well, i skipped the chipper all together. turns out the son had already taken care of all the shrubs, which was great. so i just cut and hauled the pines away. was able to get both in one load.....so it was all profit this time. I'd still like to have a small chipper for those little odd jobs here and there just to make transporting debris easier. something like a 3" chipper than can ride on the trailer. But i've used a 4 or 5 inch job before and it was worthless so im guessing a smaller one would be even worse.