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Yard Force Yf8000 Electric 13 Amp Leaf Shredder / Mulcher
Yes itís that time of year when the leaves fall and itís time to clean the yard. If youíre like me, you try and find every excuse to avoid the raking and the bagging. I really donít mind the raking, but I really hate the bagging. We have these Eco friendly paper bags that always tear. Seriously, every time I have to use these bags, I am cussing and swearing at the person who had this bright idea to go Eco friendly. I donít mind being more friendly to the environment, but give me something that makes my life easier, not harder. Well letís thank a company called Yard Force with their design of the YF8000 leaf shredder and mulcher.
The unit runs of your household power supply as it only uses 13 amps to run the motor. Whatís cool about this machine is you donít have to move it all around your yard. Just rake the leaves to the machine, pick them up and let the machine shred them. In fact according to the company, you can use only one bag instead of 10 bags. For me, I love the less aggravation of having to deal with the bags. If you have a large lawn, donít worry, the machine is lightweight and easy to set up and move around.
The unit has a 12" shredding tunnel that helps guide the leaves into the shredder with a 12:1 ratio using itís 8000 rpmís. On the side of the unit it has an adjustment for dry leaves or wet leaves. Again the unit is very easy to set up, but one item I like is the legs. As you know, no lawn is perfectly even. With the tripod leg system, you can shorten a leg in case you need to. I do wish the tightening of the legs was a little more sturdy. If you donít want to use the traditional paper bags, you can use the provided bungee cord and attach a plastic bag to catch the debris.
As far as the shredder, it works off the same principle as your string trimmer. The system uses a .095" string trimmer line to shred the leaves. As you probably guessed since it uses this line, itís strictly for leaves and will not work well for branches.
Replacement shredder lines easily thread into position without tools. Any trimmer line up to .095" can be used. When you buy this kit, you also get 2 hand rakes to help pick up the leaves around the unit and put them into the chute for mulching. It would be nice if the head of the unit did funnel the leaves into the system a little better. You also get 20 shredder replacement lines and safety glasses, which I highly recommend wearing.
I donít have much experience with Yard Force, so not sure how it will hold up over the long haul. The unit does seem to be well built and sturdy. The overall design is easy to use. If you tend to have a lot of branch, donít expect this system to be the end all for you. I have a bunch of pine cones that end up getting into the unit. While it wonít shred them, I donít have to try and pick through them. I can still put the pine cones in, they just fall to the bottom without being shredded.
Yes itís that time of year when the leaves fall and itís time to clean the yard. If youíre like me, you try and find every excuse to avoid the raking and the bagging. I really donít mind the raking, but I really hate the bagging. We have these Eco friendly paper bags that always tear. Seriously, every time I have to use these bags, I am cussing and swearing at the person who had this bright idea to go Eco friendly. I donít mind being more friendly to the environment, but give me something... more
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Johnny H. Kingsport, TN
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Some difficulty as a little slow to feed, hole should be larger. operator is forced to use hands to force feed unit. The bungee should be more effective, should go completely around unit to secure bags more efficiently. Very dusty.
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Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We all would like to finish yard work as quickly as possible, however the diameter of the hole was specially designed to gradually allow leaves into the shredder to allow them to shred as fine as possible and extend the motor life. The size of the hole also helps keep the dust and debris to a minimum. We recommend using the included hand rakes to gradually drop the leaves into the shredder. The bungee cord that holds the bag is designed to secure only sections of the bag while also allowing air to escape when filling a plastic bag. A bungee around the entire bag would create a tight seal and cause a plastic bag to inflate excessively. If you have any additional questions please contact our customer support hotline at 866-902-9690.