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.
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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