Re: [gardeners] chipper/shredder

George Shirley (
Sun, 15 Sep 2002 21:39:30 -0500

We used a WWW hammer/blade chipper/shredder for about 10 years back in
the sixties with great success. It would shred the leaves up pretty good
as it had a plate that held them back until they were pretty well cut
up. With the plate removed it would chip limbs up to 4 inches in
diameter. Never had a problem with dry leaves gumming it up but wet,
clumped together leaves often would. This machine had a 5 hp gasoline
motor so was well powered. My next door neighbor has an MTV shredder
that seems to work well but I don't know what's inside it. Do know it is
gasoline powered though. HTH


M T wrote:
>  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
> at
>  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.
> TIA!
> Matt in Norfolk, Va.  USDA zone 8
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