Choosing The Best Wood Chipper

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Choosing The Best Wood Chipper

25 August 2015
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If you are looking for a chipper that is powerful and portable, then you should look at a shredder. Common yard debris such as twigs and branches can be really annoying, especially during the windy seasons in your home area. While some prefer the electrical models, there is also a lot to be said for the models that rely on gasoline power instead. There are numerous benefits and disadvantages of either approach, so be sure to know which is the best wood chipper for you by keeping in mind the following advice.

Small Yard

If you have a small yard, then electrical may be the right way to go. That's because the outlet won't need as many extensions and you can have piece of mind that you aren't wasting expensive gasoline.

Large Area / Yard

When it comes to farms or other large residences, you will probably find a gasoline-powered chipper to be more effective. The benefit of not having anything attached to you or your machine will allow you to move swiftly and accurately through the desired area.


Gas powered chippers (shredders) use Hp - or horsepower - as a metric for their rating. The cylinder capacity is measured in cubic centimeters (cc). The engine moves the actual blades that do the shredding. The larger the amount of horsepower, the more powerful the machine will be. It is not uncommon to find many options within the range of 4 to 10 hp. In terms of cc, you won't have a hard time finding a lot of machines in the 120 to 320cc range.

One thing to keep in mind is that the heavier the machine that you are using, the more difficult it will be to move it around and perform the task at hand.

Electrical engines are much less powerful than gasoline engines. They often rely solely on the voltage that streams from the connection you have at the source. Because of this, it is also recommended that you take safety precautions when dealing with these types of shredders.

Branch Diameter

Another thing to take in consideration is that the capacity of the machine to cut certain sized branches will have a large impact on your work. If you need a larger branch diameter, both electrical and gas powered machines can do the job, but you will need to do your research to make sure the arm will remain steady throughout.

Taking these facts into consideration will allow you to make the best choice. Shredding is very effective, but can be dangerous. Stay safe and work swiftly by analyzing your particular needs between electrical and gas options.