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Sun Joe CJ601E 14-Amp Electric Wood Chipper/Shredder
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- Ideal for turning branches and twigs into nutrient-rich garden mulch
- Powerful 14 amp motor effectively chips and shreds branches up to 1.5-inches thick
- Compact design with 6-inch wheels for easy portability
- Safety hopper with locking knob prevents the motor from operating when opened
- ETL approved; Full 2-year warranty
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Chop Your Chores In Half
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Chores in Half the Time.
Powered by a robust 14-amp motor, Chipper Joe generates speeds of up to 4,300 revolutions per minute, making quick work out of the brush, leaves and branches crowding your lawn. Chipper Joe effectively chips and shreds wooden sticks and limbs up to 1.5-inches thick.
Create Mulch Quick and Easy.
Quickly turn your yard debris into nutrient-rich garden mulch and do your part to reduce, reuse and recycle with the Sun Joe Chipper Joe electric chipper/shredder. The minimized wood chips are perfect for use as garden mulch around your trees and flower beds.
The Green Choice for Your Lawn.
Unlike gas-powered tools, Chipper Joe is powered electrically and is completely maintenance free. No noxious fumes, unpredictable starters or costly tune-ups! Chipper Joe assembles in minutes and is ready whenever you are – just plug it in and start chipping away.
Powerful 14 Amp Motor
Chipper Joe is powered by a 14-amp motor generating speeds of up to 4,300 RPM to make quick work of the brush, leaves and branches on your lawn.
Featuring a safety hopper locking knob to prevent the motor from operating when opened and a reset button in the event the chipper is overloaded.
16:1 Reduction Ratio
Quickly turn your yard debris into nutrient-rich garden mulch. Effectively chips and shreds wooden sticks and limbs up to 1.5-inches thick.
|Item Dimensions||36.75 x 20 x 17 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CJ601E|
|Shipping Weight||33.7 pounds|
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Quickly turn your yard debris into nutrient-rich garden mulch and do your part to reduce, reuse and recycle with the Sun Joe Chipper Joe electric chipper/shredder. Powered by a robust 14-amp motor, the CJ601E electric wood chipper and shredder generates speeds of up to 4,300 revolutions per minute, making quick work out of the brush, leaves and branches overcrowding your lawn. Designed for light-duty jobs, this wood chipper effectively chips and shreds wooden sticks and limbs up to 1.5-inches thick, reducing your yard waste up to 1/16th its original size. The minimized wood chips resulting from Chipper Joe’s efforts are perfect for use as garden mulch around your trees and flower beds. Easy to assemble and virtually maintenance free, the Chipper Joe electric chipper and shredder is ready to go when you are. Just plug it in and instantly start chipping! Unlike gas-powered tools, the electric-powered Chipper Joe means you don’t have to deal with smoke, fumes, unpredictable starters and costly tune-ups. The CJ601E also features a safety stop that automatically engages when the hopper is opened. The Chipper Joe electric wood chipper/shredder is ETL-approved and backed by a full two-year warranty.
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However the very first time I used the replacement, it was only running about an hour and it ceased chipping well. Upon examination I discovered the blade had broken off and there was a hole in the plastic housing. Turns out it was a remanufactured unit. So I contacted the company again, sent them photos from my smartphone of the hole and the blade, and they said they'd send me a new blade. (The hole in the housing wasn't something that would compromise functioning.)
When I went to install the new blade, I noticed that it was actually one of two blades and that the other blade was also broken! So I called the company again and asked if they could send one more blade. Imagine my surprise when another entire chipper machine was delivered! That's what I call customer service! I have yet to try out the new machine. Don't know if it's truly a new one or a remanufactured one, but I certainly appreciate this level of customer service.
Update 6/24/13 First, excellent customer service that took care of my issues. Second, the blades are double edged so that they can be used twice before sharpening. They don't stay sharp long, especially with dry stuff. Even an hour or so can dull the blade. If the material starts turning more towards sawdust then 1/2 inch chips it's time to turn or sharpen the blades.
Update: 6/4/13 it happened to me this past weekend: a blade broke after two hours but that's still over 12 hours of actual use. It also damaged the aluminum housing (not exactly sure what it's called) that works with the chipping. It took a couple of calls but I did finally reach a customer service representitive. She is sending out a new housing under warranty but the blades are considered "normal wear and tear". I have put this through a lot of use and the blades have taken a beating so I feel this still makes this a great purchase for me. The warranty is two years so I have another year if anything else breaks.
Update: 3/17/13 I was out again today chipping up winter debris and a few limbs from trimming. It still works like a charm. This included Maple, Pine, and Fur. I have literally ran this thing at least 10 hours of running time on at least 5 different occasions, creating at least five 30 gallon containers full of mulch. Do the math, this thing has more than paid for itself.
Personally, I did not expect much from this knowing that any equipment in this price range is doom to failure. And I didn't expect much from the company to back it up just like the Lowes pressure washer I bought. But it has worked albeit with some patience and great care. To reiterate, it does not do leaves or green needles very well. But quarter to three quarter inch stock it does well and makes some great looking mulch.
Every year we have leftovers from pruning and raking up leaves. An old lawn mower has worked great for grinding up the leaves and small twigs but I've never resolved handling the larger limbs except having them hauled off with the yard waste. I was tempted to spend up to $1,000 but couldn't justify spending that much. So I searched out the lower end knowing you get what you pay for. But the Sun Joe Electric Wood Chipper/Shredder turned out to be a great buy!
It literally will chip away limbs up to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Limbs that are 3/4 inch or less go right through. Anything larger has to be worked or they can get wedged and stop the blade. When you open the chipper to clear a clogged piece (I say when because you will) you will see how it works and it will give you a good idea how to turn the bigger limbs as you work them through.
I also found it works great for cones up to an inch or so which is a bonus because they never really compost on their own and they add a nice red color to the mulch. I made a little chute out of an old detergent jug to make it easier to dump the cones in (duct taped it on for its first try...). For leaves a chute would be helpful too but I am going to continue to use my lawn mower for the leaves, you really have to work the leaves through. It does come with a plastic feed stick but mine broke along the seam after trying to push some clogged leaves. I will test the support/warranty on that but I found sticks work just as well if not better.
A few tips: Limbs, especially over a quarter inch or so should be trimmed. They don't need to be straight but any Y branches or leftover nubs can cause it to bind. Anything over 3/4 inches will bind if you try to run it through. I found pausing a bit and turning the larger limbs helps keep them from binding.
I did a pile of limbs about 4 x 2 x 2 feet in about half an hour from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 . It is relatively loud; your neighbors will definitely know you are out doing something. But not as loud as a gas unit and doesn't smell. In fact, I love the smell of chipped fresh wood.
The steel blades are bolted to a steel plate and shouldn't break off. They do work against an aluminum housing which seems pretty sturdy. I guess time will tell how long it and the motor will last. As far as assembly you only need to attach the wheels and stand. Easy to do and doesn't take long at all.
This is a great unit if you prefer to make your own mulch and at a great price! Another toy for the garden.
- Works well with small (under 3/4 inch) dry branches.
- Very small branches (under 1/8 inch) pretty much pass straight through without getting chopped very much.
- Leaves and pine needles on branches pretty much go straight through.
- Go slow! Don't try to jam a lot of material into it.
- Cut branches to 3 feet or less before you feed them into the machine.
- Listen to it. Learn what it sounds like when there are no problems. Then if it ever starts to sound different (e.g. like running a little slower than normal), open it up and see if you can find out why. So far it's been pretty obvious.
- No problems with branches from ash or pine trees, or from bushes (red-twigged dogwood, not sure what the others are).
- The bark on Linden trees is very fibrous and it will tend to get caught in the housing and will start to slow-down the motor. Take a look at the picture I uploaded. If you don't catch it quick enough you'll need pliers to pull the pieces out.
- I found no way to switch from chipping to shredding to mulching to composting. Nothing in the manual and no obvious adjustment on the machine.