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Posted by BOBKAT 2 Jun 2010 - 10:41:00 AM

I'm interested in whether domestic chippers can really cut the mustard. I get varying opinions and wonder if anyone out there has found a solution? Love your site by the way - we've moved and are planning a compltely new garden of aussie natives attracting wildlife. Plant selector has been really valuable in finding some great options

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Re: EDITOR 7 Jun 2010 - 12:49:00 PM

Good idea. This might not be the place to kick off an answer but here goes.

I think you're right to be sceptical about the home chipper. I've had two and fully support the idea. What comes from the ground goes back to the ground.

They were both electric. They both started fine. But my wells of patience eventually dried up. Accepting their limitations and my tendency to push them too far it wasn't long before the blades dulled and feeding the machine the wide range of garden refuse (especially vines) became incredibly frustrating.

It's a couple of years since I used the newer one. Now i just pile the debris in a corner to decompose which it does but more slowly than if it had been chipped first. Maybe the market has improved. Maybe the petrol models are different. Anyone used them?

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