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PowerTek (3") 10-HP Vanguard Push Or Tow-Behind Chipper Shredder Vacuum

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Model: CV388-R
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Powerful Debris Vacuum & Chipper In One
Versatile and and easy to use

3 Inch Chipper
Two 4" blades turn branches & leaves into useful mulch

Large Volume Vacuum
6" x 10' hose feeds a 44 gallon Rubbermaid trash can

Hinged Top Assembly
Lifts up for easy unloading; allows use of a trash bag liner

Hose Support & Tow Handle Standard
Hose support keeps hose tidy during storage
Tow handle & front caster remove for use with a lawn tractor

Built-In Lift Handles
Allow for easy loading & transport

Pneumatic Wheels
4.10 x 3.50 tires push easily; track evenly behind a lawn tractor

10HP Briggs & Stratton Vanguard Engine
Dura-Bore cast iron cylinder sleeve
Runs cooler and cleaner for better fuel economy

Engine Brand
Briggs & Stratton Vanguard
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
10 HP
305 CCs
Consumer Engine Warranty
3 Years
Feed Chute
Wood Diameter
3 Inches
Feed Type
Number of Blades
1 Blade
Replaceable Blades
Discharge Chute
Discharge Chute Material
Removable Hose
Hose Length
10 Feet
D.O.T. Lights
Hitch Type
ATV/Lawn Mower Hitch
Drive System
Rear Bagger
Front Tire Size
4 x 3.5 Inch
Tire Type
Pneumatic Wheels
190 Pounds
Product Length
66 Inches
Product Width
34 Inches
Product Height
49 Inches
Consumer Warranty
1 Year
Commercial Warranty
90 Days
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Q: Is there an electric start available? I had a 5hp CubCadet that I could hardly pull to start so I am concerned about a 9hp. Am I also to assume that the 44 gallon receptacle needs to be purchased separately?
by Maureen DePaul from New York on November 21, 2013

A: Maureen,

Unfortunately, we do not carry a model with an electric start. I wouldn't say that this would be easier to start as a 5 HP, but using quality fuel and oil will help in starting. I am happy to report that the receptacle is included as part no. 21 in the owner's manual.
by Dale, Product Expert
Q: I have two questions ? 1. Can the 44gal capacity cv388-r be dismatled for seasonal storage? 2. can I establish a monthly account rather than credit card? I,m talking about the leaf vacuum&chipper push or tow behind...
by Steve Williamson from Indiana on November 02, 2013

A: Steve,

I believe the CV 388-R can be dismantled to a point for storage purposes, but it would depend on how much work you would want for yourself at the beginning of the season.

Here is a copy of the owner's manual to explain the how you would do this:

Powertek Manual

The only payment plans we are able to work with is through Paypal's BILL ME LATER. It is a 6 months same as cash financing program you would find online.
by Dale, Product Expert
PowerTek CV388-R Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
4.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 54.6 out of 5
Easy To Use (2)
High Quality (2)
I'd Buy It Again (1)
Durable (1)
Great motor (1)
Bad Instructions (2)
Expensive (2)
Heavy (1)
Terrible instructions (1)
Assembly issues (1)
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Dale, the Leaf Blower Expert
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43 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
2999 Helpful Votes
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The PowerTek CV388-R is the perfect solution for any residential or light commercial application. This powerful debris vacuum and 3” chipper makes for the perfect self –contained, portable machine.

The CV388-R is going to come equipped with 44 gallon Rubbermaid trash can in which a 6” x 10” hose feeds into. This unit uses a hinged top assembly which allows for easy and complete debris removal when you dump or when removing a trash bag liner. This will ultimately save you time and effort... more
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Jt E.
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/27/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Better Than Expected
I’m not one to write many reviews but feel this vacuum is worth the time. My yard has just enough leaves to be a real pain and we live in an area where I do not have access to dump leaves so the option to have a leaf vacuum that also bags is a real plus. I also have a need for a chipper as I often trim trees with nowhere to dispose of the branches. I was looking for a solution to use with my riding mower to save time as well as help out our neighbors and a few friends with their leaves so I... more
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Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
Cons: Bad Instructions, Expensive
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Thomas G.
Cameron, NC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/7/16
Most Helpful Critical Review
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
The Good & The Bad & A Love/hate Relationship
The unit works pretty well for sucking up leaves. When small branches/twigs and leaves were mixed in the area that we were sucking up the hose has plugged up several times. My wife is the one who typically uses the unit but is unable to start it by herself... motor runs great and the cart is a nice feature for her to move the unit around the property.

Now the bad... do not have your children around while you attempt to assemble this unit... they will learn lots of words you may not want... more
Pros: Great motor
Cons: Bad Instructions, Terrible instructions, Assembly issues
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"Chippers Direct is great... any issues we had were with the design/assembly of the unit."
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Steve Barkley
Streetman, TX
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 1/6/13
Total Helpful Votes
18 Helpful Votes
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
9 Hp - Leaf & Limb Mulcher, Shredder, Chipper
I have used this machine several times. It works great at vacuuming up leaves and twigs. I haven't attached to my mower yet. The chipper chute works as advertised also. It will leave small limb pieces between the chipper blade and the pivoting protective chute opening flap.

1. The hardware bag was not accurately packed. Short 2 bolts and several extras were included that were not needed.
2. The hitch of this machine rides so high on the front wheel I had to modify the... more
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Highly Recommended
I bought this leaf vacuum this past spring to do some yard clean-up, to getting rid of branches, and also for leaves. A couple good things I like about it: It's small enough to pull behind a regular tractor (I didn't put the front wheel on however), It's easy to put together, and it has a very powerful engine!!

It has a decent sized branch chipper too.

The things I'd suggest are: You really can't chip up any branches bigger than 1.5 inches in diameter, with leaves the bin gets full very... more
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy, Expensive
Jon Recommends This PowerTek Product
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Jon C.
Nashville, TN
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 12/1/15
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Product And Plenty Of Power.
The unit arrived yesterday (6 days to my door). The assembly time was about 2 hrs, the instructions could be better, and was missing 6 bolts, washers, and nuts for the hose big deal. The 9 horse Robins engine doesn't hesitate on start-up or chewing a huge limb, 12' branch disappeared in 4 seconds.

Two things I wish came differently: rear wheels should be on casters like the front, and the Subaru engine needs an electric start.

Love this unit.
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Debra L.
Inman, SC
Purchased from Power Equipment Direct
Purchased 10/26/14
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It Realy Works !
The Power Tech chipper works great after you get it put together, I first had problems getting it to my house. The truck was to big to get down my street so I had to meet the truck down the road and make several trips in my Tahoe to get all the parts home. Then came 6 hours of assembly time including going to Lowes twice to get parts that were not included, and drilling out holes that were not big enough for the bolts that were included. Also the directions were vague.

The chipper works very... more
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