Having already ordered my shredder before reading the posted reviews I was expecting major disappointment. Happily after putting half a willow tree through the machine over the weekend I find myself very pleased with it. I suffered three blockages, all of soft material, mostly leaves which can build up inside the hopper, and all easily cleared by opening the hopper. No, large forked branches will not go through the feed slot, but you cut them off the tree so cut them again and they will! Remember this is not a professional tree surgeons diesel powered chipper. If shredding masses of soft stuff follow it at regular intervals with harder waste, the one pulls the other through! Compared to the Makita professional shredder I hired some time ago and which I spent all day unblocking, the Ryobi performed adequately, produced bag after bag of small chips and represents good value to my mind.