Clever twin-chamber technology gives this heavy-duty petrol-engined multi-shredder the capacity to tackle a wide variety of garden waste, making it suitable for the larger garden and maintenance contractors working from a small van. It could not be simpler to use.
This unit is powered by a Briggs & Stratton Ready Start engine. That means there is no priming and no choke - just pull it over and away you go. There is no throttle - it is always set at 3,000rpm for performance and fuel economy.
Core to any shredder or chipping machine is the quality and efficiency of its cutting system. The GB460 uses a rotary blade with a set of strategically positioned blades, including sharp reversible blades for chipping woody material, shredding blades that grab and chop soft waste as well as a combination blade to give consistent results.
At the discharge end there is a clearance bar that clears waste off the underside - it is designed to stop any jamming. A chute that folds from the rear allows chipping of timber up to 60mm in diameter.
It is not a heavy machine, weighing in at under 60kg, and with its pneumatic-tyred wheels, plus a handle incorporated into the chute, is easy to manoeuvre. The unit is sufficiently narrow to trundle down garden paths and through gateways.
"It will do everything you need to do around the garden. We didn't have any trouble and it folds up nicely for transport or storage," says Taylor. "But I think the bag is pointless."
The bag provided for the collection of shredded/chipped material can be filled in seconds. Our advice would be, unless you need a perfectly clean job, do not bother with it. What is handy, however, is the neat little tool box at the back. It is there if you need it - we did not.
Engine: 6.5hp Briggs & Stratton Ready Start?
Chipping capacity: 60mm?
Mechanism: Multi-cut 450 with chipping and shredding blades
Height: 1.36m in working position?
Price: £1,374.17 + VAT?
Tel: STIHL - 01276 20202
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.