Craftsman 8.5 Hp Chipper Shredder 77588
(6 Epinions reviews)
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Highest Rated Consumer Review by the Community
Jul 23, 2004 by elmoleaf
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros: Took green and dry branches up to about 2" in dia. Machine easy to move.
Cons: Somewhat light gauge metal might not survive abusive owners over long run.
Summary: I purchased a used 8.5hp Sears chipper to make mulch from shrub and tree prunings on my 1 acre lot. I believe Sears has discontinued this model. However, in the $300-400 range used, it is a decent value (I paid $375 in June 2004 for a used one in nearly ... read more
Sep 23, 2003 by xz1h56
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros: Ease of starting. Easy to move around.
Summary: Imagine having 200 30-foot spruce trees to cut down and somehow dispose of. Obviously a pine forest is not the best place for burning and finding someone to haul them away is almost impossible without great expense. Our only other choice was a chipper, ... read more
Express Customer Reviews
Sep 20, 2009 by jaydog229
Not rated yet
Pros: I like the hopper design for raking leaves into it.
Cons: Unbalanced, lacks power, ultra thin metal, poor chute design (cloggs), SAFTEY PARTS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!!!
Summary: I have had my 77588 for about 8 years and barely use it because it is so labor intensive (I'm 6'3" and am in great shape) it's easier to burn the branches. You have to force the branches in and they get tangled up in the chute based on poor ... read more
Apr 4, 2009 by ddcaspari
Pros: Engine reliable.
Cons: Everything attached to the engine.
Summary: I mostly use mine to prep ivy and light brush for compost. Consequently I have to push thick tangles of debris with lots of twigs sticking out down a chute designed like an obstacle course. Any child knows a funnel goes inside ... read more
Nov 14, 2007 by lind1015
Not rated yet
Pros: Engine (not Briggs)
Cons: Chipping components are too light duty for anything but soft wood.
Summary: I use this unit on my property to chip and despose of tree limbs and other debris; this unit will NOT reduce a 3" limb as advertised; if forced too hard the flail hammers will come loose and damage the machine; the best fix is to dissassemble the machine ... read more
Oct 5, 2003 by cautiousct
Pros: easy to move
Cons: hard to start compared with my previous chipper; made of cheap, weak metal parts
Summary: I purchased this chipper last year but hardly used it. This year I tried to chip up some brush considerably smaller than the rated size on the unit. It is designed to pull in more brush than the impeller can support. Consequently the impeller flanges bent ... read more
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