Any owner of a garden area or private home has certainly met with the task of recycling plant debris. In particular, this problem increases with the spring works and with the end of the season, in the fall. It is necessary to invent various methods of release from the multiplied cut branches, dried grass and leaves, from the dead shrubs and the remaining haulm, etc.
A garden shredder is a necessary device that allows a very fast crushing of a variety of plant residues: branches, plant stems, leaves. Equipped with this device, you will forget about the need to remove or burn organic waste, and your area will look cleaner.
Crushed material can be used in every garden. From now on you don’t have to throw anything away!
First of all, you can completely solve the issue with the need to constantly buy fertilizer, as the shredded waste in a short period of time to decompose and form a meaningful peat compost.
Later, the sawdust formed from the machine you will be able to instantly apply as fertilizer to your favorite plants. Below are pictures of the garden shredder, so you understand what we are talking about…
Selecting the type of engine – gasoline or electric?
Inside the shredder there is a motor that makes the knives work for shredding. To achieve your goals, it is possible to choose a machine with an electric or gasoline engine.
Electric shredders – an excellent version for not very large-scale works, if not thick branches and stalks with a width of 3-4 cm are crushed. But the shredder for grass and twigs will not cope with larger residues, because of the low power of 1.6-2.6 kW.
The weak point of the device also belongs to the inevitable presence of an electric cord, which needs to be connected to the outlet. In accordance with this, this cord significantly limits the movement of the shredder in the garden area.
But, despite these minor disadvantages, this device is the most common than its gasoline friend. This depends on the relatively affordable price, low weight (15-25 kilograms), uncomplicated service.
By the way, in case there are few trees on your plot, and leaves and plants go mostly into fertilizer, in which case you need to focus on a different unit – a garden vacuum cleaner shredder. This device will not only grind up the light waste, but it will also remove it from the site afterwards.
When you need a strong device for you, which can “bite” large branches with a thickness of 6-7 cm, you should pay attention to the shredder for the garden on gasoline. Its power reaches 8 kW, which makes it possible to use it for operation in large garden households. Minuses of gasoline shredders – it is a huge weight, expensive and significant sound during operation.
Knives – picking up the method of cutting
During the processing of the initial material, these units may contain a device with metal knives or a helical conveyor belt. In the initial case, the crushing is carried out by a disc, which usually has a pair of knives.
Dachshunds who express their opinions on this apparatus, and who own their view of the operation of the apparatus, concentrate their interest on the fact that this arrangement of the blade is more adapted to haulm, leaves, and early, newly felled branches.
In case you want to get mulch from a considerable amount of previously stale, dried out raw material, in which case the blades of the knives will immediately dull and you will have to sharpen them.
A screw-type cutting design is called a milling design – it involves a spinning, one-piece gear. It is more robust than the blade disc, for this reason it will not get damaged when cutting dried dense branches up to 6 cm in diameter.
In addition, the milling design has the ability to pull branches into the base and you won’t have the need to regularly guide them to the knives.
There is another example of a blade – a multifunction blade, which combines the pros of the milling and disc design.
Selecting a shredder for the garden according to power level
When comparing modifications and analyzing certain models for better garden work, focus on the power of the unit. All garden shredding units are rectified by power classes: non-professional models, mid-range and high-end modifications.
This type includes weak units (up to 1.6 kW), which operate from the mains. Their knife concept is a disc one. Before purchasing this type of unit, it is necessary to specify the material of the blades.
The best kind is hardened steel. Such units weigh up to 20 kG and are ready to crush branches less than 3 cm in diameter.
These are transitional types among the non-professional and high-end types. Such units are capable of operating equally on fuel and electricity. The highest power is 2.5 kW.
Suitable for houses and summer houses, where the garden area is small, but over-ripe. The units are equipped with milling knives, for this reason they freely shred branches up to 3.5 cm.
High-end profile machines
Here act voluminous, with a sufficiently large weight designs that are ready to produce power up to 4 kW. The motor is able to function both on gasoline and electricity (three-phase). Ready to function for a long period and crush branches up to six to seven centimeters in diameter.
In addition, the shredded base undergoes compression, as a consequence of which comes out a great mulch. The machines are equipped with large comfort funnels, a strong milling cutter and are ready to swallow the residue without pushing.
Recommendations for selecting a particular brand
When shopping for a shredder, you need to know exactly what you’re going to grind with it and how often.
Once you’ve chosen a particular brand, focus on the design of the funnel. The easiest to service is a funnel that is cone-like and slightly lowered.
To grind the residue into different groups (large chunks, sawdust, etc.), the pace of the knives in the unit must be coordinated.
It is more practical to use a machine that has a number of holes for different kinds of residues: in one hole of the shredder you send branches, in another – grass and leaves.
Modifications that include pre-cutting knives will last a long time and are easier to handle various debris.
Reversing would not be a bad application. In case the knives get jammed or can’t handle a very strong branch during cutting, then you will be able to brake them instantly and make them rotate in the opposite direction, so that the problematic debris will be pulled back.
Some electric units have a self-start interlock on the shredder. This means that if the power supply disappears and then suddenly reappears, the machine will not start without the help of others. This protects you and especially your child from unwanted injuries.
The shredder kit should come with a pusher, as it is risky to shove the waste into the recess with your own hands.
A little analysis of models from the garden shredder catalog
The variety of forms of shredders for the garden – a huge number, which sometimes prevents the competent choice of the right brand. Technique of such class can be attributed to the expensive pleasure, for this reason you should buy only high quality products.
In fact, a large number of different units of absolutely unknown manufacturers, hiding behind ringing European or Russian names, have emerged on the trading floors. Restraining most of such products – underground manufacturing from China in the negative sense of the phrase (a lot in the implementation and actually high quality equipment from this country).
A distinctive feature of shredders – the effectiveness of their performance is not only dependent on the drive, but also on the features of the cutting equipment. And here very often is expressed dishonesty of the manufacturer – knives or cutters are made from an outwardly attractive and sparkling steel, in the initial period they are sharp, but after some time in the work dull, and high-quality sharpening simply is not subject to anything.
And if this is added to the fact that the cutting equipment is not repairable, it can soon happen that obtained not so long ago, the device will be idle in the absence of work simply because of his own “profuneprigodnost”.
Bottom line, when you purchase a garden shredder, then the selection is recommended to make towards the best trusted manufacturers of shredders. Modern models “Viking”, “AL-KO”, “Black&Decker”, “Gardena”, “Bosch” can be referred to such.
Adding features – a course for convenience and safety
A significant feature of a flawless garden shredder is considered to be reliability. Preferably, your chosen unit should have a self-start locking system for the shredder. In addition, electric units should have a voltage splitter, which already after a power outage prevents the shredder from starting up on its own when the power is restored.
The branch chopper is capable of possessing even more of the right qualities. For example, to crush the initial raw material into particles of different groupings, to adjust the height of the body, to have the necessary function of “reversing”.
If the unit you have selected has a large list of components, the previously mentioned distinctive features and additions, in that case the name of the manufacturer is no longer important. However, the products of famous manufacturers are still better, as they have passed the test of time.
Photo of a garden shredder