Worked well until it died...
Bought one of these about 1 year ago. Have used it 2-3 times - probably about 5 hrs total run time. It has worked quite well but yesterday just died. Sounds like the internal gearbox is shot and the motor sounds like its jammed and the teeth will not rotate. The green power lamp just flickers. I have not exceeded the specs and have only shredded branches up to 45mm. Very disappointed that it died with so little usage. As an aside, the user manual gives NO advice as to what the flashing power lamp means....
Apple tree chips 2020!
We hired a petrol mulcher initially to help with our garden clean out, but it died on us half way through the job and just wouldn't start by the second day. I needed to finish off the job of mulching down the branches from our apple, orange and mandarin trees and it did the job with ease. Eats up branches even up to 5cm thick! Very happy with this Ryobi Shredder, hubby's also happy as his now got 5 trays of apple chips for his BBQ smoker. It is not a mulcher though like the higher end petrol mulchers, as it doesn't crush the woody branches, only cuts it into 'chips'. I ran the shredded chips thru the shredder a few times until I got the desired consistency to feed my compost bins.
Most fun you will have in your garden
This machine is great. I have used it on hibiscus, roses, durantas and pretty much anything else that I can get my hands on. Previously I would spend hours cutting up material to fit it in the green bin but now I can reduce the material to mulch unbelievably quickly. It is a must have for anyone with shrubs that need to be kept under control. It won't do leaves by themselves unless they are on a stem but this does not matter - that is what a mower is for. If you enjoy mowing your grass with a hand mower and not a petrol or battery operated mower, this is not the machine for you.
Purchased in May 2020 for A$399.00.
Super machine. Does what it says with ease.
Over the years I've been transitioning from petrol machines to corded electric or battery when suitable, as we have rooftop solar. The choice here was to replace the very noisy, smelly, heavy, cumbersome and relatively aggressive yet effective petrol chipper I'd had for 20 years with something capable but electric. Research and availability led me to this machine. With a slight dose of cynicism about its capacity I decided to see what it could do for a modest $400 with the appeal of a 4 year warranty.
Now about 4 months on I'm still really impr...
Purchased in April 2020 at Bunnings for A$399.00.
Awesome crusher that shreds green waste easily
This crusher is amazing. Its primary use for me is to minimise green waste so it can be stored / disposed of efficiently.
It does an awesome job at dicing up dry branches and these can be used for mulch. Anything wet and it wont mulch that well, but it does compact it so again it's easy to dispose of.
I've put in solid branches up to a 2cm diameter and it automatically increases in power and slices it up easily. This is an awesome machine for branches. Mulching up bushes is a pain because of the small insertion point but it can be done.
Th...e only issue is the cheap plastic that is the tub. Be careful removing and tipping out the waste and is it will break easily. It also doesn't hold much as once it's 3/4 full it will be block the area of new waste coming in.
Powerful unit for the price.
Firstly it is easy to get home as the clever way it is packed means the box is reasonably compact, its probably a good idea to have help loading it although it's not excessively heavy at just over 20kg's. Assembly is quickly achieved and the necessary tools are supplied too, the unit upon setting it up may seem small however don't be fooled as it has plenty of power for the home user. Checking / setting the blade clearance is easy and you can also sharpen the blades as you go. (make sure you follow the instructions on all counts) Controlling it...is easy with the buttons conveniently located on the top of the unit too. It comes with a 55 litre catch bin which slides underneath and this has a separate cut off switch on the front which you must slide up when fitting it or the machine won't operate. I found a minor flaw with the design of this bin system in that the cuttings can build up to the height of the shredder ejection port which then causes a back up inside the feeder neck when the bin is actually only just above half capacity. You therefore need to either remove the bin and level the cuttings out or as I began to do, just tip the unit forward to remove the blockage. The bin feels a bit flimsy too, time will tell on that one. I have run different types of foliage through it with varying results and on that, you need to keep in mind it's a crushing type shredder. Because of this it performed just ok on yucca leaves but better with the stem. To elaborate, it left the leaves still in one piece but mangled so at least they were much easier to dispose of, the stems were mostly turned into small pieces. Where this unit excelled was with tree branches and accompanying foliage and that 45mm maximum allowance is quite generous. I had my doubts it could handle something that big however the unit has plenty of torque and for branches of about 20-30mm, it just sucked them in with no need to trim them unless they just couldn't fit in the opening (it has it's limits) Noise wise it's pretty low key, the blades turn at a slow rate so there is no high pitched buzzing noise but more of a low rumble. It senses when there is additional load on the blades and increases the speed slightly but returns to normal thereafter. Overall it is worthy of your consideration and I would have rated 5 stars if it wasn't for the annoying issue described with the bin.
Does what it says!
Seems to be the same as the previous model Rsh2445T.
Shredded 7 cubic meters of branches, hedging with leaves, palm prongs mix of wet and dry. Did not skip a beat. Seriously impressed. Easy to set the blades as per instructions. Most cuttings are around 1-2cm in size. I did cut many branches wet and dry that I could only fit and it seems to really prefer those. Sucks it all in.
Wish it had a bigger bin! But that’s it. Money well spent!
Questions & Answers
Whats the differance between silent shredder and crushing shredder the crushing shredder costs more.....
I bought the cheaper one - about $330 from Bunnings - to get rid of some duranta printings. It's shredding mechanism is like the blades on your mower. It got clogged continuously. The dearer one has a cruncher where the blade operates vertically. This means it is self feeding. It has never clogged. It is much quieter than the cheaper one and much solider. Bunnings took the cheaper one back. I asked why they sold the cheaper one and was told people have different price points. The cruncher has a 7 year warranty. I strongly recommend it. Neither will do leaves. The cruncher will do palm fronds - the cheaper one won't.
I hope this helps.
Indeed, I'd just add that the crushing shredder also has the surprisingly powerful variable speed motor, & fairly quiet, plus a translucent 55L vs. 40L black hopper bin which is also an advantage. Mine has never clogged or been unable to deal with whatever prunings I can feed into it (fruit & nut trees, native shrubs etc no palms) including leafy stuff. Leaves tend to be more mushed than shredded in my case. I'm glad I paid the bit extra for a good machine that's easy to use and perfect for my shredding needs. I think gets many good reviews for a reason.I hope this helps with decision making, too.
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