DR Wood Chipper Shredder

DR Wood Chipper Shredder

PRO 400

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DR Wood Chipper Shredder

PRO 400

SKU: C115PN

We gave the PRO 400 Chipper Shredder 20% more power than our entry model, and we offer a pin-hitch kit option for towing it around your property. It will devour 4" branches with ease, and shred 3/4" thick yard waste.

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Product Badge: SS 321 Thumb DR Wood Chipper Shredder

PREMIER 300

Product Review Stars: 4.50 star rating(88 reviews)

Lowest Prices Ever on a DR Chipper!

  • Chip branches up to 3" in diameter
  • Shred yard and garden waste up to .5" thick
  • Shredding reduction: 10:1 (8 hammers)
  • 6.5 HP (9.5 ft-lbs gross torque*) Briggs & Stratton OHV engine

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PRO 400

Product Review Stars: 4.62 star rating(92 reviews)

More Capacity, More Power!

  • Chip branches up to 4" in diameter
  • Shred yard and garden waste up to .75" thick
  • Shredding reduction: 12:1 (12 hammers)
  • 7.0 HP (11.5 ft-lbs gross torque*); Electric Start available

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PREMIER 375

Product Review Stars: 4.65 star rating(96 reviews)

Self-Feeding with High Discharge!

  • Chip branches up to 3.75" in diameter
  • High discharge for easy collection of chips
  • Towable with lawn tractor or ATV
  • 7.0 HP (11.5 ft-lbs gross torque*) Briggs & Stratton OHV engine

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Product Badge: SS 321 Thumb DR Wood Chipper/Shredder

14.50 Tow, Manual-Start

Product Review Stars: 4.71 star rating(41 reviews)

More power!

  • Towable around your property
  • 3.5" chipping capacity
  • ⅜" shredding capacity
  • 24 free-swinging shredding hammers

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PRO 475

Product Review Stars: 4.66 star rating(101 reviews)

Nearly 5" Diameter Capacity!

  • Chip branches up to 4.75" in diameter
  • High discharge with extended chute option
  • 11.5 HP (16.5 ft-lbs gross torque*) Briggs & Stratton OHV engine
  • Manual- and Electric Start options

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PRO XL575

Product Review Stars: 4.75 star rating(67 reviews)

Our Fastest, Most Powerful Chipper

  • Chip branches up to 5.75" in diameter
  • High discharge with extended chute option
  • 13.5 HP (21.0 ft-lbs gross torque*) Briggs & Stratton OHV engine
  • Turn-key electric start

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Product Badge: SS 321 Thumb DR Wood Chipper Shredder

PRO XL500

Product Review Stars: 4.50 star rating(12 reviews)

Our Most Powerful Chipper with Shredder!

  • Chip branches up to 5" in diameter
  • Shred yard and garden waste up to 1.5" thick
  • Shredding reduction: 20:1 (48 hammers)
  • 13.5 HP (21.0 ft-lbs gross torque*) Briggs & Stratton OHV engine

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Product Badge: SS 321 Thumb DR PTO Wood Chipper

PRO 475P

Product Review Stars: 4.64 star rating(73 reviews)

Get More Out of your Tractor!

  • Chip branches up to 4.75" in diameter
  • For Category 1 tractors
  • PTO Shaft included
  • High discharge with extended chute option

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Overview

DR Power PRO 400 Chipper Shredder   (1:26)


Product Summary:

  • 4" Chipping Capacity
  • 3/4" Shredding Capacity
  • 12 Free-Swinging Shredder Hammers
  • Built-in handles for easy maneuvering
  • Briggs & Stratton OHV Engine; 7.0 HP (11.5 ft-lbs gross torque*)
  • Manual- or Electric-Starting
  • 13.8" x 8.3" Chipper Hopper Opening
  • 19" x 13.2" Shredder Hopper Opening
  • Hardened Steel PRO-SPEC™ Chipper Knife
  • Wheels: 9" x3.5-4"
  • Weight: 185 lbs.

Warranty Coverage

  • Engine: 2 years residential; 90 day commercial
  • Machine: 2 years residential; 90 days commercial

20% More Power

The PRO 400 Chipper Shredder represents a 20% boost in power from our entry model (the PREMIER 300). That means it can handle branches up to 4” in diameter, and can shred bigger yard and garden waste too...up to ¾” in diameter. Plus, with double the number of shredding hammers, this model shreds material more finely—to 1/12 its original volume.


Chipper shredder chips branches and shreds brush

Chipper shredder chips branches and shreds brush

Maneuverable and Towable!

The PRO 400 model is easy to maneuver by hand, thanks to the cut-out hand grips on the shredder chute. We also offer an optional pin-hitch kit that allows you to tow it around your property using your riding mower or ATV.

Features
Hopper

Oversized Hoppers

The shredder hopper opening is 19” x 13.2”, for easily dropping in leaves and prunings by the armload. The chipper hopper will accept branches up to 4” in diameter.

16 Hammers

12 Free Swinging Hammers

Shredding is accomplished by 12 free swinging “hammers” that mash and pulverize materials into a fine organic mulch that’s great for recycling into your landscape—either by tilling into your garden or feeding your compost pile.

Towing

Off-Road Towing

Add the optional pin hitch and you can easily tow the PRO 400 Chipper with Shredder around your property using your ATV or lawn tractor.

Engine

Briggs and Stratton OHV Engine

The legendary power, performance and durability of Briggs & Stratton® engines make them the only ones we use on our DR Chippers. The PRO 400 Chipper Shredder uses a durable 7.0 HP (11.5 ft-lbs gross torque*) Overhead Valve, easy-starting engine. It features a debris management system that protects the engine from whatever you kick up while you’re chipping and shredding.

Chipper Knife

Pro-Spec™ Chipper Knife

Made of high-carbon/high-chromium forged alloy tool steel, our knives hold an edge longer than those on "bargain" chippers.. Still, as with any cutting tool, keeping a sharp edge is important for maintaining peak performance. We recommend keeping an extra on hand so you can minimize downtime.

Specs

Chipping

Chipping Capacity 4 inches
Chipper Knife Size 4.75 in x 1.25 in x 0.28 in
Chipper Knife Material D2 Tool Steel
Hopper Opening Size 13.8 in x 8.3 in
Chipper Knife Speed 118 MPH
Chipper Flywheel 13.2 in x 8.3 in

Dimensions

Length 34.5
Width 28.8
Height 46
Shipping Dimensions 45.5 in x 38.3 in x 43 in

Engine

Make Briggs & Stratton
Model 1150 Series
Ft Lbs Torque *11.5 ft-lbs gross torque (per SAE J1940)
Horsepower 7.0 HP
Displacement 250 cc
Engine Type OHV
Number Of Cylinders 1
Air Filter Dual-Element
Pre Cleaner Yes
Oil Capacity 20 oz
Oil Filter No
Lubrication Splash
Oil Type SAE 30W HD
RPM Speeds 3500
Cooling Methods Air

Fuel System

Fuel Capacity 3.2 Qrts

General

CARB Certified Yes
Assembly Yes, attach chute

Material

Frame 11 gauge steel
Basic Machine Housing Material 10 gauge steel
Hopper Material 14 gauge steel
Grease Fittings Yes, bearings

Shredding

Shredding Capacity 3/4 inch
Shredder Hopper Opening 19.0 in x 13.2 in
Number Of Hammers 12
Shredder Chamber Hits / Minute 36,048
Hammer Features Multi-use J-Hammers
Standard Screen Yes, 1 in Hole discharge
Safety Blowback Shield Yes

Warranty

Machine Warranty 2 yrs Residential Use 90 Days Commercial use
Engine Warranty 2 yrs Residential Use 90 Days Commercial use

Wheels Tires

Number of Tires 2
Tire Size 9 x 3.5-4
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Great Chipper / Poor Shredder
Posted by: Eric J. from Austin, TX on 02/08/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I have more than 40 hours on this beast and overall I would give it 5 stars for the chipper, but the shredder just doesn't seem to work for me. The unit is meeting my needs, as most of what I'm doing is chipping, but if you have mostly leaves and smaller stuff this may not be for you. The unit came on time and I had no issues with the packaging or depot pick-up. No shipping damage - unit was perfect. Assembly is very simple. I would agree the oil dipstick is hard to read - too dark. My unit started on the second pull. My tips and advice: 1. If I were doing it again, I'd pay the little extra money for the electronic start. I can get it to start on the first or second try every time now, but it is a heavy pull. 2. Turn the gas shut-off valve to the off position any time you are moving it around. 3. When you shut the unit down, don't just idle it down or choke it off...turn the gas shut-off valve to the off position and let it run itself out of gas...this will keep the carb clean and will help you start it the next time. 4. I've been feeding 3-4 live oak and cedar/junipers and haven't choked the machine yet. 5. If the engine feels like it is locked up and you can't pull the starter cord, it is most likely because you have clogged the machine - it may only be a small stick in the wrong place, but it will keep it from turning over. Clean it out simple process - 2 bolts and the motor will turn over and start right away. 6. Remember if you are running any engine on a sloped surface, the engine needs to be level to keep the proper oil levels. 7. If you are debating between the 9.5 and 11.5 engines, get the bigger one. Overall I'm very pleased with this purchase and would recommend it to others.
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overall very pleased
Posted by: Chris C. from Arlington, WA on 02/06/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
so this arrived in a timely manner. looked brand new to me. RTFM'd everything like a good boy. oild it up, fired it up no issues at all. chipped a few things just to run it thru, idled it down and shut it off. next day tried to pull start it and broke the pull handle off. could not get the crank to budge regardless. reading the manual it talks about a vapor lock basically. so I took the spark plug out, removed the crank cover, rethreaded the pull cord and worked on it until I could get it to turn. once I got that sorted put the spark plug back in not easy with large sausage fingers btw for the rubber boot and three pulls later she fired up. I have run this for probably 8 hours over the course of 2 days. this thing runs like a champ with a few caveats. I don't like the handle hold drag holes. I am probably going to mount some handle bars up the grinder chute at some point. this made easy work of multiple fir and spruce trees and aspen and cotton woods. chips come out even from the knife and junk comes out from the hammers side as well. IMO, don't use the hammers on pine/fir/spruce boughs. while it pulls them right in it did completely jam up on my that way. when taking out the deflector shield to get out the jam, wear gloves as I didn't to get my fingers thru the holes easier and paid for it. once it was cleaned out and I put everything thru the knife chute I had no issues what so ever. so for me, all wood goes thru the knife, blackberries and some of that stuff can go thru the top hopper. so far very happy with it. I will run it more after we get rid of this snow and will adjust if anything major happens that is not operator error.
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Toughest chopper for homeowners.
Posted by: John S. from Rutherfordton, NC on 02/02/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Had problem upon receipt, and was taken care of right away. This thing is powerful. When they say it chips 3 limbs they didn't exaggerate. Worked for 6 hours today and ran like a champ.
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DR Wood chipper 11.5 Manual start
Posted by: Ruben Alvarez from Manteca, CA on 01/29/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Works very good. large pieces of wood need to be fed slowly so it does not bog down, feeding small branches from the top is a bit tricky, if you are not careful and it is long, the shredder will pull it from your hand. Other than that it works great. I am pleased with it.
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Not bad for the price
Posted by: Matt H. from Warrior, AL on 01/24/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Good unit, but you have to learn how to feed it without choking the motor out. The issue is getting parts if something goes wrong. I'm 12 days and counting waiting on parts and they haven't shipped out from DR Power yet. If you may need to get it back up and running quickly this isn't the unit for you.
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Good Reasons to Purchase
Posted by: Pocahontas from Pocahontas, IL on 01/23/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
This is an entry level chipper/shredder and does the job it was designed to do. It came fully assembled We bought the hitch separately which is VERY handy and was easy to start. It tore through straight branches and spit out nice shreds/chips with ease. It's limits are as stated in the description. The top shoot will kill the motor if you try to feed any larger than 3/4 through it. I believe the bottom one takes up to 3 although we didn't try anything that large. This is a good piece of equipment to have in a backyard with lots of trees and no burning allowed laws. As a bonus you get free mulch for your efforts!
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11.5 Manual Start Chipper
Posted by: Joe R. from Clover, SC on 01/17/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Works great. A bit tuff to start using pull cord, but once it is running it does the job.. Easy to move around as well
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Nicely made and great support from DR
Posted by: Jeff P. from Highland Lakes, NJ on 01/04/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
The 11.5 wood chipper and shredder is well made and works as advertised. I had some issues with it initially because I added too much oil and it would no longer start with the pull cord or the electric starter. I’m not an engine expert, so I called DR for support. They were easy to reach, extremely helpful and clearly explained what the problem was and the process for correcting it. All good now. I wish all companies were as customer oriented as DR Equipment.
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Should of got the electric start.
Posted by: Jeffrey B. from Vicksburg, MI on 01/01/2019
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I have only used it one time and I was quite impressed how it chipped and shredded. However, I'm regretting not getting the electric starter. It started on the 3rd pull the first time which wasn't bad, but after using it for about an hour I shut it down and then could not for the life of me get it running again. I eventually did get it started, but holy hell it wore me out pulling on that thing.
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Worth the investment
Posted by: David M. from Darlington, MD on 12/29/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Browsing online at all the other brands and what they offered with this price range, DR power has the better design and features, as well as the reliability we were looking for. The chipper came and upon first test we were extremely pleased with our choice. Further use it has had no issue taking both fresh cuts and dry wood. We know people with DR products that have been working for years. We have no reservations recommending these products to others.
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Amazing
Posted by: Jacquelyn B. from new bern, NC on 12/26/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Works like a charm. Eats everything I put down the shute . Easy to use.
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Best wood chipper
Posted by: YONGNAM K. from Duluth, GA on 12/22/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
This machine is much better than what I expect
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Great chipper
Posted by: John S. from Stockton, CA on 12/19/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I owned a Troy Built, similar pore but everything had to be forced in the chute and with almost 100 rose bushes , even double gloves didn’t help, this chipper just shreds everything I feed into it . I had some limbs the troybuilt could not handle and my new DR reduced them to fine mulch in seconds with no effort. The only reason I would not give this a 5 star is whe Shredder , with its protective flaps is today th to put leaves into compared to my TroyBuilt and it is tough to amnuever with no handle to speak of. I am keeping the Troy built just for leaves
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Gets the job done
Posted by: John M. from Fox Island, WA on 12/18/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Did allot of research before buying a chipper.Lots out there with slightly different configurations. I chose this one for its ability to chip up to 4 diameter wood and the price point. Unit came with packaging completely destroyed. I was ready to reject but looked it over and there was no damage. Checked all fasteners and connections and found them good. Put in oil and gas and it started on the second pull. Like any machine, it takes a bit to get used to the best way to feed debris. It does not like brambles, like vines. Unless you hang on to them and feed slowly through the hopper, it will clog and stall. That is the only thing I don't like about the machine. Running up to 2.5 pine and spruce through is fast and very little bog down. When you get to the 3 - 4 range, you have to feed a bit at a time but it still is fast. I might suggest some how to videos to go with the sales videos. Machine is well built and I expect years of high usage from it.
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Chipper great but shredder not as great.
Posted by: Dennis C. from Williamsburg, VA on 12/18/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Plugged shredder grinding holly branches. Difficult to clear or would have given 5 stars. Chipper performed as promised.
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Best chipper yet
Posted by: james h. from gresham, OR on 12/08/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I have owned another brand of chipper but this chipper is the best. the 4in opening makes feeding it much easier than the 3in on the old one. the engine is the same on each but the DR is just more efficient at chipping. I should have opted for electric start. next time.
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Excellent Chipper!
Posted by: Joel F. from Soddy Daisy, TN on 12/02/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I chose this chipper to get more power and performance over the entry level model. I have not been disappointed. The quality of DR is superior over the competition. I chose to add the pin hitch due to my property having many hills so I could pull it behind my lawn tractor. It’s worth the extra cost. It’s a little tough to pull start this machine. It starts and runs flawlessly but might suggest the electric start if you can’t pull hard to get this one started manually. DR has mastered the Chipper/Shredder market with the performance of their machines. Everything else pales in comparison. I’m glad I didn’t waste my money on the competition. This machine is worth every penny! Very, very happy with my purchase!
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What a machin!!!!
Posted by: Pete A from SWANSBORO, NC on 11/30/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Outstanding power, truly reduces volume or material. normally 3 big paper bags Lowes sized into 1 1/2 5 gallon bucket of rose bushes and no sticking with thorns.
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Does as It says
Posted by: Kevin K. from Stockton, CA on 11/26/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Only used once so far. Works great. Had one issue with clogging of the shredder but there is a learning curve to how much it will accept in the shredder at once
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Wally
Posted by: Scott M. from Spokane, WA on 11/24/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
So far has done everything I needed it to do very happy
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DR Chipper schreder.
Posted by: James R. from Tucson, AZ on 11/22/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Great machine. It replaced a Troybuilt and this machine chipped everything quicker and finer. I love it.
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Very impressed
Posted by: Ron P. from HASTINGS, NE on 10/27/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
The unit appears to be well built. A little luggy to pull start, but does start on the first or second pull. Plenty of power, handles branches with ease.
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Great machine
Posted by: Kevin C. from Waco, TX on 10/26/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Really liking this so far. It has been very reliable and easy to start. Chipper is great and has handled everything I’ve given it. Shredder has been good and only struggles a bit with lots of green leaves on branches. Very satisfied with this purchase.
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Great purchase!
Posted by: James N. from Powder Springs, GA on 10/13/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Moved to a 5 acre property about 16 months ago, and constantly have limbs and debris to clean up. Chipper Shredder is a must. Purchased this with high expectations. Had to pick up at a freight location about 30 minutes away, but that was even a positive experience! Assembly was easy, and unit started right up after addition of oil and fuel. Followed directions to the letter. This is a powerful machine very capable of it's intent and design. I had a few issues of it getting clogged down when some of the limbs were pulled in sideways. Had to open up more than a couple times to clear, but the process is easy and I was grateful for all 1/2 bolts and nuts. Only issue I still have is one of the weld nuts used to secure the plastic cover came off. But a great machine, very capable if used as intended don't exceed the clearly labeled limits, haha. Looking forward to many years of reliable service!
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Great Chipper
Posted by: Russell W. from Evansville, IN on 10/07/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Received about a week ago, this chipper was an upgrade for my current other brand chipper. WOW What an upgrade! This chipper is ten times the chipper I had and well worth the money. Be careful because this chipper will rip the wood right out of your hands . So far so good.
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Yard management
Posted by: Richard Y. from BENNET, NE on 10/06/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Great piece of equipment! I spent 2 days trimming trees and brush. The DR Chipper/Shredder reduced it to a pile of mulch in 2 hours including taking a break!
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Like a Beaver
Posted by: Charles W. from Redlands, CA on 10/04/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
plenty of power, runs smooth and has enough power not to run at top RPM like some...I don't overload it, if treated well should last many years, and dose a great job, I also never put dry dead limbs in it, is hard on any chipper, and I've had a few...am very happy with it,just wanted a smaller one, as am 76 yrs old.......
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11.5 DR Chipper
Posted by: Frank C. from BROADALBIN, NY on 09/20/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I have had this unit for about a month now and it works better than I expected. Really does chip up to 4 diameter and you will learn to feed the larger stuff slower so as to not bog down the engine. Small stuff in the upper hopper to 3/4 and that also works great. As other reviewers have said also it is wise to have it pretty much full throttle when doing the larger limbs. It is sometimes a little hard to start if it bogs down and shuts off as other reviewers have also said but if you don't choke it and put the throttle at about half it starts back up usually after just 1 or 2 pulls. I ordered an extra cutting blade just to have on hand. As I am chipping a larger limb that has small branches on top I will often go so far with the chipping blade and then stop before it takes in the upper small branches and put them in the top hopper to save on the cutting blade. Be careful with that top hopper as it does pull the branches right out of your hand as you will learn too. I would highly recommend this unit and am very happy with my purchase so far.
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Manual Start 11.5 Chipper-Shredder
Posted by: LIN EVANS. from BERTHOUD, CO on 09/11/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Does a very nice job with everything I used it with. My only complaint is that the recent DR modification to the clutch makes it exceedingly difficult to pull the manual starter cord. Before the modification starting was a breeze. Now it's a chore.
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Learning curve involved
Posted by: Gary O. from CEDAR HILL, TX on 08/23/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Chipper arrived in great shape. No damage. I had ordered the hitch assembly and it came separate. Not all the parts worked on the hitch, but with some redesigning, I made it work. The chipper itself required a learning curve. It started on the second pull! I had never used one, so I didn't know that you don't just let go of a limb. It kept jamming up because I was not holding onto the limbs. Also the shreader pulls the small stuff so hard and so quickly, I had to let it go very quickly. Otherwise it jerked my arm very hard. I also learned that a green branch of the right size in the shreader has a tendency to wind around the flywheel and stop the motor. I was very frustrated at the beginning, but now that I've used it more, I'm very pleased. I'm 71 and I actually enjoy working with it! I'm a garderner and a composter, so I enjoy using the chips for all sorts of purposes. In fact, it saves us a lot of money. So far so good.
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Little Beast
Posted by: Douglas P. from Lewisville, NC on 08/20/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
It was everything I needed for the many limbs I have to clean up from my yard every month. I was very impressed with the chipper. It does take a while to get used to the shredder. I had no problem with shorter limbs under 3/4 widths. Longer limbs at 6 ft lengths would clog it up requiring removing the cage to unclog. After doing this a few times I ran it for hours with no problems. It's a hard working Little Beast. I'm very satisfied with the quality.
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not bad, room for improvement
Posted by: gregory v. from webster, MA on 08/17/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Wheels are too small to easily move the machine. Hand holes could be improved too. Spit off snap ring and two spacer washers. Took considerable time to replace because the motor needed to be pulled off to fully access the pully. DR did send replacement parts and a maintenance kit for my troubles which was worth at least 50 IMO. So I give them high marks for customer service. If I had my say, I'd make the grinding chamber wider and use thicker hammers for grinding. Also would suggest making the grinding screen removable without need for tools.
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chews like a beaver
Posted by: Lonnie C. from Harrisville, MI on 08/16/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
After clearing several clogs and having difficulty aligning screen with bolt holes, we found loosening the lower hinge bolt made the job easier. You are correct, operator experience needed to determine maximum loads. Was amazed how well it handled old vines. The pin hitch kit sure makes movement easier.
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Great backyard use chipper
Posted by: VICTOR S. from los lunas, NM on 08/13/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Had a huge pile of branches that I wanted to burn but never got a chance. 5 years later the pile was to big to burn without the fire department standing by. Used the chipper today and cut the pile down in half in half 6 hours. Only had one hangup but was easy to clear and get at it again. Love it glad I purchased it.
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Bitter/sweets
Posted by: William P. from PENINSULA, OH on 08/11/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I purchased this 11.5 manual start wood chipper with chipping up branches from three trees ,that I was clearing of my property because of safety reasons. I received it two weeks from the promised date with problems before even pulling the starter rope. Called customer service And after talking with a rep. I Got replacement parts .installed,adjusted the parts re-installed the motor and started it pure checking all the clearances. Dry ran the unit for an hour and then re torqued all nuts and bolts. Started the chipper back up and in one weekend I chipped all my small branches up. The unit did it's job vary well. Happy now that it runs and performs as prescribed by DR
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Non-solicited independent review
Posted by: Ken W. from Honeoye Falls, NY on 08/09/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Just received this chipper and put it right to work. It has worked fantastic on woods ranging from soft to quite hard maple and black locust. If the branch fit in the chute, the chipper ate it up. Larger material definitely slows it down, but it eventually the chipper got the job done. Two things: 1. The electric start is probably worth the extra money. I bought the manual start and it takes a hefty he-man pull to start the engine. 2. Pay attention to the owners manual and operate it from the safety zones. This machine spits like an angry camel! Full face safety mask recommended as well as ear protection and gloves, obviously. I'll keep you posted, but so far I love this piece of power equipment.
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owner
Posted by: Worthy B. from Houston, TX on 07/31/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
very good
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Very good machine, lacked some fit and finish.
Posted by: Joe K. from Cape Cod, MA on 07/24/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
The machine is all that I expected except for two grease fittings. One was loose when the machine was un-crated and another came loose and fell out after an initial warm up. While this issue is more of an annoyance, I did not expect this to happen on a machine like this. Hopefully, there will be not further parts that vibrate loose. As for functionality, the 11.5 fpt machine does a great job as long as the operator controls the rate of feed, especially in the shredder hopper. The chipper section worked great on all that was fed into it and made short work of a huge pile of accumulated brush. Overall, I am very pleased with the 11.5 and I am glad I opted for that extra power.
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my new dr chipper
Posted by: Orville F. from Fayetteville, NC on 07/19/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
chipper works great I did make one mistake I put too much through the shredder and now I need to do maintenance to clear the unit, my fault other than that I am happy so far
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Impressive
Posted by: Paul M. from Meadow Brook, AL on 07/19/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
This chipper is commercial grade compared to previous two others I have owned. The chipper blade is about three times larger. Engine has a fuel cut-off switch. Cons: Noisy and vibrates below mid throttle, leaf chute allows chips to escape- a potential eye injury, no collection system for chips. Pro: Great customer service after the sale.
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My first 3 hours of use
Posted by: PETER J. Jederlinic from NEW GLOUCESTER, ME on 07/18/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I had an earthquake chipper previously. This seems pretty good. I debated getting the 16.5 chipper but did this because of the weight and ransport issues. I find that with shredding the grate over the outlet plugs requiring repetitive clearing. You definitely have to avoid overloading .Also the shredder is frighteningly fast even being careful with it. I may need to consider switching up to the 16.5 chipper as the chute does not seem to be an issue.I will be using this over the next few months and we will see how it goes.
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Love this machine
Posted by: jeffrey b. from Ridgewood, NJ on 07/18/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
It works better than I had hoped. I have 2 acres that generate limbs like rabbits do kids. Anyway, the machine arrived on time, starts easy and reliably and works very well. It does top out a 4 limbs as it says but anything bigger than that goes into my fireplace. I am extremely happy with it.
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Oil dip stick
Posted by: Solly D. from VANCOUVER, WA on 07/16/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
My only problem with the chipper/shredder is the black dip stick. It is very hard to read.
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11.5 chipper shredder
Posted by: Randy P. from Oxford, PA on 07/14/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Arrived in a timely fashion. Easy to assemble and works to perfection for my purposes
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Pretty good but.....
Posted by: Gina K. from ISSAQUAH, WA on 07/10/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 3.00 star rating
We are happy to have a chipper as we really needed one with all the limbs, branches and brush that we constantly have in our yard. However we bought the 11.5 manual start model that is supposed to “chip a 4in diameter branch with ease” I beg to differ on that statement as the shredder starts to bog down and has cut out with branches far smaller than 4 inches. Overall the unit runs good and is super helpful for the land that we have... just not quite as good as the description depicts.
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My DR Chipper Shredder
Posted by: Kenneth Widner from Gainesville, GA on 07/07/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Used my chipper shredder and have to say this unit is bad a**. Easily chipped 3 1/2 inch limbs and started first pull with no issues. My one suggestion for this chipper would be an optional set of wheels so you had it on four wheels and easier to move around. Overall I am very happy with this chipper.
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11.5 Chipper
Posted by: Michael R. from Altus, OK on 07/06/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Used chipper for first time since I received it. Unit started on first pull and did a number on three large stacks of branches. Shut unit down for a short water break and when I tried to restart it, it kept acting like it wanted to start but wouldn't. After about ten minutes of pulling and checking everything it finally started. Ran great after that. I'll keep checking to see if it repeats problem. Overall nice sturdy unit.
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Fantastic Machine
Posted by: MICHAEL S. from ALBERT LEA, MN on 07/04/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
This machine does everything as described. It is a beast. The rectangular lower hopper lets me feed whole trees into the chipper with confidence. Like any powerful tool there is a learning curve. If the machine sounds radically different or jammed, turn it off immediately and investigate. If the new machine is super hard starting or runs less than full on max -smoothly, turn it off and go directly to remove and clean the spark plug and visually inspect the Briggs installed spark plug connector inside the rubber piece. Any problem with the engine, go right to the spark plug yes even if brand new!. Once I addressed the plug it has been running like a freight train, non stop. Assembly note: Install the tall feed hopper with the handle cut outs reversed facing away from tires stand and feed this hopper from opposite the tires, as before, by doing this you can avoid material getting lodged between the knife flywheel and the housing, I cannot overstate the importance of this. The operation manual should be changed to reflect this idea or the metal and rubber safety guard on the top hopper should be installed at factory on the opposite side to help prevent miss-feeding and potential jam. When feeding green leafy material, in either hopper, wait for all material to clear the lower screen on the discharge port before feeding again, let it run for a couple minutes if necessary for the screen to clear. Hearing, eye and hand protection are MANDATORY for life and limb protection. Other than that start chipping.
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everything works great
Posted by: Philip B. from GLOUCESTER, VA on 06/29/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
everything works great does everything I was told started up on second pull only complaint is it took alot longer getting here from what they told me when i ordered
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Pretty Good
Posted by: Raymond V. from Glenwood Springs, CO on 06/29/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Hi All, I bought this unit and it seems powerful and works well so far. I added the tow package as it would be too heavy to lug up and down hills. So far I'm happy with the unit and the only downside so far is I think the companies service after the sale is lacking and I hope when I need parts they will do better than the service I have received so far.
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Dr chipper review
Posted by: William Nodine from Cibolo, TX on 06/27/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Best money ever spent. This will make composting so much better. Love the hammermill...chipper combination. Having the hammer mill combination as allows me to shred to what ever size I need...if it's still to big I just reprocess the material the hammermill. You guys did good on this...need a cover for it now. Up the price and include the cover
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waste to dust
Posted by: Jeffrey Y. from Las Vegas, NV on 06/27/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
This unit works very well, the issue we have is the dust created by dead plant material, different discharge screen would probably help this not creating as must dust. Unit has really cut down on the volume of our waste, which was the main reason for the purchase.Very well satisfied with the units operation.
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Mediocre Consumer Grade Unit
Posted by: James W. from Sanford, NC on 06/22/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 3.00 star rating
Full disclosure: I just got mine today, and spent three hours this afternoon using it. I had issues upon initial startup that required replacement parts, and a flat tire that wouldn't hold air, but after fifteen minutes on hold, the good folks at DR Power got the new parts on the way. So, customer service gets four stars, and would've been five had my hold time been under ten minutes. The rep who helped me was awesome! First, the good. If you're patient with it, the machine does what it is designed and advertised to do. The not so good. The machine itself should be the entry-level model, at best. Within thirty minutes, the knife was dull enough that anything larger than 2 choked it. Either the knife should be more robust, or a more powerful engine should be used that can power through the rated material even with a dull knife. There is no way that one should be expected to change or sharpen the knife half a dozen times per day, and a machine rated for four inch material should barely notice two inch branches. The engine is more difficult to start than any engine of similar size that I've had on any power equipment in the last fifteen years. It always takes several pulls, whether cold or hot. It also likes to jerk the starter line out of your hand when failing to start, and it pops after it shuts down. The tow option should be standard. The machine is unwieldy, making relocating it more than a few feet quite the chore. Bottom line, it's definitely a consumer grade unit, and not a stellar one at that. That said, it will chew through lots of branches and small trees, just slowly.
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Awesome shredder
Posted by: Vic T. from East Stroudsburg, PA on 06/07/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Well built shredder and very user friendly. Easy startup, only took two pulls to start out of the crate. Shredder handled leaves, shrubs and branches from 1 to 3 inches in diameter with no problem. I’ve had the shedder about a month and used it a couple times without any problems. If looking for a shedder I recommend this one!
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CS3.- chipper / shredder 11.5
Posted by: Jeff M. from ROWLEY, MA on 06/05/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Machine is simple to set up and run. DR should provide the SAE 30 oil with it so it is more plug and play. An extra set of blades would be a plus. Overall the machine works well, and seems to be robust. I have about 25 hours on it and am satisfied with it. I would recommend this to others. Safety first!
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11.5 horse chipper shredder
Posted by: Bernardo S. from Acushnet, MA on 06/05/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
This is a great unit.
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My hard working DR
Posted by: Norma M. from Springfield, MO on 06/03/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
When I received our DR Chipper, we had a huge brush pile behind the barn. We fired up the DR and went to work. The DR worked wonderful, it cut through all the limbs like butter. Love It!
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Very pleased!
Posted by: Eric H. from Weatherford, TX on 06/02/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Been using my chipper for about 3 weeks. Love it! I've already covered all of my beds in mulch. Went through piles of cedar like butter. Live oak takes longer, but still gets it done. Havent had a single problem. Only complaint was bad packaging. Box was destroyed, but chipper was fine. And the DR sticker is upside down on my hopper.
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Chipper/ Shredder
Posted by: Jeff L. from HINESVILLE, GA on 06/01/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
It works great for the size of my yard
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Very useful machine
Posted by: KEITH from DECATUR, GA on 05/28/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
This machine is cool. It turns yard waste into a very fine mulch which I can use around the yard. Think I'm going to be happy with this product. So far have used for about 4 hours, and works nicely. Few hickups getting started: First, the original clutch burned out about 5 minutes into using this machine. DR sent out a replacement right away at no charge. I had to learn to replace it, which was frustrating for a new machine, but now I really know this machine so in the long run perhaps this was even a good thing. It's actually easy to do all the maintenance even with no experience as long as you're mildly handy. Other hickup is that there is more of a learning curve than you would expect. It easier to jam the machine especially feeding the shredder than you would think, but once you figure out how it is and isn't working then it does work really well. The specs say it can chip up to a 4 log. I'd say that is a bit oversold. That size will fit into the shoot, but the machine can't really handle it. 3 works if you go slow and the wood isn't too hard. Anything up to 2 or 2 inch just feeds right through beautifully. So, if your cleaning up branch trimmings this machine is great. If you really need to process full on logs 3 and up you might want to consider the professional grade chippers. Also takes leaves and food waste e.g. watermelon rinds and makes a nice compost pretty much instantly! The compost materials will work much better after going through this machine rather than just adding straight to the pile. I got this on sale. I think for the price this was a great value, so I hope to get many years of use from it.
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Underpowered and disappointed
Posted by: Tim M. from Phoenix, AZ on 05/08/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 3.00 star rating
It works well on branches but when it comes to palm fronds and more green items it really bogs down the motor some times killing it and becoming clogged.I wish they would have made this model with a bigger motor because I like the convenience of being able to move it around the yard by hand rather than having a hitch.With that being said I wish I would have purchased the next size up.
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Great Chipper
Posted by: Joel Mears from Jonesborough, TN on 05/07/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I love my new chipper shredder. It started right up, right out of the package after adding oil of course. The chipper and shredder both worked exactly as I expected. Very powerful. I am very pleased.
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Great little machine
Posted by: Pat from Kamiah, ID on 05/06/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
We purchased 19 acres in North Central Idaho with a lot of deferred maintenance. We bought this chipper/shredder to help with the clean up. This is our first purchase of DR equipment. I've run the unit for less then 2 hours and already chipped four 32 gallon garbage cans of material. I set it up on a tarp to catch the material, and use a 5 gallon bucket to transfer it to the garbage cans. We plan on using the material in the garden. The machine starts on the first pull and has chipped branches up to 4, pine cones, and lots of smaller branches from pruning we've done. I was surprised how fast the machine chipped the material you do need to feed the bigger material in slower. Take some time to read through the manuals that come with it, there is a lot of good info. The shredder hopper was the only thing I had to assemble on the unit, everything else is done for you. We opted for the free shipping, and picked the machine up at the shipping dock. The unit is a bit of a beast to get out of the back of a pick-up. I have ramps that helped, just be aware you will need to call in some favors if you go with the free shipping option. I liked the quality of this unit. It's well built, and they put a lot of thought into the design. We like it so much that we ordered the self-propelled trimmer/mower as well and will be doing a review on it.
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11.5 Chipper Shredder
Posted by: John C. from Chesapeake, VA on 05/04/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
chipper works great. Starts easily, runs smoothly and chews up the wood. Shredder has given me a couple of lessons, feed from outside END of branches. Good purchase, very happy with the product. Thanks
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Seems like an excellent purchase
Posted by: Richard S. from Alpharetta, GA on 05/03/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Recently received this 11.5 unit and immediately spent 2 straight days working on a wide variety of debris on the property. Both the chipper and the shredder worked exceptionally well, and the learning curve for figuring out the best utilization of the machine was very short. Any branch material under 3/4 especially of it's lengthy, like fresh brush is a breeze with the shredder - as others have said, just don't overfeed too much or too quickly - rely on the sound of the engine torque. The chipper mowed through everything I fed it up to 4, both old and new material - once again, just feed it at a reasonable pace and it does the job. Even with a designated weight of 185, the unit is remarkably easy to move around the property by hand. The free shipping to a local terminal was great my only complaint in the entire process is that the shipping prep/design is fairly shoddy. The unit is strapped to a pallet, which is OK, but the surrounding shell of cardboard, corner supports, and stretch-wrapping is woefully inadequate, so that the structure was falling apart by the time I picked it up AND the unit had received a small, but superficial dent in the process. Not a big deal overall, but it didn't project a sense of quality upon first inspection. Fortunately, even though it came dressed like a pig, it performed like a Swiss watch.
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Wood chipper order
Posted by: Dennis P. from Putney, VT on 04/30/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Machine was easy to assemble, started and runs well. Performs as expected and I’m please with it. That said, the item took almost 3 weeks from order to delivery and I have yet to receive the tow bar attachment that was ordered at the same time, it’s now a month since my order was placed, that part of my experience is not very satisfactory!
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OWNER
Posted by: ken kRAMER from elkton, MD on 04/30/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
SO FAR WORKS GREAT
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Great machine
Posted by: Casey S. from TROY, AL on 04/22/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I was pleasantly surprised how well the branches were finely chopped up.This chipper shredder will be getting a good workout.I would recommend this machine.
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BOY, DOES THIS THING CHIP
Posted by: STEVEN D. from Cooper City, FL on 04/22/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
chipper side does a number on 3' 4 you got to go slower shredder works good, but longer stuff gets caught in the movable cutting blades you deffinatly need the pin hitch because this machine is a bear pulling with the 2 handles PS so far taking 3 weeks to ship pin hitch
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Good Chipper OK shredder
Posted by: Mike P. from Merrimac, MA on 04/05/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
The chipper part of this works great and has no problem getting through branched up to 4 inch Diameter. The shredder part does not feed well. Putting piles of leaves through is a very slow process and you kind of need to push them along with a small branch. The Shoot jams with more then a handful. Overall its good just wish maybe the shredder part opened wider.
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Just as expected
Posted by: David D. from Bernardsville, NJ on 04/05/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
It took almost a month to receive, but it came on a pallot with no problems. Added oil , and put it to work. Haven’t tried the shredder yet but the chipper works great Just as exspected. I’m glad I upped the motor to 11.5 . This is my first DR product and I am very happy with the quality. I would purchase other products from them.
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Very pleased
Posted by: Thomas M. from Holbrook, NY on 04/04/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Just used it for the first time. Started on one pull. Had a mountain of branches 1 to 4 inches in diameter . Went through the 1 to 3 inch branches like butter. Had to ease through the 4 inch branches but it shredded them no problem. Very satisfied with this machine would recommend it to anyone .
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Super Machine
Posted by: Jeff S. from Weyers Cave, VA on 03/31/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Had the chipper out today for the first time and it did a super job. Very pleased with the performance and construction of the chipper
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Amazing chipper
Posted by: gregory k. from HILDALE, UT on 03/31/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
This thing out chipped any other chipper I have owned
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chipper/shredder
Posted by: Pete N. from Arundel, ME on 03/26/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 3.00 star rating
Kind of disappointing. ran through less than half a tank of gas and grease zerk on shaft fell out. threads are stripped. Getting service repair lined up is a hassle.
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Chipper/Shredder Does the Job
Posted by: steve s. from Blanco, TX on 03/05/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I was getting a little bit peeved after I made the order. I ordered in October but didn’t receive the chipper until January. Was beginning to wonder. When it came it was in good shape. Took it home unpacked and put together it started right up on the first pull. After about 15 minutes the snap ring on the back end of the crankshaft flew off. I found the snap ring and three spacers and put them back on. The owners manual only shows two spacers. After a short while the snap ring came off again. This time I couldn’t find snap ring. I called service and they sent me another snap ring out. I questioned service about the three spacers and they told me it had to do with wear adjustment. The three spacers seemed awful tight so I just put two back on. Since then I’ve use the chipper for 12 hours with no problems at all. At this point I have to say that the machine works great. Everything that I have on my property is oak and I use it to chip right up to the 4 1/2” maximum.
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best bang for the buck
Posted by: Neil L. from Augusta, GA on 02/28/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
product was shipped without bolts to attach shredder hopper to base -- notified company and they promptly shipped out the parts needed. it fired right up, and shreds like a champ. it did get clogged a couple times as i got used to it, but is easy enough to clear. worthy of 5 rating
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11.5 Chipper Rating
Posted by: JOSEPH G. from ALPHARETTA, GA on 02/26/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I have only used for a couple of hours so far but have been very pleased with the product. This chipper chips the wood into a very usable size and is very easy to feed. Did have issues with shipping and had I not been proactive product would have been returned by trucking company.
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Excellent upgrade
Posted by: Allan L. from SUISUN CITY, CA on 01/25/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I purchased this unit as a replacement to a twenty year old gas powered chipper/mulcher. This machine starts at the first pull and it powers through branches up to 3” without too much trouble. I have to manage the feed because for the thicker branches, the motor does slow down. There was one hiccup when I overloaded the hopper. However, clearing the clog was easy and straight forward. Just needed two half inch wrenches to remove a bolt and loosen another. The only issue I have is the hopper basket was damaged a little bit during shipping. I did not notice the bent upper lip until after I attached the hopper. Overall a great machine and highly recommended.
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11.5 Chipper/Shredder
Posted by: Douglas B. from EAU CLAIRE, WI on 01/19/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
A beautiful machine that seems very well built and was superbly packaged. Can't wait to get to work in the spring!
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Outstanding quality!
Posted by: Andy M. from Prescott, AZ on 01/18/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I couldn't be more satisfied with my DR 11.5 Chipper Shredder. Eats up anything that I've fed it without much effort. I'm glad I went with DR vs the cheaper brands. It starts every time with in two pulls and is easy to use. Very rugged constructed! I would highly recommend the DR 11.5. It's worth every penny!
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Transport
Posted by: Manuel C. from Cedar Hill, TX on 01/18/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
Machine works well Packing and transport were poor. The machine was completely off the pallet and had multiple scratches from being thrown around
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Done Right!
Posted by: JOHN B. from AUGUSTA, GA on 01/18/2018
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
What a machine! This will quickly reduce several brush piles, turning them into mulch. Your customer service is outstanding and done right.
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Stepped up
Posted by: Steve C. from Clifton, NJ on 10/23/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Bought the 9.5 for our new acquired property spruce up. While it did what we got it for the scope of work dramatically increased. Was able to “trade-in” for this one. Wow! Pitch fork load of dry leaves is turned into fine mulch before you can reload. Recommend getting tow kit, maintenance meter and maintenance kit. Skip the step up go directly to 11.5.
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DR Wood Chipper Shredder
Posted by: Daniel R. from Frenchtown, NJ on 10/18/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
The DR 11.5 Wood Chipper Shredder works very well, however it needs a bigger engine so that the chipper doesn't bog down when chipping. It is supposed to chip up to 4", but it struggles to chip a 3" branch. You have to feed it very slowly and pull the branch back numerous times to give the engine a chance to recover. Great for smaller branches. Shredder clogs very easy.
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Well made but..........
Posted by: Scott W. from READING, PA on 10/09/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 3.00 star rating
Like others have said this unit is well made, it started on the first pull and fired right up but......... It will handle branches up to maybe 2 & 1/2" not the 4" that's advertised. I tried some hardwood that were roughly 3" and basically the machine stalled, had to shut it off and pull remainder out. Tried some Hemlock branches of similar size and the results weren't much better. It does handle everything up to 2" pretty well. I had a few issues with delivery that were not DR's problem but with the trucking company. Customer service was great, they stepped right in and helped get the problem resolved. Overall it's a decent machine, next time I would buy something that could handle bigger stock.
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11.5 Chipper Shredder
Posted by: Jason R. from Sudbury, MA on 10/05/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Order was shipped on time and in great condition. Shipped on a crate. Product is amazing and works as is described. I challenged the shredder with leaves and small twigs/limbs up to 1 inch. Handled it all just fine. Ran 4 10 to 12 foot branches up to 3.5 inches thick through the chipper with no issues. Generates great chips. Leaves are pulverized...likely 1/15 or more less volume if bagging. Chipping larger branches requires a little hand guidance but will do the rest of the work with 3 to 4 feet left. 100% satisfied so far.
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Great machine, extremely helpful.
Posted by: F G. from PLAINVIEW, NY on 08/28/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
Outstanding machine- great engineering and easy functioning, in a relatively small footprint, just added fuel and oil and the engine stared at the second pull. yesterday it grinded down two small tree in 30` and it was asking for more! Fast shipping and great customer service. Can not be more pleased with the purchase I made.
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Not what I expected
Posted by: CRG from Appleton, WI on 07/28/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 2.00 star rating
Have run this unit twice and multiple problems: 1) It bogs down on a 3 inch branch despite claiming it can handle 4", 2) Shredder jammed the first time I used it on a 1/4" brand despite claiming it can handle a 3/4" branch and 3) It is leaking oil. Sent a request to DR Power more than a week ago and haven't heard back. Not what I expected on a $1,200 purchase. May be going back!
Response from DR SupportThank you for taking the time to contact us again, we do apologize that there was a disconnect with communications. A representative will be contacting you to trouble shoot and help resolve the issues you're having.
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Solid machine for the money - not a toy!
Posted by: Lauren C. from Hanover, NH on 07/26/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
I'm a repeat DR customer and like many others, I use owner reviews to help choose equipment I want to buy, so what follows is somewhat more detailed than the average. Starting with the construction of the machine, it is extremely well built - quality components and excellent fit-and-finish. The only thing I noticed during assembly is that most of the bolts could use another 1/4 to 1/2 turn of tightening, especially since this machine will generate a lot of vibration. Props to the engineers who designed this machine to use only a couple of different size bolts, thus very few tools needed to work on the machine! Note to potential buyers: unless you are in pretty good physical shape I strongly recommend investing in the pin hitch kit (more on this later) for towing behind an ATV or garden tractor. This machine is heavy and a but ungainly to move around by hand. If you do move it manually, wear gloves because the hand holes in the top hopper are a bit sharp. The weight, however, is indicative of the amount of solid metal used in the machine's construction and contributes to its stability so I have no complaint here. I chose the manual start and found after adding oil and gas it started on the second pull. It has started easily and run very smoothly ever since and has sufficient power for a machine this size. The manuals recommend hearing and eye protection and gloves - USE THESE! As to operation, here are some tips I learned from experience. First, the shredder does not like branches even well under the 3/4" advertised capacity especially if they are fibrous (stringy, like yellow birch and some other hardwoods). The machine will quickly wind these around the hammer mill and stall - that's rough on the clutch if you don't shut it down immediately. Then you have to pull the screen and extricate the mess. Not difficult, but time-consuming. I quickly learned to feed anything even vaguely "woody" into the chipper and the results have been excellent. I imagine plant materials, on the other hand, will shred very nicely along with spruce boughs and other softwood branches that I did try successfully. On the chipper side I learned very quickly NOT to hold on tightly to branches as you feed them into the machine! Depending on how the machine "grabs" the items they may get pulled in very, very rapidly. After a brief trial-and-error period I found it very easy to feed the machine with consistent results. Moral: just be careful! If whatever you are feeding into the chipper still has side branches these may slow the feed rate, so I keep a hand clipper in my pocket just in case. If things do ball up on the in feed, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT try to push things in with your hand(s). Find another branch and use that as your push stick, again not holding on too tightly in case the machine decides it wants to eat that too. After a little time with the machine you'll find it pretty easy to anticipate and deal with such issues. A comment on the pin hitch kit: the instructions say not to use it when the machine is running because it may tilt the engine and cause damage (the technical term is oil starvation). Instead, they say to disconnect the machine from your towing vehicle and use the (well designed)stand that comes with the hitch kit so the machine sits level during operation. This, of course, assumes that you are working on level ground (a little humor here!). Sound advice, but if your towing vehicle has a low attachment point like mine does you may not need to take it off the vehicle to achieve level. Just sayin'... In summary, this a workhorse machine and a good value. Once I've gotten a few more hours on it I may come back and update my review. Enjoy, and be careful!
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Orange Beast
Posted by: Andrew B. from Burke, VA on 07/10/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 4.00 star rating
I just purchased this machine and it is an Orange Beast! I had a pile of recently cut pin oak branches with leaves still on. The largest diameter was about 2.5 inches. The chipper ate these like no one's business. I then cut about 25 box elder branches and the same result. However, the machine did start to bog down on 3 inch branches, and a 3.5 inch branch was slow going. I am very skeptical of a 4 inch branch unless the blade is brand new and the wood is a soft wood. I then moved to dries sticks that had fallen out of trees. The wood was a variation of white and red oak, box elder, and poplar. The machine started having trouble toward the end of the pile. No branch was more than 3 inches. The blade is now dull and there is a large divot in it that I don't think can be sharpened out. There were no rocks or medal in or on the wood. This is the reason that the machine did not get a 5 star. I did not even go through a tank of gas and used this for about 2.5 hours. Replacing a $50 blade so soon is a little disheartening especially when I was working with wood that was 75% capacity. The blade should last longer than it did - period. Also, I moved the machine once from the cut branches to the pile. I could not start it. I tried everything, but I think the awkward carrying position flooded the engine. Admittedly, I did not shut off the fuel switch prior to moving it. I eventually started it after about 15 to 20 pulls and it ran fine. I purchased the 11.5 instead of the 9.5 because I am a firm believer in getting more power than you think you will need. I was right and am glad I purchased the 11.5. Overall, solid machine, awesome performance with a new and sharp blade, and don't know why I haven't purchased one sooner.
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Exceeded expectations
Posted by: Brian D. from Waterbury, VT on 07/05/2017
Rating: Product Review Stars: 5.00 star rating
This chipper shredder exceeded my expectations. Fast and easy to use. Creates very useful mulch and wood chips. However, I recommend doing research before shopping with DR. I returned the 9.5 chipper shredder (also very good) to upgrade after seeing an ad for a "new" 11.5 model online. Not realizing there was two different models, DR sold me this older model which is no longer for sale less than a week after I purchased it. Product is very good, but I would have been happier if DR told me about the newer model available for the same price.
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Q.What is the Horsepower rating of the 11.50 chipper/shredder?
I borrowed a 6 HP machine and it seemed underpowered, I don't understand the new rating system for briggs & stratton engines. Thanks
A.Briggs and Stratton is no longer allowed to rate their engines in Horsepower and therefore we can not claim a Horsepower rating for them. There is a formula to convert between Horsepower and foot pounds of torque based on the running RPM's of the engine. Generally speaking, the fpt rating of an engine will usually be a higher number than the HP rating so if I were to estimate (based on the fpt:hp ratio of engines from other engine manufacturers), this engine is probably somewhere between 7-9 horsepower. More importantly, we test our products rigorously and so long as you stay within what the machine is rated for and properly maintain it, you should not encounter an issue with the machine being underpowered.
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Posted by: stingray from New Hampshire on 6/10/2013
Q.Can you sharpen the hammers? How hard is it? Is the Chippper blade changeable?
I currently own an old WW Grinder Super Tomahawk chipper Grinder. When I bought it you were not in business. Now I can't find replacement parts. I am on my third engine. It has been welded like you would not believe. I hope that yours can withstand the abuse these things go through. Some woods are extremely dense and even in small pieces challenge most chipper shredders.
A.The 12 free-swinging shredding hammers can be rotated and flipped 3 times for optimal usage before needing to replace them. The chipping knife has the potential to be used for 20 hours without having to be sharpened. The knife can also be easily removed and should be sharpened professionally.
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Posted by: rockyoak from South Carolina on 5/9/2012
Q.Is the shredder direct drive or belt driven?
A.This machine is belt driven from a centrifugal clutch on the engine shaft to a pulley on the flywheel shaft. The shredder hammer assembly is driven by the flywheel shaft. Using a centrifugal clutch in this assembly helps make the machine easy to start because the engine does not have to turn the weight and resistance of the flywheel shaft assembly upon start-up.
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Posted by: Anonymous from Riverbank , CA on 11/29/2013
Q.how does the unit work with fresh brambles and vines, some with soil on the roots?
A.Our Chipper/Shredder should not have an issue with fresh vegetation as long as it falls within it's shredding capacity. Soil as well, should not be a problem. If the soil is on the sandy side it may dull the knives slightly faster but it will not harm the machine.
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Posted by: WallyG from New York on 8/23/2012
Q.Does the premier 11.50 chipper/shredder come with a bag?
A.There are no attachments for the 11.50 Premier Chipper/Shredder. The chips and shredded material discharges from the bottom. The material is greatly reduced from a sprawling pile of cuttings, branches and garden waste to a smaller volume that is easily manageable to rake. To move elsewhere, one could utilitze a tarp to catch the debris. This model also has built-in hand holds that easily rolls around your property.
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Posted by: hank from Connecticut on 10/14/2012
Q.Can it shred freshly cut small limbs and leaves?
How does it handle very small, fresh, and green limbs and leaves such as 1/4" or so? Do these cut up well?
A.You should Chip Green Branches smaller than 1" in groups that bring the total diameter about 1" to provide support.
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Posted by: GoRaWa1 from Texas on 8/21/2012
Q.my wife is 5 ft how high is the top of the hopper out of the box?
A.Thank you for your inquiry. The 11.5 Chipper Shredder is 46" tall at the highest point of the hopper (which has to be installed when received). I hope that this answers your questions. If you'd like to order this item please call us at 800-376-9637.
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Posted by: Twittifer from New Jersey on 6/14/2013
Q.can this unit handle pine needles/cones?
A.The chipper/shredder has two hoppers, one with a chipping knife designed for chipping tree limbs up to 2-1/2" and the other equipped with 16 free-swinging hammers for pulverizing loose matter such as vines, straw, pine cones/needles, etc. into mulch.
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Posted by: book from Oregon on 5/17/2012
Q.I have a specific use in mind for the 11.50 Premier. If it doesn't suit my needs, is there a return policy?
A.The 11.50 Premier Chipper Shredder is a DR Branded machine and if purchased directly from the DR Factory, it receives the DR Hands-On Trial Period. For full details on the Trial Period and the return policy for DR Branded machines, please visit the following web address:

http://www.drpower.com/pages/content/customer-support/shopping-resources/trial

Thanks for your interest and question. ph
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Posted by: Hank Kerfoot from Rembert , SC on 9/22/2014
Q.Can I shred pine bark with this machine?
A.Thank you for contacting us.

Yes, the DR Chipper/Shredder will handle the pine bark very well. The Premier model features 16 free-swinging hammers that shred garden waste, lawn clippings, and weeds as well as tree bark into useful, nutrient-rich mulch for your garden and flower beds. Each long-lasting hammer has three positions, allowing you to switch to a fresh set of shredding edges when performance starts to decline.

Please contact us if you have further questions. PL
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Posted by: Marla Pietroniro from Marstons Mills , MA on 4/29/2015
Q.will this shred paper ???
A.The Chipper/Shredder is not intended for the processing of manufactured paper products, it is designed to chip/shred only normal organic debris, such as tree branches/limbs, leaves, garden cuttings, etc.
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Posted by: cobby from New Mexico on 6/25/2012
Q.I live in Florida; will this chipper shredder take palm fronds which have tough, stringy fibre?
A.As long as the diameter of the the palm frond does not exceed the maximum diameter listed, there shouldn't be a problem.
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Posted by: JohnJohn from Florida on 12/28/2012
Q.Can this shredder handle waste pecan nuts among leaf/branch debris?
A.The DR Chipper Shredders are designed to chip or shred only certain organic debris found in a yard or lawn. This type of debris consists of branches, leaves, twigs, vines, brambles, grass clippings, flower petals, etc. Unfortunately, nuts of any kind will not get processed either by shredding or chipping. A DR machine that does a great job with nuts and other lawn debris is the Leaf and Lawn Vacuum. They have tremendous suction, mulches and shreds as it goes along. If interested and to help determine whether this machine may or may not be right for you, please give our sales dept a call at toll free 1-888-550-0062.
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Posted by: Messhuggenah from New Mexico on 9/24/2012
Q.Can the extended chute be added to the 11.5 chipper shredder? How about the other chipper shredders?
A.No, The discharge on the Chipper/Shredders are on the bottom and the Extended Discharge Chute is for the 2 larger Chippers with a top discharge.
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Posted by: WillP from California on 4/28/2012
Q.does the 1150 manual start have a chute
A.The DR 11.50 Chipper/Shreader disposes the chip's straight down, there is not a chute.
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Posted by: birdman from on 5/28/2012
Q.What is the shipping weight? We need to ship this somewhere else after we get it.
A.Hello Geoffrey. The Shipping weight for the Manual start 11.5 Chipper Shredder is 221lbs. The shipping weight for the Electric start 11.5 Chipper Shredder is 236lbs.
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Posted by: GEOFFREY SWENSON from Seattle, WA on 7/19/2017
Q.Will this machine handle Pampas grass?
A.The 11.50 Premier Chipper/Shredder has two hoppers, a chipping knife, a rotor mechanism and a screen located at the bottom of the shredding chamber. The screen prevents the material being shredded from escaping until it can fall through the holes located in the screen.

The shredding rotor mashes and pulverizes shreddable materials such as weeds, garden cuttings, all types of grass clippings, leaves, and other flexible stuff. Shredding capacity is .25" in diameter and and the chipping capacity is 2.5" in diameter. It features a low-profile hopper for easy filling and easily rolls around your property with the built-in hand holds.

Thanks for your interest and inquiry.
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Posted by: Anonymous from Fort Mill, SC on 8/11/2015
Q.Maintenance Kit
What Maintenance Kit should I order for this chipper/shredder?
A.Thank you for your question. The Maintenance Kit for the 11.5 Chipper Shredder is item # 40523. This can be ordered online or by calling our Parts/Technical Support Team at toll-free 1-888-550-0062. Thank you!
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Posted by: mlcc000 from on 6/26/2013
Q.Can this unit handle bedding such as straw foe horse stalls?
I would like to find a device to shred baled straw and blow it into a horse stall. It would be nice if the unit could have a flexible hose which could attach to the outlet so that the shredded straw could be directly spread over the stall floor. While we are at it - Do you have a unit which would be able to vacuum up the straw after the horse has manured and urinated on it? It would be a good bit heavier and quite wet in some areas.
A.The DR Chipper/Shredder will shred up the straw, however, there is not a hose attachment for blowing it into the stall's. We do not offer a vacumm system for cleaning up the stall's. Please contact us if you have any more question's.
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Posted by: horsefarmer from Michigan on 6/1/2013
Q.What is the flywheel weight on the 11.5 chipper-shredder?
A.Thank you for your question. The flywheel on the 11.5 Chipper Shredder weighs 19.4 lbs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
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Posted by: Mark Goddard from Portland, OR on 12/7/2017
Q.How well does it chip hard dried limbs I have several large heaps of spruce limbs that were cut 5-7 years ago after a large infestation of bark beetles.
A.Thank you for your interest in the DR Chipper. As long as the diameter of the branches does not exceed the 4" limit, there should be no problem. It will be able to handle the hard, dried spruce limbs. I would recommend a spare knife since the branches have been sitting for so many years. There is likely dirt and small stones that could chip the knife. Having a second one on hand will minimize any downtime due to this. Please feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.
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Posted by: Stephen Rubright from BIRD CREEK, AK on 5/19/2018
Q.What is the flywheel weight? It is not shown in the specifications.
A.Thank you for your interest in the 11.5 DR Chipper Shredder. The flywheel on this unit weighs 19.4lbs. Please let us know if you have any other questions.
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