Re: wood chippers
I too have a MacKissic and love it. I don't know why your husband doesn't like Honda engines, they are some of the easiest to start, longest lasting, fuel efficient, low emission engines out there. Briggs and Stratton is probably the worst when it comes to emissions and they fight vehemently to prevent emission restriction laws being placed on small engines. DR is another good brand of chipper. Keep an eye on CraigsList, they pop up fairly frequently. Brands to stay away from are Troybuilt, Craftsman, and most of the other "homeowner" type that are produced by MTD. MTD manufacturers and private labels cheap equipment that breaks easily with generally bad customer service. I recommend staying away from the chippers that use knives, stick with a hammer mill. The knives dull quickly and are prone to damage. A hammer mill just beats the ever living pulp out of stuff and keeps going. This is particularly important when you've got gravel and other hard debris such as nuts mixed with your leaves and limbs.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!