One of the best ways to clean up yard waste, like branches and leaves, is to chip or mulch it. It’s easy enough to rent a chipper from the hardware store for a day, but for not too much more money, you can purchase one of your own and use it year after year.
When looking to purchase a wood chipper, there are a few considerations. The first is fuel type; an electric motor runs quieter and cleaner, but has less power, meaning you won’t be able to chip or mulch large debris. Gas chippers have more power, allowing them to chip debris up to three inches, but require refueling and routine maintenance.
Most machines that can chip, shred, and mulch material can handle branches up to three inches in diameter. If you want to chip material larger than that, you’ll need to get into dedicated chippers, which are more expensive and tend to be more for commercial use.
Here are some of the best wood chippers you can get on Amazon.