Eliet Major

Eliet Major chipper - image: HW
Eliet Major chipper - image: HW

Although it can chip wood up to about 55mm, the Eliet Major is predominantly a shredder. We take it to the compost site, where a pile of prunings and old herbaceous plants awaits. This is an entry-level professional machine, compact for transport and easy to manoeuvre.

What makes the Major different is its "hatchet" action. Eliet calls it the "chopping" principle. The blades cut material with the grain, rendering it into small chips in a cycle of chopping and cutting. This results in a well bashed and brushed chip and has a low energy-requirement. Power comes from a 9hp Honda engine.

One of the machine's best features is the easy maintenance. When the hammers start to blunt, they can be sharpened in situ with a hand grinder and then they can be turned.

While the machine is compact, it still has a wide feed hopper. It is just the right height and angle for easy loading and everything goes through this one hopper. If you do pick up a stone or contaminant, it should fall through between the blades.

We start to feed in very wet shrub prunings, grasses and herbaceous materials and quickly find we need to change the screen to prevent jamming. We get on much better with the multipurpose grating, which gives a coarser material.

"I can imagine it working quite a few hours," says Taylor. But Olleson finds a drawback: "The material is building up quickly underneath. We need to move it again."

Engine: 9hp Honda?
Capacity: 55mm diameter?
Shredding mechanism: Twenty hardened-steel hammer knives?
Weight: 120kg?Dimensions: 1.29x0.63x1.28m?
Price: £2,500 + VAT?Tel: Pinnacle
Power Equipment - 01344 291111

Tested This Week?

GreenMech EcoCombi?
TS Industrie Super Premium 30DR
Bear Cat 5in chipper/shredder?
Viking GB460?Jo Beau M300 and M500?
Eliet Major

The Review Panel - Michael Olleson, garden maintenance, Waterperry Gardens, Oxford
David Taylor, gardener, Waterperry Gardens, Oxford

We all know that we should reduce, reuse and recycle, but when it comes to general organic waste material, which machines are up to the job? Generating a wide variety of green waste from its vast gardens and also its orchards, Waterperry Gardens in Oxfordshire provided a perfect venue for our test.

We looked at the high-performance GreenMech EcoCombi and TS Industrie Super Premium - both designed to tackle 6in wood waste as well the wet, soggy and dirty green stuff from the herbaceous borders. We also investigated the American-built Bear Cat 5in chipper/shredder.

A high-end garden multi-shredder, the Viking GB460, was put through its paces with smaller woody material and a variety of herbaceous material. Finally, we looked at the Jo Beau chipper and the Eliet Major shredder.

Conditions on the day of the test were dry and sunny, although it was a little cool in the morning.

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