- Mar 31, 2016
- Central, Indiana. USA.
Building a slicer like that is definitely in the works. I have access to gear reducers and electric motors etc I just need to come up with the plans. Maybe you could give me a design lead. I am also considering getting the.8 mm Polish shredder that @Jitterbugdude has posted up. It’s either that one or the one WLT has. The polish machine boast a production of .5 ton before any sharpening or service and can handle wet and dry leaf and stems. But yes what I really want is to get my blends down that I smoke the most and my wife’s blend under control. Then drumroll please... brick that stuff up shred it up and keep on rolling. I don’t mind spending hours just playing around the tobacco table and pipe blending and experimenting but when it comes to her mass quantities of tobacco she consumes I got to get ahead of the game.In my opinion, for the small-time tobacco hobbyist you really can't go past something like the one offered on this site for $125. https://www.wholeleaftobacco.com/product/new-heavy-duty-shredder/
These aren't perfect but are certainly more trouble-free than the 'Cuthof'.
Personally, I have four like this and the beauty of these is that spare parts are readily available and when you renew the only things that can wear-out (the rollers, the combs and bushes/bearings, at a cost of around $50) you have a 'like-new' machine.
Those small 'budget shredders' similar to this seem to have quite a limited life, though you can also buy parts for these too.
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Although this continues to work, with a little maintenance, very well for me I nowadays use a 'slicer' that a friend and myself built along these lines.View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRyfuk0ydrU&t=67s
It certainly didn't cost the 'thousands of dollars' declared in the video and the beauty of it is that with my whole-leaf tobacco I lose nothing to waste. I press the stems into a block and shred them, gaining about an extra 30% of what would normally be wasted - and the stems are actually more aromatic than the leaf. I then put the shredded stem once through the shredder (shown) and mix it with the shredded leaf.