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Shredding Straw IS Easy
    #3021934 - 08/19/04 04:36 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Was about to give in and put out $600+ on a chipper/shredder. Saw  this thread  and went to Sears and picked up a Craftsman 200 mph Gas Blower with 25 cc 2-Cycle Engine w/vac/mulching kit.    $120 .

So far very good results. :thumbup: :wink:



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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: MrMaddHatter]
    #3021937 - 08/19/04 04:38 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

that's good and probably effective as hell
but damn if it doesn't cost big bux
i'll stick with my hedge clippers, thanks
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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: muse_sick]
    #3022731 - 08/19/04 12:08 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I just run my lawnmower over laid out straw.


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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: Gr0wer]
    #3023771 - 08/19/04 03:52 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I tried the lawn mower thing and it just flew everywhere I just hand clip it now...sure I get blisters and its tedious but its kinda nice to just sit out in the sun and cut straw...I will only be using straw for future oyster growing....after seeing what horse shit can do for cubensis it wouldn't be worth all the work for the straw


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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: Iamthewalrus]
    #3026672 - 08/20/04 02:09 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I've found a much better way since I wrote that tek for straw logs. For $49 you can get a weed eater. Put your straw in a trash can, rubbermaid, or whatever you have. Poke a hole in the lid just big enough for the weed eater to slide through. You can chop up enough straw for a 48" log in ten minutes. Easiest way I've found yet.


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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: RogerRabbit]
    #3026716 - 08/20/04 02:19 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

I had the same mess with the lawn mower but it was fast.
Roger I like your TEK idea but where is it? Post in FAQ contributions.


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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: MrMaddHatter]
    #3029000 - 08/20/04 05:12 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

With that blower/vac/mulcher I can do a 50lb bail in 1.5-2hrs and only use 1/4 of the gas tank.


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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: MrMaddHatter]
    #3029058 - 08/20/04 05:21 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Thats actually cheap I spent over $425 for a Craftsman chipper/shredder. I can do a bail in about 15-20min. maybe quicker if I really pushed it. I went and got 4 bails the first time, started shredding and after one bail I had a Jumbo contractors plastic garbage bag stuffed full and slightly packed! (more than enough) at least for one sitting :wink:


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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: MrMaddHatter]
    #3029570 - 08/20/04 07:37 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

that old post was by Ripper......a great idea from a great soul.....

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Re: Shredding Straw IS Easy [Re: MrMaddHatter]
    #3031600 - 08/21/04 06:11 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Yea thats where I got idea. I put a link to it in the first post. Wish he was still around so I could thank him for the idea. I'm totally satisfied with it.

Only drawback is you have to run it through twice.

Break up the bail, spread it out, vac/mulch it up. Empty mulch bag into big cardboard box. Then when you need some, vac/mulch the straw from the cardboard box and empty mulch bag into garbage bag/whatever/ready to go :wink:

So damn glad I didn't put out the 600 for the chipper/shredder.

Here's the link again for those who missed it.  Ripper's Shredding Straw Made Easy


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