Craftsman LEAFWACKER™ 3-Way Chipper Shredder 50 StatesItem# 07177605000 | Model# 77605
Specifications & Dimensions
|Dimensions and Weight:|
|Item Weight (lbs.):||155|
|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|
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.
One flaw, grinds leafs great starts easy hot or cold, good fuel economy ran for 2 hours on a tank of fuel, did not chip any branches that was not what I purchased it for. Yea so it does not have a dip stick no big deal, it is easy to move around. Most important task for me was to mulch leaves into the smallest pieces possible, and I found that it does that really well also. The flaw.......dropping hand fulls of dry leaves in the hopperhopper, or lowering the hopper and raking them in or blowing them in always required substantial effort poking them with a stick to move them into the blades, kind of dangerous poking a stick into the running blades trying to push the leaves into the blades, the jam always happens within 1 inch of the blades, I went through 6 sticks, 30 minute job turned into a 3 hour ordeal......absolutely unacceptable. I can not imagine what would happen if the leaves were wet. There is a serious design flaw with the spherical shape at the blade opening that allows the debris to accumulate and not be pulled into the blades. I am returning, I need something I can drop leaves into and grind them up.
I did some research ahead of time through various websites to help figure out what was needed for a decent quality chipper. This had everything they recommended and was also by far the ******** of any I found out there. Love it.
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Pleasant View, TN
I bought the Leafwacker and it does exactly the work that it was built to do. The machine starts up smoothly every time, easy to maneuver, gives the right size mulch and is very durable. I recommend this product for the everyday home use.
I bought this chipper/shredder 2 weeks ago and gave it a good workout. Chipped huge piles of branches that we cleared out and shredded a bunch of leaves and twigs that I raked up in the backyard. The chipper works great. The only small complaint is that the manual that covers the engine is not specific to this particular model, so it took a bit of checking to identify what applies and what does not. Overall a great chipper.
I found this at a reasonable price so I thought I would try it as I was looking for a chipper to clean branches from our 4 acre property. It took about 40 mins to assemble. I have just finished about 2 hours of work with it and so far has held up nicely. The only complaint is that it is listed as a 14.5 HP engine but it in fact is closer to 10HP. It does however have 14.5 ft/lbs of torque. I did not notice the engine struggling when I was chipping 2-2 1/2" inch branches. I have a few tips. When feeding smaller prices into the leaf hopper you need to make sure it is moving through as you are feeding it in as it will clog. When assembling, I noticed the location of the oil fill and I skipped ahead and filled the oil as it would have probably required the use of a tube to access the filler after the chute is installed. Oh, and it is loud, use hearing protection.
Valley Center, CA
UPDATE 12/2013 - I wasn't able to edit my first review so created a new one. I have owned & used this unit extensively now for nearly THREE years now. Nothing has broken or been replaced (except oil & air filter). 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 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. I don't put palm fronds through it due to their fibrous nature. My biggest issue is the smaller bushy / branchy material that gets bottle necked in the chute. I just cut them up & 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.
I bought this chipper from the sears outlet and took the unit home and immediately began chipping palm fronds, (both dry and green). A review earlier from Florida warned about problems but I only discovered that review after my own problems. The chipper must have jammed up or caught onto the the dried palm and the engine let go. There was an audible sound of internal engine failure like a damaged flywheel or thrown metal and the engine no longer had compression or was turning with aid from the motor. It just was spinning slower and slower until it stopped. After that, it would not start no matter what I tried. It was like the engine sheared. The exchange for a new chipper went without a hitch although the service staff seemed at a loss as to how this could have happened. On the second Unit, I got farther, about an hours worth of work before the exact same thing happened after I had already chipped some other dried palm fronds. Same horrible engine sound, same winding down of engine, same no start. I have since found other customers complaining that there have been engine problems, flywheel issues, interal damage, flying metal ect. but nothing exactly like my situation. Now a word on customers service- via phone: In a word....., Terrible. 1st call got hung up. Second call was with a hard to understand service rep, probably 1st month or three on job and very in over their head. I was advised to call crafstman directly. (this after being told to call the service number to schedule a tech to work on the machine). I explained this to the lady and she then could not find the account (event with help of a reciept purchase number-their number by the way- ) and still no help, 3rd person could not help either and said to try again later. Now, i'm pretty forgiving if things are going the wrong way or people have a bad day, but this was a concerted effort of ineptitude. It's one thing to have a bad machine...a fluke if you will, but 2 bad machines in 72 hours followed up with a disasterous customer phone service to top it all off as well as computer glitches of not being able to find customer information? This sounds like Obama Care not Sears (formerly Sear and Robuck). Returned everything, got my money back, and went looking for chippers from somewhere else.
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.
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