You turn tree trunks and large limbs into firewood.
But why not turn the small branches and twigs into mulch?
If you own acres of land and frequently cut down and clear trees, you need a chipper shredder.
You can save money by buying a chipper shredder instead of renting one every year.
Portable Gas Chipper Shredders
Portable chipper shredders are great for homes that take on yard clean ups annually. These gas-powered models can handle branches and tree limbs up to 3" in diameter.
Portable chippers can reduce 20 bags of yard debris down to one bag of mulch. They're on wheels so you can push them short distances, but if you need to bring your chipper all over your acres of land, go with a tow-behind model instead.
Tow-Behind Chipper Shredders
Tow-behind chipper shredders are available for landowners and professionals alike. Smaller units can handle branches 2-3" in diameter while professional models can demolish branches up to 7" in diameter.
Attach one of these to your ATV, tractor, or with professional units, even to your truck. Look for models with hydraulic feed, which pulls the debris into the chipper for you. If you need to chip seriously large
logs, step up to a PTO chipper.
PTO Chipper Shredders
PTO (Power take-off) chipper shredders are built for farms and professional applications. Powered by tractor drive shafts, PTO chippers harness the heft of your tractor to mince branches up to 8" in diameter.
To accommodate for large debris, PTO chippers feature an auto feed system, which pulls the debris into the hopper for you. Unless you already own a tractor, a PTO chipper simply won't work.
Electric Chipper Shredders
Electric chipper shredders make cleaning yard debris quieter and more economical. All you do is plug into an extension cord and start grinding debris.
They typically handle up to 1 3/8" diameter, but some can handle as much as 2 1/2" in diameter. These are for small limbs, leaves, and other minor debris.
They're easier to transport, but require electrical access. If you're trying to chip/shred in a location without electrical access, you should opt for a gas-powered model.