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DEK (4") 15-HP 420CC Professional Duty Tow-Behind Chipper Shredder

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Grade
Semi Pro Chippers
Style
Chipper/Shredder
Branch
4"

Diameter
Engine
15 HP Chipper Shredder With DEK Engine
420cc commercial duty engine makes short work of debris
Automatic low oil shutdown

Handles Branches Up To 3" x 4"
Self-feeds & chips into 1/4" mulch

Enclosed Belt Drive
Centrifugal clutch protects the engine

Hardened Steel Cutting Blade
16 hammers transforms 12 bushels of waste into just 1

Environmentally Responsible
Ideal for landscapers & large lot owners

Pneumatic Tires
Keeps yard waste out of landfills
Travel easily over rough terrain

Lawn Mower/ATV Trailer Hitch
Hooks up to pin-type hitches to go where the work is

Sturdy, Convenient Handle
Either push or pull the chipper into place

Minor Assembly Required
Chip collection bag, wrench, spare blade & goggles included


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Engine
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
4-Cycle
HP
15 HP
CC
420 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
1.4 Gallons
Feed Chute
Wood Diameter
4 Inches
Feed Type
Gravity
Replaceable Blades
Yes
Discharge Chute
Bag
Included
Discharge Chute Material
Steel
Towing
Towable
Yes
Hitch Type
ATV/Lawn Mower Hitch
Wheels
Rear Tire Size
13 x 5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
Overview
Assembly Required
Yes
Weight
270 Pounds
Product Length
29.5 Inches
Product Width
34 Inches
Product Height
46 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
Commercial Warranty
1 Year
UPC
891523000222
Model
CH1

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DEK CH1 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (12)
Price (7)
Fast (6)
High Quality (5)
Exceeded Expectations (4)
Cons
Durability (4)
Expensive (2)
Unreliable (2)
Heavy (2)
Low Quality (2)
82% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
29 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Mike K.
Langlois, OR
REVIEWED
APR.
17
2016
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Poor Quality Drive Wheel. 6 Weeks Old. And Useless
This seems solidly built. It's certainly heavy enough. I've used it 4 or 5 times and it eats the scots broom and small limbs that I've cleaned from a tree filled yard in Oregon. However the drive pulley has separated. It peeled apart, looking like a cheap pressed metal assembly.

Given that this is the heart of the beast, you'd think the engineers would have put some beef in it. I'm going to ask for a refund. But suspect I'm stuck with warranty repairs.
Mike Does Not Recommend This Product
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Jim Nash
Florissant, CO
Purchased from Chippers Direct
Purchased 4/29/13
Total Helpful Votes
77 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
01
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
So Far Not Pleased
The buying experience of this product from Power Equipment Direct was great as they kept me apprised of the purchase and shipment process. The first use of this chipper, it plugged and melted the belt. We changed belts and by the time we had 15hrs of use, the clutch assmbly needed to to replaced as the pulley sheared off leaving it, requiring a new clutch assembly of $115.00.
Cons: Unreliable, Durability, After 15 Hrs Of Use We Just Ordered A New Clutch Assembly And New
Jim Does Not Recommend This Product
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Mike W.
Reno, NV
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
104 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAR.
09
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Strong Performance, Minor Defects.
I've only ran this machine a couple hours, but I expect many years of dependable service out of this machine. This is my assemble and initial performance review:

Pros:
1) 300lb sturdy shipping crate with wood pallet arrived in good shape.
2) I shoveled 4" to 6" chunks of Oak bark and small chunks of Oak wood into the hopper left over from my firewood splitting and it shredded it into a fine mulch without slowing the motor down but just a bit.
3) The chipper ate a 3"... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Durable, I'd Buy It Again
Mike Recommends This DEK Product
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692
John M.
Avon Park, FL
Total Helpful Votes
57 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
10
2013
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Blade Life
We got this chipper thinking it would do what we needed. Wrong! Here in Florida we have lots of Palm trees and it just does not work on them. It will just plug the screen. On the Oak branches the blade dulls after about an hour and major job to change. Also had the belt guard break a couple of times and the main shaft bearing burn out.
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Philip L.
Laurel, DE
Purchased from Chippers Direct
Purchased 4/22/13
Total Helpful Votes
59 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
15
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Dek 4" Chipper Shredder
In Jan. 2013 I bought a Troy Bilt 3" chipper shredder. It failed in 3 weeks. It lost power and quit and wouldn't restart when it warmed up. Probably due to bad spark. Took it back and exchanged it. The second one blew another Briggs engine. Took it back and got a refund. Would never buy another Briggs engine product.
Bought the DEK and have used it quite happily for a month now. It starts easily and will handle anything that will go in the chute. The big hopper is large and is a straight... more
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Roy W.
Yorktown, TX
Purchased from Chippers Direct
Purchased 12/31/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
61 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
FEB.
14
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Dead Hackberry Trees
Looked at first it would do the job. Then problems started. The unit has major bolt and nut problems. Nuts came off on the the bearing blocks holding the main shaft. Before I could shut the unit down the roll pin on one of the hammer shafts came out and dropping a hammer blade into the mix which was very bad news. Also burned up the drive belt. Then problems with the nuts on the blade bolts. They're a poor grade, threads strip out on them (Made in China is my guess). There parts list online is... more
Pros: Price, Features, Fast
Cons: Durability, Low Quality, Unreliable
Roy Does Not Recommend This Product
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534
Paul
Total Helpful Votes
48 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUN.
17
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Dek Chipper
Unit runs and works fine but should have an idler pulley for engaging belt drive. Reason being, if the shredder or chipper tube is loaded and you run out of fuel the unit is jammed.
Otherwise works well.
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Mike
Reno, CA
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
104 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
SEP.
28
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Mike's End Of Season Review
I bought this machine in March. It's 7 months later, and I've chipped and shredded leaves, branches & vines, enough to fill 10 heaping wheelbarrows full of 3/4" mulch.

I am completely satisfied with it's performance. It starts just as easy as when I first bought it and I have not had any real problems. But there are some things to consider:

1. The hopper top opening is 18"x 21" and funnels down to 5"x 6" just above the hog chamber. Because it is only... more
Mike Recommends This DEK Product
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351
Susan B.
Salt Lake City, UT
Purchased from Chippers Direct
Purchased 5/2/13
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
28
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
A For Order Handling, C For The Product
While I commend Chippers Direct for the shipping and handling of our DEK chipper order and our order was delivered without problems, I think there are aspects in the design, manufacture and packaging of this machine that could be much better.

Our machine came with a major scrape approximately 5 1/4" across from the end of the handle on the side of the chipper funnel for dropping leaves, on the same side as the chipper chute. This suggests a defect in the shipment packaging.

When... more
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313
Dale
Total Helpful Votes
27 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
MAY.
27
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Wood Chippin Fools
Even though we could have bought 100 tons of chips, for the price this is perfect for us as we use this machine for making wood chips for our garden. We build up from the soil, not dig into the soil via tilling. We already have manually cleared an acre and chipped up 99.7% of what we have cut down. I had to change a belt my fault and sharpen the both blades once. We have a dump truck load amount already!! Safe as it can be. Simple as it can be. And by God this thing works. Couldn't be... more
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273
Marie P.
College Station, TX
Purchased from Chippers Direct
Purchased 9/24/14
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
NOV.
05
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
First Day Mess
Got it out of the box, assembled and put the oil in, filled the gas tank started her up and she purred just fine. After about an hour and a half there was oil all over the bottom of the engine and smoke coming out of the side where the belt is.

Shut her down, checked the oil, and tried to start her back up, this time there was more smoke and sparks started coming out of the side that has the guard and belt. So after the first day, it has to go to a repair shop. Mechanic tells me that the... more
Marie Does Not Recommend This Product
Dale, the Chipper Expert
Product Expert
Marie,
Hello

We are sorry to hear of your issue. This situation would be best addressed by the manufacturer DEK. They maybe able to help expedite the repair process for you. Please contact them at 800-393-0668.

Thank You
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