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From my experience, the blades from rotatech/northern arb are fine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's just the customer service that is terrible!

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Regarding ear noise protection: I read that decibels at a small CS (80 or 100) machine is around 100db, so I guess in all such small machines is the like of it.

 

I operated such a machine without ear protection and I had some "after bells".


So what do you have that is satisfying protecting your hearing ?

 

A quick search on the net, shows that the max db protection is NRR 37 decibels. Is listening to music helpful or more destructive maybe ? 

 

Thinking of combining ear plugs with ear muffs.

 

Cheers!

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Just the standard 'chipper' muffs which I guess are intended for use when operating chippers ?

There is a numerical coding system for levels of protection but any supplier will know what you mean by chipper muffs.

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Quick question. We have quite a large small holding, with large volumes of material to be composted. I think that a lot of this needs shredding rather than chipping - the material is likely to be largely of the consistency of hedge clippings and the like. Anything larger than about an inch in diameter is likely to be processed as kindling or logs.

Does anyone have much experience of processing this sort of stuff? Would a chipper shredder (with hammers) of this type be any good, or actually am I going to be better with a good chipper?

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3 hours ago, ghostwheel said:

Quick question. We have quite a large small holding, with large volumes of material to be composted. I think that a lot of this needs shredding rather than chipping - the material is likely to be largely of the consistency of hedge clippings and the like. Anything larger than about an inch in diameter is likely to be processed as kindling or logs.

Does anyone have much experience of processing this sort of stuff? Would a chipper shredder (with hammers) of this type be any good, or actually am I going to be better with a good chipper?
 

WWW.GARDENMACHINERYDIRECT.CO.UK

CAMON Shredders and Chippers C150 HONDA GX390 - CAMON Shredders And Chippers from Garden Machinery...

Might as well buy the TW 13/75 at nearly the same price and weight, only one blade to sharpen also. I have one, fantastic for chipping under 80mm.

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1 hour ago, Dbikeguy said:

If there is space to spread it out a bit a pedestrian flail is a quick way to mash stuff like that up

When I've done shrub bashing or hedge cutting outside my own place, I run over it with a mower! Anything that is woody, I chop that out and chuck it in the recycling garden waste bin, the rest gets run over several times until it gets blown into the bag and that gets added to the grass clippings and again, lobbed int garden waste bin! works a treat! 

 

If you do do this on the lawn, it can damage the grass if done to hard or vigorously - but a good watering afterwards can help.

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A q for @Pete B or @GA Groundcare perhaps.  Just how sensitive are wee chippers (Jo Beau M300) to the grind angle on the blades?

I fitted newly sharpened blades this morning and the machine just won't drag any material in.  I've played with the anvil gap (I set it narrow to start with)) but no difference.  Having now whipped the blades off again and compared them to the blunt set they replaced I can see that the upper face angle is maybe 3 or 4 degrees wider than on the blunt ones.  You can see that the bad blades weren't ground back as far as before.

Hopefully this is the cause of the lack of performance (along with the fact that the wrong 'uns aren't actually that sharp!)  If not I'm a bit stuck.

The likelihood is I'll send the bad blades back for a free re-sharpen and the blunt ones will go to GA Groundcare cos you're cheap!!!

 

Thanks,

 

Jon

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