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Jackstheman
Mar 20 , 2010
This is a MAN tool

I actually got this for my wife because she wanted some heavy yard cleanup and tree trimming.  She laughed at the birthday gift, but has used it with me alot!  We cut down a tree, cut up the limbs and had them hauled away...but all those little branches and leaves?  We ground them up and started a great compost heap!  Now we grind up all the trimmings every spring and fall and it is great!!!!!!

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Pinecone
Jun 27 , 2007
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The good news is that the chipper/shredder runs. Accessing the oil drain plug demands the talent of a contortionist, to add oil you must have funnel with a goose neck tube. Loosening the oil add plug demands some wide jawed pliers or other device. The catcher bag is a very poor way to capture the shredded material. Trying to keep it tight enough from blowing off is a challenge. I tried to find out the model # of the Briggs & Stratton engine from Sears local service man. He couldn't tell me which it was and couldn't find out from his sources. Not very re-assuring for future service. This purchase was a good example of the hazards of buying on line.
 

Law18

Nashua, NH

Aug 6 , 2012
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Craftman Chipper - one of the most useful yard tools I've bought

<span id="content5DF3DBDF-2B92-E111-96B2-D4856430C4F4">I bought the Craftsman chipper/shredder because I was tired of carting  leaves to the dump.  Not only did that take a lot of time, but it wasted gas.  With the chipper, I convert my leaves, pine needles, and branches into mulch, and use that around the yard.  </span>

<span id="content5DF3DBDF-2B92-E111-96B2-D4856430C4F4">This has turned out to be one of the most useful pieces of yard equipment I have purchased. 

A few tips on using this.  What I did was buy a few of those circular containers for collecting leaves.  You can get them at most hardware stores.  I collect the leaves in the containers, then dump the containers into the chipper a bit at a time.  It also helps to make sure
you are not shredding any large rocks.

Slightly wet leaves shred best because there is less dust. 

I found that the shredder bag that came with the unit was not quite  large enough.  You can get a replacement shredder bag that is bigger from Patriot Products.  I found it worked better because I could grind a lot more leaves between trips.  Sears carries them if you search the
site.  </span>

<span id="content5DF3DBDF-2B92-E111-96B2-D4856430C4F4">You will want to stop shredding before the bag gets overly full, otherwise the shredded leaves back up into the unit and clog it.  If this happens, there are a couple of handles to remove the clog where the bag attaches to the unit.  </span>

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jackstheman

Concord, CA

Mar 20 , 2010
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This is a MAN tool

I actually got this for my wife because she wanted some heavy yard cleanup and tree trimming.  She laughed at the birthday gift, but has used it with me alot!  We cut down a tree, cut up the limbs and had them hauled away...but all those little branches and leaves?  We ground them up and started a great compost heap!  Now we grind up all the trimmings every spring and fall and it is great!!!!!!


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Anonymous

Camarillo, CA

Jul 5 , 2007
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Unbeliavably Bad - Does Not Work

I purchase one of these chippers from Sears along with the extended maintenance agreement. The intent was to use the chipper to chip small grape vines and other residential yard waste. Amazingly, the chipper does not chip at all! It does beat the vines and other small branches (less than 1/4") around, but does nothing else productive. We had Sears maintenance come out twice, but they said it is operating normally, but just does not operate well. Imagine that. The chipper has been operated approxiamtely 15 times with no success and is now taking up space in our garage. What a horrible dissappointment from Sears and Craftsman.


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Anonymous

, Massachusetts

Jun 30 , 2007
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Very Good

I am a huge Craftsman guy. The salesmen in my local store know me by name because I am in there buying so often. I am occasionaly disappointed with the quality of Sears products but I am pleasantly surprised with this one. I got such a great deal on it that it would be tough to complain. It was originally $719,00 but someone had purchased it and returned it so it was marked down to $510,00 and then $437,00 with a 10% back rebate so I paid only $394,00. Pretty good!! I chipped 3 six foot high piles of branches in about 3 hours and although it states that 2" is the max it will take larger branches if you feed them slowly and they are very dry. The unit is built heavier and with better quality than some other Sears products so I would recommend this to anyone who needs to do some serious yard work. I can't comment on the reliability yet because I've only had it for a week but Sears products are usually pretty reliable and parts are readily available so I would be suprised if this thing doesn't last me at least ten years.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Pinecone

, North Carolina

Jun 27 , 2007
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The good news is that the chipper/shredder runs. Accessing the oil drain plug demands the talent of a contortionist, to add oil you must have funnel with a goose neck tube. Loosening the oil add plug demands some wide jawed pliers or other device. The catcher bag is a very poor way to capture the shredded material. Trying to keep it tight enough from blowing off is a challenge. I tried to find out the model # of the Briggs & Stratton engine from Sears local service man. He couldn't tell me which it was and couldn't find out from his sources. Not very re-assuring for future service. This purchase was a good example of the hazards of buying on line.


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chipperJ

, Unknown

Jun 16 , 2007
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4 stars

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RanchGal

, South Central Utah

Jun 14 , 2007
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Move over guys - Girls like chippers too!

After having four, 60 foot tall Chinese Elms removed from around our home, I grew tired of waiting 2 weeks for the debris to be picked up.... I finally figured a chipper would come out to the same cost as the removal service and buying mulch for the next few years I decided to encourage the neighbors to help themselves to firewood, and headed to my local Sear's to pick up my first chipper. Boy-O-Boy, do I LOVE this thing! I am not a big, nor muscular woman....and I can handle this chipper no problem! The three 60X10X8 foot piles of limbs are almost gone and the chipper has never burped, bogged down, used any oil or needed more than one pull to get it started. The large wheels make this very easy for me to maneuver around.....yup, color me happy! I checked out other chippers before deciding on the Sear's model. Did you know other chippers for only a few dollars less have ALOT less horsepower and (get this!) the top loader is made from PLASTIC! I plunked down a few $$ more and got a chipper than I can see will happily last me for many, many years! I even made some new friends in the area by giving away the mulch! And I agree, it needs a tow bar to hook to my yard tractor, beyond that - it's GREAT! PS - Thanks to the previous reviewers, you REALLY helped me make the right decision!! Anyone want mulch??? :) :) :)

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Jun 12 , 2007
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4 stars

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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RustyBear

, North East Pennsylvania

Jun 11 , 2007
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This machine gets the job done!

Three winters ago we had a ice storm in NEPA that snapped a dozen trees on my property in half. I had piles of twigs and branches all over my property and was starting to look like a junkyard until I bought this great machine. It has no trouble making quick work of twigs and branches up to 2 inches , anything more than 2 inches gets burned in my stove. It has large enough fuel capacity to last for hours of chipping. It easy to maneuver in tight wooded areas but it would be nice if it had a tow bar to attach to my Craftsman tractor to get it from my shed to the wooded areas. I clogged the chipper chute twice but it's just 3 bolts to disconnect and easy to clear, I don't normally like pull-ropes but this chipper starts within a couple pulls and hasn't stalled once in dozen uses. Great machine , great value. Can't go wrong with Craftsman products.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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corderm

Covina, CA

Jun 9 , 2007
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Best One Yet

This is the 3rd chipper/shredder I have owned, and this is the best one yet. After adding oil and gas, it started on the 1st pull. Plenty of power, easier to move around the yard than my last one (which was also a Craftsman). The tall chute is of better design than my last one, as more debris finds its way to the blades without having to poke at it with a stick to keep it moving (although this is still something that you can expect to have to do with some regularity).

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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awoodcox

Salt Lake City, UT

May 21 , 2007
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One year of hard work...

This machine is a wonderful tool. It has already saved me at least 10 trips to the garbage dump and many other trips to buy compost and mulch. Typically starts with one pull and makes quick work of all the tree scraps and other yard debris. I have found that green wood makes larger chips, and older dry wood chips up really small. I only wish that the blades were easier to get to to replace or sharpen. When using wood chips for landscaping it is best to leave then in a pole to "season" before using. Fresh chips can lock up nitrogen that could be better used by your living plants. This is one of the best toys a man could have.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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nathanc1

San Diego, CA

May 20 , 2007
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Good chipper

I bought this chipper a few months ago and have been very pleased so far. I have gone through 2 tanks of gas and a few piles of branches. This chipper seems to guzzle the gas, but I think it gets 2-4 hours on a tank. The main drawback with this chipper, as with all the modern chippers is that they narrow the openings too much and the top is a bit too tall. I know these are safety features, but they do get annoying. I have to cut most of the pine cones off the branches before they will fit through the openings. I know the chipper could handle the slightly larger loads, but the openings are kind of small. This chipper does easily handle 2" branches as it says. It also works well with green or dry branches. I have fed in 5' branches with ease and the chipper will tend to pull in the last foot of leaves quite nicely. The shredder works well, but again the narrow opening and sharp turn cause it to get clogged up easily. A 4' 2x4 works great to push the leaves and twigs through though. I picked this unit up on sell for 20% so it was quite a good deal. However, Sears needs better quality control. I returned the first one because the wheels were warped...the second was almost as bad, but a little pulling straightened things out mostly. The picture on the Sears site also shows nice rubber wheels, but this one actually comes with wheels that look pretty much like lawnmower wheels. All-in-all I am very satisfied with this chipper.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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SumiTodd

, Farmington MN

May 12 , 2007
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Great homeowner machine

I've owned my unit for 4 years and it has proven extremely reliable. I trim branches 2x a year and have over 100 hours on the engine with no issues. Regular maintenence (oil, plug, yearly blade changes) is all I have done. This will chip 3" branches if fed steadily and slowly. Larger branches are for the campfire/fireplace. Very pleased with this unit.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Borax

Succasunna, New Jersey

May 11 , 2007
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More options needed

The craftman chipper shredder has plenty of power to do the job. It will handle 2 inch branches no problem as long as you don't force them in. The hopper works great for leaves and forsythia and reduces the waste to a small bag. As previous reveiws mentioned a trailer option would be appreciated. I would also like an electric start option. Is this possible?

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ChadD

Central, MD

May 5 , 2007
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So far, so Good

I've only ran 1 tank of gas through the chipper (about 3-4hrs run time 50% use). You really have to break up twigs/sticks before sticking them in the top hopper or they get clogged. It seems like it was more designed for leaves than branches. Most of my wood was very dry so it chipped up really well. The chips produced are VERY small, so it'd say it's more of a shredder than a chipper, I was able to use the shredings for mulch, looks pretty decent. The bottom hopper for 2" sticks works well, just get another stick to push them way down in there or the last few inches just bounce around. The entire time using it I didn't clog it up, which I was VERY happy about, if you put to much in or push to fast you can hear the engine strain, just back off and it will speed back up. There isn't a whole lot of 'features', it does reduce your wood pile! I had a pile of branches/sticks about 5'x5'20' and went though it in a few hrs. I fell the retail price on the unit is pretty high, I managed to get it as an open box return, unused for $200 off sale price, which is why I rated the value so high. Not sure if I would have bought this chipper for $650. Like all others have said, add gas, add oil, check bolts, pull once and it starts right up. Make sure you have a GOOD set of ear muffs, this is one loud beast!

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Elliot

, Sheperdstown WV

Apr 9 , 2007
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Warning: check the engine bolts and plugs first!

Read the two manuals, checked bolts for tightness, added gasoline and the oil provided. The machine started on the first pull. After close to 3 hours chipping and shredding, the engine slowed and quit. I thought it was out of gasoline. As I moved the machine I noticed the OIL DRAIN PLUG on the ground. NO OIL in the sump. RUINED ENGINE. So much for reliability! Chipping performance is good if the wood isn't green and you cut brush and branches into pieces no longer than 12-15 inches. Most time is spent trimming and shoving matter that's more than 1/2 inch in diameter. This is not a high throughput machine.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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Leafraker

East Tawakoni, Texas

Mar 17 , 2007
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New User

Like others, I unboxed the item, added the oil provided, added gas, and was in business with one pull of the starting rope. Performance was exceptional, as I expected after reading the comments of others before my purchase. Two additional features would be very welcome that I believe detract from overall value. 1) A bracket and bar to allow the item to be towed by a riding mower is much needed. The property behind my house falls off about 30 feet from one end to the other, and pulling that item upphill after a hard day's work is not a fun thing! And 2) the hopper really needs to be hinged so that leaves can be raked directly into the hopper. I'm talking major amounts of leaves.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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dbell

, Oklahoma

Feb 24 , 2007
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Chipper Shredder

I agree largely with 2b1ask1 on his/her comment. I had studied every model I could find, looked at every used store and searched every paper I could find before purchasing the Craftsman chipper/shredder. The majority are made by MTD which is a good brand, however the Craftsman has a larger (7.5hp) engine with 14:1 reduction. I unboxed the unit, added oil and gas and it started on the 2nd pull. Now, it starts on the 1st pull every time. I haven't had any trouble with the chipper tube accepting up to 1 1/2" (anything bigger goes into the fireplace). I have 2 acres with many trees. The shredder went through the leaves and small twigs without any difficulty whatsoever. Makes tree mulch with ease. The only improvement would be a larger hopper opening with a feeder tray to help load leaves easier. It is definitely getting used at my place.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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2b1ask1

Concord, CA

Dec 25 , 2006
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Good machine

I had bought this machine with doubts on my mind 'coz of the negative feedbacks I've read from other users. But after checking out the other brands such as Troy-Bilt and Yard Machine (which is with in the same price range), I noticed that Troy-Bilt tops it all. After further study, I noticed that Troy-Bilt , Craftsman and Yard Machine were all made by the same reliable company (MTD). So therefore if Troy-bilt B/S 6HP has a very GOOD rating what more with the B/S 7.5HP of Craftsman. That's the biggest factor why I decided to try the Craftsman. It's true that the hopper is kinda small at the bottom part wherein you have to use a stick to push the leaves down, but so with the other brands. So far I'm very glad I bought this instead of the more expensive machine that would do just the same job.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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john12565

, Unknown

Nov 27 , 2006
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pice of junk

I purchased this "chipper",got it home fired it up and it could barley handel a 1/2 inch limb,after about ten min of feeding it small twigs it died,this is the second powered pice of equipment I have purchased from sears this year and i returned them both,sears may have good hand tools but their powered equipment is junk save your money and get something better


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Tarheel

Wilmington, NC

Oct 25 , 2006
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Mixed Reaction

Review after my first experience with the machine: The Craftsman chipper shredder quickly reduced yard waste. However, I spent considerable time trimming branches by hatchet, saw and prunning shears so that they could be accepted by the 2" capacity chipper chute. Hopper is supposed to process twigs and branches up to one-half inch but within an hour or so of use, a few small twigs jammed the machine - took about twenty minutes to free them. From then on I just put leaves and very small twigs in the hopper. I was disappointed that the engine did not come with a dipstick and oil filler tube. To try to avoid spilling oil on the deck of the machine, you have to get down on your hands and knees and use a small funnel (not provided) to add oil.

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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ruffuss

, GEORGIA

Sep 12 , 2006
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the best homeowner chipper out there

i've had my chipper over 1 year so far ,, no problems i just got tired of having to haul off my yard stuff to the local dump instead i can make mulch for my garden,, and put it around my tree's and in my flower garden in the yard i've had a lot feed back from other people but to me this is the best one on the market for the average homeowner " WAY TO GO CRAFTSMAN"

I would recommend this product to a friend.

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