A wood shredder, sometimes known as a chipper, is a machine used for reducing wood (generally speaking tree branches or trunks) into smaller parts, such as wood chips or sawdust.
Shredders are very handy helpers in the garden. Tree branches and prunings can all be put through the shredder and reintroduced in the garden as chippings. If you usually put your hedge or tree trimmings onto a compost you’ll know they take a fair while to decompose. However, if you shred your waste the whole decomposing process is speeded up significantly. You can also put your leaves and normal green material waste through the shredder and create a mulch, which again can be reintroduced into the garden around flowerbeds.
Shredders come in both electric and petrol variations. We hire out a petrol shredder, called a Camon C150, which costs £49.95 per day or weekend. Petrol shredders tend to be slightly more powerful than their electric counterparts and will process larger stems and branches.
Here you can see ‘surreyarborist’ on You Tube demonstrating the same wood shredder.
We recommend that you take sensible precautions whilst shredding – wear gloves, keep the area around you clear of any trip hazards etc.