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Garden shredders review

A garden shredder is handy for turning unwanted cuttings into mulch and compost.
 
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01 .Introduction

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We review eight electric garden shredders, priced from $200 to $499.

Through our rigorous testing, we reveal which shredders:
  • perform the best at shredding green, dry, and leafy materials, and
  • are the easiest to use.

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If your garden produces a lot of sticks and cuttings, a good shredder will quickly turn them into woodchips suitable for mulching garden beds or adding to compost. We tested eight electric models to see how well they deal with both freshly cut and dry branches up to 40 mm in thickness (the recommended maximum for these models), as well as leafy material. 

There are two main cutting systems used in garden shredders. Some use blades to cut the material into small chips, and others use a ridged roller that crushes and cuts the material. Blades are generally considered to be more effective than rollers with freshly cut or leafy material. We tested four of each type; see the table for how they compare.

For more information on garden tools, see Backyard.

Models tested

  • Bosch AXT Rapid 2200
  • McCulloch Trio-Feed MS300
  • Morrison Electric Quiet Shredder 552496
  • Ozito Silent Shredder SSH-240
  • Rok 150-77-50056
  • Ryobi RSH2455G
  • Supaswift Garden Range Chipper Chopper CC3300
  • Worx WG401E

How we test

Performance Our tester, Peter Horvath, tests the shredders' ability to process freshly cut and dry branches up to their maximum recommended thickness, as well as leafy material.  

For fresh material, he uses freshly cut plumbago up to 20 mm in diameter, and for dry material, he uses dry/semi-dry melaleuca 20-40mm in diameter. For leafy material, he uses freshly cut reeds.

Ease of use He checks how easy they are to use: moving them, feeding in the branches, whether blockages occur and how easy they are to clear, and accessing the blades for adjustment.

 
 

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