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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 19th Sep 16, 10:35 AM
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    • 19th Sep 16, 10:35 AM
    garden shredder 19th Sep 16 at 10:35 AM
    Iím looking for a second hand shredder so that I can compost my garden waste (hedge trimmings, brambles etc) rather than get it collected. There seem to be loads available on ebay/gumtree etc. Only want to spend £50 max. What should I be looking for? Any makes/types to particularly avoid or particularly recommended? Any tips much appreciated!
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    • arbrighton
    • By arbrighton 19th Sep 16, 6:09 PM
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    we have a Macalister one, bought new. Occasionally lent to husband colleagues for hawthorn clippings etc

    Wouldn't compost the remnants myself, still too woody/ large to rot effectively but does compact it for disposal.

    But we are dealing almost entirely with hawthorn. 100m of hedges of it. plus assorted aged shrubs and trees
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 19th Sep 16, 7:22 PM
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    Avoid the ones that chop the stuff with a blade turning at hundreds of RPM and go for the kind that squashes the stuff with a gear-like action. I think the many of those may be Bosch:

    http://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-axt-25-d-2500w-175kg-hr-quiet-electric-garden-shredder-230v/65362?kpid=65362&cm_mmc=Google-_-Product%20Listing%20Ads-_-Sales%20Tracking-_-sales%20tracking%20url&gclid=CKfU36uFnM8CFUlmGwod6 7gHNQ

    The other kind sound like a bandsaw and win no friends among neighbours. They also get blocked quite easily and they can be slow to feed.

    I lent mine to a relative. The fact that I havent asked for it back says it all!
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • I have spoken
    • By I have spoken 19th Sep 16, 8:20 PM
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    MOnty just runs it all over with a rotary mower...
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 21st Sep 16, 5:37 PM
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    Problem is that most shredders ,second hand, would be pretty knackered hence getting rid of them. Worth saving up for a better new one.
    Millies due back at Christmas.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 21st Sep 16, 7:20 PM
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    MOnty just runs it all over with a rotary mower...
    Originally posted by I have spoken
    Yes, so do I.

    (You did mean lost garden trowels, didn't you? )
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 22nd Sep 16, 10:12 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:12 AM
    Problem is that most shredders ,second hand, would be pretty knackered hence getting rid of them. Worth saving up for a better new one.
    Originally posted by peter_the_piper
    I donít think so. There are a lot that say they have only been used a few times. I suspect people just get bored of doing it or they get one for a one-off clearance and then sell.
    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 22nd Sep 16, 6:50 PM
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    Best of luck.
    Millies due back at Christmas.
    • Kiran
    • By Kiran 26th Sep 16, 3:24 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 3:24 PM
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    • 26th Sep 16, 3:24 PM
    I picked one of these up fro £35 from gumtree http://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-axt-2200-rapid-2200w-90kg-hr-rapid-electric-garden-shredder-230v/7017c


    The type Davesnave is recommending are fantastic but finding them second hand is like the proverbial rocking horse poo. The one I have quiet by high speed shredder standards and I have never managed to block it up
    Some people don't exaggerate........... They just remember big!
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 26th Sep 16, 4:02 PM
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    I picked one of these up fro £35 from gumtree http://www.screwfix.com/p/bosch-axt-2200-rapid-2200w-90kg-hr-rapid-electric-garden-shredder-230v/7017c


    The type Davesnave is recommending are fantastic but finding them second hand is like the proverbial rocking horse poo.
    Originally posted by Kiran



    But you are right!
    'Opportunity is missed by most people, because it's usually dressed in overalls and looks like work.' Thomas Edison.
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