Catching chipper/shredder chips

klem1August 30, 2013

I would like to hear how you capture leaves and chips. Even if I blow into a hardware cloth inclosure on a concrete pad, a lot winds up on the lawn where it's difficult to pick up. I also run a lot of cardboard and paper through the shredder which realy can make a mess. I have tools and willing to mash fingers and skin knuckles so fabricating is possiable.

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chas045(7b)

I Always set my chipper where I want my pile to be, but I suppose you could use a big tarp on the ground instead.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 11:24AM
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happytomato2008(wis 3)

I have used a gunny sack- plastic type and a one cloth type for (MTD 8 HP). Tied it securely around the shute end and it 'bagged' for me. Had to watch closely so it didn't fill completely up.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 9:53AM
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etrsi_645(5)

To clean up what ends up on the ground, I use a hand dethatching rake; it works wonders and gives me more thatch to compost too!

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 10:26AM
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mla2ofus

Build wood frames from 2x2 wood. Make 2 about 30" tall x 6' long. Make another 30" tall x 3' long. buy enough sunscreen to cover all three plus enough to cover the top opening. Screw the sunscreen to the inside of each frame separately, then bolt or screw the 3 frames together. Cut the top sunscreen so you can hook it on small finish nails on the outside of the frames to hold it on. Use it on a concrete surface or a 4x8 sheet of OSB(chipboard). Aim the chipper discharge w/o the deflector in the open end and start chipping. When not in use you can disassemble it for easy storage.
HTH,
Mike

    Bookmark   September 6, 2013 at 12:50AM
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robertz6

I used a little chipper/shredder once that came with a loose-woven bag for the discharge material. It was a coin toss as to whether it was worth using. Really needed to be larger, as well as needing a frame to hold it open better.

Can't recall if it was a Sears Craftsman or a 4 hp older Troy-bilt.

A large tarp might be the best quick way to go. Minimize raking.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 2:11PM
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robertz6

I used a little chipper/shredder once that came with a loose-woven bag for the discharge material. It was a coin toss as to whether it was worth using. Really needed to be larger, as well as needing a frame to hold it open better.

Can't recall if it was a Sears Craftsman or a 4 hp older Troy-bilt.

A large tarp might be the best quick way to go. Minimize raking.

    Bookmark   September 11, 2013 at 2:19PM
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zen_man

I just lay a tarp on the ground, roll my shredder/chipper onto the tarp, and do the shredding and chipping.

Then I roll the machine off of the tarp, and lift up the corners of the tarp to "herd" the chips to the center of the tarp, and shovel the chips from that pile into a Home Depot 5-gallon orange bucket for transport to where I want them (a garden path, compost pile, or whatever).

It takes several loads of the 5-gallon bucket to move all of the shredded/chipped material. A special receiver bag is available for my machine, but I never saw the need to buy it.

ZM

    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 8:36AM
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