Compact the Major may be, but it has a surprising appetite and an awesome chopping rate of 40,000 chops per minute, using 20 hardened-steel, reversible knives to tackle material up to 55mm in diameter. The work rate is remarkable for a machine of this size.
With a rectangular feed-chute angled towards the operator, the Major has a comfortable loading height of 90cm.
“It feels like a professional piece of kit,” says our tester. “The opening is wide, so you don’t have to trim the material as much as with a funnel-type shredder, which helps to increase your work rate.”
We are using a standard screen on the Major and the chips are a good size for use as mulch. A multi-purpose screen is also available for tackling leaves and wetter material.
We use the multi-purpose screen on the Minor. This model has 12 cutting knives, rather than 20, but still gives an impressive performance. Again, it looks nothing like a typical garden shredder. Based on the design of the Major, it is smaller but packs a punch when chipping through 40mm branches. Like the Major, it is robustly built. “It has plenty of power but is compact enough to work almost anywhere — and it’s incredibly easy to use,” says the tester.
The safety features on both machines give you confidence; pushing the bar at the infeed end or lifting the guard at the discharge end brings the shredders to a halt in seconds.
Both the Major and Minor could be transported on a small trailer or in the back of a van with other kit. We are also impressed with the way maintenance and servicing have been made as simple as possible.
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