While we love the manual approach to outdoor work here at Axe & Answered, we understand that sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. When it comes to turning all the excess branches, twigs, and even hedge trimmings in your yard into useable wood chips and mulch, a little help from a powered tool goes a very long way into make your life easier and saving you a heck of a lot of time.
Aside from the massive amount of time you can save, by making your own wood chips or mulch from the organic material you already have access to, you can save a ton of money as well. You no longer need to pay for expensive delivery or make a run to your local gardening store and pay them for what you can make on your own.
But, what electric shredder is going to be right for your particular needs? Keep reading to find out.
Like any tool, not all chippers and shredders are going to be the same. And, while we’re mainly focusing on the electric variety here, there are gas powered option too if you decide that’s the route you want to take.
The very first requirement your new electric shredder needs to meet is whether or not it falls within your budget. You may find the best of the best to be absolutely amazing, but if it’s priced at double the top end of your budget, it’s simply not a realistically affordable option.
Next, it’s a good idea to do a little research into the internal mechanics of the unit you are considering purchasing. Different shredders function in different ways.
For example, some use a hammer mill combined with a shredding disk while others have a turbine full of cutting blades. These are just a couple examples as there are many different configurations.
You should also take in to consideration the size of your yard and how often you plan on using it. Large machines are going to be much more useful for large yards than small machines. And, while they might be a little more expensive, they’re going to be much more efficient, especially as far as your time in concerned.
Many shredders are built for heavy duty work, thus they are powered via gas. There are a few electric models though for when you just need something suitable for your home’s small yard.
When choosing what model is right for you, keep in mind what tasks you will use it for and how often you’ll use it. If you only need it for leaves, a simple leaf shredder is going to make the most sense. You’ll get a great machine for a reasonable price that’s built just for that sole purpose.
But, if you know you have a lot of twigs and small branches to deal with, you need to go for something a little more heavy duty than those made only for leaves as they won’t come close to breaking down wood.
Also, while you might have your heart set on something electric, understand that it’s going to take you more time to accomplish all your work when compared to what you can do when using a gas powered model. If you’re OK with that, then great.
It’s time to get to work!