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Commonly Asked Questions:

What are these machines designed for?
The ECHO Bear Cat chipper/shredders are designed to effectively reduce the volume of wood, leaves, and other organic material.

When should I chip?
If you don't plan on recycling the material use the chipper. Also use the chipper if the material is green and stringy.

When should I shred?
If you plan on using the material for compost use the shredder. Shredding is an efficient way to reduce the volume of leaves or prunings.

How long will the chipper blades last?
Depending on the type of wood, age and cleanliness, chipper blades will work well for between five and ten hours. Dry, dirty wood will dull the blades faster.

How big of a branch will these machines chip?
The ECHO Bear Cat 3" chipper/shredder will chip a branch or bundle of branches up to 3" in diameter. The ECHO Bear Cat 5: chipper/shredder will chip a branch or bundle of branches up to 5" in diameter.

How many debris screens are available?
There are 4 debris screens that are available. The 1.5" is the standard screen and the other 3 screens that are available as accessories are: .375", .75" and a wet debris screen.

Are these screens for all chipper/shredder models?
The debris screens are available for all models except three. Both the SC5540B and SC5720B have five shredder settings that are regulated by an adjustable gate, which controls output. The SC2170 has the .375" and 1.5" screen available