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Old 09-30-17, 12:20 AM   #1
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Default Electric wood chipper

I needed a wood chipper to do 2 things.
Reduce the piles of brush and get ready to make wood pellets.
The gas powered ones seem like they almost unlimited power and most of the decent ones chip branches up to 3 inches.
3 inch diameter sticks are fire wood. Not going to chip that.
The electric chippers claim to do up to 1.5 inches. Which is more along the lines of what I want.
So I go the Oregon electric chipper from harbor freight. It didn't have very many disastrous or disappointed reviews for something from harbor freight that plugs in. So I got one.
It comes with extra blades in a little package. Plus the blades are double sided so they can be removed, rotated 180 and reattached and you are ready to go.
To make it more economical I will probably connect my foot operated tig welder switch to it so it only runs when I'm standing in front of it.

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Old 09-30-17, 10:34 AM   #2
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I destroyed my HF wood chipper. It bogs down on the thicker pieces and does take a while to chew through the wood. The problem with the HF wood chipper is that the main metal structure is made from cast aluminium, which is terrible at withstanding shocks and impacts. At a minimum, the should have used cast iron.
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Old 09-30-17, 05:02 PM   #3
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How did you break it?
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Too many big 1.5" branches too quick. The chipper self destructed. The biggest issue, from a usability standpoint, I have with the chipper is the chute is quite narrow, making it really hard to feed in branches with lots of little small wide forking limbs. Sure you can shove the branches in, but it takes a long time to chip even a small pile of brush. You are pretty much limited to a max of three 1/2" branches at a time. If I had actually paid money for mine (long story), I would have returned it.
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Old 10-01-17, 04:26 AM   #5
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I noticed that too. I think they did that so stupid people can't put their hands down in there while it's running.
Anything that is much over an inch I want to burn as is it takes a lot of time to cut up the little stuff but it really gives a ton of wood.

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