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Shredder for smaller, lighter garden waste?

Discussion in 'Tools And Equipment' started by ChilliPepper, Apr 21, 2017.

  1. ChilliPepper

    ChilliPepper Apprentice Gardener

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    I want to try and shred the smaller, lighter stuff that comes from pruning and weeding so that I can accelerate compost production and reduce the trips to the recycling centre. I have a Bosch crushing shredder at the moment but this isn't suitable for the smaller stuff, which clogs it up. It's fine for chipping anything over about 1/2" or 1cm.

    Can anyone give me some tips on buying an impact shredder that will give me a finer chipped product and maybe a recommendation?

    Thanks in anticipation.
     
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    Can you run a lawnmower over it a few times instead?
     
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      I purchased a bosch shredder (fast spinning blade not impact) for the which seems to shred leafy springy twiggy stuff OK. Not tried weeds though. Shredded a whole holly tree except for larger stems and trunk.
       
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      Good afternoon @ChilliPepper I have the Qualcast Quiet shredder and is the best one I have had,very quiet and fine chippings,would strongly recommend :smile:

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      just used it on some finer loinercera. Did OK but was slower than larger stuff as kept getting blocked.
       
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      I have also been looking at getting a shredder for improving my compost. I have a lot of crocosmia leaves, which make my compost fibrous and stringy, but am reluctant to spend out without knowing it will do the job. I also need it to be a petrol job as my garden is looooong....
       
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      Since changed the blade round it works much better. Clearly a blade only lasts a couple of trees. Will order some.
       
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      I use an Alko shredder had it for about 15 years. Blades can be removed and sharpened when required. Takes up to a 1" branch, not brilliant with fibrous material.
       
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      Not wanting to hijack the thread but we have a herbaceous border which generates a fair amount of waste in Autumn and we would like a shredder to render it suitable for the compost bins. Seen Bosch being recommended but not so sure they are good for the greener material that we will have. would have thought that some one would make one for the job?
       
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      Hijack away Poly! I've not resolved this one yet but will be returning to the quest soon. I have a Bosch crusher shredder at the moment, which is great for bigger stuff over 0.5" but is useless for anything smaller! Even my runner bean plants, at the end of the season, clogged it up.

      If you are composting then the spinning blade or similar type is the one to go for and I'm sure that there are loads out there. You will see Bosch, Qualcast and Alko recommended above in this thread.
       
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        Aye I too am sure there are loads out there but how many of them can actually cut the mustard?Whilst we have a budget we want to spend it sensibly and we are concerned to say the least that so many reviews highlight the inability of many of these machines to deal with the material we have to cope with namely wet long herbaceous stuff, lupins and so on.
         
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        Wet thin and long stuff will probably defeat most shredders though our bladed shredder will cope with lupins if not too wet. If you can run a compost heap on a 2 year cycle most thin herbaceous stuff will rot. If your shredder won't cope you can always try chopping with a spade or shears before adding to to compost heap
         
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        We put it all on a pile and burn it. You know a little gas and a match.
         

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