Rated 5 out of 5Â by Foggyday A good shredder.
This shredder makes short work of a large pile of branches. There are good safety features and the instructions amplify these. I was dealing with a heap of Leylandii branches. A few tips for these, although what I write is probably common sense. It is very easy to block the feed chute with the greenery, so make sure you feed single branches that are not too bushy, otherwise trim them first. If the chute blocks don't try pushing down with the provided pusher. This will only complicate the blockage. Turn the motor off and use a bar to dislodge the compacted needles until you can see the cutter. Then restart and poke with a stick. Don't look down the chute while the motor is on.
23 May 2016
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Bridgesbloke Shredder
Only used it for 1 day but it did the job I expected it to.
5 Apr 2016
Rated 1 out of 5Â by spxppg Disappointed
I was extremely disappointed with this product:-
1. The shredder comes with a plastic bin which sits underneath the shredder unit. The two connect via a metal strip which you pull into place using a plastic handle. You can't shred without the bin there and fixed into place. I imagine that is a safety feature and it makes sense but I found it very cumbersome to use the mechanism to attach and reattach the bin. The bin isn't made of the strongest material and I imagine within a month of use would crack. I guess replacement bins are available.
2. I found I had to prepare the wood I wanted to shred. It's best to have nice straight pieces of twigs and branches because the hole which you feed them into isn't large enough to cope with branches with a bend.
3. More often than not I found after I opened the bin that I had created a string of wood loosely held together like a string of sausages. I tried several different settings of the cutter control
On the more positive side the unit did look like to would last for years (except the plastic basket). The cutting unit was well made and it was easy to put together and unclog. More importantly it is very safe to use with nothing being thrown back at you.
I took the unit back to screw fix who gave me a full refund. The unit did work but not as well as I was expecting.
If I had kept it I would have never used it and it would have sat in the garage under piles of stuff until I had forgotten I had it.
It is a lot easier to use loppers to keep the pieces you want for fire wood (say) and just burn the stuff you were hoping to shred.
I won't buy another shredder. Box of matches is cheaper and more effective.
26 Mar 2016
Rated 3 out of 5Â by DaveyBB Hopefully just one dodgy one
I purchased this shredder after much deliberation- used cheaper ones in the past and u may as well use a pair of scissors to cut up. Having seen the mountfield unit I made the plunge Oct15 and until yesterday Mar16 it sat in conservatory waiting for weather for maiden voyage. Sadly after 16 minutes use it stopped. No jam?? Nothing? The fuse had blown in my extension lead - bizarre as it is a heavy duty lead. Once replaced there was still no life but the house rcd had tripped on consumer unit?? I tried again and same result. Great service by screwfix though as they organised the exchange straight away. when it was working it seemed to handle with ease. Had a replacement as I just need it to do what it says on the tin. I got one and a half buckets of clippings in the 16mins and looked to be good quality. Will update post with machine number 2!!
6 Mar 2016