Best Commercial Wood Chipper Shredders 2019 – Reviews & Top Picks

a wood chipper/shredder suited for professional use

The reviews in this article deal with commercial wood chipper shredders. Creating little pieces from big pieces is an invaluable capability to commercial operations like landscapers and property managers for several reasons including:

  • Makes the debris easier to move
  • Allows you to get more debris into a truck or other container
  • Eliminates the need to take waste to a dump by converting into mulch and compost

Chipper shredders used for commercial purposes must be rugged and powerful. They must be able to thrive in a heavy use situation and handle whatever wood debris they are fed, up to their rated capacity, of course. Downtime is an annoyance for residential users of chipper shredders. In a commercial setting, it can be a budget breaker, especially if crews sit idle while a piece of equipment is fixed or replaced. That means reliable performance is a crucial consideration.

These reviews cover five chipper shredders that can be used for commercial operations. We have researched them and ranked them on a variety of specifications and user feedback. The goal is to provide you with information that can be useful when you are looking to buy your next, or even first, chipper shredder.

We’ll start the reviews off with a table that compares all five chipper shredders on the basis of a few essential specifications. This table can be a handy reference in helping you pick the chipper shredder that best meets your needs.

Comparison Table:

ModelPriceWeightEditor Rating
Patriot Products CSV-3100B Gas Powered Industrial
Patriot Products CSV-3100B Gas Powered Industrial(Top Pick)

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139 lbs4.8/5
YARDMAX YW7565 Chipper Shredder 208cc
YARDMAX YW7565 Chipper Shredder 208cc

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226 lbs4.5/5
Earthquake 30520 Compact Chipper Shredder
Earthquake 30520 Compact Chipper Shredder(Best for the Money)

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121 lbs4.45/5
GreatCircleUSA 7HP Heavy Duty 212cc Gas Powered
GreatCircleUSA 7HP Heavy Duty 212cc Gas Powered

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132 lbs4.2/5
Powerhorse Chipper/Shredder 420cc OHV
Powerhorse Chipper/Shredder 420cc OHV

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218 lbs3.9/5

5 Best Commercial Wood Chipper/Shredders 2019 – Reviews:

1. Patriot Products Gas Powered Industrial Wood Chipper Shredder – Top Pick

Patriot Products CSV-3100B Gas Powered Industrial

Based on our research, the CSV-3100B from Patriot Products is the top pick for commercial chipper shredders. For our readers in the US, this is an American made product in case that is one of your decision criteria. It has plenty of power and can handle branches up to 3” in diameter. When researching what owners of the 3100B had to say, they came down strong on product quality, customer service, and ability to get the job done. That’s about all you can ask for from a chipper shredder. When your machine delivers in these ways, you’ll have a smile all day working up wood debris.

Specifically, these are the things that earned the 3100B top billing.

The negatives for our top pick are noted below.

Pros
  • 10 HP Briggs and Stratton 4-cycle engine
  • Estimated 12:1 reduction ratio (based on photos and the company description “coin size”)
  • Direct drive vs. belt or pulley
  • Tons of accessories available
  • Lightweight and compact
  • 13” pneumatic tires
Cons
  • Pull vs. electric start
  • Some assembly required

2. YARDMAX YW7565 Wood Chipper-Shredder 208cc – The Runner-Up

YARDMAX YW7565 Chipper Shredder 208cc

The second-place chipper shredder the YARDMAX’s YW7565. YARDMAX makes a quality product, and it is evident in this chipper shredder. There is no doubt as to the purpose of the machine; it looks ready to tear up your wooden waste right out of the box. It features durable steel construction, a powerful Briggs and Stratton engine, and has 4” wide pneumatic tires for moving it’s 226 pounds over rough or soft terrain. Owners also liked its performance. With its belt drive, it is easy to pull start, and all lubrication points are readily accessed.

Here are our positive points for the YW7565.

There are some negatives to the machine, and they kept it out of first place. They are noted below.

Pros
  • Quality, sturdy constriction
  • Utilitarian, no-nonsense design
  • 3” capacity
Cons
  • No accessories
  • No dedicated brank chute
  • Lower horsepower which might be an issue at times
  • Irritating OSHA flap that easily clogs

3. Earthquake 30520 Compact Chipper Shredder – Best for the Money

Earthquake 30520 Compact Chipper Shredder

The machine we determined to be the best chipper shredder for the money is the 30520 by Earthquake. This is a fully featured tool that just seems right when you see it, then proves it in use. It comes with a debris bag which is a nice feature when you aren’t planning to leave the chips and compost in place. Owners of the 30520 are extremely satisfied with the performance and reliability of the machine. As we’ve already mentioned, a tool that does what you need it to do, when you need it to perform is worth the price.

Here are the strong points in favor of the 30520 by Earthquake.

Factors where the 30520 fails to pass muster are noted below. One of the most significant complaints users voice has to do with the product arriving in a damaged state. Some damage appears to have happened at the factory and the other in transit.

Pros
  • Significantly less than the 3100B
  • Electric start
  • 20:1 reduction
  • Plenty of accessories including a vacuum kit
Cons
  • Reported issues with machine arriving damaged
  • Like the YW7565, lower total HP
  • Skinny (2”), low profile wheels make movement on soft or rugged ground more difficult

4. GreatCircleUSA 7HP 212cc Gas Powered Commercial Wood Chipper Shredder

GreatCircleUSA 7HP Heavy Duty 212cc Gas Powered

GreatCircleUSA’s 7HP chipper shredder could be related to the 30520 when you look at their overall design and their specifications. Both machines offer similar horsepower and branch capacity. Both come with dedicated branch chutes. Buyers can purchase from an excellent range of accessories including a vacuum kit. A favorite feature from our perspective is the low oil shut-off. It is indeed a boon for those who may be disinclined to check the oil regularly. Or, who just forget.

The GreatCircleUSA lags a bit in its reduction ratio of 15:1, but that is still an excellent number. Not to sound like a broken record, but owners also praised this machine’s performance and customer service. Here are the positive aspects of the chipper shredder.

The items that rank the GreatCircleUSA offering below the first three are listed below.

Pros
  • 15:1 reduction ratio
  • Low oil shut-off
  • Comes with a debris bag
  • Vacuum kit available separately
Cons
  • Lower horsepower
  • Users report shredder jams
  • Users report occasional chipper bogging down if they feed it too fast
  • Reports of the machine arriving damaged

5. Powerhorse Chipper/Shredder 420cc OHV

Powerhorse Chipper/Shredder 420cc OHV

Pulling in at number five is the Powerhorse 420 cc chipper shredder. On paper, this is the 800-pound gorilla of the contest. It boasts a 15 horsepower, 420 cc, 4-cycle engine, gas-powered engine. It is rated to handle branches up to 4” in diameter. It’s 275 pounds are supported by 13” pneumatic tires. It ships with an extra-large debris bag. And, it also comes with a tow bar, a nice touch because you will probably want to tow this behemoth to the debris rather than push or pull it by hand.

Here are the good things about this option.

The things that earn this chipper shredder last place are listed below.

Pros
  • Most powerful engine
  • Comes with debris bag and tow bar
  • Electric start
Cons
  • Arrives damaged
  • Arrives with parts missing
  • Replacement parts and support hard to obtain

This is another of those situations where, if you get a good machine, it will perform. However, if you get a lemon, it can be tough to get the customer service, or the parts needed to get it operational.


Safety

We realize that most of you reading a commercial product review are aware of the necessary safety steps, and protection chipper shredder operators must take. For those of you who are interested in a commercial level machine as a first chipper shredder, we offer this PSA.

Caution: You must take proper safety measures to avoid serious injury using these tools. These steps include:

  • Wearing eye and ear protection
  • Wearing long sleeve, tight-fitting shirts
  • Never putting your hand in the hopper or chute when the machine is running
  • Follow all manufacturer recommended safety practices

Conclusion

When it comes to a chipper for commercial use, you need to consider the Patriot Products CSV-3100B. Rugged, well-built, well-supported, and recipient of consistently excellent reviews, it should handle your chipping and composting/shredding purposes well. It checks all the boxes. Also, it is compact and light enough that it can be moved and stored with ease, important considerations when taking it from job to job.

The YARDMAX and Earthquake provide two more viable choices at a much lower cost. The last two machines, the GreatCircleUSA and Powerhorse have too many issues associated with their susceptibility to factory/transit damage and in the case of Powerhorse, the problem with missing parts that are hard to get, to move any higher in the reviews.

Bottom line? The 3100B should serve your needs well. Happy chipping, shredding, and composting!

Note: we also have an article where we only review electric models, and an article where we review both gas and electric models for home usage (not commercial).