The changing colours of fall have a glory all their own and bring a certain thrill as leaves begin to create a winter coat for the frozen ground.
Those same leaves that were so beautiful on the trees can become a nightmare once they hit the ground. Which leaf shredder is right for you? That will depend upon several factors.
What to Look for in an Electric Leaf Shredder?
Finding the best electric leaf shredder to fit your needs isn’t as difficult as it once was.
Where large volume wood chippers were the norm several years ago, the market is now flooded with leaf shredders that handle various volumes, have enough power for various jobs and have multiple uses.
Let’s look at some of the criteria that will be a part of choosing the right leaf shredder for you.
- Volume: A larger yard with lots of trees on it will be required to handle a great deal more volume than a small yard with just a few trees. Determining the volume of leaves that you are going to be dealing with in the fall and throughout the year is a factor in choosing the right electric leaf shredder.
- Power: Larger volume and larger debris are going to have a greater power requirement. If you try to process to high volume and/or too heavy debris with an underpowered shredder, you run the risk of damaging the motor. On the other hand, there’s no point in having more power than you need for smaller volumes.
- Versatility: Dealing with fall leaves or leaves after storms might be the only use of your leaf shredder, but you also might be creating mulch for your garden throughout the year. If that is the case, then you’ll want to consider versatility in your shredder. Another factor involved in versatility is how easily and conveniently the unit can be stored.
- Safety: We’ve seen and read horror thrillers involving wood chippers. Though those are highly exaggerated, safety, especially when you have children, should be a factor in determining the right leaf shredder for you.