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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Attempt at a Shredder, 19 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Ryobi ESR-2240 Electric Garden Shredder/Mulcher (DIY & Tools)
I've previously had experience of a 20 year old Alko 1300W 'high speed' shredder and a recent Bosch low noise type. In preparing materials for my compost heap, both have their uses: the Alko for the softer stuff and the Bosch for the thick stemmed cuttings etc. The Bosch tends to cut materials too course for my liking and so, generally I use my old Alko. It was my hope that this Ryobi would be an improvement over the Alko and prevent the need to borrow the Bosch from a friend. I'm afraid that, despite the 1.1kW power advantage over the Alko, this Ryobi is, for me a retrograde step. In tests today I tried Apple tree trimmings, Jerusalem Artichoke stems, Sweetcorn stems and Asparagus stems, all of which were moderately dry. The results for Apple tree trimmings, Jerusalem Artichoke and Sweetcorn stems were that larger stems were generally well chopped and easy to feed through, but smaller stems were not taken as well and bunched-up to varying degrees in feed chute. Any softer materials, short materials and leaves, once passed into the hopper tended to ball-up and clog the machine pretty quickly. The softest material with the greatest ratio of foliage, Asparagus, defeated the shredder unless each individual stem was fed in with care. However as soon as the stems buckled, that was that - blockage would follow. A technique I've used with other similar shredders is to mix materials - the harder materials tend to moderate the soft and encourage passage through the machine - but not with this one. Once you have a blockage starting that's it. Poking with the supplied rammer just compacts it even further.

Examining the design of the shredder, the absence of a course 'chopper' blade before the main blades and the steep angled constriction through which the material has to pass seem to be behind the tendency to clog. I feel that the variety of sizes and types of material encountered in an average UK garden have just not been taken into consideration during the design process.

Overall, unless all you'll ever shred are dry sticks, I would steer well clear of this model.
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