It’s a single-hopper machine and the hopper is wide, so there is no struggling with bent timber or dense brash. The range of material it will take amazes the testers. It gobbles everything from Alstroemeria to hazel without a hiccup.
But our tester is looking for something to really test it — a 13cm x 2.5cm piece of pallet timber. The decibels rise a bit but the machine doesn’t cut out. “I had to tease it through but it coped well. The Minor has plenty of power,” he says. Overall, it is a quiet machine.
Our testers inspect the chippings and shreddings. “We like the size of the chips it leaves,” says one. “They are an ideal size for mulch.” The Minor has 12 cutting knives, angled to chop along the grain of the wood. Material is held in the cutting mechanism until it is sufficiently reduced to escape through one of two interchangeable sieves at the bottom of the machine.
We like the size and shape of the Minor. It is compact — 125cm x 52cm x 110cm tall. It easily fits on the back of a trailer or van, along with the mowers, trimmers and chainsaws.
It’s clear from the beginning that this is a robust machine. Nevertheless, maintenance has been made as simple as possible. The blades are easy to access and can be sharpened with a handheld grinder.
The price is obviously more than you would pay for a “garden shredder”, but it is still a major selling feature of this machine. We reckon the Eliet Minor represents excellent value for money.
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