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A great machine but:
This is an absolutely wonderful mulcher. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best mulcher I have ever owned.
BUT: It seems I bought it near the end of the production run.
We mulch a lot, looking after our yard and the reserve at the end of the street.
The cutter "Adjust plate" is a consumable. They are no longer available.
This is a well built machine that one would expect to last about 15 years that is going to have to be trashed because it is no longer supported by after sale service.
It almost makes me cry when I see my beautiful, unusable mulcher sitting forlornly in the corner of my garage.
This experience has made me very wary of purchasing another Ryobi product.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse Retail Stores for $330.00.
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.
Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.
Who needs a panda when you have this. Working as intended
Was looking for a mulcher/shredder to cut down neighbours bamboos that were invading my yard. After looking around decided on the Ryobi RSH2445S model.
Heard people struggle with adjusting the blade but i found no issues with it. Followed the instructions regarding adjusting the blade until seeing metal shavings which then adjust again for 1mm and it worked fine. Cut down 100s of Bamboo sticks/branches with no struggles. If it did struggle, it would rev up the power. Self feeding is also good.
After two month of using, i'm quite happy with it. ...
Purchased in October 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $399.00.
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.
Purchased in December 2018 at Bunnings Warehouse for $449.00.
Really good, except...........
My Ryobi Silent Shredder worked perfectly, it shredded all I wanted big and small branches. However, I did wonder why the wood came out 'connected' with remaining bark. When I cleaned it after use, I found the pressure plate which is against the rotating blade was put in reversed, exactly as the manual says be careful NOT to do.
The overall performance was otherwise perfect.
Simply set up and works with little or no mess
My previous mulcher died and one of the things which irritated me was the mess. The Ryobi 'shredder' has a very useful catcher which keeps the mulch in one place and saves having to sweep it all up. It requires minimal assembly. It's fairly easy to move around. It is quite heavy and so having it in a permanent position and taking your material to it may be best for some people.
One thing it wont do well is mulching leafy ends of material. I mulched up Hibiscus branches and it worked a treat until I began to put too many leafy sticks through....It gets blocked up. Mix up the leafy stuff with the woody stuff and it's fine. Diameter of material is pretty impressive considering the size of the machine. If it fits in the top, it will eat it up. I was mulching stuff 30mm and more without any issues. If it was too large, I used a hatchet to split the wood - I mulch everything! Adjustments are straight forward - if it doesn't cut correctly adjust with the allen key. If it cuts worse, you're turning the wrong way! Safety - the catcher also acts as a safety catch. It wont work unless the catcher is in place and this covers the blades. Price - well, it's not the cheapest around $400 but I find that buying a cheaper version will get a cheaper product which wont mulch up anything larger than your little finger. Save you $200 until you have enough for this and you wont be disappointed.
Product just over two years old stopped working because of a broken cutter blade.
Had very little use and no big stuff. Just out of warranty. There is no service centre within 60 Kim's even though I live in a large regional area.
Now have to wait some time just for a quote to get it fixed in Melbourne.
No more Ryobi products for me but staff at Bunnings were very good.
July 27th 2018 Update: Don't buy Ryobi from Bunnings
SHredder 2445T broke down just out of two year warranty. Bunnings will not help us and Ryobi is not responding.
Only squashes and mangles
This was useless. Tried for an hour and adjusted blade at all settings. Did not cut or shred anything, had hedge clippings and just flattened and mangled them. Complete waste of 6 hours of my life as 2hr drive to go buy this Product from Bunnings as live rural. I have no idea how anyone could give favourable rating, I was shocked to see people do so. I wanted this to shred plant material to make mulch, did not do anything remotely like that.
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.
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.
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
Trouble shooting shredder won’t start have checked lead and is getting power to the shredder
Hey, we just bought the shredder bulrushes I have it adjusted to take pencil thickness branches for a test run, it worked for about 10mins the stopped, i pressed the go button and it went backwards about half a turn then forwards a fraction then stopped again, it kept doing this while I held the go button and it stopped as soon as I took my finger off the button, the blade distance is not much smaller than the branches im practising on, ive seen some pretty large branches going through on youtube
does it shred green leaves
It is more a crusher that a shredder designed to chip branches into pieces about 2 ish cm long, Say I am doing palm fronds, the shafts are crushed so that I can put it on the garden as mulch but while the leaves are 'chewed' up to some extent they are still recognizable; Hope this is helpful
thank you very helpful
Anything too fibrous like fronds or banana leaves will end up stringy and possibly block the mechanism. Works better on drier leaves and timber - too green is not ideal.
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