Every small farm needs a wood chipper, but it can be hard to make the right choice when there are several factors to consider, including power, cutting diameter, capacity, and reduction ratio. Of course, you don’t want to spend money on a wood chipper for your small farm only to have it break down, either.
In our experience, the following models are dependable and will get the job done with minimal fuss.
4 Best Wood Chippers for Small Farms
Best Overall: SuperHandy Wood Chipper
With its 15:1 reduction ratio, 7HP 4-stroke gas-powered engine, and ease at which it chips through 3" diameter wood, the SuperHandy Wood Chipper is our top pick.New: $629.99
The SuperHandy Wood Chipper is our recommended wood chipper for a small farm. It has an impressive 7HP 4-stroke gas-powered engine, can handle up to 3″ diameter wood with ease; and has a reduction ratio of 15:1.
If you’ve ever used a wood chipper before, you know that it can sometimes jam, which can become very frustrating as you try to resolve. Fortunately, the SuperHandy Wood Chipper is designed in such a way to avoid jams thanks to its slanted housing design.
The SuperHandy Wood Chipper has no problem handling branches and twigs, as well as mulching and vacuuming leaves. A nylon waste catch bag is also included for easy removal.
Runner-up: GreatCircleUSA Wood Chipper
There isn't much between the GreatCircleUSA Wood Chipper and the SuperHandy. Both will comfortably get the job done.New: $629.99
The GreatCircleUSA Wood Chipper is another great option to consider for your small farm. With its 7HP 4-stroke gas-powered engine spinning at a 3600RPM, it makes short work of any wood you need to chip, including up to 3″ diameter wood.
Like the SuperHandy Wood Chipper, it features a reduction ratio of 15:1, is able to chip, shred, and mulch, and has a maximum capacity of 0.7 gallons. A discharge bag is also included for convenience.
Also Great: EFCUT C30 LITE Wood Chipper
The EFCUT C30 doesn't come with a storage bag, but has an unbeatable reduction ratio of 20:1.New: $619.99
The EFCUT C30 LITE Wood Chipper features the same powerful 7HP gas-powered engine as the other two models, as well as an impressive 3600 RPM.
With a wide and deep feeding chute to ensure that safety is at the forefront of its design, the C30 can easily chip and shred 3-inch branches/limbs with leaves to a hugely impressive reduction ratio of 20:1.
While the C30 does not come with a storage bag, the well-designed and well-located adjustable discharge chute makes clean up simple.
Budget Pick: Sun Joe CJ603E Wood Chipper
While not as powerful as gas-powered models, the Sun Joe CJ603E is the only electric wood chipper we recommend.New: $159.99
We wouldn’t usually recommend an electric wood chipper for farm use because they usually aren’t powerful enough. However, the Sun Joe CJ603E is about the best you can get, just as long as you only need to chip and shred branches up to approximately 1.7 inches thick.
Besides the wood chipper’s quiet operation, and compact design for easy portability, we also like how there is a safety hopper with locking knob to prevent the motor from operating when opened.
What to Consider When Buying a Wood Chipper for a Small Farm
In the majority of cases, a gas-powered wood chipper is the best option for farm use. Not only are they far more powerful than electric wood chippers, but there is also no need to have a power outlet nearby.
They may be more expensive and louder, but the trade-off is almost certainly worth it, unless you only intend on clearing up small branches.
- Cutting Diameter
You probably don’t want to go for a wood chipper that is incapable of chipping and shredding anything less than 3″. While there are exceptions, and it will depend on your own specific needs too, this is our recommendation and what most farmers are happy with.
Some wood chippers feature bins or bags to collect the wood chips, whereas others don’t. A bag or bin can make life that little bit easier, but isn’t necessarily a dealbreaker for most farmers.
- Reduction ratio
The reduction ratio is how much the wood chipper will reduce debris. For example, a 16:1 ratio means that the wood chipper will reduce debris down to 1/16 of its original size. Generally, the higher the ratio the better.
- Shredding chute
While you might think you don’t need it, it’s always nice to have the option of mulching or shredding softer materials than wood without having to spend money on moving around a dedicated unit.