I needed a shredder/crusher for the limbs and prunings around our garden. After much research I spent $100 more than I intended on this machine.
We had just had a flood go through the bottom of our yard and there were quite a few limbs washed up; the ease with which it took care of then was great.
Next was the dreaded Boganvillia complete with 3cm spikes which I had avoided for a year. Clipped it off 3 meter cane, fed the thick end into the chute and the Ryobi did the rest; did not have to guide it or touch the viscous thing again.
An excellent machine, does an amazing job and the bonus is free mulch for the garden.
It’s great but Aldi sell identical model for $199
I’ve been very happy with it for the past 2+ years but after some heavy work the counter blade (the adjustable plate opposite the rotating blade) cracked requiring replacement. After scanning Bigspares schematics of the machine I realised it is precisely the same as the Aldi Gardenline Silent Shredder SGS2500 (PLU 51383) which sells for $199 but only once or twice a year and my parents own. Turns out the Gardenline part was $24 off eBay and the Ryobi part was $59 but it works perfectly. So you can interchange all the parts between the Ryobi and the Gardenline. Maybe the Ryobi has a higher grade or tougher alloy in it but it doesn’t appear to make any difference whatsoever. Worth doing the research but in any case a great mulcher.
Great value Easy to use. Drags the timber in as efficiently as a much more expensive petrol engined unit ...It’s makes disposing of cutting fun and I had no difficulties adjusting the blades..
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Does a great job.
I read some mixed reviews of this shredder but I thought I would give it a go.
The first thing is to get the adjustment right, do this with the motor running as when its stopped you can turn it too far and it will jam. Run the motor and look down thu the unit and you can see the gap, get it 1mm or so. Then it chomps and shreds really well. It self feeds (mostly) so there isnt much effort required to use it, I had an older shredder that you had to push everything thru and it was a lot of work to use. This is great.
The translucent tub is...
Does the job
I have previously owned a decent petrol powered chipper/shredder that I put a lots of stuff through but decided this time I wanted something quieter and simpler. The Ryobi does a great job, as other reviews say it chops rather than shreds. Just what I wanted. Works great on long straight stems, branches, canes, palm fronds etc Not so good with crooked or wide splayed branches, you have to cut them into fairly straight lengths so they fit the chute. That’s about it, very pleased with what it can do for the price paid ($399)
Purchased in March 2019 for A$399.00.
I bought this to shred three cubic metres of freshly cut Cammelia tree, after my Ozito wouldn't do the leafy stuff. From reading reviews here, I was prepared that green leaves wouldnt be shredded, but was okay with that, as long as it didn't jam it.
Oh my goodness. This thing ate the Cammelia tree like the Langoliers from the Stephen King movie. I started by trimming branches from the main trunk. Absolutely no need. I was feeding entire 2.5m x 40cm braches in there, leaves and all, and it would pull everything in and chew it all up.
It jamm...ed a couple times in the first 5 minutes, but it's obvious why it jams: leaves ball up above the wheel that pulls down the branches, and instead of pulling them in, they just spin against it. Its easy to fix, throw away the paddle, it makes it worse. Get a stick and poke the side that is pulling down (while it is running) and it unjams usually first go. After I figured that out, the next hour of shredding was completely jam free: If leaves were starting to collect in the hopper, I'd just break off a stick from one of the branches to be shredded and pushed the leaves into the pulling side before feeding the next branch in. Not all branches were turned into chips, but were instead one long chain of big chips that weren't fully cut through. Adjusting the gap might have helped, but as I was disposing of this, and not using it as mulch, it didn't matter to me. The 3 cubic meters fit (just) into a standard sized wheelie bin, so compression ratio is pretty good, about 10:1.
great home shredder/mulcher
purchased the display unit for a good price
already assembled, not been used
Made short work of pruning from my bottle brush ttrees
You got to do a bit of pruning of side branches for the to fit in feed opening
Very pleased with it
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It’s a mulcher not a shredder.
Great mulcher. Good for shrubs and bushes as well as palm fronds. It’s does not shred leaves it’s not for that. It made short work of 2 dead 8 foot pittosporums and a stinky Prostanthera bush called “Minty”. Good construction and easy to adjust. Recommend this if you have a medium to larger garden.
Why Didn’t I Buy This Product Years Ago
After reading mainly good reviews about the Ryobi Silent Shredder RSH2445t on productreview.com.au I bought this shredder yesterday and gave the thing a real workout today. Heavily pruned four 20 year old camelia trees and apart from a couple of very large branches the Ryobi munched it all with ease. Like others have said the blade adjustment takes a little working out but once I found the right setting the machine never missed a beat. Got tricked once or twice when the shredder would not switch on but one time I had the bin wrong way round and...other times not locked in. Leaves on branches sometimes clog the cutting shute but a quick poke with a good stick gets them moving again. Also clogs if the bin too full. About 3/4 full then needs emptying. I got all those trees into two wheely bins. Unbelievable!!! I don’t want to think how long the job would have taken cutting and sawring by hand and how many weeks of wheely bins to remove. An excellent product. Why didn’t I buy this product years ago.
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This is the ducks guts!
Bought it yesterday and worked it hard today. Once you work out what the stupid Japanese cartoons are trying to explain and you set the paddle depth, it is the best muncher I’ve used. It is very quiet and slowly grinds whatever to a compostable mulch. If you see a negative review I suggest the writer didn’t open the instruction book. Brilliant, buy one!
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Had a large shrub to dispose of so i got a saw and garden shears.
That took a few hours to cut to a manageable pile. Was wondering about chasing up a trailer and taking to recycle yard.
Decided to buy myself the 2400W Electric Silent Shredder and within half hour of screwing it together and plugging it in the pile was gone.
I had a pile of prunings that would have taken weeks to put through the recycle bin and I don't have a trailer. This machine is good and solid. Nearly went for the Ozito but thought this would be more stable and the bin is really worthwhile. All the favourable comments below are true, the only negative comment seems inaccurate, - maybe an adjustment problem.
One year later.....
8 months stores with no use........
Still good, just did a pile of prunings. Didn't block up but then you don't want to go stuffing fine stuff in there - it does long stems and branches even with attached leaves better. Leaves and small stuff should just go straight into your compost bin as they will break down quickly anyway.
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.
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.
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.
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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