Think over your shredding needs carefully before von begin to shop for a machine. There are many different shredders on the market today, and rather than trying to list them all, we've decided to describe the basic types available and give some examples of each type. Keep in mind that models change from year to year, and be sure to investigate all the features of the models you're considering.
Most of the shredders in this group comprise the classics of the industry—the Amerind-MacKissic, Gilson, Lin dig. and W-W. To them should be added the Rover, the Ariens, the Roto-Hoe, the Hahn-Ec!ipse and the Winona, all of which feature the larger machine in their wideranging lines.
1» general, these shredder-grinders are designed for the f- to 5.;icre place in the country, although you may be perfectly happy with one of these bigger machines on your suburban i/o acre. You'll find that they can handle a greater diversity of materials than the shredder-baggers and also a greater volume. And, thanks to their rugged framework and wheels, it's a lot easier tfian you would think to roll them out into the garden or tip to the compost pile. It's also good to be able to report that shredders last for years with very minor repairs (made easily by the local dealer), so their cost can be amortized over quite a period.
Ameriud-MacKissic Model 12-P is a 6 h.p. combination log chipper and shredder-grinder, In addition to handling conventional organic composting materials including corncobs, it reduces logs up to 3 inches to wood chips. Mode! i)-P is powered by a 4 or 5 h.p. engine and works through a series of 24 free-swinging knives, Power take-off units are available for many popular small estate tractors.
The 6 h.p. Gilson Chopper features nine, square, rotating cutter bars instead of a screen, which are ideal when you're grinding wet, soggy, fibrous materials. Cutting action comes from three sets of rotating double-edged knives—12 cutting surfaces. The gravity-feed hopper is king-sized—almost 17 by 17. The Chopper is belt-driven with an idler clutch.
The Lindig Concho is also available with an electric motor or a 5 or 7 h.p. engine. It offers a wide range of grinding sneens front \/4 inch to I¡¡4 inch. A .side-vented brush and wood chopper feed directly into the mixing chamber. The tutting and shredding unit is a series of irec-swinging hammers. The steel frame is supported by three wheels, one up front which pivots [litis two in the rear.
The 8 h.p. Roto-Hoe Cut'n Shred heavy-duty shredcfer-mulcher includes a side feed which leads directly to three knives passing by a hardened block. We have used this feature to slued long, tough torn sia'ks, and found it did a good job. Built of 12-gauge steel, the frame sits on four wheels and has a long tow handle for easy mobility. The steel bar grate is wide-spaced to reduce jamming.
The Royer 8 is a specially designed machine whose endless shredding belt is lined with tempered steel cleats mounted in rows. Models 8, 10, and 12 are electric or gas powered wiili a capacity that ranges from i> to 12 cubic yards per hoi.r of soil, peat, and other organic materials. Many municipalities use the larger models for shredding prior to composting them. This is a wellmade machine designed for blending, potting, and soil compost mixes.
In addition to a conventional screen, the W-W Model 62-G offers a grating of six rods and rollers for use when shredding wet materials.
Powered by a 5 h.p. engine, it works through a series of tempered, hammer mill flails and can handle all conventional organic materials up to \\/2 inch tree trimmings, small hones, phosphate rock, tin cans, and bottles. Optional grinding screens handle corn, wheat, or milo.
The Winona Model jR-AW comes mounted on four wheels, but Model JR-S can be mounted on a garden tractor or over the compost pit. The Winonas are electric or gas driven and have changeable racks including a wet mat rack for gummy materials which is a short screen covering only half the mixing chamber. Powered by a 2 h.p. engine, it works through a cutting unit comprising 16 hinged knives.
The Chipster has an 8 h.p. gasoline-powered feed roll, a clutch to disengage the feed roll, a Summit's' mill-type rotor, shredding screen, and citip direction head. There are two wheels for convenience in moving, but the Chipster is not to be hauled as .i trailer. The brush feed chute is 16 inches wide and 13 inches long with an opening to the rotor that permits feeding branches up to 2 inches in diameter. The self-feeding roller, located at the end of the chute, feeds the branch into the hammer mill-type rotor where it is shredded, screened, and dropped on the ground in front of the Chipster. If the dynamically balanced, hammer mill rotor should become overloaded, the powered feed roll will automatically stop until the overload has been cleared and then will automatically start again. Weight; 215 pounds.
The Brush Chipper utilizes the power takeoff of a tr nor. The PTO model is equipped with wheels, tires, and tubes as standard equipment. It can be towed to the job at normal highway speeds behind any vehicle. The feed chute can be folded up and the blower discharge chute adjusted to make towing easier. The PTO model is equipped with a pin-type hitch coupler. The hammer mill rotor handles limbs up to 5 inches in diameter at a rate of 50 feet per minute.
A.M. Leonard Son, Inc. P.O. Box 816 Piqua, OH 45356
The Diadem Chipper will handle up to 3 inch diameter limbs. Brush self-feeds through the chipper and is converted into small chips in just a few seconds. Small brush can be processed in bundles at a time. It is constructed of heavy-duty plate steel with a 6 gauge (5 mm.) engine deck and a solid cylinder rotor. Imbedded in the solid rotor are two 0.4 inch thick cutting knives of specially hardened chrome vanadium steel. The wheeled Diadem is 30 inches wide; it can be taken anywhere for on-the-job brush disposal. All tires are fully pneumatic. You can choose from a three-point hitch PTO and 8, 10, and 12 h.p. models.
Vaiulermolen Corp. 119 IJorsa Ave. Livingston. N J (»7039
A top-vented, compact shredder-bagger will throw a stream of chopped aggregate into the garden or compost pile. The Hahn 3i/2 h.p. Mighty Compact and International Harvester 35P are in many ways identical. They are low-
prattle, with wide-mouth, gravity-iced hoppers and a pair of wide-set. rubber-tired wheels tor extra stability plus mobility. Both models feature hammer mill -.litters and optional baggers.
Free-swinging, hardened steel hammers, a large feed hopper, and an adjustable discharge chut? are built into the low center of gravity feed MeDouough Snapper. Model jO-S has been designed to handle leaves, bush trimmings, tree primings up to i/2 inch thick, and cornstalks. It is powered by a 3 h.p. engine with centrifugal clutch and belt drive.
A large (22 inches wide) drop chute for taking in leaves and other lawn debris plus a stele-mounted chipping opening for branches are features of three top-vented shredder-baggers that are almost identical in design, "l'hey are the Columbia Mode! <554-4. the Jacobsen No. 50080, and the MTD No. 244-650. Powered by a 5 h.p. engine, each machine feat tires a three-stage cutting action consisting of a single, fiat reversible blade, nine fiai! knives, and four cutting fingers, hi addition to the novel drop chute, these shredders each have extra-wide hoppers.
The Atlas. Cross, Kees, Roper, and Sensation models, while more or less identical in appearance—wide, low-set hoppers, each with a set of sturdy wheels, and engines mounted directly over the cutting units—are 'somewhat different in the features iht;y offer,
The 5 h.p. Atlas does its cutting with three steel blades plus eight shear bars which permit it to cut wood up to 1 inch thick. Blade drive is direct from the engine. A poker rod has been built into the hopper for breaking up twigs and vines.
Cross shredders come in two models, the 'M/2 h.p. 1365, and the 5 h.p. 4650. Both shredders deposit chopped material in a bag and feature a sweep-in hopper thai makes Sawn cleanup easy. Power goes direct from the engines into the dfiiibie-bladed rotary cutters.
The Kees Kom-Pak also has a rake-in hopper, an optional extra. Its steel cutting blades will handle wood up to 1 inch on the 5 h.p. model or inch for the 3i/2 h.p. Three bags are packed with each machine.
The :ih.p. Roper works with two high-
speed blades to chop up leaves, twigs, and vines. It is worth noting that the accompanying Roper photos show it handling corncobs. The <5 h.p. model depends on triple cutting blades plus breaker bars in the chopping chamber. There is a fixed steel ddleetor on the discharge chute for directional lomvol of tire shredded matter. Bags arc. also available.
Power in the Sensation linger Beaver goes directly from the engine to the double set of reversible blades without belts or chains; a safety dutch has been designed to protect the engine against shocks. The Eager Beaver dismantles easily for transport by car, thanks to large-diameter hand knobs.
The Sears 8 h.p. Super-Shredder resembles a rotary mower with its engine mounted directly over the three high-speed cutting blades. Shredded particles—leaves, vines, twigs, and garden debris—are vented at the bottom in a bag. The wide-mouthed but. shallow hopper may lie lowered for raking and sweeping in of lawn debris. Five bags are included.
The Toro tomes in two models, 3t/2 and 5 h.p. Each features a big, slanting, gravity-feed hopper with a pusher rod to hand'e the material. The engine sits directly over the cutter blades— two in die smaller model and three in the larger—which work in conjunction with the shredding bars at the bottom vent. An optional bagging kit is available.
SOURCES OF SHREDDERS
The following companies all market several different models of shredding machines:
Outdoors Leisure Products Div. 1126 S. 70th, P.O.B. 512 Milwaukee, WI 53201
Amerind-MacKissic Box 111
Parker Ford, PA 19457 Ariens
111 Calumet ft o55 \V. Ryan St. Brill ion, Wl 54110
Atlas Tool & Mfg. Co. 5151 Natural Bridge Ave. St, Louis, MO 63115
Bolens Div. FMC Corp. Urban/Suburban Power Equipment Div. 2I5S. Park St.
Port Washington, WI 53074 Columbia
P.O. Box 2741, 5389 W. 130th St. Cleveland, OH 44111
Gilson Brothers Mfg. Co. Box 152
Plymouth, WI 53073
Hahn, Inc. Agricultural Products Div. 1625 N. Garvin St. Evansville, IN 47717
International Harvester 401 N. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60611
Jacobsen Mfg. Co. 1721 Packard Ave. Radne, WI 53403
F. D. Kees Mfg. Co, Box 775, 700 Park Ave. Beatrice, NB 68310
Lindig Mfg. Corp.
Box 111,1877 W. County Rd. C
St. Paul, MN 55113
Magna American Corp. Box 90, Hwy. 18 Raymond, MS 39150
■VfcDonougii Power Equipment, Inc. Macon Rd.
McDonough, GA 30253
MTD Products, Inc. Box 2741, 5389 W. 130th Cleveland, OH 44ill
Red Cross Mfg, Corp. Box 111, 124 S. Oak Bluffton, IN 46714
Roof Mfg. Co. 1011 W. Howard St. Pontiac, IL 61764
Roper Sales Corp. 1905 W. Court St. Kankakee, IL 60901
Roto-Hoe Ä: Sprayer Co. 100 Auburn Rd., Rt. 87 Newbury, OH 44065
Royer Foundry & Machine Co. 158 Pringle St. Kingston, PA 18704
Sears, Roebuck & Co. 925 S. Homan Ave. Chicago, IL 60607
81M Lyndale Ave. S Bloom ington, MN 55420
Winona Attrition Mill 1009 W. Fifth St. Winona, MN 55987
W-W Grinder Corp. 2957 \\ Market St. Wichita, KS 67219
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