Sep 292008
 

B&Q Performance Power Chipper/ShredderWho knew gardening could be this much fun?

While up in Cork last week I went to BQ Mahon Point to pick up a much-needed loppers. The trees and shrubs around our little patch of West Cork have been much neglected of late… it was time for some serious pruning.

On impulse I decided to pick up the Performance Power Chipper Shredder as well – it was only €121 and I figured composting the pruned branches and recycling the nutrients in the garden made far more sense than carting them by the trailer-load to Clonakilty for disposal.

Shredded branches ready for compostingFor €121 I wasn’t expecting much… but I have to say I’ve been gobsmacked by this compact little machine. It eagerly chomps up branches up to 3.5 cm thick, making short work of all but the thickest branches. Anything too thick to shred and put on the compost goes on the woodpile for firewood… so it’s a real “Win Win”. Zero waste… you’ve  got to love it.

The blades did get a little dull from the heavy-duty stuff I was throwing at it – but a quick rub with a sharpening stone had them operating perfectly again in no time.

What’s amazed me most of all is how it’s got me into the garden. I’m loving it – pruning and shredding away for hours, I don’t even notice the time passing. My wife reckons it’s because it has a plug… that means it’s a gadget… and fundamentally I’m a geek at heart. You know what… I think she’s right!

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  6 Responses to “B&Q Chipper Shredder – makes gardening fun again!”

  1. I sooooo want one of those. Sounds like a bargain.

    Do you put on a “Fargo” accent when you are using it?

  2. It’s pretty cool — nice and compact too, so it fits in the shed a treat.

    So far I’m well impressed. Still working on the “Fargo” accent though :-)

  3. Keep us posted on durability. I’m always worried that tools for breaking things in the garden: rotavators, shredders and so on will themselves break, sooner rather than later. Last time I asked Fruit Hill Farm, down your way, they recommended a very expensive heavy-duty shredder – which had just ceased production and was thus unavailable (relief) – as the only one worth bothering with. Now they seem to have something a bit daintier http://www.fruithillfarm.com/cat/shredder.shtml. But I’ll show Santa your review first.

  4. Hi Julian,

    Still going strong after a fair bit of punishment. It’s polished off all the autumn hedge clippings and shrub prunings — and apart from having to sharpen the blades a couple of times it seems none the worse for wear.

    I saw some of the heavy duty shredders, and to be honest they seemed like overkill for domestic use. This is small, easily stored CHEAP, and so far it seems to be doing the job admirably. Will keep you posted though.

  5. Thanks Calvin!

    That sounds like a recommendation to me. I’ve been putting off doing anything about our heap of prunings for so long that most of it has probably softened up a good bit anyway. I feel a winter spring-clean of the demesne coming on.

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