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Patriot Model CSV-2515I
This is the international use version of our most popular model! This Electric Chipper Shredder is the only one of its kind on the market today. Our unit will chip branches up to 64 mm in diameter. It is also ideal for shredding leaves. There are no hassles with gas or oil. It turns on with the flip of a switch. This environmentally friendly workhorse has no ugly fumes. It can be used inside your garage, basement or hothouse. The electric chipper shredder weighs less than 45 kg and comes with large wheels for easy transport around your property. See for yourself why this valuable yard and garden tool received the National Home Gardening Club Member Tested Seal-of-Approval. We are also excited to report that in the summer of 2009 our electric chipper was rated a "Best Buy" by Consumers Digest magazine. This honor is given to less than 3% of the products tested and our chipper has since received this honor for a THIRD time. This unit comes complete with a 2-year warranty, a collection bag, and safety goggles.
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|Part No.||Description - Click below on the product descriptions to see product details or to order||Price|
|CSV-2515I||Patriot Model CSV-2515I Electric Wood Chipper Leaf Shredder (240V/50HZ/1PH)||$1099.00|
|888000227||Patriot CSV Chipper Buddy||$40.00|
|OTHER POPULAR ACCESSORIES|
|888000061||Spare "Standard" CSV Collection Bag||$39.00|
|888000100||"Jumbo" CSV Leaf Collection Bag||$49.00|
|RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS|
|990000012||Spare Chipper Knife Kit For CSV-2515I||$45.00|
|993090032||Spare Shredding Y-hammers Kit For CSV-2515I||$82.50|
Is this the right model for you?
Why Buy A Patriot?
Patriot's CSV-2515I has a large hopper to allow easy loading of leaves and vegetative material into the machine for shredding. The opening at the top of the hopper is 406 mm long and 356 mm wide so you can easily deposit debris for processing.See video of Patriot's products in action
Just for reference, the opening at the base of the hopper narrows to 178 mm long x 51 mm wide. So if you were hoping to shred whole coconuts or grapefruit, this isn't the machine for you.
Tapered Chipping Cone
Patriot's CSV-2515I has a tapered chipping cone that makes it easy to feed rigid materials such as branches and sunflower or corn stalks into the chipper. The opening at the top of the cone is 178 mm in diameter so you can easily deposit debris for processing without pruning them down to perfectly straight pieces with no offshoots.See video of Patriot's products in action
The opening at the base of the cone limits the diameter of materials to be chipped to 64 mm.
Now that your yard waste has safely entered our electric wood chipper leaf shredder it meets a formidable opponent, the rotor. Weighing in at just over 6 kg and measuring roughly 305 mm in diameter, this is where things happen!
In this photo you see the front of the rotor and this unit's one chipping knife (painted blue here for ease of identification). Patriot's chipping knives are made of high quality tool steel, selected for its toughness, and are heat treated for wear resistance. Spinning past the end of the chipping cone the chipping knife is ready, willing, and able to turn your freshly pruned branches into coin-sized chips that make great mulch. Single handedly, this knife can reduce the volume of your freshly pruned branches by as much as 20:1. To sharpen the knife, simply remove the 3 nuts that attach the chipper cone to the housing and the 2 screws that attach the knife to the rotor. Sharpen using a simple wet stone or high quality file.Click here to see Patriot chipper shredder output samples
It merits taking a moment here to point out that any wood chipper that uses chipping knives is designed to process FRESHLY CUT BRANCHES. The chipping knives are able to slice through this fresh material which makes for smoother, faster, easier chipping. We realize that everyone gets the occasional dead branch that falls out of a tree that needs to be chipped and the unit can handle those occasionally branches. However, you will be sorely disappointed if you are intending to purchase this chipper to get rid of that mountain of nearly petrified wood that your spouse has been nagging you about for years.
While the chipper knife does its job with a touch of finesse, the y-hammers (painted blue here for ease of identification) are the bullies of the chipper shredder rotor. These six thick, heavy, hardened pieces of steel will beat and tear apart material dropped in the hopper. Dried leaves will be pulverized and slightly greener materials will be beat to a pulp. Working together, the y-hammers provide a volume reduction of about 8:1 for leaves.Click here to see Patriot chipper shredder output samples
Unique Power Source
Here's where this machine really stands out in the crowd. You get the performance mentioned above from a 1 ½ hp electric motor! With no gas to run out of, no oil to change, and no wearing yourself out getting it started, yard work just became a little less painful.
Patriot uses an industrial-class motor for more reliable power. The motor's totally enclosed fan cooled design keeps dirt and other contaminants out of the motor for longer life. Couple these things with a built-in thermal overload protection and you'd be hard pressed to burn up this motor.
The motor needs a 240 volt, 1 phase, 50 hertz power supply. The circuit should be rated for a minimum of 10 amps. It is recommended that you use the chipper shredder on a dedicated circuit with GFI outlets. Having multiple appliances running on the circuit will reduce the unit's performance possibly causing it to stall or trip the circuit breaker frequently. The GFI outlets simply provide an added measure of protection.
Greasable Outboard Bearing
The greasable outboard bearing is one of the key features in the success of Patriot's direct drive chipper shredder design. The bearing supports the outer end of the rotor shaft and takes a significant amount of weight and stress off of the motor shaft. Less stress on the motor shaft translates into smoother chipping and longer motor life.
Thanks to the use of our outboard bearing, Patriot is able to attach the rotor directly to the motor shaft. Most importantly this means more power! By not transferring power between belts and pulleys we do not lose power between the motor and the rotor. This also translates into no belts to break, fewer parts, less weight, and a more compact design.
Patriot's chipper shredder design is very compact. At 610 mm wide, 889 mm long, and 940 mm high, the unit requires little more space in your garage than a typical garbage can. The Patriot CSV is also small enough to fit into common vehicles such as mini vans and SUVs.
Weighing only 43.2 kg the Patriot chipper shredder is one of the lightest units available. This makes the unit much easier to maneuver around your property or load into a vehicle for transport.
Patriot's chippers discharge processed material out of a side discharge on the unit. Use the convenient standard collection bag provided to collect the processed material and carry it to the location of your choice. If you prefer, the airflow through our unit will allow you to discharge the material a few feet away from the machine such as into a tree line.
Most of our competitors simply discharged the processed material into a pile on the ground at the base of the unit requiring it to be collected and moved in a separate operation.
Standard Collection Bag Included
Patriot provides a standard collection bag with all of its chipper shredders. This makes cleanup a breeze and allows you to easily transport the material you've processed.
Most of our competitors make you purchase a collection bag as an accessory, if they even offer one.
No Screens Required
Patriot's chipper shredders turn your yard waste into fine mulch or composting material without the use of messy screens. This means no extra parts to keep track of and no screens to get clogged.Click here to see Patriot chipper shredder output samples
Need Another Opinion?
Sure we're a little biased about how great this unit is, but don't just take our word for it. The CSV-2515 has received the National Home Gardening Club Member Tested Seal-of-Approval. We are also excited to report that in the summer of 2009 our electric chipper was rated a "Best Buy" by Consumers Digest magazine. This honor is given to less than 3% of the products tested and our chipper has since received this honor for a THIRD time.Click here to review ALL of Patriot's customer reviews and testimonials
Minimal Assembly Required
Our products are designed with the average homeowner in mind. The CSV-2515I ships in two packages. The first package contains the factory assembled lower mechanical portion of the unit. For shipping purposes, the shredder hopper and chipper cone are shipped separately. There are only a few screws and nuts to install to finish assembling your unit. Assembly is very simple and typically takes 15 to 30 minutes. Detailed instructions are provided.
Generous Warranty and Patriot's Promise
Patriot's goal is to provide top-notch products and back them up with a generous warranty and superior customer service. The CSV-2515I comes with a 2-year warranty for residential use. If you purchase a product factory direct from Patriot Products, Inc. you may return it for a full refund within 90 days if you are not completely satisfied.Click here for additional details
Because our products are designed with the average homeowner in mind, you can typically handle the routine maintenance of the machine without the need to take it somewhere for service.
Still Have Questions?
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We want you to have all of the facts so that you purchase the product that is right for you.
|Part No.||Description - Click below on the product descriptions to see product details or to order||Price|
|CSV-2515I||Patriot Model CSV-2515I Electric Wood Chipper Leaf Shredder (240V/50HZ/1PH)||$1099.00|
|888000227||Patriot CSV Chipper Buddy||$40.00|
|OTHER POPULAR ACCESSORIES|
|888000061||Spare "Standard" CSV Collection Bag||$39.00|
|888000100||"Jumbo" CSV Leaf Collection Bag||$49.00|
|RECOMMENDED SPARE PARTS|
|990000012||Spare Chipper Knife Kit For CSV-2515I||$45.00|
|993090032||Spare Shredding Y-hammers Kit For CSV-2515I||$82.50|
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR CSV-2515 AND CSV-2515I MODELS ARE IDENTICAL EXCEPT THAT THE CSV-2515 IS WIRED FOR A 120v/50hz/1ph POWER SUPPLY AND THE CSV-2515I IS WIRED FOR A 240v/50hz/1ph POWER SUPPLY. THEREFORE, WE HAVE INCLUDED CSV-2515 REVIEWS BELOW FOR YOUR REVIEW.
A perfect chipper/shredder for home use, although not as powerful as gas powered ones it is much easier to start and to maintain. Works pretty well for small branches and dry leaves. It does not take long to figure out how much leaves to put into the hopper so that it won't clog. Y shaped branches won't go into the chipper's funnel shaped feed tube and have to be cut into more or less straight pieces first.
I have had this machine for less than a year so I have not had to change any part yet. I have a pretty big yard with many oak, maple, and pine trees, the machine makes Fall cleanup much easier and produces nice mulch for the garden and material for the compost. Overall a well built machine for home use. I would recommend it.
By Dennis, Westford, MA
We get our money's worth! Don't have to bag yard waste, and now have years of excellent compost.
By Ursula, Glen Elyn, IL
I have had my electric shredder/chipper for 5 years. I use it every spring and fall for cleanup. It works great on branches. I use it on both Pine and Oak and never had a problem. I have had it clog when shredding leaves however.
By John, Nashua, NH
Since I don't seem to have the knack for keeping gas engines running, I sought a suitable electric chipper. I read all the reviews and comparisons I could find and took the plunge with the electric Pateiot chipper. It came in two packages as indicated, was quite heavy, but I managed to assemble it inside the front door and then rolled it out the back, and off the deck onto the yard. I did order the 100 ft heavy gauge power cord as suggested and found an old hose feel to corral it as it is quite cumbersome as well.
I composte all my yard waste...grapevines, tall castor bean plants, 6 ft. Cannas, rose canes, dropped branches from several mature trees, weeds and fall. Gee table garden remnants. Many items were taking way too long to break down, so I needed the chipper to accelerate he composting.
Only once, so far, have I jammed it. The jam took a lot of grabbing with various tools and my small hands...until finally, I removed had to remove the cone feeder chute to get everything cleared. I will be very cautious to not repeat my haste.
By Gay, Shawnee, KS
I use my Electric Chipper to chip/shred when I trim trees. Learned early how to keep the shredder from clogging by using a small branch to work the buildup from the damp leaves loose. I probably do extra work by trimming small branches from the large, down to a size that drops into the shredder, then feed the straight branches in the chipper end. Some times the thinner pieces do not shred very well and have to be run thru a second time.
By David, Hialeah, FL
This unit does a good and efficient job of shredding all of my yard waste. I no longer need to use the municipal collection service and have the shredded material for mulch and bedding. The machine sometimes gets plugged but is easy enough to get unplugged and working again. This mostly happens due to my own enthusiasm to do this work before the material is sufficiently dry. I really like that the machine has two intake ports for chipping or chopping depending on the material I have and that both tasks can be done simultaneously.
This is a high quality machine that I expect will last me for many more years.
By Donna, Toronto, ON Canada
A perfect chipper/shredder for home use, although not as powerful as gas powered ones it is much easier to start and to maintain. Works pretty well for small branches and dry leaves. It does not take long to figure out how much leaves to put into the hopper so that it won't clog. Y shaped branches won't go into the chipper's funnel shaped feed tube and have to be cut into more or less straight pieces first.
I have had this machine for less than a year so I have not had to change any part yet. I have a pretty big yard with many oak, maple, and pine trees, the machine makes Fall cleanup much easier and produces nice mulch for the garden and material for the compost. Overall a well built machine for home use. I would recommend it.
By Dennis, MA
Reliable. Almost never jams.
By Scott, St Louis, MO
This is a good little friend, processing leaves (slow and steady wins the race) and small branches (zoom!) that compost beautifully.
The chip size works well for me. At first, I was a bit surprised by its size--it seemed so small compared to commercial mulch--but it's a dream to work with.
I wish I could pull it out more often, but I don't have a safe place to store it; pulling it in and out is tricky for me and feels cumbersome when I have just a few branches to process.
There are two things I would like to see available in future models. First, I would like the top hopper to be made out of metal--it can undergo a lot of stress and metal would make me feel more secure about its ability to last. Secondly, I would like a model with some sort of chute so that I wouldn't need the bag. I wonder if that's possible? I generally use the machine by myself and would love to just roll it along and use it wherever without having to stop and dump the bag out every so often.
By Joyce, Houston, TX
I use my electric CVS2515 often. I live in a close community on Guam and my neighbors appreciate the low-level noise pollution that my non-gas motor generates. I have about 30 hours of total use. With a little experience I feel confident in how to properly operate my CVS 2515. The palm frons are the most difficult item I shred. My trees are so high that they fall down dry and very hard. I can shred the ends but not the base (attached to the tree). I have greased by motor once with only one squirt per cert. I wish there were a timer to keep track of the hours for me. The Home Depot sells gas chippers occasionally for about the same price but they are much larger and gas. I may have the only electric shredder on Guam. So far so good but it hasn't been long enough to determine if it was a wise purchase. I couldn't do my huge garden project without a chipper/shredder.
By John, Yigo, AP Guam
Easy to use chipper for small branches and shredder for leaves and garden waste. I rake leaves in different areas of the yard and move the chipper-shredder to the leaves. I save some fall leaves for mulch around the garden plants. Used the chipper-shredder once or twice a year over 5 years. No problems.
By Robert, Greene, IA
Actually, it is everything I had hoped it would be and more. It just keeps running. Only occasionally do I have to unjam a branch and that is usually because I have let the cutter blade get a little dull. It is easy to re-sharpen.
It is one of those rare pieces of equipment that I never have to wonder whether it is going to do the job or not. It always does.
By Roger, Sonoma, CA
I like the electric chipper because I've found gasoline engines unreliable in the past. I don't like storing gasoline in my garage either. I found the Patriot machine easy to use, easy to roll round, and store.
By Charles, La Mesa, CA
We purchased this Patriot electric chipper-shredder just over 6 years ago. It has worked very well and very reliably over the years. Our primary intended purpose was for shredding oak leaves in the fall. We make mulch for lawn and gardening projects. It handles 99% of the organic material that falls onto the lawn. 1% of the limbs that fall are too big. 99% of the branches, limbs, leaves, and acorns that fall from our New England trees get mulched and spread around various plantings resulting in a very satisfying circular recycling of nature's resources.
There is a learning curve to it. Definitely works best when the material is dry or mostly dry. I find adding the leaves into the hopper requires some finesse - you have to add the leaves slowly or it will jam. This unit does require patience, but once proper hopper feeding was learned, I found I could work through an afternoon's raking in an hour or two. Funny thing is, the better I am at feeding it without clogging the hopper, the faster the bag fills which means I have to stop more often to dump the bag. This last fall, we used the extra large bag to reduce the frequency of bag dumping.
Using this machine is efficient and effective. As a homeowner with a modest sized lawn that is heavily treed, it is the right size for our mulching and chipping needs. A bigger, more powerful machine may shred and chip bigger loads but would also take up more space in the garage and require more maintenance (and gas on hand). It is expensive, but it does the job and has proven itself to be very reliable.
Easy to use and a good quality chipper for leaves and small twigs and branches. If you are looking at chipping anything larger than smaller branches, I would recommend going with something larger, so you don't have to prune in order to use the chipper. However, this is a very sturdy and well built chipper, so I would most likely end up buying one of Patriot's larger chippers as well.
By Tom, Fort Worth, TX
I purchased the electric Patriot because of my age. I wanted something I could handle and it did a great job. I was very pleased how quite it was and how powerful. This coming spring I intend to really give it a work out.
By Barbara, Houston, DE
I love my Patriot. It is very well-built, solidly constructed and comfortable to use. Although it has a heavy motor, as a small woman I can easily move it on its wheels around my garden. It is, of course, essential to read the manual/operating instructions and learn to feed the hopper properly. That done, this chipper/shredder will efficiently handle large amounts of leaves, garden cuttings and small branches, without jamming. As an avid gardener and composter, I am delighted to return all shredded organic material to my garden. No more paper bags, town pickups or waste! This year I'm treating myself to the vacuum attachment to make fall clean up even faster. I recommend this product without reservations.
Great and easy to use. We use it to grind leaves to make compost for our garden and mulch for our flower beds. Since we have five huge oak trees, we have lots of leaves to grind in the Fall. Love that it does not require gas! My teenage kids and wife can operate it easily. The only thing we have had to learn to do is to have a long "stir stick" on hand to lift and "fluff" the leaves as they are put into the chute. If you don't keep "fluffing" up the leaves they can clog in the chute. Also, the leaves have to be dry. The shredder came with one bag and we really need a second one, so that one worker can keep grinding while another worker carries the shredded load to the compost bin. Also, we highly recommend wearing ear plugs, protective goggles, and a mask with a filter, so you don't breath in too much leaf dust. Overall it is a strong machine that gets the job done!
Does a great job on tree limbs and leaves. Even if you are not using the chipped limbs for mulch the reduction in volume is amazing. Well built and designed to be user maintainable. Has only clogged when I let the bag get full or tried to feed shrubbery that was still wet - user error.
By Maxine, Bradenton, FL
I have watied to write this reveiw until I used my chipper through the summer and fall months. I LOVE it!! It has worked very good for me. It has saved me tons of work as I don't have to bag all my branches, leaves, etc. This would take up so many bags...I have a huge backyard with too many trees to count. Between the branches from my trees and the leaves in the fall, I have made lots of compost that I put back into the ground. It seems to run smooth enough. We also had a tree that fell during a storm. We cut the tree up (large trunk for firewood) composted the small branches and leaves together and put back into the ground. My husand and I have really enjoyed using this machine. And, remember this one does not take large trunks...just small branches.
By Gayla, Sun Valley, NV
So far I am very pleased with this unit. There was very little to assemble, mainly just attaching the plastic feed chutes. I plugged it in and flipped the power switch. Very quiet until you feed some material into it. then it gets louder as you might imagine. I feed it some very well seasoned mesquite and got the dime sized chunks the description describes. came with a catch bag as well. I must have missed that in the description.
No gas to worry about
No oil to worry about
No pulling to start a cold engine.
Handles everything I need to chip, anything bigger I save for the BBQ anyways.
I will probably update this review later as I get more time with it, and see how long blades last. Seasoned wood is never recommended in a chipper, but that's what you get when you have piles that have sat here for years waiting for the drought to end so they can be burnt. Now, I got mulch fixins instead. so much better for the environment.
Very important to have it on a high-capacity circuit, because it draws every bit as much as they say. But I've had two strenuous sessions with it, and it crunches everything as advertised. If the neighbors are close, use in moderation - it sounds like a Cessna taking off.
I've made hundreds of bags of mulch with this machine over the past 5 years. It's electric, and portable, making it really convenient for my rental properties. You can chip and shred all day long if the blade is sharp, the branches are green, and you take your time. This makes great use of the weed trees that I now harvest every year for garden mulch. I'm actually thinking about growing something in my yard specifically to harvest for mulch. If you are using 2", or less, green branches and take your time, the Patriot does an amazing job and is very easy to use. This machine would work very well on a small farm for shredding straw and many other handy things. You'll want to have an extra blade on hand as the machine works best when the blade is sharp. I would not buy a cheaper electric chipper, the quality is extremely important with an electric tool like this one, and it pays back quickly when used for the right purpose.
This is a beautifully made machine, quality start to finish, made in Wisconsin and it shows. I've used ICE shredders for years and got tired of wrestling with cold engines and ear shattering, spewing C02 and smog and breathing obnoxious fumes. I searched extensively for an electric and this is the only one that seemed up for the job of clearing leaves from a large lot.
Couldn't be happier. The machine churns through leaves as long as it's fed properly. It's not like gas engines don't clog. I would have wished for a vacuum but electrics are not quite powerful enough for that, and this works fine feeding through the chute. I got it stuck on a large piece of wood accidentally dropped in the hopper and Keith the president of the company got right back to me with a simple fix that worked no problem. Just applied a wrench to the rotor shaft and toggled it free.
The mulch is very fine, just beautiful. Nothing like the half chopped leaves of the club cadet and similar machines. The machine comes beautifully packed and is very heavy but easy to put together. All steel and just a fine piece of equipment the likes of which we don't see anymore with everything made in China. It's quieter than a gas engine which is a relief for me and the neighbors. And wow, flipping a switch to stop and start is a joy.
I'm happy to pay more for this machine. It's going to last me a very long time. I love that it's made by U.S. workers, the quality is superb and who can beat personal attention from the owners? This is the first product review I've ever written, which says something.
By Carolyn, Washington, DC
Had a gas powered model which was difficult to start at times. This machine works well. Had one clog and it was relatively easy to remedy with a little disassembly and a hose. Plenty of power for my needs.
We bought the Patriot Electric Chipper/Shredder 3 years ago, and are very happy with it. Like other reviews point out, there is a skill to how fast you feed leaves or branches into it -- slower is definitely better. And if you're shredding leaves, be sure they are dry. Our first use of the machine was with leaves that had sat all winter, and it clogged repeatedly. Keep an eye on the bag, because if you let it get too full the machine can clog.
The machine is relatively quiet and powerful; way better than a gas model in terms of the neighbors and the environment. We took Patriot's advice and bought the heavy-duty extension cord (100 ft.) for it, and have never tripped the circuit breaker: a good investment. It's very easy to use, and as long as we remember to carefully meter the materials into the hopper, and not cram it full, we can process a big pile of leaves (10' x 15' x 3') in a couple of hours.
We do rely on a home-made stirring stick -- a branch with a knob on the end so it won't slip into the shedder. When processing leaves, it really helps to stir them as they feed thru the hopper. The "buddy" that Patriot sells would work just fine. Shredding leaves goes quickest when there are two people working: one to stir the hopper, and another to feed the leaves. Chipping can be efficient as a one-person job.
We use the shredded leaves to make mulch for the garden, and we use the chipped branches for paths in the wooded areas of our lot. We grease the machine after each use, as the manual recommends, and it's been trouble-free shredding and chipping since we got the hang of it.
We highly recommend this machine. The manual is one of the best we've read -- clear, and actually amusing, and obviously written by an American. You just need to follow the instructions carefully: that really makes a difference.
By Fran, Amherst, MA
This chipper/shredder is well made, heavy duty construction (made in USA is a plus). I have a large 1 acre lot with many trees and leaves falling during the fall season. After 20+ years and trying several different types of leaf vacs and small chipper/shredder the Patriot electric works the best for me. It handles leaves and small twigs/branches in the shredder hopper without jamming; just feed it slow and move them from right to left with a small stick if they back up in the hopper. The chipper cone handles the larger branches with vigor. This machine is also the quietest of any I have had and you don't have to worry about gas, oil, spark plugs, etc. Read the manual and follow the instructions and all should go well.
By old guy71 Ltown
I purchased this in the Spring of 2011. We replaced most of our front lawn and garden with prairie grass, which needs cutting back once a year in March. I collect it then over a month or two gradually work through shredding it and recycling it as compost. On most of the grasses it works well, though it has particular troubles with deschampsia.
As others have noted it clogs relatively easily, so feeding it efficiently is a skill at which one gradually improves. Gas was out of the question for us, and I didn't find any alternative electric units as powerful as this, so have accepted that this is a slow task, and that the limitations come from using home electricity rather than gas or industrial strength electricity.
From my experience the machine is solidly built and sensibly engineered, but not touched by a product designer skilled in user experience or user interface design. It therefore looks and feels like an appliance from the 1930s.
Also, their service network is not extensive. I think I should be taking it in for maintenance, and don't know how I'll do it. Don't think it will fit into my Mini Cooper and the service centers are quite far from Chicago: a big enough city that you'd think you wouldn't need to go to Indiana or most of the way to Rockford for service.
This is a great chipper. It took a couple of chipping sessions to figure out how to use it so that it doesn't clog or stop. I like the electric one, as no need for gas or hand pulling. I find that if I chip things that are moist, like old leaves or branches are not bone dry, and between putting the leaves in you chip a few twigs, it will not clog at all. This is chipper is so amazing, it was making dirt. Seriously. I also used the chipper to chip my neighbors bamboo into mulch. I run the mulch. through the chipper twice. it is great stuff. I have had no need to buy any dirt for my garden a I can make my own. I recommend this chipper to anyone that ever thought about getting one. I never thought I'd say this, but I love my chipper and have recommended it whole heartedly to others.
I love the fine quality of mulch this machine produces, it makes the hassle of unclogging it and all the work of chipping worthwhile. I have an acre of redwoods that shed year-round, and I've owned this chipper for 3 1/2 years. It processes a lot of material, makes short work of the skinny but abundant redwood branches, and it's easy for me to operate and unclog by myself with one tool. I wish it didn't get clogged so easily, that's what makes it 4 stars rather than 5. And maybe shorter and lighter weight, as I'm not all that tall or burly myself. After a few months of using it, I got the hang of how much to put in at a time, and how to break it up, and sort of make the material rain into the hopper to avoid clumping. A little bit of finesse that way and emptying the bag frequently helps to prevent clogs.
The fine quality of the resulting mulch is excellent for dressing beds, composting, pathways, etc, I use it everywhere. Much better than the splintery mess that comes from larger machines the tree guys use. In fact, the giant chips and shreds can be reprocessed in this machine to make them more useful in the garden. I'm a landscape designer and Master Gardener, so I've seen a lot of mulch.
This chipper was a big purchase for me, but it has paid for itself many times over by turning mountains of redwood duff and branches into better mulch than I could purchase (not to mention removal/delivery fees.) And I don't have to stand next to a stinky gas machine!
By Kelly, La Honda, CA
I've been very happy with this chipper. I have about 3/4 of an acre with lots of older overgrowth that I'm trimming and removing. I love that I own a chipper so I can do whatever I have time and energy for that day and not worry about renting and returning. I also love that I can just plug it in and go for it...no gas or oil maintenance (I already had a 20 amp circuit by my air conditioner in my backyard). If you follow the instructions and have your expectations set appropriately (this isn't for huge or heavy-duty applications) you should be very happy.
By Kevin, Colorado Springs, CO
Have had mine for about 5months. Had the usual issues with overloading 15amp circuit, but got around that with extension cord to garage 20amp plug, then routed a new outdoor line; and with clogging, but none since I've started feeding stuff in more slowly rather than just piling it in. So-new outlet, slower feed, and it's perfect. I chose this over one of the lighter duty string shredders, and am glad I did. Leaves and pinestraw come out great for composting. It easily handles 2 inch limbs, and chips are great for mulching.
Great chipper with green, fresh wood. Very powerful. Must be mindful to make sure chips are going into the bag to preclude clogging of the discharge chute. Great for cleaning up bushes and small tree branches.
By Ron, Skillman, NJ
I purchased this chipper for my wife who recently took on serious gardening. She did the reviews of all the chippers online and settled on this product. She wanted a chipper which would handle small branches and mulch up our yard clippings. I preferred an electric chipper vs the more powerful gas chipper due to the fact that it would probably be used occasionally and that I did not want to deal with long term storage of gas based tools. I already had a power washer that got all gucked up with old fuel that turned into kerosene. She feels confident in using this chipper alone. Some advantages to this chipper: It was a powerful for an electric chipper. However, you need to make sure that you have a 20 amp or higher circuit you plug into, that the extension cords are rated at least 15 amps or higher. Otherwise you will be tripping the circuit breaker. You can gauge how much the chipper can handle by the sound of the blades. Best to wear eye and also ear protection because the chipper has a loud hum. Feeding the chipper too fast will cause the hum to lower in pitch. We learned to to avoid clogging the chipper by the sound of the hum. The videos online for the product were very informative. Bottom line: we love the chipper and use it at least once or twice a month. If you are into composting, you must have one of these.
By Roldan, Colton, CA
Perfect for home use. Feed slowly and quickly turn off if motor is overloaded to prevent triggering the circuit breaker.
By Jack, San Diego, CA
I have a very large oak and has lots of fall leaves and I hated the idea that they were all going into the garbage/yard waste since I live in the city and no real room to get them composed or burned. I did some research on shredders for this and found the Patriot Chipper/Shredder. I choose the electric since I knew I would be using it a lot during the fall and did not want to bug the neighbors with gas power (fumes an noise pollution). It is great to take a large pile of leaves and convert them into a nice mulch. My first year (1/2014) I used almost all of my mulched leaves out on the lawn/garden and near as I can tell it lasted almost 3 months before being absorbed by the earth. It was quite cool to witness.
Probably the best advice I can give is read the instructions, they are the best in getting this thing setup and dialed in. A 15amp circuit is just not enough to drive it, so get a 20Amp circuit installed and a nice thick extension cord. When doing leaves, make sure they are good and dry, that really helps. If not expect some clogging. Pouring it in nice and slow also wins the race.
I have not used the chipper part, but I would say if you follow the directions, you should be good.
If you do order one I would add the chipper buddy to your order. I thought I would get away with a dead branch from the oak (nice and dead something you can safely put through the hopper without nicking the hammers), but it didn’t quite work the way I thought and I caught myself with my hands down in the hopper part clearing stuff. Not that bright I know, so this year I am going to get that before the leaves start to fall.
Ideal for small to moderate properties. Great for cleaning up my willow trees, but not so good with pine tree debris; sap tends to clog the blades.
By Kevin, West Bloomfield, MI
Works great at chipping small to medium sized limbs. It does get clogged or throws a breaker every once in a while, but usually due to operator error. Don't expect it to be a gas powered chipper, and you will love this. BY that I mean while it may not have the power of gasoline, it is frustration free and great for the once every few months user.
By Boomer, PA
After researching and reviewing all of the available electric and gas-powered chipper/ leaf shredders on the market, I purchased one of these Patriot electric chipper/leaf shredders approximately three years ago and it has worked great ever since. Yes, as other reviewers have noted, you have to use a heavier duty extension cord and a 110 volt circuit that can handle the heavier electrical load that the motor draws, but once you have it set up properly, this piece of equipment does exactly what it is advertised to do. Although I've used the chipper feature numerous times to chop up branches, I primarily use this chipper/shredder for shredding the large quantities of leaves that the trees in our yard produce every fall. The resulting leaf mulch is exactly the consistency that my wife, the master gardener, wants in her flower beds. She can never get enough mulch and this leaf shredder is up to the task. Although we previously had to haul countless bags of leaves out to the curb for pickup, I now save up the bags and shred those leaves in batches of 5-10 bags at a time. The large wheels make it easy to roll around and the relatively large chute makes the job of feeding the shredder easy. I'm proud to own this U.S.-made product that was designed and built so well.
By Jeffrey, Norfolk, VA
I agree with others on this site that the unit is very good -- as long as you remember that it is electric.
I chose an electric unit for the convenience of not having to maintain a gas motor and because it is quieter. The cons are, however, that it is less powerful and WILL clog if you try and go to quickly or if the material is too wet. I have become very adept at removing the funnel and always keep an adjustable wrench handy for this purpose.
Overall, I am very happy with the unit, since I am in an urban environment and don't have huge amounts of materials to chip/shred. If you have large amounts to shred, or don't the option of a 20amp outlet nearby, then I would recommend going with a gas powered model instead.
By John, Omaha, NE
Purchased ours in May 2009. Use several times each year. We have a little less than an acre, with many, many older trees. Lots of small stuff falling all the time -- this makes it easy to keep the property tidier. Easy to operate. Instructions on assembly and use easy to understand. No issues even after all this time.
By Julia, Pittsburgh, PA
I agree with the commentary in most of the reviews on both sides which should be helpful in setting your expectations. I am wavering between 3 and 4 stars but at the end of the day I do like it and believe the problems described are part of the price for going electric instead of gas. I will outline all of the issues as I see them:
I can only run this on concrete due to my yard layout. The manual says to only run it on grass due to the vibrations. The workaround is a stack of cardboard or any absorbant padding. Really not an issue from there.
You're supposed to keep the packing materials in case you need to return it, but it is extremely heavy and the wheels are set in a styrofoam mold. You need a couple of people and/or a "game plan" for getting it out to assemble it.
READ THE MANUAL FIRST. After reading Amazon reviews I did this before the unit arrived. Patriot goes to great lengths to emphasize this. There is no small/quick job with this to justify not wearing goggles, ear protection, long sleeves and long pants. Do not have kids or pets anywhere in the yard when this is running. Stuff flies out. Cleaning is necessary and you need to know where the blade is before you attempt to clean it.
You will probably pop a breaker and have to clear jams in the unit. Cleaning does take some doing. It is risky business when you remove the cone - be very aware of the blade and the direction in which it faces. I am really curious about the reviewer who used water with it running to clear it out rather than opening everything up, as well as the description of a special tool to open up the whole thing which would make cleaning go a lot faster.
Any material that is naturally "wet" (say, melon rinds or squash vines) should be composted as is and not run through the shredder. Also, look carefully at the hopper and how it narrows into the shredding area. The hole inside is smaller than that. Most/all "Y" branches going into either hole will need to be cut and indeed there can be a lot of prep work to get shredding.
When chipping thick, drying branches, stay clear of the cone as it will hurl the branch out when it gets down to a foot or so. This is not a complaint, but it is part of the nature of the machine. You can put those pieces back in next to a thinner branch and everything should be pulled in. Finally, when it does "pull" from either entrance this happens very fast (as with any chipper), so keep hands clear and use the pusher.
At this price I'd prefer the equipment requires less time cleaning and more time chipping and takes on all yard waste. If there's another method to clean it more quickly I will be much happier. When it is properly chipping at the correct widths and you are gradually feeding one branch at a time, power is not an issue.
By David, Los Angeles, CA
I like the electric motor - no gas engine to deal with. Has enough power for my needs. The mulch size was just what I was looking for. The end of the feed tube is too narrow, though. The machine will take thick branches, but not thin branches with side "Y" branches. That turned it into a 2-man job to use efficiently - 1 person to trim the brush, and the other to feed the machine. The machine would have handled the branches, you just can't get them through the narrow neck. I was also hopeful the leaf mulch attachment would shred cardboard for mulch, but it doesn't. They didn't say it would, so no false advertising - just wishful thinking on my part.
By Amazon Customer
I looked a long time before finally deciding to buy this shredder chipper. Once I received it I was glad that I waited. This shredder chipper is perfect for my use. I especially like how quiet it is and also the fact that I do not have one more gasoline engine to take care of and maintain. Because the chipper is electric, it took me and my husband several tries to become good operators. If you hurry the process or try to shove too much in too quickly, the machine will jam. Once we became better at gauging how to work the device, we go virtually jam free for most of our sessions. If we make an operator error and put something in that causes a jam, freeing the device of the jam is a fairly easy and quick process. We've successfully shredded and chipped leaves, straw, limbs, corn stalks, gardening waste and sticks. My gardening friends and outdoor enthusiasts are quite impressed with this chipper as I am. It's been the best investment we've made for our home and garden in many years. Moving the machine around is quite easy too and we've noticed no power drain using a 12 gauge extension cord. This is so much better than other models our friends have tried or we have seen in the stores. We'd recommend this to anyone.
By Jacalyn, Fenton, MI
I bought this to replace an ancient, noisy, gas-powered chipper-shredder that was more than I needed. I really like this Patriot electric unit. I jammed it a few times until I learned how to feed it properly, but now it's easy to use. I've shredded many bags of leaves into perfect mulch material. I'd buy it again.
Arrived in good order and have been very pleased in using it. Not made for big pieces of wood but works very well for small branches and vines ---I have a lot of both. Much quieter than I expected. Seems very well built and designed to take tough jobs.
By Robert, Alexandria, VA
No problems since 2009. I purchased this machine after being frustrated by smaller, nylon line leaf chippers. It sounded expensive at the time but given the trouble-free usage these past 5 years it is worth the investment. As with all chippers, the drier the material the easier it flows through the chipper. If you are working with wet or damp leaves it helps to have an assistant; one to load the hopper and the other to mix it around with a large stick to ensure that it flows easily through the grinder. Sharpening the blades seemed intimidating at first for someone who is known to put a blunt edge on a sharp knife but is actually quite easy. It is easy to clean. Nice to buy a quality product made in the USA.
By David, Greenville, SC
Perfect for my laurel and photinia pruning. If was doing bigger stuff I would have ordered the gas unit which has more power, but the electric unit is fine for my purpose. Since I use mine only a couple times a year, I don't have to worry about old gas in a machine that has been setting for a long period.
By James, Seattle, WA
I bought my Patriot more than 5 years ago and love it. You can chip a 2" diameter X 10' green branch in a matter of about 15 seconds and it shreds 5 bags of leaves into one in a matter of a few minutes. I really don't have any complaints other than I wish they would make a way of holding accessories that it requires to operate it (both bags, allen wrenches, safety glasses, etc.) that would keep them with the chipper. With this and my new Makita cordless chainsaw, I can clean my yard up in a matter of a few hours. If you're hesitating on buying one, don't. If you're comparing this to the average one at your local hardware, this will win hands down.
We've used it 5 years now and it still works well. We generally only need to use it one or two days a year but our son-in-law borrowed it once to chop up tree limbs and had no problems with it. The machine does a great job chipping and shredding yard waste to produce compost material and it's nice not to have to deal with gasoline, oil, and engine maintenance. It does tend to pop the house electric breaker occasionally but only if we run something else simultaneously on the same line - and that could be due to a weak breaker. If you want a quiet, efficient chipper/shredder then this one is a good buy.
By Frank, Twin Falls, ID
Bought this as a gift for my husband, went electric as we did not want to deal with the hassles associated with gas engines. Unit has worked great, reducing giant piles of lawn and tree debris into manageable and useable piles of mulch. As long as you don't overload it, it does not clog up. Great for somebody that occasionally needs to mulch, as you can just put it away and it does not require regular maintenance as a gas engine version would and is lightweight enough for older people to handle.
By Monika, Manson, WA
I have a small vineyard in my yard and I purchased the Patriot Electric Wood Chipper back in March of 2011. Assembly was easy although, the motor cover over the fan was dented which prevented the fan from operating freely. Patriot shipped me out a new cover immediately and customer service was very helpful and friendly. I did find that a couple of tac-welds broke free durring assembly but this was an easy fix on my part. The unit is very powerful and made quick work of my clippings. One caution I can share is that you should NOT turn off the chipper with wood in the unit as it is very hard to clear out if the unit becomes jammed. I had to unassemble the chipper to clear my jam. Overall I am very happy with my chipper and I would recommend this product to anyone.
By James, Poway, CA
I bought this chipper a few months ago to help clean up branches that I needed to get rid of so I can mow. I've used it several times and it has performed just great. The first time I tried to use it at my house and it tripped the breaker in my garage, so I've moved it out to the barn where it has a dedicated circuit and it goes through everything I have stuffed into it. I find that it works best when the branches are no more than 7 feet long, which is about as long as I can handle with gloves, and no more than 2 inches thick at the base. Once this chipper gets going, the branch practically chips itself. I am so glad not to have one more gasoline engine to take care of too. I would recommend this chipper to anyone who needs a solid, durable chipper and doesn't want the hassle and ongoing costs of filling up a gas engine.
Would be nice if the manufacturer replaced the nuts, for the chipper chute, with wing nuts. Due to space limitations, I have to remove the chute with each use.
By Jeffrey, Pottstown, PA
I've been using my Patriot chipper/shredder for about 3 years now and am very impressed with the quality. It's nice to see good old American Made products made with high-quality standards. This equipment is not intended to compete with the $150 stamped sheet metal Harbor Freight shredders. This is heavy cast steel body, thick plastic feeder and cone (of about the same thickness and durability as a 55 gallon plastic rain barrel), and a powerful electric motor protected by a high quality over-temperature shut-off switch. It's beefy. A petite woman may have some difficulty wheeling it up a hill, but generally, the large wheels make it easy to navigate despite its weight. I'm 150lb and can maneuver it without difficulty, even up moderately sloped hills.
Let me address several of the concerns mentioned in other reviews:
1) WET LEAVES: The worst reviews are from people who tried to shred wet leaves. This will be a problem for just about any shredder, so if you need to shred wet leaves, do extensive research and you'll almost certainly have to eliminate any electric shredders. I live in Seattle (frequently have wet leaves in the fall), and I've learned how to wait until the leaves have had a couple days of "air time" to dry out before shredding. Don't rake them into a pile if you're not going to shred them immediately. Once the pile gets wet, your leaves will be very hard to shred since the middle of the pile stays wet and starts to get slimy as it decomposes.
2) GREEN STUFF: This shredder absolutely CAN shred certain green yard debris. Green branches are no problem. Green laurel leaves are no problem (I shredded trimmings from about 100' of 8-foot laurels). It could be that some green leaves turn "pulpy" and build up, which does occur on occasion.
3) CLOGGING: When buildup does occur, I have ALWAYS been able to clear the buildup with a bent wire (about the gauge of a coat hanger) without disassembling everything. First turn off the shredder and unplug it. Unscrew just the front cone (requires loosening one bolt and removing one other). Feed the wire into the output port where the bag attaches and pull out any clogs. Then, feed the wire into the front port where the cone attaches, along the bottom of the fly wheel and pull out any clogs built up along that bottom. Done.
4) FEEDING: I always have a 2 or 3 foot stick (1/2" to 3/4" thick) handy to help fluff the leaves in the top hopper and help them feed into the shredder. This is not a big hassle that some have described. Be careful not to push that stick too far down into the blades, though.
5) CHIPPING: This chipper AMAZED me when I got ambitious and chipped a 20' branch that I think was about 2.5" diameter at the thickest. Whatever diameter it was, it just barely fit through the bottom of the cone. It did require me to carefully control the feed rate and hold the branch tightly (with gloves). But after it got down below 1.5" thickness, I pretty much let gravity feed it and loosened my grip. It took me about 15-20 minutes to chip the entire branch, and I got a large bag of beautiful, fairly uniform wood-chip mulch for the flower beds from it.
6) SHUTOFF: There is a thermal shutoff that does a great job of protecting the motor. It has tripped a few times while I was feeding damp leaves and the motor bogged down. If you listen to the motor, you can adjust your feed rate to minimize the motor dragging.
Overall, I highly recommend this chipper / shredder for fairly heavy home use.
By SpaceFuzz, Seattle, WA
I'm glad I bought this wood chipper. It was important to me to get one with an electric motor because I thought I'd use it infrequently and thought the electric motor would be easier to maintain.
So far, the only maintenance I've done has been to sharpen the blade. I used my Dremel to do the sharpening. One nice touch from Patriot is that they provide the Allen wrench necessary to remove the blade.
One improvement I suggest to Patriot is that they make it easier to clean out clogs. This is the only reason I'm rating at 4 stars instead of 5. It takes me over 15 minutes to unclog. I think all the clogs have been my fault. Most frequently clogs occurred because I didn't empty the collection bag early enough. Also, I've clogged the chipper if I put too many green leaves in the leaf hopper. I also clogged the chipper once by putting in cactus.
Wood chips from the chipper are about the size of a dime. I like to use these on the paths of my garden. Dried leaves in the hopper come out pulverized and are great for compost. Very small sticks of about ¼ inch or less come out broken but don't pulverize like the leaves or chip.
I was worried about having problems with my circuit breaker but am very happy with how things are going. If the wood chipper is clogged, the circuit breaker will pop. If I push in a large branch I can make the breaker pop. But if I put in a large branch I can hear the flywheel start to slow down and pull out the branch a bit, let it speed up and everything works great. I've been using an outlet on a 20 amp circuit breaker. The directions said to use a 12 gauge extension cord but I bought a beefier one.
This wood chipper is small and you need to feed in items to be shredded slowly. For example, you would not be able to dump in a large bag of leaves. You would need to feed them in a handful or 2 at a time. I don't have the vacuum kit and don't know how that works. The manual says you can chip sticks of up to 2.5" in diameter and I guess you can but I think that is pushing the limits.
Assembly was really easy and the packaging was very good. The User's Manual and documentation is also really good.
By Andrew, Sylmar, CA
I am very pleased with my Patriot Electric Chipper. Here in Arizona the mesquite and palo verde trees grow year round, making up for the desert conditions. They produce volumes of new shoots every season. The Patriot electric chipper works great on these. I use the chips for mulching my fruit trees, which is needed to hold in moisture in the desert here.
The Patriot electric chipper does not work quite so well with dry stuff for shredding or dry sticks from the mesquite and palo verde trees, but it says that in the instructions, it works best on fresh green woody stuff. Also, it really helps to sharpen the blade from time to time. The first time it was a little touchy for me to open it up and remove the blade due to unfamiliarity, but now it is pretty easy. Just a little resharpening makes a big difference after having used it for a while. I think it would be good for me to order a second blade so I can always have a sharp one ready to reinstall, then sharpen the removed one at my leisure, but I have not done that yet. I am not saying that you have to resharpen the blade all of the time, as I haven't done it very much at all. But if the chipper starts to seem lethargic on chipping, sharpen the blade.
My biggest complaint is that the Patriot Electric Chipper needs a 20 amp circuit. I have outdoor sockets all around my home but the only 20 amp circuits are in the kitchen. If I use the outdoor sockets for power, the breaker is thrown soon after starting the Patriot Chipper. So, I have to string a power cord out of my kitchen out to the yard for the chipper. Of course, this is a fault of my house, not the chipper. I believe the chipper instructions say you need to use a 20 amp circuit, and that is certainly my experience.
I cannot do big limbs with the Patriot Electric Chipper (which the instructions say you cannot), but it works well on green ones up to about half an inch or slightly more. I do not recommend doing this to dried wood though, especially mesquite, which is very hard. Mesquites do not have much of a leaf to worry about shredding, and palo verdes have no leaves at all. So, I do not have much experience using the Patriot Electric Chipper to shred leaves or anything else. But these trees can grow new shoots a quarter inch or more in diameter and four to six feet long in a season. The Patriot Chipper turns them to mincemeat mulch material.
We have 2 1/4 acres, hundreds of trees that need trimming or that "self" trim. Before we got this trimmer, we would build a pile of debris big enough to warrant paying for haul away. No more. This machine is amazing. As long as you respect its size limitations and power needs, you will have no problem with it. We have easily saved the purchase price and would not be without it!
I have owned this for 3 years. It works like a charm. Love the electric motor: no hassle start, no oil change, just plug it in and turn it on. I have recommended it to friends.
By Thomas, Lyme, CT
I am a 70 year old woman and I assembled the chipper with the help of my daughter and I operate the chipper myself. The assembly directions could be more detailed for someone who doesn't assemble machinery, but we got it done in about an hour. The hardest thing was getting it out of the box. It rolls easily up and down hills and uneven ground. I wish the chipper would take larger size limbs, but I wanted an electric machine and that is what it takes. I was concerned about removing the blade, but it's not a big deal. I ordered a second blade because I couldn't find a place to get the first one sharpened. It would be nice if two blades were included in the initial shipment because the blades do need to be changed and the postage for the individual blade seems too high. The only real problem I have had is when metal flap over the discharge tube wouldn't stay up under the weight of the bag which caused the machine to clog. The machine was not hard to unclog, but that is something you have to watch out for. All in all I'm glad I bought the chipper because I bought a house with a large lot that had been neglected, It has helped clear away most of the shrubs and small limbs. I have only a lawn mower with which to compare the operation of the chipper and I think in terms of difficulty of operation, weight, etc. I think it's about the same level--not very difficult.
By Carol, Sarasota, FL
I have used this product every couple of months for over 2 years. The chipper works as advertised. Be sure to use an appropriately rated extension cord or you will be tripping your AC supply breaker. The assembly instructions could have been better but typical from my experience.
By Bill, Hartsville, SC
I love my Electric Patriot Chipper/Leaf Shredder. It is quite powerful - there are no stinky gas fumes. I have used it a lot over about a year and I really don't have a complaint. It uses every bit of the 14 amps as it chips through limbs. I use up to about 2" limbs. It likes hard wood versus soft, spongy wood like live willow branches, but that is true for all chippers that I have used. I would definitely recommend this chipper as part of your gardening supplies.
By Marilyn, Olathe, KS
I bought this chipper for my husband for Christmas. He's an electrical engineer and very fussy about the quality of his tools, so I was slightly concerned about buying him something like this without his input. Thankfully, he was extremely pleased with its quality and performance and was like a giddy child when he got to use it after Christmas. It's provided all the mulch for our landscape, too, so there's something in it for everyone!
By Mrs. Hat
I purchased the Patriot CSV-2515 14 Amp chipper shredder in FEB 2014. It is now AUG 2014 and I have used it six times. I am not happy with the quality of the chipping - it creates as many long slivers (2-4 inches) as it does chips. Yes, you can run these back through it, but it still doesn't do a good job on them. The percentage of slivers keeps decreasing each pass through the chipper, but it is tedious and tiring. My evaluation of the chipping is VERY POOR. It also tends to overheat during mid-90deg temperatures. I am generally doing small limbs (1.50" maximum, mostly much smaller), but it definitely struggles with anything over 3/4". It also draws a lot of current at startup - blows a 20A fuse on utility pole every time, so I have to run it on my shop's 30A feed. I use it with a short 12/3 AWG extension cord.
I got this chipper for the convenience of electric chipper. It is the only electric chipper shredder powerful enough to to a decent job. THis chipper is fine for handling city lot gardens , but if you have a large lot I recommend a larger, powerful gasoline model, just to speed up the job. Handles branches from pruning fruit trees and bushes as fast as you can feed them in. Fresh cut garden waste and plants need more care to feed them slowly as moisture in plants sticks inside and prevents shredder from blowing them out quickly. I try to let any plant trimmings from the garden to dry out for a week or 2 before I start shredding them, this lets the shredder process them quicker. The shredder bag is handy for things like leaves that get ground fine and are dusty, but for most shredding I just lay down a trash barrel beside the outlet and shoot right into it, with a piece of hardware cloth to block most of the barrel opening. Clogs due to too much moist plant shredding can usually be cleared by unplugging and using a hose an lots of water to flush the material out of the guts without taking apart the shredder. I use it at least monthly the year round for all my yard cleanup and compost the results combined with kitchen vegetable waste, in several tumbles compose units
By Robert, Mountain View, CA
I had a 10 HP gas engine chipper/shredder before this, but got tired of the hassles of stale fuel, hard starting and temperamental operation.
For an electric chipper/shredder, the Patriot is surprisingly powerful. I've owned other chippers over the years that did not come close to handling the size of branches they claimed to handle. The Patriot is the first one that is actually living up to it's claim, however, at least for me.
Another thing I like about this particular machine is that it's built like a tank. After years of owning my share of flimsy junk in general either because I couldn't find anything decent to buy or I was trying to save money, it's a pleasure to use something that at least looks like it will last a long time. I'm old enough to remember when the majority of merchandise in the US used to be more like this product.
Obviously it's not inexpensive, but you usually do get what you pay for. This machine looks like it will be worth the money. Good job.
I got this last Summer, and used it a lot-maybe 60 or 70 full baqs. It will get more workout this Fall. Like some other reviewers, I find that the chipper tube works great if you are reasonable about the size of pieces you feed it. Fresh cut branches work better than old dead and dry stuff. The shredder requires fairly slow and careful feeding to avoid jams and clogs. You can't just dump a basket of leaves into the hopper. If you don't push it too hard it works fine. Both chipper and shredder chop things up very nicely into excellent size for mulch. The machine is solid and well made, and should last a long time.
We have had this electric chlipper for over a year now and my husband uses it almost every week. We have had several large trees fall and instead of burning brush he has made wonderful piles of mulch that we use around the plants that has been a god send since we are in a drought. He doesn't run it contstantly and said he wished it had a bit larger engine has gottne arouond this problem by althernating between cutting branches and getting them ready and then running a nice pile through. Occassionally it will overheat and shut down but this just gives him time to restock the brush and start again. We had a gas yardman before this one and opted for the electric and glad we did. It starts easy and runs like a charm. If we wear this one out I am sure we will be back for another.
By Lokiblosom, IL
A great chipper and shredder. I can't compare it to any gas engine models, but this chipper does the job for me. Solidly built, no pollution, lower decibels, nothing to complain about at all. Recommended highly! I also recommend purchasing hearing and eye protection and the push stick.
By SCOOPER, TX
Patriot does the job intended for it. Only problems are due to operator failure, i.e. overloading. When the unit is jammed it can be freed up in time. Follow instructions and the unit does what they it will do. I'm a happy chipper.
By Glenn, Saint Augustine, FL
We've owned this chipper now for over a year, and on the whole it is a stellar product. Very durably built, easy to understand and use, pleasant to operate, effective at its task. What a relief to not have to choke on gas and exhaust fumes and still get the job done, not to mention all the time and money saved by not buying gas or hassling with an internal combustion engine!
The only things that are keeping me from 5-starring this is that it can be a little finicky about what you put in it, such that I've had to take the chute off to unclog it (not an easy task) probably 8 times now. If I'm chipping anything over an inch in diameter, it takes a light and careful touch to keep it from bogging down, then clogging if I don't take the hint immediately. Also wet or leafy stuff clogs it pretty fast, and totally dried-out branches dull the blade. So it's really best for winter-cut branches chipped promptly. As far as output, I imagine it works about like your average smallish gas chipper: dime-sized chips mixed with some unchipped twigs (which I sift out for kindling). The chips, once sifted, make a very good path mulch.
By Janelle, Keezletown, VA
Have used the chipper for 2.5 years so far and have had no problems whatsoever. It produces a bag full of chips relatively quickly. While it is loud, it is much quieter than my neighbors' chippers. This machine is built to last.
I didn't want a gas machine but wanted something powerful enough to deal with the smaller trees and shrubs I have on my 0.34 acre in So Cal and this seemed to fit the bill.
I've had this unit now for two seasons and it while it has its foibles it makes life a lot easier when you have a lot of material to process. It reduces small branches, twig, and leaf volumes down by at least 7-fold which is great when you can't compost that much material and only have two greenery cans for weekly pick up.
I see some complain about it not handling wet vegetation, or really dry wood, or clogging. If you don't want to read the manual or learn the limitations of the chipper, don't buy one and hire a landscaping crew to do it for you or get your material hauled it away.
If you are willing to be patient and follow some rules it will do an outstanding job.
1. Judge whether it can handle material by feeding it slowly and listening to the chipper - too thick and the motor will slow, and if you don't pull back, it will eventually trip your circuit. 2. Don't put anything very fibrous in it (e.g. New Zealand flax) - it can't cut it cleanly and the fibers wrap around inside and are difficult to remove. Palm fronds can be chipped if fed in slowly but not via the leaf hopper. 3. Don't put succulents or very wet material in it - it will clog. 4. Don't put too much material in the leaf hopper at once - feed it slowly to give it chance to clear through. 5. Patience works a lot better than pushing it too hard.
If you follow these basic things it rarely clogs.
When it does clog, my trick, as others have mentioned, is to switch it off, unplug it, turn it upside down, making sure it is stable on the leaf hopper, plug it back in and turn it on. The clog usually breaks free and is ejected. Be very careful if you do this as I am sure it is not recommended by the manufacturer and could cause injury if not done carefully. Also be aware of the bag being too full and chipped material backing up into the chipper and clogging it.
It is loud so you should wear ear plugs when using it.
Dry wood/dead branches vibrate in your hand hard while feeding it into the chipper and also dull your blades faster. This chipper works best with freshly-cut non succulent tree branches and shrubs.
I bought this unit when realizing I wanted something that was going to have some power and which would last. I read the reviews for the cheaper electric chippers and was unconvinced. I am very happy with my Patriot Electric Chipper. It helps me clean up my yard trimmings faster and allows me to spend that saved time doing other things.
By 80s collector, San Diego, CA
I've had my Patriot Chipper 2 seasons now and I love it. I compost my yard refuse and this chipper processes my yard waste into a perfect blend for my compost piles. It is very well built and has performed well beyond my expectations. I didn't want another gas engine to maintain but was worried the electric motor wouldn't be up to the task. The power is more than ample for my needs and this chipper has handled everything I have put through it. I highly recommend this chipper and am happy an American built product is so well designed and manufactured. Great product!
By Sharon, Clarks Summit, PA
Purchased in 2012. Replaced a 9 horse gas powered chipper/shredder. No trouble starting in cold weather.. No dealing with gas or fouled carburetor. . Works very well creating mulch to use around a residential yard with lots of mature trees and hedges.
By Realist, Los Angeles, CA
Patriot Products CSV-2515 14 Amp Electric Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder (Lawn & Patio) A great chipper and shredder. chips branches and leafs to smaa sizes, the unit is fine for my one acre yard, I can't compare it to any gas engine models, but this chipper does the job for me. very strong, easy to handle and relocate, no pollution, lower decibels, nothing to complain about at all. I recommended highly! I also recommend safety glasses. Only problem during overloading. When the unit is jammed it can be freed up in time, and the unit does what they it will do. I'm a happy chipper.
The blades must be kept very sharp with a grinder to chip wood well. The thermal cutoff protects you from damaging the motor. The wood chips it makes are small with a sharp blade and are ideal for mulching.
We bought this product for light clean-up for small bushes and shrubs. It works very well. Won't handle anything that is too much like a vine but all in all in grinds up what we need and then we use the chips to mulch the beds. Would certainly recommend this for light work.
By Rosemarie, Westminster, MD
I find that it is so easy to use the electric chipper since I have used gas choppers before that were noisier and hard to start. I have a lake side wooded lot and have landscaping needs that are satisfied with this easy to use electric chipper. I am extremely satisfied at the ease of sharpening the chipper blade. With the death of our scotch pines I have a multitude of branches to grind up into mulch for landscaping the property. I have had years of use so far!
By Sanford, Topeka, KS
We bought this chipper for the scrub oak around our yard in Arizona. Opted for electric over the hassle of gas/oil, etc. The unit works as advertised on smaller branches and does a good job of reducing the many small limb trimmings to a pile of mulch. Having said that, you need to do quite bit of prep work on your trimmings before putting them in the chipper or you end up jamming it. When that happens, you're faced with unbolting the feed mechanism and unclogging the thing. This isn't a quick process and is the biggest negative with the weaker electric motor. If you're careful about what you put in the Patriot, don't rush it and empty the clippings bag before it gets full, you have a decent little chipper. It's not a replacement for a more powerful gas-powered unit, however.
By Jim, Sedona, AZ
Great chipper! Was a gift for my wife who wanted a small yard chipper to manage our 'woods' and use the chips and shreds for mulch and composting. Very user friendly and maneuverable. And nice to have a simple and well-written manual. Maintenance steps are well-outlined, and simple enough that she can actually perform them herself. The jams that we have caused (by inattention) are easy to fix. Will probably be purchasing a larger gas version in the future.
By Bill, The Woodlands, TX
The Patriot Electric Chipper/Shredder is high quality. For an occasional user it is much better than one with gas motor as is starts with the flip of a switch. It is more than adequate for your routine yard cleanup.
By Gary, Ridgewood, NJ
I have used the Patriot CSV-2515 Chipper / Leaf Shredder for over 18 months and it has proven to be a very useful tool in producing mulch for my garden. My goal is to recycle all the green waste on my property so that I never have to send it to the municipal dump. My property has a number of fruit and ornamental trees as well as many types of perennial shrubs all of which are pruned, trimmed and leaf collected at various times of the year. The Patriot reduces all these wastes to a useful size for garden mulch. One thing I have learned is to never put really green or wet waste into the hopper as it will not pass this material through very easily and will occasionally plug. I've learned to let things dry out a bit before processing and this works well. I also have learned that the instruction manual's recommendations to wear hearing protection and a dust mask are worth following as the unit can be noisy when chipping wood and can produce some dust when shredding lots of dry material. Overall, I'm very satisfied with the Patriot and expect it will provide me with many years of use.
By Richard, Moraga, CA
The Patriot Electric Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder is solidly built and easy to assemble. The instruction manual is a clear, thorough model of what an instruction manual should be. As other reviewers have noted, the machine tends to clog unless you are feeding it bone dry vegetation, and even then you have to feed it very gradually. It is no fun to unclog the machine--even with a water hose. Once we started to use only the driest vegetation and to feed this in gradually, we were very happy with the machine. It turns out very finely shredded vegetation suitable for speeding up the composting process. We did not try using the machine as a wood chipper. We have had the Patriot for two seasons and have had no problems with it other than the ones mentioned above.
By Augustus, Washburn, WI
This is an excellent chipper and I'm quite happy with my purchase. I wanted a chipper that could handle a variety of materials and really deliberated about gas or electric. Patriot's website is not clear about the model differences aside from the obviously larger engine of the gas products. The larger engine models have two blades and therefore can cut much faster. This electric model has only one. That said, it still performs swimmingly particularly with wet or newly cut material. With older, harder wood it will bog down and possibly even overheat the breaker. I have yet to trip the switch on the motor even when hot, but my dedicated 20A circuit will shut down if the motor slows under heavy load. I am considering moving to a 30A breaker to mitigate this. A sharp blade is also a critical component of the equation. It is fairly easy to remove the blade so there's no reason not to keep it sharp. Chipping old wood dulls it faster and makes this that much more important.
By Christian, Kansas City, MO
The Patriot CSV-2515 has met and exceeded all my expectations. I recommend it highly for residential yard care use.
I have a 1.2-acre property with wetlands at both ends. Alder, holly, and other tough vegetation springs up quickly and I needed a chipper to handle up to 2" branches. After my maintenance headaches with a gas mower and a gas chain saw, I strongly preferred an electric chipper.
My researched revealed few entries in this market, and many were poorly reviewed. Many have praised this device so I tried it.
It comes with the motor and chipper, heavy plastic feed hoppers, safety goggles, and an adequate bag to catch the chips. I do most of my chipping on the cone-shaped feed hopper on the front of the unit.
* It works, everything up to 2.5 inches. Branches bigger than about 1.25 inches need to be fed slowly to keep the RPMs up.
* It makes short work of blackberries and other vines.
* It is electric. Maintenance consists of lubricating the bearings and sharpening/replacing the chipping blade assembly.
* It is well-engineered. The design employs a heavy steel flywheel, well-balanced, that really crunches on branches. The housing appears to be cast iron. With a little craft, you can chip anything that fits.
* It is well-built. In service, parts do NOT rattle or show others signs of poor assembly.
* It is made in the U.S. and you can get parts.
* It may be the only decent electric chipper available on earth.
* To move the unit, one grabs the embedded handle on the top of the plastic hopper, tips it back, and rolls it. Pulling the heavy steel motor/chipper with the plastic handle puts a lot of stress on the plastic parts, which may fatigue and break over time.
* All chippers are dangerous tools, and this is no exception. In use, there is great temptation to stick one's fingers in the hoppers to clear jams. I purchased the Chipper Buddy tool but it did not help much. The heavy flywheel takes about 20 seconds to spin down before it is safe to reach in. Because of this, I dreaded stopping the motor to clear a jam.
Overall, the Pros of this unit engulf and swallow the Cons. Move the unit carefully, keep your fingers and toes out, wear the goggles, and you will love it! No spark plug to foul, no fuel line to clog, no throttle linkage to adjust. Just turn it on and start chippin'!
By Christopher, Bainbridge Island, WA
The build quality seems to be very good but the electric motor just is not strong enough over heats too much and have to wait for it to cool down to reset. I think this chipper would work great with a stronger motor
By Robert, Loxahatchee, FL
I occasionally chip / shred, and did not want the maintenance associated with a gas powered unit. This has worked out well. It does have the limitation of needing to have an electrical connection, but for the amount of chipping / shredding I do, I am content with wheeling a brush pile to this unit for chipping; this is not an issue for the average sized lot, as long extension cords can stretch to the property boundaries.
By gardener, OH
Eats up every leaf and branch. This unit is very powerful and so far has handled anything I put in it. You need to follow the directions on how to put materials into it and, if you do, it should do the job for you. I have 32 trees in my backyard and 25 of them lose their leaves, so there is a lot of leaf shredding going on and some branch removal.
I found the assembly instructions very clear and when I did have a problem, called Patriot's help line and they walked me through my issue. So far, a good investment. I got something stuck one time and tried to take it apart, but to no avail. Someone came over to my house and turned the unit over and everything that was clogging it fell out. So, sometimes, it takes a man with a lot of upper body strength. I would definitely recommend this machine and it is USA made. The one thing that I think is important to add is that I plug the unit into a dedicated circuit and use a really heavy duty electrical cord. This type of cord is very expensive, but it will serve your power supply very well and you will not trip your circuit breaker.
By Natasha, Pomona, CA
Here is the key to great operation: I do have a 30 amp circuit and a heavy duty 30 amp extension cord, so the voltage at the motor is not compromised. failure to have enough voltage would mean slowing down and clogging risk would be higher indeed.
Did I ever have fun grinding small branches, leaves (wet and dry) and garden debris. What a beautiful machine indeed. I guess you get what you pay for. This ground stuff has help speed composting I think. I did load the machine so the wind blew the dust from dry leaves away from me--good idea for sure.
I did grind up a huge pile of wet leaves (we had over 1" of rain which brought down a lot of maple leaves and they were matted and heavy) and it seemed to work just fine without clogging.
I am able to put small branches in the hog, but larger ones have to go into the knife end. I have been very successful at feeding long branches with leaves at the end into the cutter and they are pulled in without difficulty indeed. When feeding into the top chute for grinding, beaches with a lot of brushy-ness do not feed well; I strip off the side branches or break them so they are parallel to the main stem.
By Gene, Fitchburg, WI
We love this Patriot chipper. We wanted something just for leaves and small branches for my compost bin. It was easy to assemble and is very easy to operate. We feed the debris into the chipper at an even feed and have had no jamming. Also light enough to easily move from one location to another. The leaves shred to about one tenth their size which will work out great for mulch and compost. And it's made in the USA!!! We did purchase the 100 foot cord sold by the manufacturer, and we believe that was a very good investment as well.
By Jo, Cincinnati, OH
I tried other small electric chippers. I wanted electric because the gas ones seem to beat themselves to death and I wanted less noise and smell and maintenance.
I am very happy with this chipper. It is naturally not as powerful as a gas one, but that is to be expected with a 120 volt power supply. Once you get the hang of it, it is pretty easy not to trip the breaker, especially if you're not trying to chip dry logs.
I wonder if I could upgrade to a 240 volt motor.
By Solomon, Fayetteville, AR
This equipment is very well built and works flawlessly. The electric motor is industrial strength! Assembly is easy following the directions. All you really need to do is fasten the hopper and the feed funnel. All of the mechanical parts are completely assembled and ready to go. Eye protection is included.
Consider getting the "Chipper Buddy" . Basically it is a ramrod designed so you cannot hit any of the cutting blades.
At first, I was disappointed in this product because I tried to get it to shred dry leaves, and the machine jammed, but I think it had something to do with the plug-in I used. Two electricians came out to the house and thought I had adequate amps with my existing plug-ins. Not so. I had a "handyman" with an electrician's license put in a new 200 amp plug-in, and then we were in business. I have a lot of dogwood bushes about 20' high that need to be trimmed every year. This machine handled a pile of them in no time flat; plus it makes excellent mulch around the garden plants. The owner of the company couldn't be nicer, and it is clear he intends to stand behind his product.
By Patricia, Missoula, MT
It's been very wet on Long Island this summer so I haven't had too much time with good, dry conditions. The only time I used the Patriot, it worked very well and is very quiet! I recommend using the bag to catch the chips because the pieces come flying out and then require rake and shovel to collect. Assembly not too bad. Seems solid. The motor seems very capable for the job. Did not jam over a 2 hour work load and never tripped my circuit (I used a 12 gauge cord 100ft). I used gloves, safety googles and ear protection. One branch end flew out the feed tube, so protecting your hands, face, and eyes is a must.
By Ed, Huntington, NY
As others have indicated this is a much better unit than the cheaper models. I have owned a gasoline powered chipper/shredder in the past and although this is pretty good it does require some patience. It does an excellent job on dry leaves as long as you feed it in slowly. Any material that is green and potentially fibrous will cause problems. My recommendation is to let green material dry in the open air and then use this machine. Small greens like flowers are no problem but larger vegetable plants can cause some irritation. Over all the build quality is excellent and the unit is much quieter than a gasoline powered unit but not something you want to start up at 7:00 in the morning on a Sunday if you have neighbors. Read the instructions before using and don't think like I did that since I had used one before that I didn't need to adhere to their advice. Overall I like this unit very much.
By Lee, Hemet, CA
This item does not work with fresh green clippings, leaves and plant matter from a normal home garden. We read the instructions carefully and followed all manufacturer directives to the letter on assembly, how to feed, what to feed and where to feed each kind of plant matter. However, green plant matter turns into a solid hard mass that clogs up the blade housing and stops the motor. Even when we increased the proportions of dried plant matter to green plant matter much more than 50/50 manual recommended mix, it still clogged. The Amazon item description should have noted this machine is not intended to be used for fresh green clippings, leaves and plant matter from the average garden. The product listing was misleading by omitting normal home gardener use expectations. Consequently, I am returning it for a full refund.
By Ginny's Gems
I needed a small shredder for a long time. I new this brand was highly rated electric model from different sources. I did not want a gas version because they are very loud and stink from petrol. I was looking for a cleaner and quieter machine. This year I head to bit a bullet and purchased a brand new from Amazon. (there was non used available anywhere) Once I assembled the unit I tested it in the garage where the wiring is old. Sure enough at the start the fuse was blown. Connected it to an outlet where I had a 12GA wiring circuit. Machine revved up nicely. In about half a day I was able to shred all of my small branches. I usually burn the heavier stocks in my fire place, so I would say that I was shredding between 1" to 1.5" branches. It blew the fuse once because I stuffed in too many branches in the chute. So far I did not see any increase on my electric bill. (I try to be efficient anyway I can)
Once you get the hang of it, the machine is working as it was advertised.
I am pleased so far.
Needed a chipper for the house to get rid of the shrub piles building up around the property. Price was steep but I wanted it to be quality. I did not want another gas engine to fight to get running every spring.
Spent two days feeding it and was very impressed. Up to two inches with a tempered feed. Very Easy to get used to adjusting the feed rate from the sound of the motor.
Girlfriend not afraid of it. She wheels it out and uses it without me there all the time.
It is what it is, but it does what it said it would! Happy with the purchase. No negatives yet.
By Ed, Candia, NH
This chipper delivers on all its promises.
* Clean (no messy oil or gas)
* Plug and Play (some simple assembly initially required)
* Doesn't include "Chipper Buddy" material pusher
Due to the significant price gap between this chipper and a mostly plastic competitor that is also highly rated, I was hesitant to make this purchase. After an hour or so of using the machine I am certain that this chipper is worth the investment.
I spoke to the company owner directly and he gave some great tips for using the machine: if you are processing anything that is rigid, put it down the chipper chute (not the shredder hopper). The main reason for this is that the chipper blades can be sharpened. The hammers in the shredder hopper are meant for shredding, not grinding, and they can't be sharpened once they are worn (only replaced for a much higher price than sharpening or replacing the blade). Note that, in addition to wood, the chipper chute easily accepts and processes Loblolly pine cones and sweet gum balls.
Anyone that manages to clog the chipper chute or overload the machine or circuit has ignored common sense (and the guidelines outlined in the manual). Garbage in = garbage out. Follow the directions and use your common sense and you will be rewarded with outstanding results. The only time I've needed to stop the motor to clear the chute is when there is a branch union too wide to finish the self feeding action at the blade. This isn't the chipper's fault and, if anything, it is more of a feature than a failing.
Additional words to the wise...
* Wear your safety glasses. Some of the thicker hardened branches may burp the last 8 inches or so back out the chute.
* Consider buying the (overpriced, imho) Chipper Buddy. I have been using various larger branches to coax material down the chute on occasion but I can already tell that having the Chipper Buddy would be a simpler and safer method. I feel that for the price of the unit, the Chipper Buddy (and a way to store/secure it to the machine) should be included. EDIT 9/3/2013 - After making my own version of the Chipper Buddy, I'm back to using a sturdy branch to push compacted material to the blade, as necessary.
* Buy a highly rated 12/3 100 ft extension cord and consider the Quick Winder RAP-100 Electric Cord and Fiber Optic Cable Reel to store and transport the cord
By David, Cumming, GA
It is electric so a gasoline would probably be more powerful. I had another electric for a long time till I snapped the drive shaft and the company no longer sells this chipper. The other electric chipper had to be babied. You had to be careful how much you put in to not overload it.
I don't think it will be easy to overload the Patriot. You want to put almost everything through the chipper, since that has blades to cut everything up. I have not yet put anything through it larger than 1" to 1 1/4" since this was the max for my old chipper. I can tell that the Patriot will take bigger branches.
You can overload it through the top with green or slightly green material. First let that kind of material dry out a bit before shredding. Second feed the material slowly in smaller bunches. I already shredded some garden waste that I would not even had tried through the old chipper. Some was more green than dry and the Patriot hiccuped only once. It never did clog.
This is a powerful machine, you need both safety glasses. It is possible for a small chunk of branch to be ejected with force from the hopper. You also need ear protection. It is loud. My normal choice is noise cancelling headphones with music playing. I could always hear the Patriot running in the background over the music.
The Patriot Chipper Buddy is a good idea. The chipper tends to pull in most everything. Sometimes the branch has smaller parts that cause the branch to stop feeding. You don't want to put your hand in the chipper hopper at least not very far. If you are just a bit of a wood worker making one is easy. You need to cut a 3 1/2" disc (approximately, add an appropriate length dowel, and a short fatter dowel for a handle. Add holes and glue it together. Took me much less than an hour, with most of my time spent looking in the shop for material.
Just had it for a couple of hours so far, but it is looking very good.
By Bill, Fort Collins, CO
Last weekend we ripped out a boxwood hedge that was 6 feet by 4 feed by 5 feet tall. My wife wanted me to rent a chipper shredder to get rid of it. We moved recently and with all of the deciduous trees on our new lot and all of the deadfall wood we get, I decided we needed to invest in a chipper shredder. I researched and decided to order the Patriot.
I unboxed and assembled my Patriot chipper/shredder yesterday. It's very easy to do if your read all of the directions. I fired it up today and got rid of every bit of that boxwood in about an hour and a half (half the time it took us to rip that sucker out). Virtually all of it had to go through the cone, though. It is very easy to use for large and small branches. I have yet to use the leaf shredder. you have to be careful feeding branches of 1/2" diameter or more. The other reviewers are correct that you must feed branches through the cone at a slower speed than the chipper wants. It will try to pull them from your hands so wear good gloves and safety glasses. If you feed the machine at a controlled rate and everything is dry, the patriot should not clog or jam.
I am a mechanical designer by trade, and the Patriot is built the way I would build one. The hopper and feed cone are heavy plastic but everything in the chip/shred area is made of thick steel and it runs on steel ball bearings rather than plastic bushings. This thing is well built and with a minimum of maintenance it will last a very long time. I've had it two days and I already know I will get my money's worth out of this purchase. Great product.
By Jerry, Clayton, NC
I love this wood chipper/shredder. It's sturdy enough and powerful enough to handle everything I threw at it. As long as I fed materials in at a reasonably steady rate and didn't try to force the materials in, it did a great job and never clogged or shut down - even with green materials. And when I re-fed the chipped materials through the shredder, it reduced the time necessary to turn the materials into compost. Some of the reviews made me hesitate to buy this shredder, but now that I've used it I can't imagine why those reviewers had problems (except the guy who had problems feeding branches through the top hopper - they go in the side cone).
By An Old Baby Boomer, TX
Our needs - We have woods on three sides of our house. Each fall we get buried in leaves, twigs and sticks. The volume has been overwhelming. We also have a number of raised garden areas and plenty of flower beds.
Our answer - We purchased a Patriot electric shredder with a 100' 20A extension cord. Great used units are also out there. Just keep looking.
Yesterday was the first time using the shredder. It did get clogged up a few times in the learning process but it took less than 5 minutes to figure out just how fast you can feed stuff into it to prevent that from happening. If you load too many leaves in at one time, they won't get sucked down through the hopper. When that happens just take a small stick and push down in the right corner of the hopper to get things flowing again. Feeding things in slowly takes a little time but working with my wife, we can keep the shredding going non-stop. Makes piles of leaves disappear in no time. The shredded materials are nice looking and perfect for flower beds and vegetable gardens.
Best parts (short list) - It's a neighbor-friendly kind of quiet and just fun to use. It takes about 2 minutes to set up and 2 minutes to put away. No gas, no oil, no carburetor. What overwhelmed us in the past is now the fertilizer of the future. As a match for our needs, it's perfect!
By Diggertoo, IN
The top hopper pinches down to a very small opening before the leaves and any TINY branches can enter the mechanism. Just look at the picture of the top black chute. Feeding down through the top quickly causes a jamb. The directions state that branches 1/2 inch diameter and less can be feed in the top chute. Don't try it, leaves alone cause a jamb and it quickly becomes useless. These are 1/2 inch or less diameter stickes with small leaves. I could not shred a cut up hedge! The chipper part only has one blade, so it is a slow and bumpy process. Poorly designed and vibrated from day one.
I was very pleased to locate what looked like a high quality shredder that was electric, and purchased this unit with high hopes.
It immediately became clear that, despite it's powerful appearance, this shredder is just awful. It clogged upon each use and I spent 30 minutes of each use just dismantling it so that I could attempt to unclog it. Finally I called the owner of the company, who admitted that this unit must be fed very slowly, with just a little bit of yard debris at a time. When I indicated that I thought a shredder at this price should be more functional, he became aggressively insulting, even going so far as making a comment that I took as an ethnic slur (I could be wrong on my interpretation of his comment, but with a company name like Patriot Products, I am a bit suspicious--- I have an ethnic sounding name, and he made a point of drawing a contrast between me and people in the "heartland" of America -- by the way, I really liked the fact that this unit was made in the States, but you would not know it from its performance.)
On first usage, the shredder clogged and stopped working. My fault for trying to shred wet leaves. Not sure how to un-clog without disassembly.
By Springfield Hokie
Don't believe all the reviews that say it only takes 20 minutes to get it up and running. Getting it out of the boxes, setting out the parts, and reading the instructions can take longer than that. You'll need a bolt cutter or other means to cut the metal strapping that secures it to the bottom. Be careful because it will snap back at you when it's cut. The instruction sheet says to have two people remove it from the styrofoam and box but I'm a 72 yr old 5'2" woman and was able to do it myself.
You'll need to supply your own philips screw driver, 7/16" and 1/2" wrench.
Having small hands made installing bolts from inside the hopper easier I'm sure than a guy trying to work inside a small opening. You are working blind trying to thread screws with the hex wrench. I tied some twine on it and looped it on my wrist just in case it slipped out of my hand when trying to turn it - if you drop a screw or the wrench you'll have to dismantle the shredder and turn the machine upside down to recover it. The lower chute is an easy attach.
The wheels make moving it to where you'll be chipping a breeze even tho it is a heavy piece of equipment.
It started with a flip of the switch and had no stall outs when chipping. I had cut down about 75 feet of hedges that were 6 or 7 feet tall and some sappling trees and have chipped about half of the pile so far with no problems. For the next 100 feet tho I'll chip them as I cut them down - the constant bending to pick them up is a killer.
I found a bottle cap that measures 2 1/4" diameter and leave it on the ground by the chipper to make a handy quick measure on the larger branches and saplings (2.5" is max).
Another product sold here on Amazon makes a perfect partner for the chipper: Black & Decker NLP1800 Alligator Lopper 18-Volt Cordless Chain Saw - another great 'woman's' tool.
Be sure to wear the safety glasses they supply and stand to the side of the chipper chute when feeding it as it does send some pieces flying back out - expecially when the wood is dry.
I also recommend wearing leather work gloves - the chipper can grab and pull a branch right through your grip.
I haven't tried the top hopper yet for the leaves and hopefully it will work as good as the chipper.
I highly recommend this product (so far anyway).
Have used mulcher for leaves so far and it works very well. Cleaned up my yard in a few hours. Have not tried chipper for wood yet, but hope it works as well. Really like not having to start a gasoline engine.
Why did I get it:
I have always had a guy come and do the fall yard cleanup. This year with the hurricane, and tropical storms, there was a lot more debris than usual. My yard guy was very busy, and so could not come for while to our house. There were a lot of branches, and battered shrubs, plus all the leaves that had been blown around. I decided I might as well get a shredder / chipper. Unfortunately, because of the size of some of the stuff I had, it could not be one of the smaller electric ones. I was loathe to get a gas powered one, because of the maintenance, need to buy and store gas, etc. It was not like I was going to use it every day. I finally stumbled upon the Patriot Electric shredder. The specifications were very close to their gas powered one, and I thought I might as well give it a try. Patriot was having a free delivery promotion, so I ordered one.
Un-boxing and assembly:
It came very well packed, with a double cardboard box, a plywood base, and Styrofoam blocks to protect all the important stuff. It was a bit difficult to get it out of the box, but can be done by one person, but I would recommend two people. The actual machine is also lashed to the plywood base with steel flat cables. These would have been difficult to cut if I did not have tin snips, but could be done with cutting pliers, I suppose. The assembly instructions are not in the user's manual, but are on a separate set of stapled sheets of paper. They are very clear and concise, but the pictures are a bit dark, and so it is difficult to figure out quite how some of the things line up. Not a big problem, because there really are not that many things to assemble. The hopper assembly is the hardest because you have to get your hand down into the narrow part of the hopper and put some bolts in. If you follow their instructions, it is not hard. It was a bit hard to understand the deflector shield assembly, but even there, if you follow the instructions it is not difficult. Altogether, about 15 to 20 minutes of assembly.
I bought the recommended 12 gauge 100 foot power cable but also bought a 50 foot one from my local store. Plugged it in and after doing a safety check, turned on the switch. I initially thought it wasn't working, because it was so quite when it started up! After it reached operating speed, you could hear the motor, but not much else. There were no vibrations. Best part was the absence of the starting ritual with gas powered ones. No gas, no oil, no pulling and tugging, and adjusting the choke, etc. Flick of a switch! Tried a few small branches in the chipper. Initially did not "suck them in" as I was hopping. Used another stick to push it in and then it went to work. Quite noisy when it is actually chipping / shredding, but once it is done, becomes relatively quite. There is no drone of the gas engine constantly in the background. Was a bit finicky with shrubs which had brush and branches on them, since I had to use a stick to constantly feed them in. Did not get any clogging. Did not use the shredder much, but seemed to work as well as the chipper. Caution, it does spit out pieces of wood and stuff both out the top of the hopper and the chipper "funnel". Don't ever stand where you can get hit. Don't look down the chute unless the machine is off and has stopped. Always wear eye protection. The bag full of chips and shredded material was quite uniform, and of a good granular quality.
Very good chipper, and handled what I needed done. The absence of the gasoline engine is a great advantage, and offsets any minor deficits of the electric machine. I would definitely recommend buying one with out hesitation. Made in USA too! PS: Order an extra bag or two when you get the machine so you don't have to stop to dump the bag to get back to shredding.
Purchased a refurbished unit from the manufacturer nearly 5 years ago and didn't need it until recently due to revised clearance foliage guidelines around the summer house in California foothills.
One point of contention is that you really need to have ear and eye protection (gloves as well) because this is a serious piece of machinery.
The unit comes with a 2 year standard warranty and a 90 commercial warranty and it's easy to see why once you get started with a large pile.
What I would do is feed the branches (up to 2") large end first into the chipper and once it got down to the leaves and smaller branches (1/2" or less) would run them through the top mount shredder.
You really have to have a dedicated power circuit and always use a 12ga powercord because it needs the room to turn over and will drag if it encounters a feed load.
Note: Because of the large task ahead (including 15' oak trees)I purchased another knife for the chipper. It was somewhat expensive due to shipping cost; however, it made a night and day difference following an easy replacement and it's possibly the only unit of its kind in which the blades can not only be replaced but resharpened several times.
Secondly, did have one caveat when the circuit breaker shut down and did not automatically reset as one would assume. My coworker configured a makeshift circuit breaker using a screw-in fuse (30 amp) which worked fine. However, a call to the manufacturer revealed that the breaker had to be reset according to their procedure and protocol. They were right and we will reinstall the circuit.
By the way, we've put about 100 hours on the unit and it has only stalled once...
By Bruce, Stockton, CA
I just spent the last four hours cleaning up after hurricane Irene, and this chipper performed better than expected. I wasn't sure how it would perform with only 1.5hp behind it. It munched away everything I could fit into it although it did slow down on branches near the maximum size, so I had to back off and let it catch up. I was chipping mostly pecan branches. As far as storage space, it's about the same as a 30 gallon trash can with an extra foot or so sticking out the side if you don't take off the chipper chute. The only modification I think I'll make is adding a hanger for the chipper buddy push stick (not included) on the side of the top chute, so I don't have to keep picking it up off the ground.
By Jason, Virginia Beach, VA
After using this shredder off an on for year now. I am not impressed with this shredder.It does have enough power and the motor is shot already.
Bought this when my little Mantis stopped working. And I am a happy camper. Chipping is great! Shredding leaves is also great! I did overload it about an hour into my first job with it but was able to clean it out and get started again..... Tip, don't put a bunch of leaves into the chipper part. I was probably overdoing it a bit. Bag is kinda a pain. If the bag is not laid out, it will stop the debris from coming out and it will get jammed inside the machine. But if you make sure the bag isn't bent or folded, it should be fine. .... am actually thinking of letting the bag off and letting it pile on the ground the next time. A good solid machine.
By Karen, Gettysburg, PA
Got this for my Dad. He doesn't like to maintain small gas engines. I didn't think that this chipper would have much power, but I was wrong, it does. I felt like I was looking at something built back in the 1960s! All of the components are very sturdy. The motor was very smooth. It was a bit loud due to the air flow, but I'm sure that it was quieter than a gasoline model. Even the plastic is thick and only used where it should be (the shroud, the cone and the wheels). The main cardboard box that it came in was double walled and there was no damage even though the main box weighed 120 lbs. There was some extra dense foam around the base.
I think that this unit needs to be kept out of the rain. There is so much steel that I think it would rust if left out for a long time. The gray paint seemed to be powder coated and baked on, so a little water won't hurt, but still I think it should be garaged. I'm sure that the electric motor would like that too.
It's somehow warmly reassuring that there are still products made in America that are built to last.
You probably never see this chipper in Home Depot or Lowes - the quality is too high. I would buy this chipper again if I had the same set of purchase criteria.
By PickyGuy, Omaha, NE
An excellent electric chipper! The best I've ever seen.
It has the same construction as gas models, cast iron and steel chipping parts.
The motor is very high quality (mine was Baldor) and the carriage is sturdy enough to hold it all (the whole unit is heavy).
All this said buyer be warned that it may not handle the same size limbs that you are used to with gas models and it requires an extra heavy extension cord on a dedicated circuit. Mine trips some circuit breakers in my house if there are any other loads on.
I love it though. No gas to buy or store, no oil to change, no plugs or filters to clean. I don't have to winterize it and I can flip the switch whenever I need it.
In addition to this there is no exhaust to choke my lungs or contribute to climate change. And since I power my house with a SunPower solar system, I guess I can say that it is solar powered!
By JaFish101, VA
I had ordered this before but the first shredder arrived damaged. Amazon arranged return as advertised at no cost. The replacement arrived yesterday and only took 20 minutes to put together (the second time). Smooth quiet power this time - made quick mulch of a large pile of leaves I had been letting lay there for the last month. The unit is solid, heavy (about 80#) and appears to be very well built. Much heavier steel than the gas units at the local big box store. Solid wheels and heavy plastic input bin. With a 10 gauge 50ft extension cord on a dedicated circuit, no flipped breakers. Is much more quiet than I expected, and no fumes. For one with 0.4 ac lot or less this will be more than adequate. And being American made gave me a little bit more pleasure using it.
By BamaDoc, AL
Two years ago, I decided that bagging and disposing of leaves was pretty silly - you pay for the bags and then the city hauls them, and come spring you buy the very mulch at the garden center that you disposed of the previous fall. So, I started on my mulching journey with an inexpensive model, the Flowtron LE-800 Leaf-Eater Electric Leaf Shredder. After two seasons of marginal performance that unit imploded so I had a choice between a small step up to a unit like the McCulloch MCS2001 14 amp Electric Chipper/Shredder or to go all out, and get the Patriot Products CSV2515. Even though the Patriot unit is at a much higher price point, you realize from the moment you un-box it, why it is...
The motor on the Patriot unit weighs probably twice the weight of a Flowtron 800, fully assembled. It's huge. The chipping/shredding assembly is solid metal with welded reinforcements as necessary. The wheels are solid rubber, will never go flat. The only plastics on the unit are part of the feeding cone for the chipper and the funnel for the leaves/twigs... Assembly was fairly straightforward and faster than the Flowtron too. And unlike the Flowtron (my only comparison at this point), Patriot uses real locknuts that are less likely to go loose.
Performance-wise, the Patriot was a huge step up as well - it eats it's way through a shredpile much more quickly than the Flowtron could. If you can loosely drop the leaf matter into the hopper from above, the suction generated by the shredder will suck it in and spit it out as mulch. The bag that patriot products encloses will hold about two 33-gallon garbage cans of loosely packed leaves/twigs before you have to empty it (Patriot Products also offers a bigger bag on their web site). The mulch produced by the Patriot unit is quite fine - it's about 1/4 the volume of the incoming packed leaves. You can also elect to skip the bag if you have a spot where you can simply blow out the mulch. Leaf matter usually gets reduced to 1/4" by 1/4" squares or less.
I had a couple of clogs in the shredder chute, usually caused by odd clumps of leaf matter being just large enough not to fit through the hole. I found the Patriot Products tool I bought for clearing these clogs to be pretty useless, however. A 2' by 1/4" thick bamboo stick is more effective - simply swish the leaf matter a little and then the suction does the rest. Since I kept an eye on the bag, I never managed to clog the actual shredding chamber itself. I also never managed to have any issues with the chipper - but the branches that fall here are typically rotten already and hence an easy meal. The 100' power-cord worked like a charm - I never had the circuit breaker trip.
Patriot Products encloses a pair of form-fitting safety glasses, a nice touch. Even though I was dinged more rarely by the CSV2515 than my Flowtron, I still recommend the use of gloves and the eye protection. I also recommend hearing protection even though the CSV2515 is quieter than a Flowtron when running empty. But once you start shredding wood chips and over debris in the shredder, the noise levels mount, though still not as high as the Flowtron. I credit the steel construction, almost closed chamber for that performance.
Another neat feature of this unit is its use of mass/momentum - because household electrical circuits in the USA are so limited in their power delivery, it makes sense to store up energy in the flywheel that makes up the rotating cutters/shredders. Every time a heavy clump came through the shredder chute, the unit would slow but then work itself back up to full speed again. The motor on this unit is fantastic. And, unlike the Flowtron, it is totally enclosed.
Another nice touch are the massive bearings this unit uses. Anytime you shred materials, heavy loads are imposed on the shaft that is driving the cutters/shredders. If the shaft does not feature multiple bearings close to the point of where the bending moment is applied to take that load, either the shaft or motor will break with time. From time to time a small stone did sneak into the leaf pile... it would cause sparks and then get spat out. I'm sure the blades/hammers will reflect that at the end f the season.
If there is one construction aspect I would change on the CSV2515, it would be the location of the back wheels. They are not far enough back to protect the motor when one is going up or down stairs. Thus, to avoid scratching the motor one has to lift the unit up/down stairs (a 2-person job, unless you're Hulk Hogan). But on most grounds, the simple tripod stand that makes up the CSV2515 is more than adequate to maintain a solid stance. Additionally, it would be nice if the mulch was a bit finer to allow it to 'soak' more quickly into the ground.
All in all, a fantastic product. It's way more effective at shredding leaves, twigs, etc. than my Flowtron ever was. I may have to sharpen the blades once a season but the much higher productivity of the unit makes it all worthwhile. You will go through multiples of what other electric shredders offer and if you value your time, this is reason enough to switch to the Patriot CSV2515.
The Patriot CSV-2515 1.5 HP Electric Wood Chipper is one of the best-designed, best-built pieces of equipment that I have used. I have owned two of these (the 1st left with my ex-wife on a 1 acre property; the 2nd I presently use). The shredder is received in two boxes and needs to be assembled, which is relatively straight forward. Preferably the machine should be used with a heavy duty extension cord (12 amp rated) and plugged into a circuit protected by a 20 amp breaker.
Although it's not as powerful as a gas model and there are limits to what it can handle, with reasonable care, it can be a solid performer.
When attaching the bag catching the chips (before turning on the unit), straighten it out so as to not create a kink in the bag thus clogging the outlet and possibly causing the circuit breaker to trip off.
To use the chipper effectively, one must learn what the machine can handle. Continuous amounts of green debris in the open top shredder can indeed clog up the machine and cause shut down. The shredder part is the easiest to clog and is limited to small dry twigs and dry leaves fed slowly. However, one can feed most of the green material into the cone shaped chipper opening.
If you are patient and feed at the correct rate you should not have any problems with clogs.
Cleaning clogs is not easy and it can be very difficult to remove all of the debris collected around the blade. Some users have used water hoses and blower or even turning the heavy machine upside down. After learning to go at the correct rate & using the chipper opening, I have never had a subsequent clog.
I would recommend either purchasing the tool that allows you to push material in the chipper toward the blades (do not attempt to do this with one's hand) or as I did, purchase a 2 ft length of 1 ¾" PVC pipe and a "T" connector as a handle. If one accidently pushes too far, the blades will chip the PVC pipe and not your hand.
Finally, I agree that buying a cheaper chipper/shredder would be a mistake.
This is about as good as an 110 volt electric unit can get, really chips branches to ground cover size without stalling, just make sure you feed it at a reasonable rate. One tip, it can build up a potential clog when feeding really green/wet stuff, like trimmings or leaves, so I let that stuff dry a couple of days and then it has no problem.
I bought the Patriot chipper having had several cheap and under-powered "toy" electric chippers that would jam and require constant clearing. Not so the Patriot CSV-2515. First, it's great to have something made in the USA and, second, it's great to have a machine that really does the job. It's solidly made and, as long as you use a heavy duty extension cord (12 amp rated) and plug it into a circuit protected by a twenty amp breaker, it will handle everything you can reasonably throw at it. (Technical note: even though the normal load current is probably less than 12 Amps, the heavy chipper rotor takes a few seconds to accelerate. During the acceleration time and whenever the chipper "goes into combat" with a heavy branch the motor current is high enough to cause nusiance tripping of a 15 Amp breaker.)
There are limits of course. It's not as powerful as a gas model but, recognizing the convenience of an electric chipper and using some sense of what it can reasonably handle, I've found it to be a solid performer with a "voracious appetite".
By John, Yardley, PA
The shredder needs to be assembled, which is relatively easy.
Only one spot can be tricky because of limited space, big hand may not fit between the parts to insert the screws.
All else is simple.
When running the unit be careful not to create a kink in the bag catching the chips, this will create a back log, clogging the outlet and the fuse will fly out.
If it happens, the in-fill chute must be removed and the sawdust and chips removed using a piece of wire.
By Karl, Ithaca NY
I order this item to my forwarder service in Miami, from there it was sent to me in Guatemala. Only one of two boxes arrived, so the apparatus was useless. After calling Amazon and explaining the situation a complete set of two boxes were sent and arrived, I am using the equipment and satisfied with it and the excellent response of Amazon!! Thank you,
By Raphael, Charlottesville, VA
I was looking for a shredder to mulch my small limbs and leaves in my backyard. This shredder is powerful and works very well.
By Charles, Concord, CA
I wanted to try an electric motor since they're so much easier to maintain than a gas motor, and I was fully aware the electric motor would produce far less torque. But even going into this purchase with that understanding, I've been terribly disappointed. It cannot handle any amount of green debris, clogs up, and shuts down within a few minutes. It doesn't seem to matter how slowly I feed it, or even if I alternate green with brown yard debris. It cannot handle more than a couple cubic feet (loosely packed) of green debris before it clogs up.
Cleaning out the clog is not easy either. At first I couldn't get the cover off, contacted the manufacturer, and they sent me a tool to remove the cover. Apparently the newer models are different from the directions and this tool is needed, yet they don't supply it with the sale. The manufacturer suggested they would send this tool to me for a fee, and I let them know how ridiculous it is that I pay EVEN MORE when this tool should have been included. The tool arrived and now I'm able to remove the cover and clean out the unit, but this doesn't solve the problem of how easily it clogs.
I can't imagine what good a shredder is to anyone who can only do small branches. If you can't run green yard debris through it at all, no matter how careful you are, what good is it to anyone?
Now I have to decide how to get rid of it. I can't in good conscience sell it on Craigslist. I'm stuck.
By Kathleen, CA
The Patriot CSV-2515 1.5 HP Electric Wood Chipper functioned reasonably well, but it doesn't take much to blow a 20 amp circuit breaker. I did so using both of the input options. I also had the machine clog up on me and found it very difficult to remove all of the debris that had collected around the blade. I was almost ready to tear the entire machine apart but decided to attempt to wash the debris out of the machine with the hose. Surprisingly this worked, so I did not need to dismantle the entire chipper. I will try in the future to chip some green with some brown in an attempt to prevent the buildup of material around the blades. I would also recommend purchasing the tool that allows you to push material in the hopper toward the blades because one should really not attempt to do this with one's hands.
Last Sunday, my wife turned on our old shredder (McCulloch MCS2001) and got to work on our 4' x 4' x 4' stack of leaves from last fall while I put together our new Electric Chipper/Shredder from Patriot. A surprisingly short time later (it took less time than I thought it would, and I was deliberately going slowly), I wheeled it out to set it up next to my wife. I plugged it in and turned it on.
Now, my wife and I were sure it would take us many weeks to get through this stack of (mostly wet) leaves. A short time later, I was done. With the whole thing. And it didn't jam once. I was shredding them faster than my wife could pitch them to me. This gave us time to clear the needed space where the leaves were to plant the roses. That made my wife very happy. When my wife is happy, I am happy. Thank you, Patriot, for providing such an excellent product that I now cannot wait to get out there and use some more. Kudos to your crew!
By Thomas, West Harrison, NY
This is one of the best-designed, best-built and solid pieces of equipment I own. I was not sure I wanted to pay the $900 for it. Now that I see the quality of this machine, I am certain that buying a cheaper one would have been a big big mistake.
Every part of the machine is very solidly built from the best material for the job, and the sturdiness and thickness of the parts surprised me. There is no thin gauge metal or cheap plastic here. Also, someone must have spent a long time researching and designing the packaging--there is not much chance this could get damaged on the way to you. It is worth saving the box, it is made so well. Also, I did not realize this thing has an onboard vacuum for leaves and such--very handy.
The instruction manuals (both assembly and operation) are short and tell you everything very clearly. IMO, they are a work of art as instruction manuals go. I am surprised they were able to make them so concise and also get so much useful info in there. The simplicity, layout and clarity of the instructions saved me a lot of time. It was a joy to open the box and put the thing together.
This is a piece of equipment that is designed to last a lifetime and pass on to the kids--as long as you keep it clean, sharpen the blades, exert minimal effort to maintain it. And I like the fact that this is an American company that I will be able to get replacement parts from, although I am unlikely to need them. I am very happy with my purchase.
Now I will be able to make my own mulch instead of wasting trips to Home Depot, and will be able to use the prunings from my lot instead of wasting them and needing to take them to the dump. Because I garden a lot, I am convinced this tool will actually save me money, and save a lot of time in the long run--while improving the quality of my garden and orchard.
Update after a week of use: The chipper is amazing. I have only stalled it once when I put in a bunch of dry hardwood (firewood) twigs that were too small to feed properly. It is actually easier to feed large branches than small ones. when clogged, it was not necessary to turn it upside down or wash with hose. Instead I just turned it off and used my leaf blower in the feed cone--that blew the clog out the chip exit. Once, I accidentally put a rock in the shredder (Granite, about 1". It was in a bag of leaves from a neighbor). It made a lot of noise but otherwise did not seem to hurt the machine. Obviously, trying to shred rocks is a bad idea, but no harm this time. Good buy...this one.
Update - 4 years later June 2014:
Still happy with the purchase. It's still working great and in great shape but I think the blades might need sharpened. My neighbor (who also uses it) reports that it was clogging for him. I got out the instructions and will sharpen. I think the problem, though, may have been that old dead wood was fed in. I have had it clog on very hard thick old wood. Green wood shreds great. Electric shredders are not powerful enough for thick old dead wood that is very hard. I find that electric shredders also do not work great on stuff like straw--where many stalks are fed in at once--these can clog it. I think this is the best electric shredder, but I think that shredders generally are prone to clogging and it requires some experience and careful feeding during operation to avoid this. Electric shredders do not have as much power as larger gas ones--being limited by amperage available at the outlet. So these are not strong enough to deal with too much or too thick old dry wood fed in at once. I have used this a lot and have not yet sharpened the blades--that, I am sure, is also part of the reason it jammed for my neighbor.
By Frank, Castle Rock, CO
First off, it is not a gasoline engine so it is not going to have the same power due to the limits of amperage typical households can supply. However, even with these power limits I was very impressed with the power this electric chipper has. I was able to chip wood up to 2 inches in diameter with no problem except that the chipper pulls the wood into the machine faster than the machine can handle. So when chipping thick branches it is important to grasp them firmly and pull back when the chipper starts to pull them in too quickly. Be prepared, it pulls hard! If you are patient and feed at the correct rate you should not have any problems with clogs.
If the unit does clog the engine pulls too much power and your breaker will trip, which did happen to me a few times before I learned what the machine could handle. This chipper needs its own 20 amp dedicated circuit or it will trip the breaker when it starts. I live in an older house with older wiring that is mostly 15 amp, which could not handle the current. Luckily, the circuit my refrige is on is a 20 amp circuit that is close enough to a door so the extension cord can reach, but now I have to unplug the refrige when I want to run the chipper. (i'll fix this inconvenience by running a new 20 amp circuit to an exterior plug) So you should plan to put in a dedicated 20 amp circuit if you don't have one before you purchase this.
This chipper is very solidly built. If it does clog the plastic leaf bin is sturdy enough so that the entire unit can be upended to clear the chips, but it is heavy so be careful flipping it. The chipper cone isn't too hard to take off either in case wood gets stuck there. Since it is electric you just flip a switch to turn on and off, which is much more convenient than a gas engine. It is also much quieter than a gasoline engine, but you still should wear hearing protection when using it (no complaints from the neighbors so far).
The wood chips it produces are very fine, but the shredder doesn't work that well on green stuff. In fact, the shredder part is the easiest to clog. I tried a palm frond in the shredder opening and it clogged the machine. So now I just have to pull the fronds apart and put them through the chipper. It seems the shredder isn't much good for anything but dry twigs and leaves. But that is no biggie as it is not hard to feed most stuff into the chipper.
I bought this unit when I read the poor reviews for the cheaper electric chippers (free shipping if you order direct from their site). You get what you pay for. Patriot sells a quality machine that you can buy replacement parts for and that can be serviced. The other cheapo chippers don't even sell replacement blades! What do you do when your blade wears out? Don't buy a foreign-made piece of crap that you'll just end up throwing out. No regrets with my purchase.
By Ryan, Gainesville, FL
If you have a huge job and little time, stick with an 8 hp gas machine or better. After two trips to ACE with my old gas one and it still wouldn't start I bought this one. Took 20 minutes to assemble, If I had to do it again 7. (easy). To use it, plug it in, turn it on. With the top safety shield in place you can't get stuff down very fast.. remove guard but use provided goggles. It turns dry leaves to powder mulch, use a stick to poke stuff down. If stuff is wet or green it will plug up and not turn. Unplug it (duh), turn it on its side and hose it out.... a few minutes and your good. You can't get better mulch... but slow. I will keep my old one and then run the stuff through it (if it starts) and then through the electric one for top dressed mulch... better than commercial mulch.
By Gary, Grand Island, NE
Our garden generates a lot of limbs, twigs and green growth every week. This unit is good for tidy up but the feed rate on green leaves must be slow or it clogs. The only solution is a time-consuming disassembly and reassembly. Mixing the green leaves with dry leaves or twigs helps 60:40 ratio.
It has handled iron-wood (Australian Pine) without a problem (including the needles on the twigs). As long as you don't rush it, this machine is quite efficient and makes good mulch for the compost bin or direct spreading.
We had to get an electrician to put in a stronger breaker to run the machine, otherwise it kept stopping.
By Jenny, Sint Maarten, Caribbean
Product Far Exceeded my expectations. It handles the jobs I need without the worry of gas and oil. I've been using it for years and it takes care of leaves, twigs and the sort with ease. Patriot is a great company and they will bend over backwards to help you out.
Don't count on this machine to save you any work, it is way underpowered, the feed chute is too small and is prone to clog.
I tried it twice after reading the manual cover to cover and tried to follow the instructions to the letter. I literally spent more time clearing jams and disassembling the unit then I did shredding.
I learned that to shred pine needles, plan on about 30 minutes to shred one garbage can of needles, the feed rate is so slow I gave up.
This unit is fine for the organic homeowner who may shred some orange peels and leaves for the compost pile, but not for any serious work. I expected so much more for $729.00.
By John, Glendale, AZ
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