How to Buy a Garden Shredder

A garden shredder is a helpful tool to have when it comes to caring for your garden and cleaning up your lawn. By feeding debris such as twigs, branches, grass and leaves into the shredder, you can shred it up to be used as mulch in your garden or easily composted. Re-using what you shred is an environmentally friendly way to manage your yard waste. Buy a garden shredder by comparing several different models on the market, and choosing one that will work well on the type and amount of yard waste you produce.


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    Decide between an impact garden shredder and a crushing garden shredder. Each type of shredder produces the same result, but has a different type of crushing mechanism.
    • Choose an impact shredder if you want something inexpensive, and you do not mind the noise. These use a spinning blade similar to a food processor, and you feed the debris into the machine.
    • Choose a crushing shredder if you want a quieter machine and you do not mind paying more money for the shredder. These models are self-feeding and pull the debris into the machine and crush it against a steel plate.
    • Consider the type of material you are shredding while shopping for a garden shredder. Heavier, woodsy material shreds best in a crushing shredder, and lighter leaves and grass can often pass through without being shredded.
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    Decide if you want an electric shredder or one powered by gas.
    • Choose an electric shredder if you are looking for a cheaper model. Make sure the cord is long enough to enable you to move around your yard.
    • Buy a garden shredder that uses gas if you want more power. These are often more expensive, and you will need to keep the tank filled with gas. They can also require more maintenance, but you will have the freedom to move around large yards without keeping the machine plugged in.
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    Shop for garden shredders at your local home improvement store or house and garden retailer. Check chain stores such as Lowe's, Home Depot and Sears as well as your local hardware store.
    • Ask for a demonstration, or try out a few different types of shredders before you buy. This will help you compare your options, and will give you an idea of what you like and do not like about different shredders.
    • Check out prices and selections online as well.
    • Consider purchasing a used garden shredder, if you are trying to save money. You can find these items on eBay and Craigslist, or check yard sales.
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    Pay attention to cleaning instructions. Some garden shredders will need to have clogs removed. Ask a sales associate how to maintain your garden shredder, and read customer reviews online for advice.
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    Note the limitations on the model you buy. The sales associate can help you determine the amount of garden debris it can handle. Most models can accommodate pieces of lawn debris that are up to 1.5 inches (40 mm) thick.
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    Make sure there is a warranty or a return policy that will protect your purchase. You want to be able to return or exchange your garden shredder if it malfunctions or does not work correctly.


  • Make sure you use eye protection such as goggles when you operate your garden shredder. You should also wear gloves to protect your hands from sticks and sharp pieces of debris. Consider using ear plugs if you decide to buy a noisy shredder.


  • Remember that garden shredders can be powerful and dangerous tools. Keep your hands and face away from the blades and do not feed the shredder debris that is too big to fit in it.

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