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Since the demise of my electric Powermatic shredder I’ve been searching for a viable replacement. I found it today in my shipment from www.wholeleaftobacco.com. I went from the Powermatic to an old Teck 1 shredder from Germany that I’ve had for awhile in case of emergencies. Then I bought the previous heavy duty shredder offered by Don which, while not a ”bad” shedder, it had some shortcomings that have been addressed by the new shredder. The old one will become one of my backups. The new shredder is less tool and more machine like. Heavy Duty all the way. I used the supplied lubricant as directed and could feel an immediate smoothness. Then I ran it awhile without tobacco just to make sure any machining burrs were removed from manufacture. It smoothed up even further and I blew it out well. Then I tried some tobacco and it ran very well. The gears are heavier duty than expected but that’s a good thing. This machine is built old school and should outlast me. I had a wooden box I had built for the front rack of a four wheeler and it seemed a good fit for the heavy duty shredder as the box was built from solid hickory boards and painted with oil based paint. Durn box must weigh thirty pounds but that’s good, too. It shouldn’t be hard to hold that thing down to prevent shifting around while shredding. The handle is removable and can be replaced with a battery powered drill to make it a manual/electric. I haven’t used it that way but see no issues. It will certainly stand up to a drill. This is a link to the shredder https://wholeleaftobacco.com/product/new-heavy-duty-shredder-2/ My Photos:
 

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Hey Knucklehead, you just sold a shredder! Ordered mine this morning. Have been contemplating one for some time and have been looking at several, your description cinched the decision. I plan to shred before pressing and fermenting to make dicing up a bit easier. Had to use a bandsaw to slice up the last batch. Lol!
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I forgot to indicate being a forum member on the notes part of the order form, do we get any special treatment if we do?

Thanks for your clear write up and photos.
Ruff
 

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There is a $10 coupon below the header on every page. Code “GreatDeal”.
I‘m still extremely satisfied with my shredder. Give a review here when it arrives.
That’s some good looking pressed plug you have there. Post up your pipe blend in the pipe section. (y)
 

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There is a $10 coupon below the header on every page. Code “GreatDeal”.
I‘m still extremely satisfied with my shredder. Give a review here when it arrives.
That’s some good looking pressed plug you have there. Post up your pipe blend in the pipe section. (y)
Double thanks! Did use GreatDeal. Will certainly give it a run through and review as soon as it arrives, stash is gettin low, will probably ping your review at the same time. Those plugs are thanks to all of the fine folks here, I have used many of the different techniques mentioned in these pages to varying degrees of accuracy and success, unfortunately I did not keep notes as to whos tips I used when, so cannot properly attribute. Nary a word I ever type on baccy production can be considered my own. Will get a couple of the better blends posted in time. Still refinin... ;)
 

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@Ruffseas, that is an impressively serious pressed plug. And the sliced flake looks great. How well does it rub out? How's it taste?

Bob
Thanks Bob, that means a lot coming from you and Knucklehead too! The sliced flake is pure french burley, it rubs out nicely but the ribbons are too coarse and thick, couple hairs wider than 1/8th, still has to be diced after rubbing for a good pack. It tastes as burley should (I'm proud o that), full bodied smoke, stiff throat hit and a bit of sting in the nasal passages, definitely a slow puff type of smoke. If you don't eat first a person starts seeing lil ghost mice an bats flitting in the periphery. Strong, too strong, I use it to take the bite out of my virginia blends and add some punch to weaker blends.
The tall plug next to the lighter is what those flakes were sliced from.
Ruff
 

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Heavy Duty Shredder - https://wholeleaftobacco.com/product/new-heavy-duty-shredder-2/
Received the shredder el pronto! First impression was a mix of, gosh thats smaller than it looks in the pictures, heavier than something its size should be. How much did I pay for this? Put the handle on, swung it around a few times, turned it all directions, hmm heavy duty for sure. Like Knucklehead says more machine than tool. Genuine tobacco processing equipment. I personally would hesitate to put a drill to it without bolting it to a table and installing a safety slot and gear cover on top. A person could easily get a finger finely shredded before you could release the trigger on the drill. Have been breaking it in with Kentucky Fire Cured 309 - https://wholeleaftobacco.com/product/kentucky-fire-cured-va-309/. A fairly robust leaf that can be a bit sticky in the folds. One of my favorites straight out of the bag, no fiddling neccessary, just shred n smoke. Started tentatively, fully removing the midrib, carefully flattening the halves, feeding precisely, slowly, evenly. Now, I just pull a leaf, frog it from the point the mid rib gets greater than 1/8th diameter, keep it folded in half, spread and smooth a bit, feed it. Smoke it.This shredder is worth every penny! Unfortunately I did not receive the instructions nor lubricant Knucklehead mentioned, it would be nice to get some tuning tips and maintenance instructions. I do rtfm.
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I also bought the heavy duty shredder and it is working really well.

i would also like to know if anyone has any info on proper maintenance, or lubricant as I also didn’t receive any.
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Someone asked in another thread about lubricant for the rollers and I couldn’t remember what came with my shredder. I also can‘t remember which thread that was in so I’ll post it here before I forget. I just finished shredding some tobacco in the basement and lubed my shredder and I took note of what was on my bottle of lubricant that came with the shredder. My bottle says USDA food grade Glycerin oil and states that it is commonly used in tobacco products.
 

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Great! I've got some of that! I just cleaned my new !heavy duty shredder and it needs lubricating. Vegetable glycerine is commonly available and easy to get. I love my new shredder, its built well and does a great job.
 
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