Re: mtd chipper shredder
I bought an "unknown" brand chipper without a motor at a yard sale years ago--I put a 5 hp Tecumseh I had on it and tried chipping stuff--it didn't impress me at all,and I was glad I only spent 20 bucks on it!..
It wont chip anything much bigger than 1-1/2" thick,and the peices often fly back at you out of the chute,so safety goggles are a must!--plus,it didn't "chip" the branches,it looked more like they were only chopped into 3" long peices,and "peeled" like someone scraped them with a carrot peeler!..it didn't work well at all on green wood,especially fresh cut pine braches,which was the main reason I bought the darn thing for!..It's a ruggedly built thing,but doesn't work for beans,in my opinion..it was a chore pushing each branch in one at a time with a "pusher" stick...it clogged up easily when you chipped green wood..
I tried borrowing another electric "chipper shredder" from a friend to finish the job,but his made "chips" that looked like cookies or potato chips..I'd hoped to get eough chips to landscape in front of my house ,but after chipping a pile of branches as big as my pickup truck,I got about three 5 gallon pails of "chips"...took me a whole afternoon!..
I think the chipper is going out in the next yard sale I have,sans engine!..I'd rather just push all the brush in a pile and toss a match on it,it's much easier and faster!..less noisy too,and no costly gas needed,unless you pour it on the pile to help get it fired up!..the only chipper I've used that worked well and was worth the effort was on a 3 point hitch style one I used on a friends tractor...I no longer want mulch,I've seen too many mulch fires around here lately..