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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2003 2:57 pm 
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I generate a lot of oak branches thru out the year as well as jacaranda and other woody debris. Does any one have a recommendation as far as a home garden chipper/shredder. I also have a lot of live oak leaves year round.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2003 6:10 pm 
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Dave-
I looked into this several years ago and decided against buying one. The message I got from most people is that the home models are all undersized, noisy and dangerous. Some companies are offering 30 day free trials and they will even pay for the return shipping. I think Troy built is one of them. If you decide to get one, make sure it has a good return policy. I'm making wildlife brush piles with my big trimmings but I realize everyone can't do that.
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My next door neighbors rented one from a hardware store. I can't remember how much it was. If you had a friend that had branches to get rid of as well you could split the cost. Use earplugs or wear ear protection of some sort, like the kind you wear at the shooting range. Safety glasses are a good idea too.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 23, 2003 9:56 am 
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Hello In Florida,
I would not buy but rent chipper. Maintance is too great for the cost of limited use.
Based on your interests, try this site www.handymagazine.com as they have a Board Discussion Group where you can post your question regarding the chipper. There are a bunch of folks there who know quite a bit of knowledge about them. There are several members there who are from St. Pete.

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If you have oak and jacaranda, you need a serious chipper.

I suggest you rent one. If it breaks, take it back and get another one. I think they are $60 per day in my neighborhood, but they are very heavy duty machines.

I wonder if someone could start a tree chipping service for homeowners who want to save a few bucks by not hiring a tree trimmer to do it all. The homeowner could cut the limbs, the chipper service could chip it into mulch, and then give it back to the homeowner or haul it away.

Naaaah! The service would have to charge $50 per hour with a $50 minimum. A homeowner could buy finished compost for $30 per yard.

This analysis applies to renting or buying a chipper, too. You can buy a LOT of finished compost for the cost or rental of a decent chipper.

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Dchall_San_Antonio wrote:
...You can buy a LOT of finished compost for the cost or rental of a decent chipper.

This is true, but if you split the rent 3 or 4 ways, it is not so pricey. Besides, I believe the ideal mulch is made from that which grows on your property.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 24, 2003 11:07 am 
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Dave:

I have asked around the Handyman Club and all returns indicate "Troy Built" and 10 Horse Power.

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I've already decided :lol: to get a dr 18hp and not only use it for home, but to contact several of the lawn services around and tell them I can do their on site chipping. This way I can get some recompense and take care of my own branches etc.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 27, 2003 9:24 am 
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Dave,
Great idea you have there.
Maybe you can talk the owners into keeping the mulch for their own use in the landscape. That way you don't have to haul it off and they can understand the importance in mulching and they don't have to buy any at the store.

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