This easy-to-use, emission-free device shredded leaves quickly and neatly, earning it the Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute. During testing, it chewed through 50 gallons of leaves in only 2 1/2 minutes—less than 1/10 the time required by inferior units—and unlike lesser models it did not choke on the occasional twig or let any leaf pass through unshredded. With a cutting system similar to an oversized weed trimmer, The Best Leaf Shredder’s powerful 13-amp motor and cutting line turned 4 1/2 bags of bulky foliage into a single compact bag of rich mulch—other devices could only reduce leaf volume by half. Elastic straps secure a plastic or paper bag under the polypropylene hopper, creating a tight seal that won’t allow debris to escape. The Best Leaf Shredder also has telescoping legs that adjust from 16 1/2"-29 1/2" to position the device over a trash can or compost bin. The bladeless device has five settings to devour everything from wet grass to pine needles, and a funnel cover enables tidy and efficient reloading. Comes with 20 replacement cutting lines. Plugs into AC with 16" cord. 49" H x 21 1/4" W x 21 1/4" D. (13 1/2 lbs.)
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(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)
By Ray the Improvisor
from Arlington, VA
I was not confident of its legs so I have set it in a plastic trash container that has wheels. Now I can roll it around and contain the mulch at the same time. It is doing everything I hoped for at a very reasonable price.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)
I was so excited to read about this leaf shredder in the catalog -- I have lots of trees in my yard and this would have been a dream come true if it worked. I needed the legs at the highest point and no matter how tight we screwed them at that level, they slipped down to the lowest point. It is too flimsy for the amount of work I needed it for, and so I didn't even try to actually use it. If it does mulch well, I'd buy this again at a higher price if they could make strong, sturdy legs!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Hammacher Schlemmer Response: Thank you for your feedback on this item. The Hammacher Schlemmer institute conducts rigorous, unbiased testing to determine the best in a given category. If you would like to exchange or return this item, please do not hesitate to contact us.
(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Best Leaf Shredder
Has the most power of any leaf mulcher I have used. But, be careful loading wet or damp leaves. Slowly loading works best.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
from royersford, pa
The person who I gave this to set it works great. He hasn't tried putting the twigs in it because he doesn't want it to jam. Overall, very happy with it.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Worth the $
from Austin, TX
I thought this product performed to my expectations. I am not sure if it saved that much time over using my mulcher/blower after getting all the leaves in a pile first, but it was easier and used even less bags. The stress on your back from carrying around a mulcher/blower was made up by the by the bending over and picking up the leaves to feed them into the unit (at least you get a good ab workout). You do need to feed the unit slowly or the leaves will not get to the cutting mechanism. At times the unit slid down so the tightening mechanism could be stronger, but overall it did what it was advertised to do.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Does a great job!
By Sick of leaves
from Rochester, NY
I had a big pile of leaves, some wet, and the Leaf Shredder chewed through the whole thing in about 1/2 hour with one bag filled vs 5-6 bags of whole leaves! This plus a leaf blower makes quick work of a yard full of them. It's not super fast, but fast enough and easy to use. I found that the extending legs tended to slide down and that it was easier to just use it at the lowest level.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
not too bad
By landscaper ken
works pretty well. legs slide down too much, and it goes through the cutting wire quickly. overall a good, useful tool for leaves and small plant foliage.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
It's weak in the knees !
By Big E
When I went to stand up the shredder on it's adjustable legs, all three slipped completely down though tightened completely. Since the two piece coupler on each leg depends merely on friction to hold up the substantial shredder it cannot be tightened enough without breaking the plastic. I will have leave it low to the ground when I use it due to any vibration.
(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Works as advertised
from Sterling, CO
It mulches a large amount of leaves quickly and mulches the leaves into small pieces.
It does exactly what it is suppose to do. I love it.
from Alexandria, VA
easy to use
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