Help Woodchippers

PrairieMoon

Veteran Member
I have an overabundance of sticks, branches and logs. I usually burn a lot of them, but it's too dry, so I'm looking at purchasing a woodchipper.

Anyone have experience with them? Do the cheap ones work well enough for occasional use? Thanks!
 

kyrsyan

Veteran Member
I've only heard bad things until you get into the gas powered ones that run $700 and up. I just started adding them to my compost pile. When I pile grass from mowing on top it helps compress it, and break it down faster.
 

Tonic

Contributing Member
I found the Hügelkultur method of gardening is a better use for wood like that. Had a homeowner model wood chipper and was way more trouble than it was worth and something else to store. It was impossible to get to the blades to maintain or sharpen.
 

thorr

Senior Member
I just purchased a string leaf mulcher and it is great for mulching leaves.
Good reviews and a 150.00 bucks.
Does small twigs and bark, I did hack it so it would handle. 095 line..
 

Blue 5

Veteran Member
I bought one from Rural King last year. It ran about $700. Our property is almost 5 acres, mostly wooded. It makes quick work of sticks and small saplings, but it's as noisy as you would imagine so I don't run it excessively. I must say that it's not of much use for leaves...it gets clogged if they're the least bit damp. It does take up about a 2ft by 4ft space in our detached garage, but I don't have much out there these days.
 

Marie

Veteran Member
I have an overabundance of sticks, branches and logs. I usually burn a lot of them, but it's too dry, so I'm looking at purchasing a woodchipper.

Anyone have experience with them? Do the cheap ones work well enough for occasional use? Thanks!
We have a gas powered one. Try craigslist or facespy. We got ours for $300 works great. Don't use it very often because like you we burn most of them.
 

PrairieMoon

Veteran Member
I found the Hügelkultur method of gardening is a better use for wood like that. Had a homeowner model wood chipper and was way more trouble than it was worth and something else to store. It was impossible to get to the blades to maintain or sharpen.

I just looked that up a couple hours ago...saw the term on another forum. Might try it! Thanks! (and cheaper!)
 
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