Under the $500 range, you can expect to see electric units with around 14 amps of power and a chipping capability of around 1.5 inches in diameter. If you’re looking for something more powerful with a larger chipping capability, check out our top 3 chippers under $1000. There, you’ll find 2 outstanding chippers in the $600 range.
If you just need to chip small twigs and leaves, these units will make your work a breeze. Here are our top 2 wood chippers under $500 based on quality, durability, power, chipping capability, and customer reviews.
Sun Joe CJ601E 14-Amp
The Sun Joe CJ601E makes a great investment turning small branches and leaves into prefect compost and mulch for your garden with a 16:1 ratio. This unit is easy to start up – just plug it in and hit the on switch. Although it can chip branches up to 1.5 inches in diameter, it works best with branches less than 1 inch, eating them up like butter. Although this unit’s chipping blades rotate fast for an electric chipper, constantly chipping 1.5 inch branches over a long period of time can jam the machine. If you’re very aggressive, it’s a good idea to order an additional set of blades.
The Sun Joe CJ601E is equipped with a safety button which turns the motor off when the unit is opened and a reset button to stop the unit when overloaded. A push stick allows you to feed the chipper without putting your hands into the mouth of the machine.
Weighing 26 pounds, this chipper shredder makes moving around the yard easy, unlike many larger gas powered units. It’s small size also makes it convenient to store away.
Eco-Shredder ES1600 14-Amp
The Eco-Shredder ES1600 electric chipper shredder is quite different from the SunJoe: it weighs in at 71 pounds, it does not come with a push stick to assist you with safely pushing debris into the hopper and branches are fed through the side of the unit instead of the top which makes your yard work faster.
This unit comes with extra chipping blades, has an overload protection switch and reduces debris to a 10:1 ratio which is slightly larger than saw dust.
The Eco-Shredder’s advertised chipping diameter is 1-3/8 inches, but it’s sweet spot is also less than 1 inch.
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