A: When it comes to machines in the "small shredder" department, the Belgian-made Eliet models are definitely among my favourites - though I admit I prefer the professional entry-level Eliet Major for its extra power and capacity. If there is loads of material to process, then the Eliet Mega-Prof is a star performer, albeit a lot more expensive.
These machines have a lot of appealing features. I love the loading height. No back-ache with this one - it is ergonomically ideal if you are lifting trimmings straight from a wheelbarrow. The feed hopper is wide enough for an armful of waste and with the machine being so compact, combined with the pneumatic-tyred manoeuvrability, it is ideal for the gardener on the move.
All Eliet shredders use the same chipping principle. The blades cut the wood with the grain so it is quick and takes less effort - so lower fuel consumption and less noise. You should get extraordinary long life from the hardened steel blades. Have you reversed them? Take the blades out, turn them round and refit. They can also be sharpened.
If you do need replacement blades, I suggest that you contact Eliet's agent - Pinnacle Power Equipment in Ascot, Berkshire - on 01344 291111. Alternatively, you should be able to order a set of blades for £102.76 including VAT and UK-mainland delivery (part number BGBU401200301) from www.mowers-online.co.uk or call 01452 616169.
Sally Drury has been reporting on product developments and testing kit for 29 years. The advice given in this helpline is independent.
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