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WORX 13 Amp Electric Leaf Mulcher with 11:1 Mulch Ratio and Fold-down Compact Design – WG430
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- 13 Amp motor efficiently mulches up to 53 gallons of leaves per minute, deposits debris into a bag (not included)
- Flex-a-line bladeless system uses thick trimmer line to achieve an 11:1 mulching ratio
- Tool free, quick assembly and disassembly for convenient and compact storage
- Features a clean air motor cooling system and an easy start-stop system
- Includes 13 Amp Leaf Mulcher, 24 cutting lines, bag support ring, and manufacturer’s 3-year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||13.2 x 22.6 x 22.6 inches|
|Manufacturer Part Number||WG430|
|Shipping Weight||25.95 pounds|
If you can't burn leaves or rake them into the street, you need a better way to deal with the mess. This nifty Worx leaf mulcher is a great solution. It uses a powerful 120V, 13 Amp motor and a bladeless mulching system that uses normal heavy-duty grass trimmer line to reduce the volume of your leaves to 1/11th of the original size. And best of all, it turns the leaves into a useful mulch and compost that you can recycle into your garden or flowerbeds. The easy-to-operate system features a 13in. cutting diameter and can mulch up to 53 gallons of leaves a minute. It assembles quickly without tools and stores easily when not in use. 2-year limited warranty.
The WORX WG430 Leaf Mulcher is the all-in-one solution to an annual problem: piles and piles of leaves in the yard. It smartly disposes of heaps of leafy yard waste in a few simple steps, turning hundreds of gallons of rotting leaves into vitamin-rich, organic mulch that's a perfect fertilizer for your flowerbed or garden. The WORX Flex-a-Line bladeless mulching system uses normal, heavy-duty grass trimmer line instead of dangerous metal blades to easily and safely mulch through leaves and debris.
Universal bag holder enables one-step mulching and disposal.
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Shredding leaves with a traditional gas shredder/mulcher can disturb the environment with noxious air and loud noise. Thankfully, with the electric WORX Leaf Mulcher, you can put the 'green' back in 'green thumb'.
Showcasing a powerful 13 Amp motor that delivers 8,500 RPMs, the WORX Leaf Mulcher will reduce a mass of dead leaves and twigs to 1/11th of its original size. That means you won't be lugging 11 bags of whole leaves to the curb for distribution or disposal--instead, you'll only have to worry about a single bag.
With the WORX Leaf Mulcher's 13-inch cut diameter and oversized mouth, you can mulch up to 53 gallons of leaves per minute. Acres of dried leaves can be collected and pulverized into manageable mounds of mulch in practically no time at all.
Create Mulch and Compost
It is estimated that almost 25% of the urban waste stream is made of yard waste and debris. In the fall, it can account for more than 60% of what flows into your local landfill.
The WORX Leaf Mulcher actually transforms your yard's dead leaves and debris, which would normally end up in a landfill, into vitamin-rich mulch and compost that can be recycled into your garden or flowerbeds.
Shredded leaf mass furnishes nutrients that assist in new plant growth during the growing season. Furthermore, mixing mulch into your garden and flower beds will aerate the soil and encourage new growth. Additionally, leaf mulch will increase water retention in the soil, reducing watering time and saving money.
Compact, Versatile, and Easy to Use
At less than 20 pounds, the WORX Leaf Mulcher features a compact design, in which the disassembled parts nest neatly together for convenient off-season storage on a shelf in your shed or garage. Setup takes only a few minutes, with absolutely no additional tools required!
In addition, the mulcher features a dust-reducing clean-air motor cooling system. Air and mulched leaves are separated through an external cooling air intake and exhaust to significantly reduce dust generation.
For further convenience, The WORX Leaf Mulcher's safe Flex-a-Line bladeless mulching system features tool-less cutting line replacement and a universal bag holder that accepts both paper and plastic bags. To top it off, an oversized on/off switch allows for easy, hassle-free operation.
The WORX heavy-duty Leaf Mulcher is the one machine that will end hours of misery once and for all and will make fall cleanup fast and easy!
What's in the Box
WORX WG430 Leaf Mulcher, 24 replacement lines, and one universal bag holder.
Tool-free locking system enables easy assembly and storage.
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Top Customer Reviews
All 3 pieces of equipment shred leaves sufficient to allow for mulching and ultimately composting. The WORKX is easily put together and this is so simple that the instructions are not needed. The assembled unit is stable despite some other reviews that it may not be so. The assembled unit is easily disassembled for better cleaning, for storage and to facilitate putting in new leaf-eater line. The Flowtron assembly is a little more involved but easily done. The assembled unit does not feel as sturdy as the WORKX but it is durable and the first Flowtron unit that I bought in 2007 lasted two years; it was the electric motor that died, and not any other part of the unit. I still have the McCulloch chipper-shredder. It has lasted over 5 years and shows no signs of impending demise. Therefore, I do not think that the construction, stability or assembly/disassembly of these units plays a major role in my choice of what the best unit is.
The WORKX and Flowtron both generate a major amount of dust and the Flowtron is especially noisy. Definitely advise use of a face mask or some form of protection for the eyes and ideally the lungs (simple mask) when working with dry leaves. Ear protection is important as well. All units can emit (spit out) pieces of debris that could result in trauma to your eyes or any exposed soft tissue so safety should be a key issue when running these machines. Of the 3 units, the Flowtron is most offensive to the ears. Of the 3 units, the McCulloch emits the least amount of dust with the Flowtron and WORKX tied for a very distant second.
Inability to handle even small twigs is a major downside for the Flowtron and WORKX since both use filament line to act as leaf eaters. This is the same kind of line used in weed wackers. If you intentionally or inadvertently toss in twigs or even small branches into either machine the filament length is whittled down quite quickly and you will be inserting new line often. This is not a super simple task for either Flowtron or WORKX. On the contrary, the McCulloch handles branches and of course twigs, pine cones, etc very well. No problem there. The major downside of the McCulloch is the need to hand feed the leaves, twigs, or anything else that you are chipping or shredding. The Flowtron and WORKX allows you to grab large handfuls of leaves and quickly toss them into the unit. Not so with the McCulloch. If the McCulloch had this ability there would be no issue as to which machine to select.
The mulched product is the finest with the McCulloch, followed by the Flowtron with the WORKX the least impressive. The reason for this is that the WORKX has no way to adjust the opening for the shredded leaves; it is one size. The Flowtron has a sliding device that allows you to select a fine or coarse adjustment. Both the Flowtron and WORKX talk about the ability to shred moist leaves but I would tell you that although this is possible you end up after 5 minutes stopping the machine and scraping off a large amount of mushed leaf product and the trimmer line rapidly is eaten up as well. Same issue with the McCulloch but here you have not a problem with trimmer line but caking up of this mushy mulch on the inner walls of the machine that forces you to disassemble the McCulloch. The disassembly of the McCulloch is a time-consuming and not at all enjoyable procedure and if McCulloch could devise a quick release set up like the WORKX, this would be wonderful (assuming it to be safe).
I do not like that the WORKX has a two-pronged plug. I feel better with a 3-prong which is seen with the Flowtron and McCulloch.
Lastly, with the McCulloch you have 3 major working blades. These can be sharpened by the homeowner or new ones purchased online. These are not cheap but I have found it pretty easy to sharpen them myself so I do not consider this a major downside for this machine.
I just purchased another Flowtron after trying the WORKX and today have returned the WORKX for the reasons listed. I did a side-by-side comparison of the quality of the shredding and it was clear that WORKX allowed to many fully intact leaves to pass through without shredding.
Final conclusions: of the two leaf eaters, the Flowtron is clearly better. Of all three units, I would have to say that the McCulloch's ability to chip leaves, twigs, pine cones, seeds from cedars makes it my favorite. It just does not handle leaves as fast as the Flowtron. I have no connection in any way with any of these companies. Anyone that uses one or more of these products will find this review to be complete, clear and right on target. Lastly, I purchased and returned the WORKX via Amazon and purchased the FLowtron via Amazon on two separate occasions. I bought the McCulloch locally. I am very pleased with the delivery and return policy of Amazon.
First season using this & pleased with the results. Would say it reduces our yard clean up time by 1/2 or so and use about 1/4 the number of paper bags (our county requires them, ugh). Stuffing the bags, compressing leaves with board, was always the worst part of the job. This tool virtually eliminates that (though we do press down its leaf mulch once per bag to fit more in). Note though that using this tool will take this activity from peaceful & quiet to noisy & dusty, but there are costs/benefits to everything.
Immediately switched to cut segments of .095 trimmer line & this thing handles mixed in twigs, say up to pencil thickness, pretty well. Though the twigs may mean you're changing line every 3 or 4 bags (once per hr?) & clearing the hopper more its worth it to me not to separate twigs. I just try to avoid feeding in sticks when I see 'em & have a thick stick to stir in stuff if hopper clogs.
Like another reviewer said the tool needs 7" of leg extension to sit above common leaf paper bags, I used cheap/easy 3/4" PVC cut into 26 1/4" lengths fixed w/duct tape (for easy removal for end of season storage). Posted a customer image of this (<<< Ugh! Thank Amazon for disabling customer pics & all their associated helpful important info!).
Also be sure to check / clear motor air intake often & blow out every hour or so, I used canned air/dust-off from Radio Shack for portability. And of course use eye & ear protection & dust mask (if prone to allergies, etc).
Wife & I find this a great tool given the tweaks above, 4 stars though because a) should come with thicker line, b) requires 7" leg extensions for common paper bags, c) manual should be more clear about air intake filter cleaning importance & methods.
Note: As always use tweaks/recommendations in this review at your own risk.
> Get the heavy 3 mil contractor bags, they won't tear apart and can hold the weight if you fill them up as the mulched leaves are heavy.
> Get heavier line, I got the Rhino Tuff line at Home Depot for $3. Its thicker but still fits into the line holder fine.
> I removed the built in line cutter, not needed and it interfered with the leave debris falling into the bag, and its sharp, you can cut you hand on it.
> Wet leaves will cake up and not fall into the bag. You have to stop and push the glop down in. Better not to do wet leaves but sometime you have to.
> Blow out debris from the air intake vents around the red on/off switch using your leaf blower after each use. The instructions say to clean the filter but you can't easily get to it unless you unscrew the entire AC switch assembly. I think folks whose units died young may not have been doing this, the air vents will get 100% clogged very quickly and I guess the motor overheats.
Hope that is helpful.