Top 3 Best Chipper Shredders of 2016 – Full Reviews

Chipper Shredder Reviews HQ brings you only the best reviews on the top chipper shredder units for home use and small landscaping businesses. With so many brands to choose from such as Patriot Products, Troy Bilt, Dr, Cub Cadet, Craftsmen and more, it can be a quite a headache to find the best unit for use around your home.

Below you can find our top 6 units for 2017 based off chipping capabilities, quality, durability, product features and consumer reviews. You can also find individual chipper reviews in the review section of our site.

Every year we re-evaluate the large selection of chipper shredders on the market and narrow it down to a list of our top picks.

In 2016, we had a list of the top 3 chipper shredders. But this year we’re expanding the list to give you more models to choose from. 2 of the models from last year made it onto this year’s list: Patriot 3065B and 3100B, while the Earthquake 14267 was removed because it has been discontinued from the manufacturer.

CSRHQ’s Top Chipper Shredders of 2017

Chipper Shredder Model Chipping Capacity Rating Price
Patriot Products CSV-3065B 3 Inches $$$$
Patriot Products CSV-3100B 3 Inches $$$$
Tazz Chipper Shredder K32 3 Inches $$
Patriot Products CSV-2515 2.5 Inches $$$$
Yard Machines 2 Inches $$$
Earthquake 9060300 3 Inches $$$



Patriot Products CSV-3065B Chipper Shredder

Patriot Products are well known for their quality machinery, and the CSV-3065B is no exception. Well designed and constructed, this unit has lots of metal parts, where other less professional quality machines would feature plastic. The CSV-3065B straddles the line between a really robust home owner model and an entry-level professional unit.

Power Type: Gasoline
CARB Compliant: Yes
Chipping Diameter: 3"
Waste Reduction Ratio: 20:1
Power: 6.5HP
Engine: Briggs & Stratton
Start Type: Pull
Weight: 72.8 pounds
Dimensions (HxDxW): 35" x 24" x 37"
Debris Bag: Not Included
Optional Features: N/A
Price: $$$$
Shipping: Does not ship to all areas in the US. Enter your ZIP code to see if this item can be shipped to your state.

The Patriot Products CSV-3065B comes equipped with a 6.5 HP Briggs & Stratton engine, which gives the unit more than enough power to handle large branches up to 3” in diameter. It also makes short work of garden debris like leaves and twigs you put into its big hopper. This unit can reduce waste by turning 20 bags of debris to 1 with a 20 to 1 reduction ratio.

The 6.5 HP engine is a four-stroke, so there’s no need to mix oil into the fuel like other lawn and garden equipment. The engine burns fuel so efficiently that it meets California’s strict CARB emission standards.

Read 33 customer reviews on the CSV 3065B




Patriot Products CSV-3100B Chipper Shredder

The Patriot Products CSV-3100B is the newest CSV model and a monster when it comes to power, build and quality. This unit is packed with a 10HP gasoline engine – substantially more than many of the closest comparable machines. But it also comes with a steep price tag, a few hundred dollars more than the CSV 3100B.

  • Power Type:  Gasoline
  • Engine Compliancy: 50 state compliant
  • Chipping Diameter:  3″
  • Waste Reduction Ratio:  20:1
  • Power:  10 HP
  • Engine:  Briggs & Stratton
  • Start Type: Pull
  • Weight: 72.8 pounds
  • Dimensions: 37″ x 24″ x 35″
  • Debris Bag:  Not Included
  • Optional Features:  N/A
  • Price:  $$$$
  • Shipping: Does not ship to all areas in the US. Enter your ZIP code to see if this item can be shipped to your state.

The extra horsepower makes it less likely that you’ll jam the machine, especially when working at a fast pace. The CSV-3100B’s solid steel blades can breeze through large branches up to 3″ in diameter and shred leaves like no one’s business.

With a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard commercial grade engine, a name that’s synonymous with quality and reliability for generations, it’s no wonder this unit is so popular with rave reviews across the entire board.

Click here to read 113 customer reviews



Tazz Chipper Shredder K32 Chipper Shredder

The Tazz is a well rounded chipper shredder with additional safety features built-in. Unlike the Patriot CSV models, it comes with an ergonomic handle bar that keeps your hands and fingers far away from the hopper’s mouth. A rubber cover on the chipper’s feeding tube prevents debris from flying back out. Like most models, the Tazz also has rubber flaps in the hopper to prevent flying debris.

  • Power Type:  Gasoline
  • CARB Compliant:  Yes
  • Chipping Diameter:  3″
  • Waste Reduction Ratio:  20:1
  • Engine Displacement: 212cc
  • Engine:  Viper, 4 Cycle, Single Cylinder
  • Start Type:  Pull
  • Weight: 121 pounds
  • Dimensions (HxDxW): 51.9″ x 29.9″ x 24.5″
  • Debris Bag:  Included. Features Bottom-Out zipper and quick Dock-and-Lock bag connector. 2 Bushel Capacity.
  • Optional Features: Tazz vacuum kit featuring a unique air gate and largest-in-class rotor *** Tazz produces 20% more vacuum power than similar chipper shredders
  • Price:  $$
  • Shipping: Domestic Shipping

This handsome workhorse is our favorite chipper shredder for so many reasons.

Not only is it affordable, it also comes with it’s own bottom-out zippered debris bag. The easiest bag to use in the industry. Unloading the debris bag is as easy as unzipping the bag into a compost bin, flower bed or leaf collection bag instead of flipping it upside down and pulling the debris out using your hands.

It also features an optional vacuum kit that attaches to the unit to make cleanup even faster. The 4 inch thick, 10 foot diameter hose reduces your work load significantly.

If you’re tall, the unit’s height will be a relief for your back when feeding the hopper and transporting the unit from place to place. The Tazz is 51.9 inches tall, compared to other units in this list which average 35 inches in height.

The Tazz K32’s housing and blades are constructed of durable steel. Where most chipper shredders have kickstands, the Tazz K32 has a sturdy fixed stand that stays put and won’t sink into the dirt while the machine is at work.

Read 52 customer reviews on the Tazz K32


Patriot Products CSV-2515 Chipper Shredder

  • Power Type:  Electric (plugs into standard 110 volt outlet)
  • CARB Compliant: No
  • Chipping Diameter:  2.5″
  • Waste Reduction Ratio:  20:1
  • Engine Displacement:  205cc
  • Engine:  14 Amps
  • Start Type: Switch
  • Weight:  95 pounds
  • Dimensions (HxDxW): 35″ x 24″ x 37″
  • Price:  $$$$
  • Debris Bag:  Not Included
  • Optional Features: N/A
  • Shipping: Does not ship to all areas in the US. Enter your ZIP code to see if this item can be shipped to your state.

Coming in at just under $1000, the Patriot CSV 2515 is a one of a kind electric chipper shredder. With the Patriot brand, you can expect this model to live up to it’s name. This unit has large wheels which make it easy to transport, unlike gas powered machines, although it will need to be powered by an extension cord. Because this model is powered by electricity, you can expect quiet operation and a low maintenance motor.

The Patriot CSV 2515 can handle branches up to 2.5 inches in diameter and can easily grind through mountains of leaves through the large hopper.

Read 146 customer reviews for the CSV 2515


Yard Machines 24A-45M4700 Chipper Shredder

This unit has a much different design than the rest. Instead of feeding your leaves and debris into a big, open hopper on top, you can lay the input chute flat on the ground and rake your leaves directly into the machine. This unit may be easy to push around, but it can be a pain to store with its leaf chute angled out of the side.

Like all the chipper shredder models we’ve reviewed, there’s a separate trumpet-shaped chute for chipping branches.

  • Power Type:  Gasoline
  • CARB Compliant: No
  • Chipping Diameter:  2″
  • Waste Reduction Ratio:   10:1
  • Engine Displacement:  208cc
  • Engine:  Cub Cadet, 4-Cycle OHV
  • Start Type: Manual
  • Weight: 250 pounds
  • Dimensions (HxDxW): 35″ x 42″ x 24″
  • Optional Features: N/A
  • Price:  $$$
  • Shipping: Domestic Shipping

The Yard Machines 24A-45M4700 is a great chipper shredder for small jobs around the yard. This unit has the smallest reduction ratio on the list, reducing only 10 bags of waste into 1 and a maximum chipping diameter of 2 inches.

Read 4 customer reviews here


Earthquake 9060300 Chipper Shredder

Like the Tazz, this unit also features a fixed stand, a hand grip bar which is more ergonomic and safe as well as a rubber cover on the chipper feeding tube to prevent debris from flying out.

  • Power Type:  Gasoline
  • CARB Compliant:  No
  • Chipping Diameter:  3″
  • Waste Reduction Ratio:  20:1
  • Engine Displacement:  206cc
  • Engine:  Air-cooled, 4 Stroke
  • Start Type: Pull
  • Weight: 97 pounds
  • Dimensions (HxDxW): 36″ x 31″ x 23″
  • Debris Bag:  Not Included
  • Optional Features: Earthquake Tow Bar Kit (for use with lawn tractor), Earthquake Vacuum Kit
  • Price:  $$$

Although this chipper shredder has an optional vacuum kit addon, the Earthquake has weak suction power compared to the Tazz K32. It does have some upsides as it redeems itself in size and weight.

Its oval shaped feeding chute is small, so branches need to be trimmed well before feeding them through the machine. With its chipping knives and hammers, it has no problems reducing wet and dry branches.

Read 55 customer reviews here


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