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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    I'm not good with machinery. I had smoke from a belt when I failed to turn the shredder off when it got grass-jammed.  A new belt was required.

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,911

    Whatever you do, dont try and shred phormium leaves. They just wrap around the blades and clog it up.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,520

    If you allow the stems of the big Miscanthus to dry, they make fantastic fire lighters for our wood burning stove thing. BUT we have a lot of them! More than we can ever hope to burn.

    Shredded stems make wonderful path mulch through our wood though.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    Phormium leaves are just about the worst thing for shredders.The flower stems go through OK though

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,520

    Pampas grass leaves have barbs on them, they rip your hands to shreds when they are pulled into the machine.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    It's a painful business altogether Berghill, with the grasses, blackthorn, hawthorn, berberis.....................................and the rest

    Then there are some of the cotoneasters that get ripped out  of your hands nearly breaking your wrist.

    and the dried off eryngiums that leave prickly bits in  clothes that dig into the flesh later.

    and the stuff that's a bit wet and gets stuck so it has to be prodded,that's hard on the back and shoulders for one as short  as me.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,520

    Let's just give up gardening and wrap ourselves in cotton wool and sit on the couch and watch Donty Mon do it. image

    And don't get me started on Rose prunings!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    But we love it in spite of the painimage

  • I've had similar experience to NutC and FidgetB re: phormium leaves! A real xxxx pain-in-the-....  anywhere near the shredder!! Ditto goes for really long fibrous palm leaves (fronds?). Wet or dry spells CLOGGED BLADES!! I put mine into the garage/ glory hole (aka shed) until they are really dry then burn 'em to a frizzle in the jolly old incinerator - but be sure to pop the lid/chimney on smartly, otherwise the hot embers fly a mile into the air!

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,520

    Would burn ours stuff, but I forgot to leave a space for a fire when I did the garden layout. Doh!

    Not sure my machinery ability is good at the moment. The leaf blower will not work and I have had to buy a new chain saw as the old one has given up the ghost.

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