Garden Shredder Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
A garden shredder is not something that you buy every day. For most people, this is likely to be a one off purchase. If you buy the right one, then the chances are, you may never need to buy one again. There are some very common questions asked about these types of garden machinery. To save you the trouble of searching for answers, I have listed them most frequently asked questions below. Hopefully I have also provided practical and sensible answers.
FAQ 1 - DO GARDEN SHREDDERS REALLY WORK?
You should only every buy one of these, if you can get proper use from it. A garden shredder works really well for getting rid of garden waste like hedge clippings, shrub or bush pruning cut offs and smaller branches of trees. Most small gardens will never make full use of a shredder.
Those of us who have medium to larger gardens, will find one of these really handy. They work well for reducing bulky garden waste into wood chippings, or to turn garden waste into material suitable for a compost heap. They do not work that well for garden leaves, or general garden waste.
FAQ 2 - DO I NEED A BLADE TYPE OR CRUSHING DRUM TYPE?
This is probably the question we get asked the most. Blade shredders are the cheapest and they cost around £100-150. The better quality drum style crushing shredders are anything between £300-500. Our advice is to buy what you can afford. It almost goes without saying that the more expensive ones are better.
That said, for the huge majority of home owners, a simple blade model will be able to handle almost anything that you need to do. The main disadvantage of the blade ones is that you do have to keep the blade sharp, and it will need replacing from time to time.
FAQ 3 - DO GARDEN SHREDDERS NEED A LOT of MAINTENANCE?
They do not really need that much looking after. We would strongly recommend that you give them a quick clean after every use, to prevent the build up of dirt and grime. A simple hand brush and a cloth will do the job in 5 minutes. 99% of these shredders are electrical, so it is always worth quickly inspecting the main's lead.
Other than that, they do not need a lot of work. As I mentioned above, if you have bought a blade version, you need to check the edge of the blade, and make sure it stays sharp. Depending on use it may need replaced, but that is a pretty simple process.
FAQ 3 - HOW OFTEN DO BLADES NEED REPLACING?
If you decide to buy a blade style of shredder, then at some point the blades will need replacing. By doing a little maintenance, you can help prolong the life of the blades, but at some point they will need to be replaced.
The exact time to do that will greatly depend on how much use your garden shredder will get. If it is only being used a few times a year, then blades will last for around 5 years.
It also depends on what you are putting through it. Smaller twigs and branches are easier chopped up than thicker branches. If you use the shredder mainly for those thicker woods, then the blades will need to be replaced sooner.