Rob Lockwood Posts: 330
edited May 2021 in Tools and techniques
Hi all! There's a Spear & Jackson "quiet" grinding/crushing-type garden shredder available at a well-known high street outlet at what looks like a good price (£150). Anyone any experience of this or any comments about the shredder market generally? I can envisage using this once or twice a year to chop up fairly dry / firm twigs and branches for either composting or mulch. So, relatively light use, and not attempting to grind loads of mushy green material.
I purchased a large petrol one a few years ago which was both a chopper and shredder - it blocked up constantly and I ended up giving it away to the local Allotment Society. I am still using my smaller electric one which I purchased in France some 10 years ago - it's had a good bit of use over the years and still does a good job. It is an "own brand" rather than a well known make.
Don't know whether the above is of any help - hope you find what is best for you anyway
The only stuff I have found with mine which doesn't need much drying beforehand is Bay - no idea why but it does smell nice when doing a rather boring job
I believe there are 1 or 2 threads about shredders on this forum - may just be worth your while to use the "Search" facility to see if anything useful comes up before you make your final choice.
Good luck with it anyway and Happy Shredding
One feature I would check that it is a self feeding shredder, ie once you stick the branch into the rotating cutter, the machine pulls the branch through by itself. Apparently there are some shredders which require you to push the branch through the cutter, bit of a bore, I should think. I don’t know which models those are.
this is a similar design to mine
We have over an acre of garden, lots of laurel hedges and overgrown rhododendrons. Wouldn’t be without the shredders. Before we got one, we were regular visitors to the tip, with massive bags of prunings. The shredders reduced that to more manageable proportions. It’s amazing how a huge pile of chopped off branches etc can be quickly converted into a small box of minced up greenery, ready to compost, or in our case, tip into the green waste bin for collection.
If you have room to store it, you won’t regret it.