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Garden Shredders - tough enough ?

Hi, I'm trying to figure a way of crumbling lots of sacks of compost easily and wonder if a garden shredder will give my fingers a rest ?

Would a 2500 watt garden shredder be able to handle bags of multi-purpose or ericaceous compost going through ?  would the odd little stone be too much for the blade ?

Anyone who owns or has used a garden shredder, your advice could be useful.

Thanks !!



  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051

    my guess is that it'll block up almost instantly. 

    They're designed to shred twiggy material .

  • Sivad, I find a good way to break-up bagged compost which has been compressed flat because of stacking is to put them on their sides and stamp on them, giving the odd kick with my steel toecapped boots.  Relieves stress, too! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    Apart from anything else Sivad, you'd have to break it up to post it into the shredder. Definitely not the tool for the job. I agree with Bob when he says give it an introduction to a size nine....or in my case a 4! works a treat.

  • SivadSivad Posts: 6

    well, what a response.

    I'm glad to steer clear of trying to short cut good potting soil.

    Thanks for your responses !!

  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    Place the material in a wheel barrow and use a garden shears to chop up, I do have a shredder which is very good but don't use it on very vegative material, only on material I find difficult to chop up with shears.

  • SivadSivad Posts: 6

    a soil grinder for soil samples is only £499....

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,158


    for breaking up compost?

    I do what Bob does but with size 5s if the bag is still closed. If it's open I prod it with a fork until it gives in

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,051

    i'm with the " only" bunch. £499 would buy a lot  of compost and my size 9s come free

  • LynLyn Posts: 21,896

    Tip it on the ground and stab it with a fork.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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