Is there any type of all-purpose and durable shredder that can shred leaves and a few small branches, and some wetter materials like vegetable waste? I'm not looking for a brand name, just to find out if one shredder can take care of all my needs.

Would a lawn mower be the best choice?

  • Do you want it for home use or commercial use? Do you already own a lawn mower?
    – greggles
    Commented Dec 11, 2017 at 23:13
  • No, I do not have a lawnmower at the moment. I just took over a small garden roughly a third of the size of a soccer field
    – y chung
    Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 5:30
  • I do need to mow grass from time to time but the frequency is yet to know
    – y chung
    Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 5:32

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There are multi-purpose shredders available but I'm not sure if specific product recommendations are allowed on this site... even so there are few things to consider.

First of all, you should think about how often you are going to use it and how much material you would like to shred.

Second thing would be to choose from electric or petrol shredders. I'd recommend petrol because you'll be able to move shredder more easily and probably it will have more power than electric one.

If you want to put things like leaves or bulkier softer materials, consider getting a shredder with larger filling funnel because some have openings that can accept only branches of certain diameter.

I don't think lawn mower would be suitable for shredding anything other than leaves and softer waste. Smaller dried branches can be shredder with lawn mower but thicker ones could be a problem and could cause even damage. Biggest problem when using lawn mower for this purpose could be that material you want to shred is 'escaping' underneath the mower. There is also an issue with smaller volume of the bag for collecting clippings, so you might empty it more often.

Regarding durability, I think that electric shredders could overheat more easily so you might have to make breakes. The only real problem I had on my shredder was with rubber covering the filling funnel (which prevents stuff to be trown back at you) which was warn out pretty quickly.

  • Thanks for your suggestion! I should say there will be a small amount of twigs, not branches. I was also reading product reviews of electric shredders online and it seems all of the home-sized ones worn out easily.
    – y chung
    Commented Dec 12, 2017 at 5:35

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