I just checked our Amazon order history, and I’m amazed to see we bought this fantastic tool in April 2009. We have used it over and over every year for 11 years and it’s still going strong and such a satisfying tool to use!
As you can see from short time-lapse it can turn a large pile of unruly branches – which can be really difficult to get rid of unless you have a large area for fires and understanding/no neighbours – into a bag of useful mulch in a few minutes.
Depending on what you are shredding you can either use the mulch directly or allow it to age for a few months (we allow ours to sit in a pile next to the compost, but the RHS suggest direct use is fine except for conifers https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=979
It has had so much use, including lending it to our parents who cleared a large overgrown garden, and has had zero maintenance in all that time – no sharpening or even oiling! Every now and then you turn the supplied allen key a quarter of a turn to ensure it chips perfectly (its really obvious when you need to do this).
It’s surprisingly quiet as the electric motor turns slowly with high torque , pulling the branch down into it’s hungry jaws, leaving you free to select the next branch to be transformed into useful mulch. Ours cuts branches up to 38mm and only jams if it hits a particularly gnarly knot – simply hit the reverse button, clear the knot and start again. Our model has been upgraded to the one below which has the same mechanism and an even more powerful motor and can handle branches up to 45mm.