This is the shredder that I use. I've had it since August 2016 and I use it for shredding tobacco for cigarettes. I smoke about 1/4 to half a pack of cigarettes a day if that gives you an idea about how much use it gets. It's performed very well. It's very well made. There's been no mechanical issues with it. The only problem I've had with it so far is cleaning it. I can't find instructions on how I should clean it on the internet anywhere and I lost the original instructions. The width of the shreds is perfect for cigarettes. When I have big leaves I use the hand crank as it can get tiring to hold my drill up for an extended amount of time. It just takes a few seconds to process a leaf once you've removed the midrib. With small leaves it takes a lot of time to process with the hand crank.
I've had good luck with mine. I don't use a motor though. When you hand crank, you can feel the amount of resistance being given by the tobacco. If you force the shredding, like with some kind of motor, you will bend the combs. There is a highly technical term for that..."Bad",comes to mind. Then you have to take it apart and use needle-nose pliers to straighten the combs out. A major delay and pain in the you know where. I clean and lubricate mine when it starts to get gummed up. As I recall, the instructions say that any food grade (cooking) oil will do for lubricating the bushings. It is probably not a good idea to use petroleum based lubricants on something you are going to consume...I need to dig around and find those directions...
good thread... im getting ready to order this exact shredder.
i had a powermatic electric shredder, but the motor went down. so i made a handle for it. and used it manually.. it got to the point that it is hard to spin the cutters.. so im just gonna get another shredder, and , have the other one on standby.. that i may experiment with down the road. and put a motor on it. and use the one im gonna buy now. as a back-up.
but right now i have nothing. and 3 lbs. of don's bacca still in the bags. so next week i'll be orderinf this shredder,,, so far all feedback sounds good,
well it arrived today as i predicted.... i used the hand crank and hooked it to a drill.. i think i prefer the hand crank... so i have control of the r.p.m. of the cutters, it's a real solid piece made of stainless steel.. so no rusting issues,
i also like the way DON packaged it... i got a small sample of turkish bacca to give it a run with [ allthough i got 3 lbs. of dons bacca that i been waiting on this shredder to shed ] ......... a nice '' notepad'' with the w.l.t. image on it,, [ very classy ] and a business card of don's....
i must say.. ive made 2 orders so far from don... and all i got is 10 star review of it.. '' VERY PROFESSIONAL....''
My shredder was shipped with food grade Glycerin as lube. I’ve never used soap and water so I can’t say about that. I ran it backwards and forwards and blew it out with air. If you don’t have a compressor you could use the bottled compressed air in a can like used for cleaning debris from computer keyboards. Lube it and go. You’ll feel it when the burrs are gone and it smooths up. The case of the tobacco is the big deal, I run mine just dry enough to not crumble and turn to dust. Just avoid enough moisture to start gumming up. You’ll develop a feel for that, too. Enjoy your shredder.Just got my shredder today. Looks super solid but it's got some metal filings on it from manufacture that I'd like to clean off. I get that lubing with veg oils is good but is it safe to clean with soap and water? The metals look susceptible to rust to me which is my primary concern.