19 years and counting
I bought the C6 in 2004. It is no longer in the catalogue but replaced with the C7 with the 6.5 Honda engine. It is used about 15 times a year but when its is used it goes for 6-8 hours and helps clean up our native bush around the house and supplies a lot of mulch back onto the garden. I get the blades sharpened 2-3 times a year and it gets an annual service. Caution with long strappy native grasses such as Mat Rush which wrap around the shaft but either lower them slowly in or cut them into 200mm lengths and mix in with other bushes etc. List... Read moreen to the engine and best keep the shoot as wide open as possible to shoot into a barrow or just fire the material back onto the garden. We rarely ever have to burn and a day in the garden leaves us with no heaps other than perhaps some light firewood. Branches up to 40 mm easy anything over to 50mm needs to be soft and green. Need to have someone handy to service to get a good life span. Clean it after use and I expect another 19 years. The old adjustment mechanism to set the flywheel in motion is a bit unusual and people have a tendency to throw it over a bity too quick. Belts replaced once and now I have given it a new set of blades it is ready do a lot more hard days work. The internal grease nipple broke off and needed replacement otherwise
Cost of blades
I've had my C7 since 2010 and it's been a solid reliable performer. The Honda GX 200 motor still starts on the first or second pull. My only complaint is with the soaring cost of the blades! The last set of blades I purchased was in 2018 at a cost of $90. You can usually get about 1 or 2 sharpens out of a set. I've located 2 businesses that sharpen the blades accurately with professional grinding equipment. The cost of sharpening is about $50 a set, but this can vary. Their is no adjustment in the blades to account for sharpening, so they bec... Read moreome too narrow and can no longer be used. I recently enquired at my local Hansa dealer about a new set and was told they are now $160!! Given that they need to be sharpened/replaced fairly regularly to ensure good performance of the machine, this makes it extremely expensive to maintain. Hansa has a good following and most buyers appear to be satisfied with the machines performance, but charging $160 for a set of blades in my opinion is outrageous given the frequency they need to be sharpened/replaced. Would ask Hansa to consider their loyal customer base on this one and review pricing. Other than that, a goodmachine.
Works ok but blades too expensive
Have owned for about 7 plus years. Honda motor runs well. Wouldn’t buy one without it.
The c7 I have does the job but blades need regular sharpening for best performance, especially palm fronds. They wrap around and around and eventually stall the machine. I get about an hour out of them before sharpening. I mainly mulch various garden waste and about 1/3 golden cane fronds. Blade removal is relatively easy if you’re handy but be very careful not to drop the nuts or bolts into the housing. You can’t reach in. No room. You need a magnet
I have 5 acres of what was scrub and trees and fast growing natives. Provided the Blades are sharpened in due course AND the Anvil is adjusted - this C7 machine has no worthy rival, at the price. Yep. I stalled it a couple of times but that was because I was testing the machines ability - and mine as it turns out. Clever preparation with types and lengths of material/s pays dividends. A great and serviceable machine !! I got the C7 in 2020 because the Landscaper who was selling i did not realise its potential !! Lucky me as it turned out !!Show details
Awesome - perfect for small orchard
Hi - Ken from Nannup, WA. This is one of those awesome products. I've written very few reviews before, but this chipper has been so reliable and effective over the last 4 years, I just had to pass it on. It's built like a tank - very rarely jams (only when I over-feed it!), and starts every time (thanks Honda). Safe to use (with hearing protection), as the feeder chute is significantly longer than arm-length. I have 5 acres with plenty of hard river gum, black wattle and deciduous fruit tree prunings to manage throughout the year. Handles it all like a dream. Anything too big for this chipper is firewood. We highly recommend it.Show details
Small Acreage Beast and Gardeners Best-Friend
After many years of broken promises and disappointing results from chippers/mulchers/garden shredders of most brands, the Hansa C7 has delivered and restored my faith in home chipping!
I did some solid research before deciding to pay a premium for the Hansa C7 - and I'm stoked with my decision. I live on a 5-acre bush property with some manicured gardens/orchards.
The Hansa C7 powers through wet, dry, fibrous, green and brown material with ease, managing both my tree/bush clearing and garden pruning.
The first few uses of the machine were a... Read morelearning curve to understand the optimal way of working with it. But since then my C7 has been the most valuable tool in my barn! I no longer have expensive green waste disposal - I have a significant mulching and composting operation powered by my Hansa - my gardens have never looked better. Design of the C7 is well planned. My most favourite observations: 1: At 95kg, surprisingly the machine is easy to move around the property by hand. (Additional tow hitch allows for moving across steeper parts of the property)
One of the best garden tools I've ever owned.
Tough and incredibly easy to start. Honda engine is a gem Goes through most garden waste effortlessly. I've converted a couple of reasonably large trees into firewood and a modest pile of compost. However, even with the blades in good (not perfect) condition tough, fibrous branches and twigs tend to he shredded rather than chipped so they bend and block the outlet which requires regular clearing (pull them out by hand). No big deal bit a bit annoying.
It can't handle really wet soft stuff; it accumulates in the outlet and blocks it requ
Great machine, recommended for small acerage And/ or serious gardener
The difference between my old masport and the c7 is well like changing from an ozito to a metabo.
Purchased from “Sunbury mowers and chainsaws”. Easy to start, easy to use. Having the high outlet with a high volume/throw capability is magic. The old masport dropped the cutting directly beneath the machine, hence stopping every few minutes to clear.
C7 is the first machine I’ve had that I have been able to exceed my wife’s pruning rate!
Can easily deal with 2-3 m long cotoneaster limbs in one action. Ie thrown them in and there gone. Di... Read moretto for gum trees limbs. It will also take succulents if fed slowly, and there is no deflection downward on the shoot director and you can tolerate the staining of the unit with sap On the negative side: the blade has a solid housing( good) that lifts up to clean, but the bottom half has no way to clear it out short of a vacuum cleaner. I jammed the unit once with the green leafy / flowery section of some wattle limbs. It clogged the outlet and filled the blade cavity with fines,; noway to drain housing when you wash it after chipping succulent Also have jammed the unit when a limb was too long(again cotoneaster), it slowed the flywheel and jammed a cutting between blade and housing.
One the best in the market. Well designed and made. Been using it for a year with no problems. Best for palm leaves and tree branches smaller than 3 inches. Easy to operate and maintain. The supplier in Brisbane was a very nice and professional person.Show details
Bought one for my Dad's 70th birthday and he loves it.
Purchased from Stihl Shop Port Macquarie who were' awesome to deal with. Happily delivered to the Island Trader to be shipped to Lord Howe Island for my old man.
It arrived a week ago and he has used it most days around the place. I got him the tow hitch which works well with his ride on.
Works great with all the kentia palm leaves on the island.
had lots of chippers shredders,bought this used about 4 year ago after adjusting new blades and putting new belts on it has completed an enormous amount of work I have cut down 20 trees on this house block there are lots that remain and require general trimming, would love to get the later model I have used it to chip leftover timber it has saved a lot more than its purchase cost in tip fees and the time it takes to complete a task, recommend these machines excellent value, never mind the cost look at what it does.Show details
Hansa C7 is just amazing
The Hansa C7 is the perfect machine for a lifestyle block. I find myself using it 2-3 times a week and have owned it for a couple of years now. Its had a service (thanks to the excellent service standards of STIHL Shop in Richmond) - belt replaced but not much else. Of course, you need to take care of the machine and not overload it or put anything too large in but that is just common sense.Show details
Great mulching machine perfect for my needs
Bought the Hansa C7 to replace my old Superswift garden mulcher which died. What a huge difference a job which usually used to take a whole day down to just 2 hours with the C7. I mainly have pine trees, and it took all the prunnings whole, and the mulch goes straight on the garden. The engine is easy to start. I did have a blockage with some wet leaves but I had powered down the machine not realising it was still processing which caused this. I Opened up the C7 which was easy to do, and used a blower which unblocked the machine and solved thi... Read mores issue. At full power mixing the leaves with shorter branches works well. The larger branches feed straight through. The C7 is very portable, and fits through my front entrance without any issues so I can use this machine all over my property. Wish I had bought one of these years ago. Also the height of the C7 is great for me I can transfer branches from my wheelbarrow straight to the C7, and more efficient now as no double handling is needed which saves a lot of time.
Have given up on this machine bought new. So frustrating to have to stop it constantly due to clogging. Won’t take anything slightly moist. So temperamental I’ve gone back to burning. Easy to start. Previously made all my own garden compost with another brand which was hard to start but chewed through everything.Show details
Excellent. Wish I'd bought one 20 years ago.
I've been burning all my garden waste for years.....what a pity. This machine is easy to start, easy to use, chomps up big branches, and produces mulch. It's all made with high quality components and finishes, and a Honda motor, will last me years. I've already sharpened the blades, easy to do and a delight to see how well it is all made.Show details
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Questions & Answers
I have a second hand C7 chipper the pulley on the drive shaft of the chipper was slipping on the shaft I have disassembled the shaft from the pulley but there doesn’t appear to be a key or groove for a key on the shaft. I did notice sparks coming from the area before I pulled it apart. Should there be a key groove in the drive shaft to the chipper section.
For memory in changing the belt you unbolt the motor. Was pretty simple. Just lined it up by eye. The new belt was initially a little tight (as they all are ) but loosened up pretty quickly and now runs perfectly.
Thanks belts are ok the pulley was turning on the shaft to the chipper. I pulled it apart and in the process of reassembly. Doesn’t appear to have a key on the shaft but has some sort of bush hopefully it was only loose.
Sorry, didnt get the gist of your original post. Havent had this issue. Let us know how it goes...
Hello Graham, if you have a pre-2019 model then you would have a biloc which attaches the pulley to the shaft. Ensure your pulleys on the rotor and flywheel are in-line and tighten the biloc and you should be good to go. This probably came loose to due excessive vibration so i would check the condition of the knives, they may need to be sharpened?
You are 100% correct I have reassembled it and it’s almost ready to fire up. Thanks for your advice
All good, happy chipping!
Hi, I have a C7 I bought new about two years ago, it has probably done 2 - 3 hours work in that time. I didn’t use it at all last year due to injuries and surgeries. Chipping some green gum tree branches and leaves maximum 30mm and the chute keeps clogging. I had to lift the cover a couple of times to clear it and have adjusted the belt as per the instructions. Also it’s not chopping the leaves at all, any suggestions?
Check your blades. Probably need sharpening. Timber needs to be green for best chipping and anything dead/hard will blunt them quickly. I notice it throws and feeds alot better when they’re sharp. I’ve heard of blokes putting the blades in a vice and using a flap wheel p120 on a grinder to resharpen them. Don’t do the back side though. I use a bench grinder with a stone attachment. Regularly dip the blades in water to stop over heating and buggering up the blade temper. It’s a beast when the blades are sharp but if blunt they tend to tear into bigger pieces and it gets caught in the shute.
Thanks Steve, appreciate the reply, I will check the blades. Have only used green waste so I am surprised that they need sharpening so soon.
hi there, I have an older model c7 chipper I brought second hand (2009 model), the bottom of the in-feed chute is starting to split from left the right side walls (bottom end close to the housing). ive noticed that the natural vibration of machine is slowly leading to a larger split. im at a point where I would need to repair the chute by welding it? (is it aluminium or metal) or replace the chute altogther. can I still get this older 2009 in-feed chute, or replace it the current model in-feed chute?, need some guidance..
thanks in advance...
As always, check with Hansa. They are very responsive to questions. Occasionally a replacement part is cheaper than a repair.
The chute will almost certainly be steel (a fridge magnet will stick to it) but whatever it is made of, a competent welder will be able to repair the crack, try to locate one of those slightly old fashioned workshops that specialise in the repair and maintenance of machinery, sometimes a trip to the country side to a place that does stuff for local farmers is the way to go. Unbolt the chute and take that to them for their assessment and repair. You need to ensure they are the sort of place that understands the kind of welding required for a proper repair. It should not be an expensive job. I'd also check the run-out of the cutter disk (does it wobble when you turn it?) and consider servicing the cutter disk bearings (sloppiness here could be a source of vibration) if it has had 11 years of regular use there are probably a number of things that could do with a look at. Maybe have a chat to a local Hansa dealer, they should be an excellent source of advice..
Yes the inlet chute is made of steel. You will be able to get someone local to repair the inlet chute at a reasonable price. I can almost guarantee the reason you are getting excessive vibration is that your knives are blunt and not cutting like they were designed to do. Instead of slicing the wood the blunt knives are hammering the timber which is causing the vibration throughout the machine. When was the last time you sharpened or changed the knives?
We recommend sharpening the knives every 15-20 hours but it does depend on the material you are chipping.
We can supply a replacement chute if required.
i normally sharpen them often. i had a brief period where i used blunt knives. but i wont be doing that again. repair by welding?
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- The Hansa C7 Chipper has a maximum branch size of 7cm, letting you easily process branches of a medium thicker.
- It’s a petrol-powered unit with a fuel tank size of 3.1L, letting you use the unit wherever you want in your yard.
- The machine is made of steel, has a 5mm thick housing, and a 40mm shaft, making for a sturdy build that will last you many years.
- It has a large, self-feeding chute angled at an ergonomic operating height, making it simple to use - this is made even simpler by the fact that you don’t need to precut branches before inserting them.
- The garden shredder uses a powerful Honda GX500, 6.5 horsepower engine that’s simple to get up and running.
- Built-in handles, pneumatic wheels, a design with a low centre of gravity, and an optional tow bar make it easy to transport and manoeuvre.
- This unit costs $3100, and comes with a 3-year global warranty.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers found that the blades on the Hansa C7 Chipper were easy to remove and refit.
- They also appreciated the high output capability, saying that it was easily adjustable to give precise control over how far they wanted the chips to go.
- Reviewers also noted that the machine was economical, as it runs a long time on a single tank.
|Cutting Capacity||70 mm|
|Number of Wheels||2|
|Dimensions||1250 x 805 x 1180 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
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