Just run em over a few times with a mower, you can make a backstop from
wall, scrap plywood etc. With a shredder you have to pick the damn
things up to feed it.
An extra mower blade is way cheaper too.
Joe V wrote:
On 3 Jul 2006 06:11:25 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I made the "mulcher attachment" out of a business size envelope, taped
at the ends to the mower. Unfortunately, it has to be replaced every
fall. But I guess since the op is asking now, he wants to do this not
just in the fall.
It's hard for me to imagine how leaves could break the mower. I've
had many many times when high or wet grass cause the mower to stall,
but it never damaged anything.
If they still make them I would suggest a gas blower with the shred feature.
I get about a 10-1 volume reduction using mine. For leaves it does a far
better job than the yard machine type. The only gotcha is that the leaves
need to be fairly dry which can be a problem some places in the Fall.
I second Colbyt's suggestion. I have a Homelite gas blower with vacuum
attachment. Shreds those leaves up nicely. If you go this route, get
a feel for the different blowers - I have to bend over farther than I'd
like when using the vacuum, and my back gets very tired. If the vacuum
tube were just a bit taller, it would be ideal.
Joe V wrote:
I'd vote for the bagging attachment for the mower vis a vis a shredder
or blower only for leaves...
Despite what someone said, can't fathom there being a problem unless
that person was trying to continue to blow a pile all the way across a
yard. W/ the bagger, they're picked up and in small enough pieces to
make a sizable reduction in volume. Plus, the task is simple enough
and quick enough one can do it a couple of times during the season
instead of putting it off until they're all down.
Only thing had difficulty w/ is the acorns--the blade suction just not
quite enough to pick them up. Damp (up to the point of being so wet as
to not be able to pick them up at all) isn't really a problem--actually
is a benefit in dust reduction although the bags can get pretty heavy
if let them get completely full...
I have an electric leaf shredder from Sears that's served me faithfully for
over 15 years. It's an inverted string trimmer mounted in an hourglass
shaped housing that has legs or sets on a garbage can. It seems to reduce
the volume of 5 containers of leaves to about 1 container of mulch.
Replacing line and dragging around the extension cord are the only drawbacks
but then I only use it for Fall leaf cleanup.
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