June 18, 2014

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Patriot Products CSV-2515 14 Amp Electric Wood Chipper/Leaf Shredder

On Sale Jul 24th 2014
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  • Easily shred mountains of leaves by sliding them into the large hopper on the top of the unit.
  • The Patriot will make coin-sized chips out of branches up to 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
  • All processed material will discharge out the side of the machine into the standard collection bag.
  • The quiet, smooth, low maintenance electric motor starts with just the flip of a switch.
  • The unit weighs only 95 lbs. The large wheels and convenient handle make it easy to transport.

Recent Review Summaries:
-First off, it is not a gasoline engine so it is not going to have the same power due to the limits of amperage typical households can supply. However, even with these power limits I was very impressed with the power this electric chipper has. I was able to chip wood up to 2 inches in diameter with no problem except that the chipper pulls the wood into the machine faster than the machine can handle. So when chipping thick branches it is important to grasp them firmly and pull back when the chipper starts to pull them in too quickly. Be prepared, it pulls hard! If you are patient and feed at the correct rate you should not have any problems with clogs.

If the unit does clog the engine pulls too much power and your breaker will trip, which did happen to me a few times before I learned what the machine could handle. This chipper needs its own 20 amp dedicated circuit or it will trip the breaker when it starts. I live in an older house with older wiring that is mostly 15 amp, which could not handle the current. Luckily, the circuit my refrige is on is a 20 amp circuit that is close enough to a door so the extension cord can reach, but now I have to unplug the refrige when I want to run the chipper. (i’ll fix this inconvenience by running a new 20 amp circuit to an exterior plug) So you should plan to put in a dedicated 20 amp circuit if you don’t have one before you purchase this.

This chipper is very solidly built. If it does clog the plastic leaf bin is sturdy enough so that the entire unit can be upended to clear the chips, but it is heavy so be careful flipping it. The chipper cone isn’t too hard to take off either in case wood gets stuck there. Since it is electric you just flip a switch to turn on and off, which is much more convenient than a gas engine. It is also much quieter than a gasoline engine, but you still should wear hearing protection when using it (no complaints from the neighbors so far).

The wood chips it produces are very fine, but the shredder doesn’t work that well on green stuff. In fact, the shredder part is the easiest to clog. I tried a palm frond in the shredder opening and it clogged the machine. So now I just have to pull the fronds apart and put them through the chipper. It seems the shredder isn’t much good for anything but dry twigs and leaves. But that is no biggie as it is not hard to feed most stuff into the chipper.

I bought this unit when I read the poor reviews for the cheaper electric chippers (free shipping if you order direct from their site). You get what you pay for. Patriot sells a quality machine that you can buy replacement parts for and that can be serviced. The other cheapo chippers don’t even sell replacement blades! What do you do when your blade wears out? Don’t buy a foreign-made piece of crap that you’ll just end up throwing out. No regrets with my purchase.

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