Great value for money product
This is a great shredder that will eat anything that fits down its throat and I have not experienced any blockages at all. In reviewing a variety of shredders on line I was concerned with some of the adverse comments regarding large mulch size and incomplete shredding with this product (mangling branches rather than shredding). I brought this up with the bloke at Bunnings and he gave me some good advice regarding blade adjustment. His advice was not to rely on a visual estimation when adjusting the gap between the mulching cog and backing plate.... Instead, he suggested starting with a generous gap adjustment before switching the shredder on then very gradually reduce the gap until you just start to feel the cog blades touching the backing plate (its a very slight bump, bump, bump). At that point cease further adjustment and lock the adjustment in place as per the instructions. I did that and have been delighted with the results.
Constantly amazed at what it can eat
We purchased this shredder 4 months ago having purchased a property with a poorly maintained garden that needed restoring.
Having looked at a number of smaller units we were advised to get this Ryobi due to it's larger shredding capacity and bin. It has been an excellent choice. Basically any branch that can fit into it will be eaten. The amount of space taken up is way way way less than trying to fit uncut branches into either a skip or the wheely bin.
Dry branches are a little more challenging as they have to be pushed through whereas ...the freshly cut ones tend to just flex on their way into the shredder. A word of caution - use loose fitting gloves and glasses when using the shredder as branches will twist and turn as they are consumed. You don't need to cut small side branches off first - so long as the branch (or even small tree) can fit into the top slot it will go through! BTW it isn't silent, just not as noisy as a chipper. Certainly not suitable for use before 10am. Final point - the safety switch on the bin actually works - so the shredder won't operate unless the bin is fully pushed in and the slide pushed upwards in full. This is good.
Didn't 'shred' or mulch at all - only mangled and repeatedly clogged. Returned it.
I bought this high priced $400 'Silent' Ryobi thinking it would actually 'shred' or mulch the thin branches (1.8cm) and the leaves that I fed into it - but all it did was mangle the branches (not 'shred') and leaves just came out the same as they went in! I was now left with piles of mangled branches (not mulch) that still needed shredding! Also the machine REPEATEDLY kept clogging up both top and bottom ends so I spent about 60% of the time de-clogging it. I tried different adjustments to stop both issues happening but still the same. I ended ...up returning this Ryobi the next day and bought the $165 Ozito 'Rapid' Shredder to finish my job. Pleased to say the Ozito works just brilliantly actually shredding and mulching branches and hasn't clogged up yet - I won't say the Ozito is 100% perfect but for $165 it's MUCH more effective than the $400 Ryobi. I would prefer a Talon brand but couldn't find one. My scores: Ryobi = 2/5. Ozito = 4/5. Note: All 'Silent' shredders use a heavy duty, slow speed grinding wheel/cog to grind up the branches/foliage - so it's quiet. 'Rapid' shredders use high speed, sharp spinning blades to chop up the branches/foliage - like a food processor - so it's loud.
The shredder did work for a while and after emptying the rubbish would not go. Bunnings , Palmerston, N.T. and a phone call to Ryobi did solve the problem. The rubbish bucket must be but in with the lever to the rear. Problem solver and instructions could be better. All help to this not very smart person was greatly appreciated , thank you.
Best money I have spent this year!
I usually write reviews if I'm really unhappy or really very happy with a product. This one is definitely because I'm happy! I wish I had bought this months or years ago. So efficient, easy and quiet to use. What used to be 6 large wheelie bins of garden waste every fortnight is now mulch on my garden. First day I used it for about 5 hours straight - it did not miss a beat. Does require a bit of easy adjusting on the blades distance setting before use - the instructions are pretty useless but if you search on YouTube you'll find videos th...at explain that. My experience is the blades need to be really quite close to each other. A rare hats off to Bunnings too - When I'd lugged the 35kg box home and started to assemble (very little assembly required) I found it had already been used and returned and was missing parts! I was furious and called Bunnings and they sent an employee to deliver me a new one within an hour.
A very good back yard shredder
I bought this a few weeks back and have used it quite a bit now and I am quite satisfied with the performance. The blade adjustment still requires an Allen key to loosen but its not too hard once you get used to it. I have found fresh 30mm branches are no trouble but dried branches are a struggle so don't let the large ones sit for too long before mulching. It does work on plant foliage quite well using a narrow blade clearance. It auto feeds quite well if you have long stems but can struggle with the twisty ones and I found myself shoving some...of them down the chute. The motor has lots of guts for 2400watts and surprised me how much it can take. I don't think its too silent however but probably is compared to other petrol based units. I hope it keeps up the performance because I have now shredded the entire yard without fault. Just be aware that dragging the roughly 35kg unit around on rough ground can be a chore at times but worth the effort for large jobs.
I'm very impressed with this machine, it shreds and crushes branches as promised and it's not too loud. It's pretty heavy but because of its solid build it doesn't rock around like some others do. It's already paid for itself since I'm no longer paying to have pruning material removed. It works better on larger, harder material than it does on smaller soft material but everything goes through. My only criticism is the adjustment mechanism for the strike plate, the one I saw in Bunnings had a knob whereas mine requires a bit of fiddling around w...ith a hex key, it really could be better designed. Because there are so few reviews online I watched a couple of YouTube videos demonstrating the use of this mulcher and its competitors and they were very useful in making my decision. I reckon it's brilliant.
Good for getting rid of small branches
I bought Rayobi silent shredder last month. Satisfied with its performance, and it make less noise u can even use it late evening. Be careful not more than 45mm thick branch. Once it stuck u need to open the front to take it out. Electric motor no need to worry abt oils.
Heavy duty, large cut diameter, good for fronds.
I needed a shredder that would do general garden waste as well as palm fronds. You need a different style for fronds as a spinning (mower blade type) style of shredder just gets the stringy fronds wrapped around the blades. After looking at units twice the price I decided on this unit from Ryobi even though it was new and had no reviews as yet.
Take note that you have to set the blade cut depth before you start, and I had a bugger of a time doing this until I took the front of the unit apart and checked it out. Not sure what the problem was...
Questions & Answers
my Ryobi shredder which is just 6 mth out of warranty has developed a problem in that after stalling on a branch it will predominantly run in reverse irrespective of the forward /reverse switch setting, togling the start/stop switch a number of times sometimes helps.
any ideas would be appreciated
Which shredder is which? Your picture and product code and review descriptions seem to mismatch. Bunnings is advertising two at the moment with $90 between them.
I shredded some branched and then moved the machine with the power on. Now the machine will not turn on. the safety switch is all the way down. Can you comment on how to check for other issues.
Also if it can't be fixed, the machine is built in 2016 and i do not have the warranty papers as the machine was given to me by a friend. what is the warranty on this machine.
Can i take it to bunnings to be repair by Ryobi on a warranty.
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