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.
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.
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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.