The Best Wood Chippers of 2021
Best-Selling & Top-Rated Wood Chippers
Wood chippers are great investments for yard cleaning and free mulch, but there are many options to choose from. That's why we've put together the Best Wood Chippers of 2021 based on our best-selling, highest-rated models with expert recommendations to ensure you get the perfect machine for your needs.
If you're not sure what kind of wood chipper you need, check out our Wood Chipper Buyer’s Guide to get started and come back to the list for an expert recommendation.
Best Home Wood Chipper
If you live on a wooded lot up to an acre in size, the CSV-3100B by Patriot is a wonderful choice. Large volumes of leaves and/or branches are no problem for this chipper shredder. Though the size of this machine does not vary a whole lot from other 3" models, the size of the 3100B's engine certainly does.
At 10HP, this Patriot has the most powerful engine out of the entire CSV Series. A commercial-grade Vanguard engine by Briggs & Stratton produces up to 3800 RPM's allowing the massive rotor the speed to shred and chip much faster than the average chipper shredder.
Weighing in at 20 lbs., with a 14" diameter, this rotor is no joke and wields two angled heat treated chipping knives exclusive to Patriot. The patented process that goes into these knives allows you to slice wood rather than chop it. The knives are also reversible for 2x the lifespan. In addition to these exclusive and highly effective knives, the Patriot CSV-3100B features six Y-hammers capable of reducing debris down to an 8:1 ratio for a fine mulch perfect for compost.
The outboard bearing featured on the CSV-3100B makes it a direct drive chipper. In short, this means that the chipper produces more power and has fewer components to break and maintain like you would on a belt and pulley configured chipper shredder.
The direct drive configuration, massive rotor, and patented chipping knives makes this Patriot CSV-3100B a top pick and the 'The New Performance Standard'.
10HP Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Commercial Engine
- Sturdy & reliable for top performance season after season
- Ideal for wooded property owners up to about an acre
Easy To Load Shredding Hopper
- 14" x 16" opening lets you load lots of leaves & debris
- Narrows to 7" long by 2" wide; branches should be put in chipper
- Tapered Chipping Cone
- Opening at the top is 7" in diameter- less pruning & faster load
- Great for green branches, corn stalks, sunflower stems, etc.
- Narrows to 3"- maximum green wood diameter
Heavy Duty Rotor With Re-Sharpenable Chipping Knives
- Tool steel knives are heat-treated for wear resistance
- 6 hardened steel y-hammers beat debris to pieces
- 20 bushels of leaves reduce to 1 bushel quickly & easily
- Powerful, yet only takes up about as much room as a trash can
Greaseable Outboard Bearing
- Direct power transfer; no pulleys or belts
Best Wood Chipper for Small Farm
Kohler Command Pro CH270 7HP 4-Cycle OHV Engine
- Designed to weather the toughest, dirtiest conditions
- Quad-Clean™ cyclonic air filter keeps harmful contaminants out
- Steel-forged crankshaft and cast iron cylinder extends life of engine
3-Inch Diameter Chipping Capacity
- The large chute feed greatly reduces your clean-up time
- Process tree trimmings, leaves, branches, etc. into nutritious mulch
- Fusion-welded blade edges increase overall longevity up to 4X
- Blades are easily removable for sharpening or replacement
- Enjoy twice the cutting life by simply flipping the blades when dull
Intuitive Drum Design
- Dual V-belt drive system produces cyclone speeds up to 2400 RPM
- Drum has been egineered for longevity, giving you peace of mind
Easy To Maintain & Clear
- The feed and discharge chute open up by removing a couple of bolts
- Allows you to quickly and safely remove jams and access blades
Best Commercial Wood Chipper
If you're a landscaper, municipality, arborist, etc., who is looking for a high-quality commercial-grade chipper capable of being towed down main street or the main highway, the Wallenstein BXT6238 chipper may be the best option for you.
Limbs and branches up to 6" in diameter are processed into mulch in a matter of moments with the 35HP Kohler Command CH980 engine. Also featured on the Wallenstein BXT6238 is a centrifugal clutch, heavy-duty belt system, and convenient electric start.
A massive 197-pound rotor 30-inches in diameter rotates at 1280 RPMs. With the size and speed of the rotor, the four hardened steel knives have no problem chipping up gnarly branches and limbs. A 360-degree rotating hood allows you to control where you want your chips to go, whether it's in the back of your truck or into the garden.
An all-around sound choice, the Wallenstein Self-Feed Tow-Behind Chipper has the features and power to accommodate most any application and earns a spot in my top recommended commercial-grade chippers.
Great For Chipping Wood On The Move
- Keep property and job sites clean and tidy
Powered By A 999cc Kohler Command CH980 Engine
Oversized Diameter Chipping Rotor
- 30" chipper rotor with 2 offset knives
- Twin reversible blades provide durability and precise cutting
Large Chipper Housing
- 6.5" X 12" chipper housing accepts branches up to 6" thick
Convenient 360 Degree Chute Rotation
- Provides accurate chip & mulch placement where needed
Best Chipper Shredder
New from Power King this year is the 5" chipper/shredder model PK0915. It is the beefier big brother to the model PK0903 that has been a great performer for customers over the years. The 14hp Kohler Command Pro engine features a cyclonic air filter system that is perfect for extra dirty conditions. Combined with a steel-forged crankshaft and cast iron cylinder, you should enjoy many years of trouble-free service.
The unit has an extra-large feed chute to handle small trees, branches, leaves, crop straw and many other types of yard waste. The 360-degree omni-directional discharge spout will direct the chippings exactly where you want them and is tall enough to clear most truck tailgates.
What makes this unit unique is that it uses a drum design with high-strength fusion-welded reversible blades for chipping. This allows it to do a much better job of shredding leaves and other materials than typical rotor designed chippers. Power is delivered to the drum by a dual V-belt system which produces drum speeds of 3600 rpm.
And last but not least it has a 1-7/8" ball hitch receiver that allows it to be towed around your property easily for added convenience.
Commercial Kohler Command Pro CH440 14HP 4-Stroke Engine
- Increased capacity highly reduces clean-up time
- Large feed chute perfect for trees, leaves, branches, crop straw, etc.
- Easy-to-remove 1-7/8" ball hitch assembly for added convenience
- Squared stand adds stability, strength and easily adjusted using hitch pin
- Fusion welded edges increase longevity of blades up to 4X
- Get twice the cutting life by flipping the blades when they dull
- Increased spout height provides perfect clearance for truck-beds
- Spout rotates 360° for complete control over discharge direction
- Auto cut blade ensures thorough processing of smaller 2" branches
High Strength Twin Reversible Blades
Innovative Drum Design
- Known to outlast competitor drum designs 4:1
- Dual V-belt drive system produces cyclone speeds up to 3600 RPM
Tall Omni-Directional Spout
Best PTO Wood Chipper
3-Point Hitch Design Connects Directly To Tractors PTO
- Designed for 540 RPM PTO Speed
- Power is transferred directly into chipping action
- Suitable for all category 1 tractors up to 45 HP
- Quick hitch compatible
4.75" Chipping Capacity
- Turns sticks, twigs, and branches into usable mulch/compost
- 17" L x 27" W chipper hopper opening at the top
- 2250 RPM rotor speed
All Steel Construction
- Rugged steel hopper allows for efficient feeding of branches and twigs
- Steel frame and hopper increase lifespan of the chipper
Designed With Safety In Mind
- Solid welded steel construction
- Safety blowback shield protects the operator from debris
- Safety glasses, hearing protection, and gloves are included with the unit
Best Chipper Vacuum
The self-propelled drive system of the Billy Goat TKV650SPH makes this lawn and litter vacuum a great option for residential and small commercial property owners with hilly grass surfaces.
Serious performance requires a serious engine, and the Billy Goat TKV650SPH's 187cc Honda GSV190 engine has no problem sucking up just about any yard debris you can find (leaves, mulch, pine cones, bottles, cans, etc.).
A 27" wide front nozzle is height adjustable for both turf and hard surface applications and features an onboard 2" chipper so you can process odd shaped yard waste and branches. The 12:1 reduction ratio keeps the waste compact in the Billy Goat's large 40-gallon collection bag so that you spend more time cleaning up and less time emptying bags.
The user-friendly design and power of the Billy Goat TKV650SPH make it one of the best Chipper Shredder Vacuums on the market.
Dependable 187cc Honda GSV190 4-Cycle Engine
- Fuel efficient, high output operation
- Cast iron cylinder liner and dual element air cleaner for increased life
Large 27-Inch Clearing Path
- Collect pinecones, leaves, grass clippings, bottles, cans & glass
Integrated, On-Board 2" Chipper
- Feed sticks & branches up to 2" into the chipper tube
5-Blade Serrated Impeller
- Maximizes both suction (1700 CFM) and 12:1 debris reduction
Single Speed, Rear Wheel Self-Propelled Drive System
- Great for hilly and turf type applications
Best Stump Grinder
Kohler Command Pro 14HP Engine
- Aggressive and powerful driving dual V-belts
- Premium locking throttle
- Slap stop palm button safety shut off
- Pull latch rip cord safety shut off
9 Tungsten Tough Blades
- 12-inch diameter cutting wheel, 3.5-inches thick
- Pulverizes stumps 10-inches above ground and 9-inches below ground
- Disc drum brake for pivot cutting
Dual Bolt Cutting Tools Keep Tight & Strong
Welded Dual Lift Handles
- Adjustable bow handle made of large pipe
- Keeps you in stable, secure control
Best Electric Wood Chipper
A wonderful design and the great performance provided by the Patriot CSV-2515 makes it one of the best electric chippers on the market. As an electrically powered chipper, this Patriot produces zero fumes making it safe to use inside or in close quarters.
This workhorse and its 1.5 HP motor are fully capable of chipping unrelenting materials such as branches 2-1/2" in diameter, making it a terrific choice for composting debris like bamboo and hay in addition to general yard waste cleanup.
Designed with the homeowner in mind, the assembly instructions are very clear-cut and easy to follow. Piecing together the CSV-2515 is painless; 15-30 minutes and a few screws and bolts and you're done! This model is ideally suited for a modestly sized property owner of up to ½ an acre with the primary intent to shred garden debris/leaves and chip branches up to 2 and ½ inches in diameter that are routinely found during yard care.
1.5 HP Electric Chipper Shredder Motor
- Doesn't release fumes and is safe to use indoors
- Plugs into standard household electrical outlet
- Requires 14 amps; use 12-gauge extension cord (no more than 100')
Easy To Load Shredding Hopper
- 16" long by 14" wide lets you load lots of leaves & debris
- Shred through piles of leaves and chew up pine cones
Tapered Chipping Cone
- Opening at the top is 7" in diameter - less pruning & faster load
- Great for branches, corn stalks, sunflower stems, etc.
- Pulverize branches and brush up to 2.5" in diameter
Heavy-Duty, 13 LB Steel Rotor
- Patented design laminates sheets of steel together
- 6 hardened steel y-hammers beat debris to pieces
- 8 bushels of leaves reduce to 1 bushel quickly & easily
Creates The Smallest Chips In The Business
- No more than dime size chips; great for mulch and landscaping