Patriot Products CSV-3100B 10 HP Briggs & Stratton Gas-Powered Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder
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- The chipping power of the 10 hp Briggs engine coupled with Patriot's unique design will wow you.
- Make short work of branches up to 3 inches in diameter.
- Shredding leaves is a breeze with Patriot's swinging y-hammer system.
- The side discharge allows you to work in the same location all day long without moving the chipper.
- 50 State Compliant
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The CSV-3100B Wood Chipper Leaf Shredder is the perfect machine for large property owners. This chipper features the Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Commercial Power engine. This quiet and smooth engine allows this unit to quickly make mulch out of thick 3 inch diameter branches. Leaves and vegetative material can be dropped in the hopper for shredding. There are no belts or pulleys to replace with Patriot's patented direct drive system. All of the power goes directly into chipping and shredding. Your Patriot will consistently make coin size chips without the need to change messy screens and covers. The large wheels make it easy to move the CSV-3100B around your yard. An outboard bearing insures that you will have many years of smooth trouble free chipping. The Briggs & Stratton engine features an overhead valve design for cooler, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient operation. The premium super lo-tone muffler reduces noise and the low oil sensor reduces the chance of engine damage. The Patriot CSV-3100B Chipper Shredder has a number of available accessories, SOLD SEPARATELY, designed specifically to improve your chipping and shredding experience. The Patriot Chipper Buddy (ASIN B003A0GN8K) provides a safe and easy way to help clear material from your wood chipper leaf shredder. The Patriot Gator Grabber (ASIN B00N2WWJYS) makes easy work of feeding piles of leaves into the hopper, of your chipper shredder, without the need to bend over. The Patriot Jumbo Collection Bag (ASIN B004W5YKBE) holds twice the volume of the standard-size collection bag, so you can shred more leaves before you need to empty the bag. The Patriot Wood Chipper Tow Bar (ASIN B077ZCLTFC) provides a convenient way to move this chipper around your property behind a typical riding mower, garden tractor, or ATV.
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If you're in the market for serious lawn equipment for homeowners and professionals alike, you've come to the right place. At Patriot Products, we specialize in delivering the best machines at highly competitive prices. Our extensive line of lawn and garden tools is designed to make tackling even the biggest of jobs a breeze. Patriot Products in an American company that specializes in providing top-of-the-line lawn maintenance equipment. The CSV-3100B Wood Chipper Leaf Shredder is the perfect machine for large property owners. This chipper features the Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Commercial Power engine. This quiet and smooth engine allows this unit to quickly make mulch out of thick 3 inch diameter branches. Leaves and vegetative material can be dropped in the hopper for shredding. There are no belts or pulleys to replace with Patriot's patented direct drive system. All the power goes directly into chipping and shredding. Your Patriot will consistently make coin size chips without the need to change messy screens and covers. The large wheels make it easy to move the CSV-3100B around your yard. An outboard bearing insures that you will have many years of smooth trouble free chipping. The Briggs & Stratton engine features an overhead valve design for cooler, cleaner, and more fuel-efficient operation. The premium super lo-tone muffler reduces noise and the low oil run sensor reduces the chance of engine damage. The CSV-3100B features the newly designed Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Commercial Power engine.
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Pros: The machine is a beast. It easily chips/shreds anything that fits the receivers. The chipper will strain the motor after about a 6 foot branch of 2 inch diameter, but simply pulling back momentary allows the engine to surge back to full strength. The machine runs quite a while on a single tank of gas and under more or less continuous use with little idle time...maybe an hour. Assembly is fairly straightforward and can easily be done by one person. All components are well made and the B&S 10hp engine should be easily serviceable. It's surprisingly easy to maneuver on level ground given its weight, and even on slight slopes it's still manageable if you're reasonably fit.
Cons: The 10hp engine can be tough to start. It's started every time on the first 3 pulls, but they're not easy pulls. The shredder hopper is slightly too small and needs to be slow fed. Similarly, the chipper cone only accommodates very straight limbs. A battery start capability seems like a prudent optional upgrade, but it's not available. A tow bar is really needed to move it over longer distances or up/down significant hills. Finally, you need to cover this thing while stored. These last two issues are to be expected...the problem is that neither product is available on amazon and Patriot currently wants $69 for a fitted cover (awkward size), $159 for the tow bar and finally $40.73 for postage. Having spent already $1500 on their premium chipper/shredder I find the pricing for these simple accessories exorbitant and mildly insulting (particularly the shipping costs) so I'll fabricate a towbar and cover it with a tarp/bungees. Your call.
Unknown: I've used the machine for about 12 hours in total so far and haven't yet sharpened the blades so can't speak to the difficulty of this necessary maintenance. Also, I've not used the bag yet, but it's large and seems like it would quickly get unwieldy/heavy if you're mostly chipping.
My goal is to recycle all the organic material and pour it back into mulch around fruit trees and leaf mulch for my patches of berries and garden vegetables.
I debated purchasing a chipper-shredder for brush and small branches (~ 3-inch diameter) or occasionally renting a higher capacity chipper-shredder (which would also accommodate larger diameter (~6-inch) branches. Rental of such chippers is on the order of $200 per day and $600 per week. I swayed to the side of purchasing a residential chipper-shredder (on the order of $1,000), as I did not want to see huge piles of brush accumulate over the year and then try to tackle them at one time. Obviously, a residential chipper-shredder cannot handle larger diameter branches, thus, my pile of logs for my fireplace is a little larger.
I purchased the gasoline-powered Patriot CSV-3100B Chipper-Shredder in September 2013, which comes with a B&S 10 HP engine. The packaging was secure to avoid damage during shipping. The assembly of the unit took less than 30 minutes, which is essentially installing the plastic hopper and the chipping cone on the unit, filling the engine oil, and lubricating the grease fitting on the shaft.
The B&S engine is bullet proof. I have never had a problem in starting it up cold (on full choke) with one pull of the cord. Starting it up warm is equally easy, but the choke has to be adjusted to accommodate warm starting.
Having been exposed to commercial chippers that throw material out of a chute, originally, I was not sold on the idea of chipping into a collection bag for the CSV-3100B. When the bag is full, the engine is shut down for the bag to be removed, emptied, and re-attached. The whole process is unobtrusive and takes a minute or two. You should definitely work with larger collection bags. I empty the collection bags into a wheel barrow and then use the wheel barrow to distribute the chipped material.
Shredding leaves and thin woody debris is done through the hopper. There is significant suction on dry leaves, pulling the material directly into the flails. Mixing in thin woody debris or damp leaves, however, tends to clog the hopper and it is necessary to use a stick to dislodge the material in the hopper so that it falls through the hopper and into the flails.
Unfortunately, I am not always grinding leaves immediately after they fall, and thus, I find myself dealing with damp leaves. I would not use this equipment on soaking wet leaves, as I think you will be struggling with continually clearing clogs from the chute where the collection bag is attached. Even with damp leaves there is build up in the chute where the collection bag is attached and you will have to watch that chute does not become clogged. Also, I find that shredding damp leaves yields buildup of wet material on the walls where the wheel rotates and where the collection bag is attached. To clear this, I keep several branches that I chip through the chipping cone; adding “fiber” to the diet clears blockages and cleans the pipes.
The grinding of larger diameter woody debris and branches up to 3 inches in diameter are fed through the chipping cone. The branches need to be trimmed so that they are more or less straight. Thus, one has to keep this in mind while trimming up brush so that you do not have to stop and tend to this step during chipping.
There are 2 blades on the wheel to chip branches. When the blades are freshly sharpened, branches are pulled down the chipping cone; one should not have to force or push branches down the chipping cone. If you find yourself pushing branches down the chipping cone to engage the blades, the blades likely need sharpening. The manufacturer says that blades should be sharpened after 8 hours of use; however, I find that the type of wood that you chip plays a big role in how quickly the blades become dull. From my experience, dealing with dead wood or wood that has dried for some period of time tends to dull the blades more quickly. This past weekend, I was chipping for less than 2 hours when there was a noticeable change in the capacity of the chipper to pull branches down the chipping cone. I would avoid trying to chip branches when the blades are dull, as this places unnecessary pressure on the shaft which can ultimately lead to the misalignment and cracking of the shaft.
Access to the chipping blades on the wheel is straight forward; it requires removing the 3 nuts that secure the chipping cone to the unit and removing two screws that secure each blade to the wheel. Unfortunately, I do not have access to the equipment or experience in grinding steel blades to avoid excessive heat and maintain the original angle on the blades. I have invested in a second set of blades and accept that I need to visit my local lawn mower repair shop for sharpening the blades. In general, I find myself chipping branches once a month or once every 6 weeks, and I consider it part of the routine to remove the blades and have them sharpened. Thus, the cost of sharpening the blades on a frequent basis should be factored into the routine engine maintenance and greasing the shaft. I am quickly approaching the time when I will need to replace both sets of blades. The cost of the blades is $70 from the manufacturer.
In theory, the flails should also be serviced. Accessing the flails is a little more involved process, which I have not tackled yet. I have only been using the flails to grind leaves and thin woody debris and I have not seen deterioration in the operation of the flails over the time that I have owned the machine.
Overall, I have been pleased with the operation of the Patriot product. I am accepting of the limitations of residential chippers such as these. It fulfills my need to chip/grind organic material once a month or once every 6 weeks and pour this organic material back into the soil.
I have had it for only 2 days. I've filled 8 bags of wood chips, and I am impressed. It arrived early in shipping. I started assembling it minutes after it arrived, and found that the company has clearly thought about the assembly process and has very detailed instructions. This will tell you how amazing the product is: everything was easy, except for 2 of the screws that attach the "hopper" to the main body. It was difficult to match the screw holes of the hopper to the main body. I needed to put my phone light into the hopper to see where the hole was (flash light wouldn't fit.. too small). Other than that the assembly was very easy. The 10HP Briggs and Stratton is clearly powerful enough (I wouldn't go for anything less powerful).
I had previously rented one from Home Depot to take care of some of the work. It costs more than twice as much (to purchase, less to rent), and wasn't able to do even a fraction of the work.
I was originally concerned about not having a neck to output the chips directly into a bin. It turns out that having the bag seems to be better. I am able to take breaks from chipping to empty it, and it gives me a unit of measurement for how much work I've done (I have a lot of trees, and a lot to chip).
This machine is amazing. Keep in mind that the chipper knives need to be kept sharp (using any standard sharpening method like a wet stone or grinder).
The branches from my trees have a lot of very small twisty turny branches that need to be pushed down the funnel. I've been trying to make do by using a larger branch to push the small branches down. I think I'll purchase the Chipper Buddy to help with the problem.