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|Yard clean up in the spring and fall means
raking up the leaves, but it also involves
getting rid of all the twigs and branches
that have been blown from the trees by winds
and ice storms. Small leaf shedders do not
have the power to handle more than limited
amounts of leaves, and they canít deal with
the branches at all. If you are looking for
a machine that can turn yard debris into
valuable compost or mulch, you need a wood
chipper that also shreds the leaves.
If you are thinking of purchasing
chipper, consider the following:
Chippers can be dangerous machines. Always
wear safety goggles and ear protectors when
operating a chipper. Read the operating directions
carefully and follow common sense safety
- Wood chippers with engines smaller than 10
horsepower will not be able to satisfactorily
grind twigs and branches raked up with the
leaves. In most cases, you will need a chipper
that can handle branches up to 3 inches in
diameter if you want to clean up your yard
with any efficiency.
- Look for models with durable steel blades
Twin feed capacity makes the
- Wood chippers that include a large collection
bag will make moving shredded leaves more
- A one gallon capacity gas tank results in
fewer stops for refueling.
- More expensive chippers will have pneumatic
rather than plastic wheels.
- Consider the size of the chipper. Narrow
models will be easier to store in your garage
or storage shed.