This DEK chipper shredder with 2-way feed features a 15 hp (420cc) commercial duty engine. Self feeds and chips 3 x 4 in. diameter branches and debris, turning yard waste into useful 1/4 in. mulch. Comes with a safety mechanism (centrifugal clutch) that protects your engine and prolongs the life of your chipper. Go green by transforming 12 bags of yard waste into 1 bag of chips. Save time and money by creating your own mulch and eliminating landfills trips. Includes a trailer hitch, chip collection bag, belt and extra blade.
|Tire Size (in.)||13 x 5 in.|
|Max. RPM||3600 RPM|
|Displacement (cc)||420 cc|
|Low oil shutdown||yes|
|Material Type||Solid Heavy Gauge Steel|
|Walk or Pull||either|
|Bagger Volume (bushels)||12:1|
|Max. Cutting Thickness Diameter (in.)||3 x 4 in.|
|Accessories Included (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Product Dimensions||29.5 x 34 x 44.5|
|Product Weight (lbs)||270 lbs.|
|Bag Capacity (In Bushels)||12 Bushels|
|Base Warranty||24 Months Limited|
|Engine Warranty||24 Months Limited|
|Other Components Warranty||24 Months Limited|
|Chipper Capacity (in)||4 in.|
|Color / Finish||Black|
|40ft High-Cube Container quantity||78|
|Country of Origin||China|
|Engine Displacement (cc)||420 cc|
|Engine Horsepower (hp)||15 hp|
|Engine Torque (ft-lbs)||20.7 ft-lbs|
|Engine Type (number of valves)||OHV|
|Feed Capacity||3 x 4 in|
|Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)||1.58 gal (1.4)|
|Instructions / Assembly Required (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Low Oil Shut Down (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Master Pack QTY||1|
|Maximum RPM (No Load)||3600 RPM|
|Number of blades||1|
|Number of hammers||16|
|Oil Capacity||1.1 quarts|
|Package Contents||Chipper funnel, Chipper engine and box assembly (pre-assembled), Chipper chute, Hardware bag, Trailer hitch and funnel handles, Hearing protection, Gloves, Goggles (eye protection), Oil fill funnel, Chip collection bag, Wrench for assembly of the chute and and funnel, Hardware bag with a spare blade|
|Parts List Available||Yes|
|Power Type (Gas/Electric/Combination)||Gasoline|
|Recommended Oil||10W-30 oil (5W-30 is recommended for cold weather climate)|
|Recommended Safety Equipment||Hearing protection, Gloves, Goggles (eye protection)|
|Rust Resistant (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Self Feeding (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Shredded Screen Material||1/4 in.|
|State/Regional Restrictions||California, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands|
|Tow Bar (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Translucent Fuel Tank (Yes/No)||No|
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I am well pleased with with this chipper. Was concerned about quality buying sight unseen but that was unfounded. Quality is good assembly was no problem. We used the chipper for four hours or more and was well please with how little gas it used in that time no even a full tank. Engine started on first pull after adding the gas and oil. Now for the reason you buy a chipper shredder it easily shredder everything we put in it. I had some dead black locust and even the chain saw takes time to work thru a 4" piece but the DEK chewed it up and spit it out. On the side of the hopper it says you can feed up to 3/4" sticks in to it, and yes you can but I would not recommend it because when it gets a hold of the branch or stick it jerks it in violently, it much better feed into the chipper and does a nicer job chipping sticks then shredding them. We learned to trim of side branches and if you can compress the lumber with branches down to 4" and feed into the chipper it's a Time saver, we were feeding in branches over 10' long. It is a big purchase but I believe you do get what you paid for with DEK chipper.
At unboxing I was impressed that they supplied tools (even a funnel to help with the oil fill), safety gear, and spares (blade, bolts, and belt). It made me feel like the company cared, not just trying to checkbox match the competition. The belt and blade is very easy to change.
Quality Was quite sturdy, and after 9 mos of moderate use I can say it is durable.
Use - My primary use is small, medium, and large palm frons up to 4"" dia, but I do regularly mulch sticks smaller than 1"". I have to admit that it didn't match my needs perfectly, but since there are such diverse uses by customers I think you have to expect that for any mulcher.
The grate thay keeps debris from coming out until mulched was too tight for me. I would have to work slowly, and you end up with very small peices, like if you want to make compost.. I opened every other hole and that worked well for me.
The leaf funnel is useless if you follow instructions. The leaves just bunch up in the funnel. It would be nice to have some kind of plunger. I used the funnel for smaller sticks and small palm frons. If I have leaves I push them through with small frons.
The mulcher works very well. After a few months of use, I do find that it often takes the smaller softer palm frons and drags the center through without cutting it. I'm not sure why.
I don't use the bag or shute because it just clogs up. I have to keep clearing it.
Power - the engine never struggled at all.
After 9 mos with no issues, the clutch housing broke. I called the service company and they promised I would have the part at my door in around a week. I found that a very positive experience.
Ok. So one weekend to using this chipper. Have about 6 ours of use so far. Overall...I give a a very positive grade. It definitely eats through 4 in branches with NO problems. Starts on one or 2 pulls. Performs very well. That being said, a couple constructive dings on this unit. The the top chute. It says, "LEAVES ONLY". I have not used it yet, since I have NO desire to mulch leaves. However, I DO have a need to chip up the small twigs and branches left over from chipping up the bigger 4in branches. I would love to just dump in these small twigs into this chute, but I guess no can do. Leave only....really?? Useless to me. So here, is the BIGGEST complaint I have. The chute where you put in the the branches is very cumbersome and restrictive. I had an older chipper and the chute opening was much wider and it was nice to insert a cluster of small branches and let it funnel down to the chipper. NOT so with this one. The entry point is only 4 inchces wide and inserting branches that are not "perfectly" straight is problematic. I found myself fighting with inserting branches...taking them out....bending down, getting my hand clipper, clipping a branch off...reinserting it, etc. VERY frustrating. So much I am tempted to drill off the protective plate. Not all branches are perfectly straight DEK, come on! Great performer overall, need to let me chip up some small debris and wide the main chute!
This is a high quality tool, very sturdy. Easy to assemble, and the electric starter is wonderful. Easily handles thick branches. The only reservations I have concern the instructions for use and maintenance. They are not detailed enough for a complete novice such as myself--they assume a certain level of knowledge. The pictures are in black and white, too small and too few, with too little detail. I did eventually figure things out, and running it is very easy. However, I'm not sure about the maintenance schedule. The tasks are clear, but there is no information on how to do them. I really don't know how to maintain a small engine, and would have appreciated more detailed information.
The power and convenance of the chipper shredder is excalent certantley well worth the price!
Very easy to assemble and then WOW can this thing chew up brush and branches. Love my new toy.
I looked at a couple others, harbor freight - granger- and this is the best I could find for the money... Your mostly buying an engine when it comes to tiller, chipper, exs. So it is a gamble if the rest of it is sound. Stated before the chipper feeding chute, has a rubber gard, and didn't last much longer than 3 hours for me- but that means nothing to me.. cosmetic. It doesn't affect its function. I ran dead and alive cherry trees,pine,poppler,and some small brush through the shredder. All the trees anywhere from the size of your thumb and as big as it'll take. Wich is about 3x4. The engine is built. Never slow chipping but I did get a little excited and over feed the shredder. But just give it a sec. And it'll pick back up. But I will suggest gloves and safety glasses as a... I know I should.
Unit performed as expected but should have had a caution about the violent way the flails snatch the small brush and leaves out of your hand when loaded into the funnel. Heavier gloves are needed to handle the material to be chipped because of the vibration and sudden movement in chute.
I purchased this chipper to help clear and thin out some of the brush and small trees on my property. It chips and shreds well up to 4" trees. I have been cutting down trees, trimming them up to fit down the feeder, and chipping the whole tree. Perfect for what we need and big enough to handle heavier than normal work.
If working with a lot of wet limbs and leaves, the chipper will get clogged up. The belt will start smoking if you don't notice the clogging so the engine doesn't get damaged.. The design of the chipper allows for easy clearing and cleaning though. We just wait for the debris to dry off before chipping it now.
It comes with all of the tools needed for the simple assembly, a catch bag (which we don't use), ear protection, eye protection, tow bar, and a spare belt. The chipper has an electric start that allow you to plug it up to an extension cord (no battery), but we haven't needed to use it yet since the pull start is easy.
Ordering and shipping took about 10 days for the curb side delivery. The delivered package is about 270-300 pounds. The chipper is about 250 pounds or so, but rolls well by hand on the big inflatable tires. The tow bar is also heavy and well built, but I haven't used it yet.
runs great, easy to assemble, my only issue is leaves continuously get stuck and I have to use a stick to push them into mulchers.
Tree branches need to be trimmed to fit in chute so I recommend this unit with a 4 inch diameter cutter, a chainsaw near by and lopers as you feed hopper.
Overall I was
Exceeded expectations, easy to put together, motor runs great, chips like a beast, basically anything that will fit in the branch feed tube will chip, hopper on top is great for the small stuff, little branches/leaves. Very satisfied with this chipper
Used for about 12 hours so far. Once you learn how to start it, it starts on the second pull. Excellent chipper, slows down on those 3' limbs but keeps on cutting. Need to make sure not to over load the hopper with green leaves and such for they have a tendency to jam up in the constricted throat. Rubber gasket on the chopper funnel is a joke, tore away on the second hour of use, but only served to keep small stuff form jumping out a bit. As other noted, replace some of their nuts and bolts with more robust materials to better survive the vibration. Overall very pleased with it's ability to turn saplings and cuttings into useful wood chips.