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Funtional leaf shredder
on October 16, 2010
If you are looking for a LEAF SHREDDER, I say again, LEAF SHREDDER the Flowtron works. I needed something for pine needles and oak leaves and after shredding a few garbage cans full I was satisfied. As long as you take out branches, pine cones and anything else that is not considered a leaf or needle it will mulch it down no problem.
If you need something for branches and twiggs I suggest getting a real chipper because it won't work for those needs. People reviewing the Flowtron and giving it bad reviews are not using the product as intended and are putting too much in at a time along with branches and twiggs.
ONE to TWO handfuls is what the directions recommend. Anything more than that and it will struggle and leave you frustrated. Once you have a big pile and start going at a couple of handfuls it goes fairly quickly. One video on here has a guy using the green hand claws and dropping large quantities in. WRONG WRONG. The claws work great for making piles and getting leaves out from under bushes and trees but take them off when you start shredding. Get a good pair of gloves and goggles and cover your face with a wet towel or shirt. Within an hour you can shred approx 10-15 bags. Perfect for an average size lawn.
The only flaw is the plastic dome and stand. It's made cheap. I had to use duct tape to hold the stand together because the screw that holds the stand together didn't hold. The plastic dome feels flimsy and you really can't grab it or it will come apart. Other than that I have no issues with the Flowtron. It does exactly what it says. Nothing more, nothing less.