Yard work is an exhausting, but necessary, evil. Most homeowners would prefer to spend their weekends spending time with their families or pursuing hobbies. Having the right tools in your arsenal can minimize the amount of time that you must spend there. If you are searching for a quick, eco-friendly, and simple method of cleaning up your yard after raking the leaves and trimming your hedges, look no further than the Eco-Shredder ES1600 Electric Chipper/Shredder/Mulcher.
This model is designed for users who require more than a leaf shredder but do not want to contend with the cost and maintenance associated with a wood chipper. The Eco-Shredder is capable of handling light to medium mulching, shredding, and chipping. Even if your property has a number of trees, this unit will break down fallen limbs, leaves, and other yard debris into a fraction of its original size – making yard cleanup faster and easier than ever before.
- The ES1600’s multi-feed system enables it to shred, chip, or mulch yard debris.
- The overload protection switch offers an extra element of safety that protects both the user and the unit itself.
- Operation is clean and quiet, thanks to the electric motor. There is no oil or fuel mixing to contend with.
- The product manual is poorly written and is difficult to follow.
- Most reviewers have stated that the unit is most efficient at handling branches less than a diameter in size, rather than the advertised 1.375” diameter.
- This model features a 14 amp motor.
- Additional cutting blades are included for free with your purchase.
- The pneumatic wheels have a seven-inch diameter to provide maximum portability.
- The shredder/chipper can accommodate yard waste that is up to 1.375” in diameter.
One of the biggest draws of the Eco-Shredder ES1600 Electric Chipper/Shredder/Mulcher is the fact that it has an electric engine. The 14 electric motor eliminates the need to start or maintain a gas powered engine. There is no fuel mixing to deal with, and its noise output is a quarter of what traditional wood chippers would be. The 14 amp electric motor boasts 2.5 horsepower, and it operates at 2,800 rotations per minute. Because it is powered by electricity, it is environmentally friendly.
This model features a three-way feeding system. The top hopper has main feeding chute that will accept small branches, twigs, leaves, and other debris, and the side chute is designed to accommodate with a diameter up to 1.375”. The three cycle mulching and shredding system guarantees uniform and consistent results each time it is used.
The Eco-Shredder ES1600 has the ability to reduce “input” by a ratio of 10 to 1 – a feature that reviewers have highly praised. The end result is dense and nutrient rich compost that can be used in gardens and on your lawn. At the bottom of chipper/shredder is a rounded discharge chute that is intended to make maintenance and cleanup simpler; however, some reviewers have noted that there is not a lot of room between the bottom of the exit chute and the ground. Due to the small amount of space, the user is required to remove shredded leaves routinely.
On the whole, this unit weighs slightly over 70 pounds. Its pneumatic tires measure seven inches in diameter. The large size makes it easier to pull this unit over rough terrain, with the help of the ergonomic handlebar. Even with a design that offers maximum portability, it still features a compact design that takes up a minimal amount of space in a workshop or shed.
- Powerful 14-Amp Motor
- Free extra cutting blades included
- Triple action cutting/mulching system
- Easy to operate: No gas engine to start or maintain
The resounding complaint against this model has been its poorly written user’s manual. In both professional and consumer written reviews, writers have noted how difficult the instructions are to follow, and many have struggled to assemble the chipper/shredder. Similarly, while the chipper is advertised as being able to accommodate branches with a diameter of 1 and 3/8’s, most users agree that it is most effective on branches with a diameter of less than 1 inch.
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At the time of this writing, 56% of reviewers on Amazon have given this multi-tool a four or five-star rating. The general consensus is that, while this is a solid model that will get the job done, there are more powerful and better performing models to be found within the same price range. If you need an eco-friendly and affordable unit for light jobs around the yard, then the Eco-Shredder ES1600 Electric Chipper/Shredder/Mulcher will get the job done; however, if you need more power, then it would be best to consider other models.