Best shredder for very large borders

We have moved into a cottage that has very large flower borders.  Glorious to look at.  But come autumn and we take the shears to it all we need a shredder that will cope with wet leaves and stems.

 Any advice on the best one to buy?

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,496

    I guess it depends how large your borders are, but I got one of these earlier this year and have been very impressed with it.
    It's quiet and efficient. Just drop a branch into the hopper and it just munches away at it in no time.
    I've composted the shreddings, and though relatively large I noticed when I turned the heap a month ago, most of the bits have broken down. I'm very pleased with it.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-AXT-25-TC-Shredder/dp/B00D43EF06/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1502554793&sr=8-2&keywords=bosch+shredder

    Good recommendations can be found at http://www.fredshed.co.uk/boschshredders.htm
    I've not been disappointed with any of Fred's recommendations

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,144

    We've got a Bosch but it only copes with small branches and shrub prunings, it doesn't like wet leaves and soft plant material, we use shears if it too long or just chuck it in the compost bins, usually rots down by the following  year. 

    I think there is one you can buy for mushy stuff.

    Last edited: 12 August 2017 17:46:31

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • We will not have a lot of branches to put through mainly herbaceous annual shrubbery.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,144

    Our shredder doesn't like that sort of stuff. 

    Just put it in the compost bin as it is, it will rot down.

    Last edited: 12 August 2017 18:00:55

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 4,496

    A shredder is a bit OTT just for that stuff.
    If you can lay it on your lawn and run it over with a a lawn mower, that usually does a good job - that's what I do with mine

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • PerkiPerki Rossendale - LancashirePosts: 1,486

    Shredders aren't very good with green wet / slimy waste, best leave to a side for it to dry. Or do what Lyn or Pete8.

    I have quite large a wood chipper / shredder it will take branches up to 5 inch but that doesn't like wet green waste either. 

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,238

    My Bosch is brilliant and I'd be lost without it. It takes branches up to about 1.5" but spits out fresh willow as it's too bendy. It'll take the thicker bits after a few days but the thin bits wrap round the screw and come back out peeled! image

  • mmmm  this is not looking good.

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,238

    The replacement blade for mine is £90! It still doesn't take withies. image

    Slightly off piste but a few years ago I bought a tiny 5ftx4ft trailer and wondered would I ever use it. It's been worth it's weight in gold. If you have a lot of waste/soil/stones/furniture/stuff it may be worth considering. 

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 13,144

    Blimey PP, that's a lot of money for new blade, ours was £25.00. You can turn them over and re use, but you can't sharpen then,

    we bought ours in2011 and only bought a new blade last year. 

    This is ours, wouldn't be without it here, got so much to chip up. 

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bosch-Rapid-Shredder-Cutting-Capacity/dp/B001123CCO/ref=pd_bxgy_60_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=2QZGQJ94GZMZPB1Y2HQX 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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