The Handy Impact Shredder Review
The Handy Impact Shredder is a mid range rotary impact shredder from The Handy. The Handy sell 2 impact shredders, this one, The Handy THISWB, looks very much like a more expensive Quiet Shredder.
I think that the Handy Impact Shredder is the only Electric Garden Shredder that I have ever seen advertised as suitable for shredding grass, leaves and hedge trimmings. If you have read any of our other reviews, you will know that this is an area in which almost all impact shredders are poor.
The Handy Impact Shredder shreds reliably and is a worthy alternative to the Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid
We are going to take a look at:
- What’s good
- What’s bad
- About “The Handy”
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|3||Shredding Mechanism||Rotary - impact cut||Steel blades. Reversible for longer life|
|4||Max diameter that can be cut||45mm|
|5||Collection box capacity||40L||This is fairly low for this class of garden shredder|
|6||Cable length||3m||3m of cable is pretty mean. In some ways it makes little difference - you need a good, outdoor extension lead|
|Rotation Speed||4500||Very fast rotational speed allows for strong impact and shredding. It is going to be noisy though. Expect 112dB and up.|
|7||Other features||Plunger for safely pushing waste through the shredder|
|8||Weight||13.8kg||Fairly normal weight for a good impact shredder|
|9||Guarantee/Warranty||2 Years||0 day returns policy. Needs items to be returned in original packaging and as bought condition. We are not sure this will ever be achievable|
What’s Good, What’s not
The Handy is unusual in that it provides a removable hopper. That’s ideal when you are shredding softer, green waste like grass or leaves. You can place an armful of material in the hopper and use the provided plunger to help it all pass through the shredder.
The shredder will handle branches up to about 30mm with ease. If you want to shred anything much bigger than this you will have to be very patient.
It is light weight. With the provided wheels, you can easily move it to where you need it around your garden.
The Handy Impact shredder has really taken safety into account. You can’t use the machine unless the collection box is securely locked in place. The feed holes are pretty small too so there is no danger of little fingers getting into the machine.
The not so good
As with so many impact shredders, the performance on branches is less than stellar. We don’t know what sort of wood it is tested at shredding up to 45mm in diameter, but we wouldn’t use it for anything larger than 30mm or so.
The shredder does chop very small – that’s great for composting and making the most of the size of the collection box. However, a collection box with a 40l capacity is small and means you will need to empty the box often
The detachable hopper is a good idea but do you really need to shred grass and leaves? For leaves I’d recommend something more like the von haus 3 in1 leaf blower, vacuum and mulcher. For grass, why would you go to the trouble of shredding?
- THE ULTIMATE TIDYING TOOL – the VonHaus 3000W Leaf Blower is ideal for tidying lawns, patios, driveways and more. Its powerful 3000W motor blows, vacuums and mulches leaves into material suitable for composting
- MULCHING FEATURE – the leaf blower compacts leaves in the generous zipped 35-litre capacity collection bag at a shredding ratio of 10:1, which means less time spent emptying the bag and more time making your garden clean and tidy
- IMPRESSIVE FLOW RATE – its powerful performance delivers optimum efficiency and ensures your garden will be looking neat and tidy in no time
- COMPACT AND LIGHTWEIGHT – includes a shoulder strap and wheels allowing you to work in comfort for prolonged periods, a 10m power cable, as well as a thermal cut-out safety feature
As we mentioned earlier, the Handy is a noisy machine. We haven’t seen any official noise figures but we think this one is up around 115dB. Again, this is common amongst impact shredders. You just need to make sure you use ear defenders.
- High-performance hearing protector for use against light industry noise, for example grounds maintenance or power drilling
- Soft wide cushions help reduce pressure around the ears and improve comfort and wearability
- Slim-line, dual moulded cups for improved compatibility with other personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Electrically insulated wire headband
We can’t say that we are impressed by the limited cable length supplied with this machine. 3m seems very short.
About the Company
Handy was founded in 1938 in Swindon. It’s mission is to supply affordable garden machinery to both domestic and professional customers.
The Handy Impact Shredder is a competent machine. Targeting it as being suitable to shred grass and leaves is a touch of genius. We know that this ability comes up often in our Frequently Asked Questions. For our money, there are better, faster and cheaper ways of reducing and disposing of grass and leaves.
Most customers are happy with the performance of the Handy. If you are going to primarily be shredding smaller, softer garden cuttings, the Handy could be just the machine for you.
If you have ambitions to shred bigger, woody waste you may be better off with the Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid. For larger volumes (bigger gardens) you will be better looking at a quiet shredder.
Best Selling Impact Shredders
- Fitted with 2200 W Bosch PowerDrive motor
- Patented large capacity hopper for quick and easy feed
- Practical plunger for increased material throughput
- 40 mm high precision laser-cut, twin edged blade, reversible for extended life, lightweight with wheels for easy transportation
- Large wheels for ease of manoeuvrability,6 meter power cable
- Large 50 Litre integrated collection box, Easy view of bin when full
- 2500 watt motor turning out 4050 RPM, With the safety cut out switch
- Will shred up to 40mm thick branches
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