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  1. #1
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    Default Mulching Leaf Blower/Vac=Hay Shredder?

    We have a horse that must eat chopped hay, and it's getting expensive! Owner will not use hay cubes.
    If you have a Leaf Blower/Vac that also chops up the leaves, would it be good for chopping hay? Would it get oil/grease on the hay? Or any other reason the resulting chopped hay would be un-palatable?
    I was picturing shaking out a flake, then letting the Vac do it's thing. Then putting the resulting 'chopped' hay in the manger.
    Thoughts?



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    I bought one for mulching leaves that blow in and around our barn/house. Does a good job with the leaves .

    However I tried it with hay that hid under the pallets in my hay stall and it didn't do so well. Barely chopped the coastal burmuda. Also per the vendor the blades are not designed for pine straw, which we have in great abundance here.

    No other suggestions.
    "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
    Courtesy my cousin Tim



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    You can't pass the cost of purchased, chopped hay on to the owner?

    You might be able to run the dry hay cubes thru your leaf mulcher, but longer hay would be too flexible. Is that an option or did you try mulching the hay cubes already?

    If horse MUST have a special hay, then owner should pay the extra cost, not you. Or board is raised to cover that extra cost.



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    I was able to chop straw quite successfully. I would think that if your hay was long to begin with, the blades would do a better job chopping.

    My vac (black and decker) just has a tube that goes straight up to the blades with the motor in a separate housing, I haven't seen any evidence oil or grease coming in contact with the debris.

    My vac cost $45 and has been left out in the rain a few times and sucks things up like a champ. I'd say it's worth a try and if it doesn't work, you have a nice new blower/ vac for your house!



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    Have you seen what comes out of a leaf shreader? It's very dusty and randomly sized.

    Chaff cutters line hay up perpendicular to the blades and chop it all to a consistent length. They don't just let it fall randomly.

    If you have one test it and find out what it looks like from yours, but I'd not buy one in the hope it will be useful. The only hay I've put through mine is junk hay I've been vaccuming off the floor so it's already dusty, but it turns hay into trash and makes it compost faster. I'd not feed it to a horse afterwards.



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    thanks for all the input, we'll keep brainstorming.



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    I found this at the Home Depot, it works petty good. Now I can cut up a flake at a time. www.homelite.com/catalog/hedge-trimmers/UT44174



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    OP - I've got those! Never thought to use them for chaffing hay!



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