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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.
     
  2. Loofah

    Loofah Well used member

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    Can you run a lawnmower over it a few times instead?
     
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    • Quentin Jackson

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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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    • Quentin Jackson

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      just used it on some finer loinercera. Did OK but was slower than larger stuff as kept getting blocked.
       
    • Heucherella

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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....
       
    • Quentin Jackson

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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.
       
    • NigelJ

      NigelJ Total Gardener

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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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