[gardeners] chipper/shredder

M T (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Sun, 15 Sep 2002 18:19:30 -0700 (PDT)

 In a 50' by 60' yard, we have a 30' Bradford pear, a 20' honey locust,
and on the sides are a 40' maple tree, two 40' pecan trees and a 40'
gumball tree. The front yard has two 15' dogwoods and a 30' live oak.
 It's incredible in the summer! The back yard is almost 10 degrees
cooler and its wonderful to walk under the cool dark canopy and work
all day out of the heat.

 The soil is good clay loam, about a foot deep till you hit clay you
could throw on a potters wheel.
 Now that it's fall I want to get some use out of all the leaves! We
haven't added mulch (pine bark nuggets) to most of the beds yet and I
wanted to add the leaves first.

 I have been surfing for a small leaf shredder/mini chipper for several
days. We mostly need the leaf shredder, but there are electric
chipper/shredders for $170 and $200 at 



 The other choice so far is a "Flowtron" leaf shredder for $120 or $160


 Can't decide between either model of "Flowtron" or either model of 
chipper/shredder yet.

 Does anyone have any experience with the pros/cons of a hammer/blade
chipping system vs the weedeater type spinning line system?
 I would like to try the chipper, but 95% of the use will be for
leaves. I was afraid the blade system will spend most of it's time just
gumming up.


Matt in Norfolk, Va.  USDA zone 8

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