my housemates) but I really can't tell since I always use this with earplugs, full wrap around goggles, gloves and long-sleeve protection of some kind. It's scary at times to see how fast the unit sucks in a whole branch. I always use the bag, I don't seem to have an issue of the bag getting disconnected like other reviews have pointed out, maybe the catch mechanism was redesigned(?).
Performance-wise, this thing is a beast and eats nearly everything I throw into it within spec. Of course, as other reviewers have pointed out, there's some gotcha's: the max diameter is probably closer to 2.5", the branch has to be relatively straight for the chipper chute, the shredder is better fed with smaller batches, yada-da-da-da. Rather than go through more yada-da-da-da, watch the short video I've attached to see how the machine performs.
Some tips before I go. Don't let the bag get full. Letting the bag go full will cause the blades to jam resulting in lots of exercise getting the motor to start the next time until the jammed leaves and twigs are cleared from the blade area. Wearing some tight fitting long sleeves helps avoid getting scratches from (long) branches as they're pulled-in. Hook the bag under the catch and over the bolts, tighten two or three times to avoid having it blow off when the machine starts. To start, set to full-speed, choke, pull cord until and move quickly from choke to run (you can see this sequence in the video). If motor is slowing down due to getting overfed, wait a bit until it speeds up before feeding the next batch. That is all for now. Enjoy.
This Thing devours wood like crazy. 1", and 2" limbs have no chance. 3" limbs work well also but it is a little harder to feed them in. All limbs I used were freshly cut, so I don't know how well it works on dry wood. Mine were all oak and hickory. Once you feed the wood in, just let go and it pulls it on in. The chips are fingernail size and surprisingly uniform and smoothly cut. I've only used for 20-30 min so far but could see no problems with it. It is really well made and easy to start. Wear ear plugs and protect your eyes if you want to keep them.
This Thing does NOT fool around.