Should be called the crumpler!
After using petrol shredders and chippers, this was disappointing. After a few years of use, it's still disappointing!
Perfect for: gum tree branches
Slow and ineffective for: everything else (leaves, prunings, shrubs)
It's perfect for things like gum tree branches. It will pull in the branch and munch it up easily. Quiet enough to use in a suburban back yard without complaints from the neighbours. Also quite safe to use compared to the petrol shredders that I grew up using. If you mostly need it for things like this, then you...don't need to spend the extra on a big chipper and those things are huge! On the other hand, for a lot of other things you might want to put into your compost bin, it's painfully slow and ineffective! Dead leaves? Nope! Leafy plants you pulled out of the garden? A pair of scissors might do it quicker! Prunings? They come out just a little munched up, not finely cut up like you get from a proper shredder. This remains true even if you set the blades as tight as it will allow.
A chopper not a mulcher. This does not mulch
It goes well, is very easy to use and a simple way to reduce your tree waist.
What it is:
It’s a chopper. It chips and chops your trees and branches into one to two inche pieces.
What it isn’t:
It’s not a mulcher and really doesn’t shred either.
it works best when the material you’re using is not fresh. I chop my trees and then leave it for a week to dry out. ...It does chop/ eat trees into a smaller enough size to either dispose of or pile up on the garden. It’s not mulch and it doesn’t shred. It’s bacially and electric cutter which does a job very well. Just don’t buy this if you want a actually garden mulcher.
Doesnt seem to last that long though appears sid
I went to use it yest and it started and did few branches and then it stopped..
That was about three times in total ive used it since we bought it ?about 2yrs ago ..
We bought it from bunnings like we do nearly all tools.
It appears solid.,still looks new but we believe that the quality of items hve really deteriorated since being manufactured in china..
Honestly things seems to break dwn easily and made purposefully to break dwn just after bit of use..
Purchased in April 2016.
I am sorry to be agreeing with the negative comment here as I am having the same trouble. It seems that other comments have mentioned adjusting the blades. Yes I have read the instructions, but unfortunately I don't understand what I am undoing with the allen key?? Simple suggestions would be gratefully received.
This is likely the user at fault (me). I wasn't going to give a star rating because at present I am hating my new purchase, but if anyone can explain what I am doing with the allen key and how I adjust the blades so I can shred into small pieces I would be more than happy to rate it higher.
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.
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.
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