Reasonable for domestic back yard use.
Good machine when used in accordance with manufacturers recommended sized branches.
The Redgum GX200 chipper’s mulcher chute definitely suits up to 10mm branches and the small tube for bigger branches up to 40mm.
This machine is best suited to alternate between mulching green & dry garden waste - e.g: freshly pruned & pulverized green garden waste clogged the discharge shute which was resolved by alternating mulching of green & dried waste to break the clogging effect.
Important to understand what you can and can't do with it.
Redgum Chipper shredder.
I purchased a chipper shredder with the GX200 Honda engine. There is definitely a technique involved, however once the machine had a few hours of operation, it seem to be a lot smoother and had plenty of power. I guess the engine needed a little "running in". It is not a fast machine, however i seem to find using it is somehow "de- stressing". Overall very happy with the machine. Very happy with the service from the vendor. Torquepower in Wendouree Vic.
I would highly recommend this machine for power and reliability, however I have discovered it's weak point, after splitting numerous tons of timber the cast at the end of the ram failed and the ram at the base has slightly bent. I'm hoping I can make some sort of connection my self as removing the ram I think will be a big job?
Great Product with Excellent Honda Commercial Engine
I bought the Redgum GX200 and wasn't sure if 5.5HP would be enough, but after mulching and chipping for two days straight, I couldn't be happier. Well designed - sturdy - and safe. It is belt driven which minimises any load impact on the engine. Great machine - Highly recommended.
Hardworking little machine
My machine is equipped with the Honda GX200 (professional) engine and is called a Silver Edition, although I don't know what that actually stands for or means.
By now, I have roughly split 40 Cubic Meter of various wood species and it hasn't let me down once. I have split, Red Gum, Gum, Oak, Blackwood, Cypress and Elm, and it has been able to split every piece, even the ones with all the knots and forks in it as I usually receive completely cut down trees. Particular the Elm tree has been a tough one to handle and impossible to do by hand as...the wood is very twisty and stringy. The engine is lovely and has always started at the first go, and has never over heated on any of my jobs. The wedge is a bit on the small side compared to other (Chinese) brands, but the benefit is that you receive more point pressure, and is still able to split blocks of wood that are 4 times its diameter or more. The only downside, is that the wedge might get stuck more often due to the smaller size, and that the protection bars to free the wedge from a block of wood are a bit on the small size. Occasionally a block of wood will skip over it, and push into the lever which result into an infinite loop of the block pushing the lever backwards, and the lever pushing the block backwards until you turn of the machine or something snaps. This has happened twice to me now, and resulted into severing a connector. It is easy and cheap enough to fix, but still an annoyance that could be fixed by proper protection guides/bars, or replacing the lever with one that has a 90 degree offset. In short, a reliable helper with only one minor flaw, which isn't completely free of user error.
Good machine, but it is important to understand what you can and can't do with it.
Redgum vs Bunnings chippers. At $1000+ it's more pricey than most but obviously is does better and you get what you pay for. I have used those cheaper (often electric) ones and they are a pain even for your home garden, I will never touch one again. For your odd tree here and there and clippings at home the Redgum does a great and fast job. A couple of hours and you can polish off a huge pile. Even after a year without use it started instantly with one small p...ull of the cord - I was shocked. But always use fuel stabiliser for all petrol engine equipment. However, I am one that pushes to the boundary and beyond. I use it for significant shredding of home garden green waste (very overgrown properties) and small country property maintenance. It takes a long time to do a lot of waste and you have to chainsaw them into smaller manageable pieces that fit the feeder. It is more than fair to say that my expectation is unreasonable as I am trying to do work that requires a $5000+ machine. Those machines have one intake chute for all debris including large wood, whereas the Redgum has the mulcher chute for up to 10mm or so and a small tube for the bigger stuff - a bit cumbersome. Summary: for your average home garden or property needing 1-2 trees removed occasionally it's perfect. If you want to do significant shredding work (many large trees simultaneously) or small country property work then go for a better model. Or hire one.
Waste of money!
Got 5 hours use before blades were terrible and not sucking branches through. Taken it back to shop 3 times in 3 days each time the said gunk in blades just needed to clean up blades. Next time the reversed blades and now its back at shop waiting on replacement blades.... I want a refund!
Should have spent the money many years earlier.
Wow! They claim it can split any Australian hardwood log. I find if it fits between the end plate and the splitter ram
it will, and so far that seems to be true regardless of log diameter. It uses an easy start and reliable (genuine) Honda GX200 motor powering a massive hydraulic ram. They do not specify a tonnage claiming it to be an unreliable benchmark of performance given the existing claims that cannot be substantiated made by many foreign imports. I made my decided to spend the extra and purchase a unit MADE for Aussie hardwoods, not the...
Questions & Answers
I’ve had mine for a couple of years and it’s been great. Now all of a sudden the blades don’t seem to want to cut. I sharpen them the way I’ve done before. But still no joy. I’m reading more about mixing green and dry wood. Is this the problem?
Hi Mat, I'm assuming that you are talking about the chipping blades. I had my blades sharpened at a blade sharpening business and if anything, they were too sharp. I found that using a bench grinder and a straight edge works better. I found that the machine has little to no problems with green and can struggle with dry wood. having said that, I usually don't chip anything bigger than 25 mm, I use that size wood as kindling wood. I have herd from other machine owner's that letting fresh cut timber, especially green leaves, sit for a few days will produces better results. Cheers.
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