Having decided there is no hope for my 10 HP MTD (Yard Man) machine, I decided to start looking at the alternatives.
From the feedback I've gotten on Gardenweb, a move to something better is either a McKissik or a DR Chipper. I've seen the infomercials and even ordered a tape on their Brush Mower, so I'm a little bit familiar with the DR products.
So, my search started with the DR Chipper.
I use eBay a lot for buying things, so I thought to start with eBay just to see if anything was there.
What I came back with on a search for "DR Chipper" was the following ad. It's the most unusual auction ad I've ever seen on eBay. Usually if someone is selling something they try and emphasize its positive features. Seldom is someone so angry with something they own that they describe their eBay item as you'll see below. I'm copying and pasting the text from the ad. eBay item number is 4350667048. Check out the auction itself on eBay to get the full flavor of it.
Please give me some feedback re this auction, you chipper people! I'm really looking for a good chipper to chop up my piles of deadfall and tree trimmings! I thought for sure, since their price is top of the line, that I could count on the DR Chipper! I don't want to make a second mistake . . . and I consider this 10HP MTD unit to be a definite mistake. It's a decent leaf shredder, IMHO, and that's about all.
Maybe 12 HP (this DR Chipper auction) is just too little power?
eBay ad #4350667048
This is a 12 HP electric start. They say it will chip up to 4.5 inches. It will if its dry bamboo and you want to work at the incredible slow pace of "not working at all"
It vibrates so bad that the hopper skirt, bolts (locking bolts!) and metal strap fell off and into blade the first hour I used it. They gave me new blade and skirt etc. Never put back on. It barely goes through bone dry 3 inch limbs. You need to be very strong to feed it. Don't believe the commercials. It draws in the limbs once you feed it and start to stall so you have to jerk, pull, wrestle every couple of seconds to keep from binding the fly wheel. I've put another new blade on it and it still does not work. I called to see if I could get 9 month free trial and send it back? They said no but I could take it somewhere and have someone look at it. Screw them. For 2100 dollars they should bring me a new one and shine my shoes while they are here. Burger flipping scrubs!
Country Home Products gives you 6 months free trial knowing that you may not get to use it for 6 months. I'm had mine since May 1st and I messed up big time buying it and not running it a lot before the end of the free trial. It doesn't do anything except make me want to beat up of who ever runs Country Home Products. Their marketing dept got me. Don't let them get you. If you want this junk buy mine for less than a new one. It has about 20 hours on it. Too bad for me I didn't put hardly any hours on it during the free trial. ITS STINKS Really Really stinks. I can't imagine selling this and stealing from people like they do. If you want it great but you need to know it stinks. Really Really stinks. I can't stress that enough. It stinks. Useless. If you buy a new one that makes you as dumb as me. Please don't be as dumb as me. You will hate how you feel.
Gotta be honest even if it hurts me. Unlike Country Home Products.