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  1. Regarding the throw of the JB M250, I've never had problems with the chips being blown by the wind, they come out of the chute quite fast. However, the chute is less tall than on other wee chippers, and on occasion this matters (e.g., when chipping branches that fell outside the property and you want to get the chips over the fence back to the base of the trees). If you wanted to chip into a truck, it would probably matter as well. I think JB offers chute extensions. On other occasions, the shorter chute is a blessing, such as when chipping into a sack or a garden barrel, or aiming it at the base of bushes or trees in the garden. I mostly do this kind of chipping. P.S. I also like the low center of gravity you get from having the engine at the bottom, I can push or tow the M250 on a bumpy incline without worrying that it will tip to the side. This is rather obvious, so I'm surprised not all wee chippers do it.
  2. Steve, I considered the Jansen too. In the end I got the Jo Beau M250 ("garden line" instead of "pro line") for a bit more money and have been very happy. What turned me off from Jansen was not only that it's Chinese made but that the same machine appears on the market under different names (and prices)... see for instance here. So probably they are all made in the same place and simply painted over. But the last straw was that I asked for the dimensions of the GTS-2000 (I was considering this one and the 1500), and they sent me this: On Deleks' website I found what amounts to the same machine and (surprise!) the following pic: Looks like they had just photoshopped the brand into the pic 🙂 Makes one wonder about the machines themselves. So in the end I went for something made by a company this board trusts.
  3. Put the new 13-hp / 25-cm-blade JB to the test with some dry hornbeam (!!), and it performed admirably. I'll be saving lots of time with this little beast, that's for sure. Ordered it directly from Belgium (we have no importers here in Switzerland) and all ran smoothly.
  4. Thanks @Frod and @GlobalNewark for the input. After also talking with JoBeau, I decided to get the M250. Seems to be a good match as long as it's not used daily. (Random trivia: I had no idea that the number in the JB model name indicates the width in mm of the drum, so the M250 comes with 25 cm blades) JB says the quality and thickness of materials is exactly the same as in the M300, same bearings, blades, etc. just overall a simpler structure, fewer welding points, and of course the B&S engine instead of Honda. Now my challenge is actually getting a unit to Switzerland (which is where I live). Turns out JB used to have an importer here, but not anymore, so they say I need to make my own arrangements to ship from Belgium. Sounds pretty risky. Makes me wonder if I'll have to pay to ship it back if it's dead on arrival (but without visible damage). Has anyone done something like this?
  5. Greetings! Has anyone put the Jo Beau M250 to the test yet? (I saw Gray git asked the same thing last year...) I care for a 2-acre lot on a hill with oak, beech, hornbeam, and birch. I want the best machine I can afford, but the M300 is too expensive and probably too heavy anyway to push up and down the hill. After reading this entire forum (you're awesome, guys!), I'm looking at the JBs ... quality, light, and low in-feed height make it perfect. I'd use it maybe a dozen times a year. The M250 has the (admittedly non-professional) 13HP B&S 2100 while the M200 has a 9HP Honda GX270. Overall, the M250's specs are so much better than the M200, yet they cost almost the same... but I have no idea where JB cut corners to make the M250 so inexpensive. Does anyone know? Would those corners be an issue for my use case? Many thanks in advance for you advice and help.


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