need advice on chipper/shredders
We recently purchased a two-acre property of neglected and overgrown plants which need a lot of clearing and pruning. Since the soil needs help as well I was keen to get a chipper/shredder to turn the overgrowth into compost. We live on Maui, and there isn't much choice in chipper/shredders here. Ordering from the mainland is possible, but shipping isn't cheap and there is the issue of who will/can service the machine. We decided to rent what is sold here, and were extremely disappointed with the results. We rented an Echo Bearcat chipper/shredder. I don't know the model number, but it is supposed to be able to chip branches up to 3" in diameter. Hah! We rented the machine for a day, and hardly got anything processed. We spent the majority of the time trying to push things into the shredder. We weren't trying to chip oversized branches or particularly hard wood. The only material that it would actually pull in and chip without a struggle was about as hard as carrots. Is this normal for chipper/shredders or was this a rental that wasn't sharpened properly? This model costs well over $2,000 to buy here, and I have to say that I won't be a buyer. Is my only option to buy a larger machine or hire someone who has a larger machine? Thanks for your input.