Specifications & Dimensions
|Internal Hopper Flap:||No|
|Item Type:||Chipper - Shredder|
|Tamper Tool Included:||Yes|
|Reduction Ratio:||10 to 1|
|Assembly Required:||Assembly Required|
|Feed Chute Design:||Pivot|
|Engine Brand:||Briggs & Stratton(r)|
|Engine Series:||1450 Series|
|Chipper Capacity (in.):||3|
|Maximum Branch Diameter (in.):||3|
|Bagger Volume (Bushels):||3|
|Wheels & Tires:|
|Rear Tire Size:||10 x 4 in.|
|General Warranty:||1 year limited|
|Dimensions and Weight:|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||155|
Ratings & Reviews
Clearing Debris is Quick and Easy with This Chipper/Shredder from Craftsman
Powered by a 305cc Briggs & Stratton OHV engine, the Craftsman Chipper/Shredder delivers 14.5HP torque for heavy-duty performance. A 12-inch Leafwacker blade is engineered for durability and lasts almost four times longer than a standard blade. This useful tool has wide 10" x 4" tires for easy mobility and you can use the safety goggles included in the box to protect your eyes as you work.
Included tamper tool in the Chipper/Shredder helps push material into the chipping chamber for your convenience and safety. Attached debris bag has a capacity of up to three bushels for easy collection and disposal. Wider chipper chute chops branches of up to 3 inches in diameter into manageable sizes. An 18-inch wide drop-down hopper, uses gravity to its advantage to clear both heavy and light debris with ease.
- Exclusively designed 12-inch Leafwacker blade helps make the Craftsman Chipper/Shredder deliver enhanced performance, giving a 10:1 reduction ratio for convenient clearing
- Durable debris bag can collect up to three bushels of mulch so you have to empty it less often, saving time and energy
- Briggs & Stratton 305cc OHV 14.5 torque engine is built for long-lasting performance
- Gravity feed capability in the 18-inch wide hopper helps in easy insertion of both light and heavy debris
- Use the 10-inch wide chipper chute made of durable plastic for creating a fine mulch out of 3-inch thick branches
- 10" x 4" pneumatic tires for easy maneuverability
- Accessories like tamper tool, goggles and oil are included in the box
- Red powder-coated finish
- Item Weight: 155 lbs.
- One year full warranty
Added on November 03, 2010
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Most Helpful Reviews
My first impression out of the box - looks great, solid, easy to assemble with basic wrenches, has 2 manuals - for the engine and for the operation of the chipper (with complete parts # break down). Assembly was quick and fairly easy. Insert bolts in holes (all lined up perfectly) and tighten. Add gas and provided oil - I used a funnel with some half inch tubing to make this (adding the oil) easier. Just fill up to the edge of the fill plug and you are good. I have used this chipper for about 7 months now. I have many citrus, avocado, oak and pepper trees on my property and am very impressed with how this machine chews them all up. Feed a 2-3 inch branch into the chipper chute and it pulls it in and spits it out like nothing. I was very impressed with the power and ease it demonstrates when feeding the bigger diameter stuff through it. The smaller more tedious stuff like oak and citrus take a little longer to feed through due to them being more "bushy/branchy". I found it easier to just toss the smaller stuff into the leaf feeder. I took a 12 foot tall pepper tree to the ground in about an hour and a half. The long straight branches went through so easy I couldn't believe it. Typically I use about a little more than tank a day - when using it ALL day with heavy chipping. I do use the bag for catching the mulch which works great. Mulch is very fine and one full bag will cover about a 2-3 foot span around a tree. The pull start is not a quick easy "lawn mower" pull. Choke it and one steady strong pull is all I have needed to get it going. Fairly easy to wheel around. I pull it right up to the trees I am working on which makes it so convenient. The only MAJOR negative experience with this purchase was dealing with the Sears 1-800 customer service. I started calling them after the estimated date of arrival came and went with no chipper (if chipper is not currently in stock & you need it ASAP - don't bother ordering!!) . Even after multiple calls I was never given an answer of when I was going to receive the chipper. After a month and a half it finally arrived at my local store for pick up. I did find more help & answers from my local store than the 1-800 customer service - just FYI. But overall I was very disappointed with Sears poor customer service. GREAT product though.
**UPDATE** I have now used this chipper for about a year now and it is still chipping and running strong. Starts up on 1st pull 99% of the time. Still very happy with this unit. Going to mount on a small trailer frame so it can be hooked to my garden tractor and towed around the property quickly and easily. One suggestion is always turn the fuel switch off and run it dry after each use so the fuel doesn't sit and gum up in the carb when stored for short or long periods.
Citrus Heights, CA
This is the third copy of this shredder that I've owned over the last 25 years. My last one's Tecumseh engine died. I would have rebuilt or replaced the engine but the mfgr is out of business and the parts or motor were not available anymore. I purchased this unit as a replacement with the hopes that Briggs & Stratton motor will hold up better than the Tecumseh. My only serious gripe about this unit is the main hopper which in my opinion is the worst design I have experienced. I don't know what the design engineers had in mind when they came up with the plan for this hopper, but they should be forced to run this shredder with damp leaves for a week without a push stick. The good thing about my situation is that I still had my old shredder and the bolt pattern on the hopper matched the one on the new unit, so I put it on in place of the plastic piece of junk. Now my new shredder works like a dream, giving me a fine ground, compost quality mulch.
I've had one of these for three years now. It works well but is poorly designed for maintenance. My suggestions: 1.) If you are done for the day it shut off the fuel valve and let the carburetor run dry - it makes it a lot easier to start the next time around. 2.) If you are chipping fresh cut branches or vines what usually happens is the bark gets wrapped around the impellor in long strips and wedges between the impellor and the casing. This causes the machine to stall out. It also makes it next to impossible to restart and is the cause of all the complaints about the heavy pull to start it. If the pull is heavy I pull the chute off and remove the debris between the impellor and the housing with a pair of 12 inch needle nose pliers with a curved tip - This allows clearing the debris without actually having to take the housing apart. Also clear it from the blades or chip size decreases.
West Hills, CA
Purchased this product last Friday in order to clear my yard of tree limbs that had been cut down several weeks earlier, it did a great job. Assembly was simple with just a few bolts for the hopper and shute to be attached, add the supplied bottle of engine oil, some gas and away you go. Only one negative is the lack of dip-stick for the engine oil, I'm not sure how you are meant to tell when it needs topping up. Out of the box the engine started with just one pull of the cord and was very easy to turn over. The hopper handles smaller twigs, greenery and weeds without difficulty, it just sucks everything into the cutting blades. The limb shute takes the larger branches with ease although you do have to hold onto the longer ones until they are well into the opening to prevent them from whipping around. The collection bag is great quality and large enough for each chipping session so that it isn't too heavy to empty once full. All in all I am very happy with this product.
had only used it once will not start its wothless if i put gas on the air filter it fires right up runs for a few sec and dies i took carb apart and cleaned it 4 time still will not run on its own cannot get it to even try without a prim
when u put debris in the chute it just sits there .you have to find a pretty heavy stick and just keep stirring it . its really a pain in the ****; you spend more time trying to get the debri through the tub it just wears you out. it is a deffinate flaw that make the job so much harder, we have used it 3 times in a year and a half, if it were still in waranty i would take it back. make sur you look at differnt models and brands, im not at all satisified with this chipper.....Jeff alsoone of theblades are bent and we dont put any thing real big down. as much as it cost i thought it eould be a pretty good machine, just make sure you really look at angles and that darn bowl. not happy in north carolina
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Colorado Springs, CO
I would have rated this item a 5 star but it did not come with a dip stick to check the oil, that was an option that I was not told about. I finally ordered one from Sears Parts Direct. The woman on the phone worked very hard to find the right part. She finally found it and it is on it's way here. Also one of the tires was flat when it arrived here. I fond out later that the valve stem core was not tight. The engine has lots of power to grind up good sized limbs.
I bought this chipper today and had to buy the floor model because it has been out of stock for almost two weeks. Chipped about 10 bags of mulch today. It should be noted that while the hoppers are plastic they have very sharp edges and will cut your hands so wear gloves. it has a 14 horse motor and is pretty powerful. starts on the first pull, but once hot and you shut it off to clean out a jam it is difficult to re-start 3 to 4 pulls and it does not pull like a lawn mower, you have to spin over the cutting blades so it is a tough pull. also there was a black wire hanging down loose and it is not shown in the manual, not sure what that is about, but it works just fine. the hopper funnels down pretty small making it difficult to sometimes get the branches to get sucked in, but man the large branch side easily chews up big branches and turns them into small chips. I think that I will take it in and have it looked at for the hard starting when hot. Overall happy with the purchase.
Valley Center, CA
UPDATE - I wasn't able to edit my last post so creating a new one. I have owned & used this unit extensively for nearly two years now. Nothing has broken or been replaced. What amazes me how easy & quick it starts up even after a few weeks of not being used. I always turn off the fuel & run the carb dry when done & use a gas stabilizer. I agree with one reviewer that the choke lever is made of breakable plastic & I also agree you have to feed fairly straight branches through it. With use I learned to cut the branches in such a way that I don't run into this problem very often. My biggest issue is the smaller bushy & branchy material that gets bottle necked in the chute. I just throw it into the leaf chute. MTD makes this chipper for Craftsman & offers a Tow Bar Kit (Model # 290-010-000) so you can tow this unit behind your garden tractor. Expen$ive but it has made things faster and easier for me. Sears needs to include this with the chipper. Still very happy with this unit.
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