For those who are looking for an affordable electric wood chipper, the LawnMaster FD1501 Electric Chipper Shredder is going to be something that is worthy of your consideration, especially if you have garden trimmings, branches, and other yard debris that you want to get rid of!
In this review, we are going to talk a little more about the features of the LawnMaster FD1501 Electric Chipper Shredder, but we are also going to give you an overview of what people who have purchased the wood chipper had to say about their overall experience with it. Then, we’re going to give you our recommendation on whether or not this wood chipper is something you should consider purchasing for your next yard cleanup project!
The LawnMaster FD1501 Electric Chipper Shredder is a wood shredder that is going to be able to make quick work of ridding your yard of various yard debris. It’ll chew up branches and limbs that are up to 1.5 inches in diameter. You don’t have to worry about pushing the debris through the chute yourself, as it comes with a free push stick for your safety.
That means you can push leaves (they must be mowed first, as this chipper isn’t designed for leaves) and smaller items through the chipper without worrying about getting hurt.
The canvas bag that is included with this chipper will make collecting the chipped wood and debris simple and you can redistribute those chippings wherever you see fit. So if you wanted to add the chippings around your flowers for an extra boost of nutrients, you can easily do that.
Do keep in mind that because this is an electric chipper and doesn’t an overabundance of power, you will want to feed the debris slowly to the machine so that the motor doesn’t get hot and burn out.
The chipper is lightweight and weighs little more than 25 pounds. The large 8 inch wheels will help make transporting the chipper to different locations in your yard (or if your neighbor asks to borrow it) with ease. Do keep in mind that you will need a heavy duty extension cord to power the chipper if you do not have access to an outlet. You don’t want to use a regular extension cord, as it may not be able to handle the power.
You’ll find that because the blade is reversible, you will not have to sharpen it as much. This little convenience is useful, especially if you hate sharpening blades!
When we looked at the user reviews, we saw that 69% had great things to say about the LawnMaster FD1501 Electric Chipper Shredder and left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, people commented on how nicely it is able to chip up small branches that fall to the ground, or when they needed to prune branches. They also pointed out that this uses a horizontal blade that looks a lot like a lawn mower blade.
Customers have said that it is able to chip up green wood with no problem, as long as was smaller than 1.5 inches in diameter. Customers did point out that if you are putting small twigs through the chipper, it won’t chip them, but instead leave you with “6 inch twigs.” Several people have mentioned that it was pretty easy to assemble and they appreciate the collection bag so that they can reuse the chippings for their garden, or they can simply add it to their compost pile.
So what did the remaining 31% of customers who left 3-star or below reviews have to say? The most common complaint customers had was that the blade becomes dull only after using the machine for two hours with regular use. They have also said that the machine will lose some of its power if you are trying to chip up hard pieces of wood. Several people have said that they don’t like that the hopper is made of plastic because it doesn’t take much for it to crack or break.
A handful of people have said that they were disappointed that although this machine claims to be able to chip wood 1.5 inch thick, they found it difficult to even go through 3/8 or 1/4 inch thick. Needless to say, it is understandable that they were disappointed. One person did mention that they felt that the shut-down feature of the device took too long to reset.
When it comes to electric wood chippers that are going to be able to get the job done and done well, the LawnMaster FD1501 Electric Chipper Shredder is one that can fulfill your expectations—as long as you are wary of its limitations. People who require a tool that is going to be able to chip up fallen limbs and branches will appreciate the efficiency of this chipper, especially because they can then take those chips and repurpose it in other areas of the garden.
So not only will you save money on gas and maintenance with this electric chipper, you also get to save money by not having to purchase mulch for around your trees and in your flower beds.
While there were some complaints about the machine, we feel that the LawnMaster FD1501 Electric Chipper Shredder is a great option, especially since it is affordably priced at under $120. If ever something does go wrong with your chipper, you can always make use of LawnMaster’s 2 year warranty to get your unit repaired at little to no cost to you.
If you’ve been searching for a good wood chipper, this is definitely worth your consideration.