Best sub $900 shredder for my community garden
I have been doing a lot of searching around here and elsewhere for shredder recommendations, but haven't really found a satisfactory thread for my specific needs.
I run the local community garden, which surprisingly didn't use to have any composting program. I built a 3 bin composter, and until recently have been dealing with processing all the waste that gets dumped through stubborn hard work (i.e. bashing it with various implements). I'm training for a long distance swim now and simply don't have the energy anymore.
We are talking mostly just cubic yard after cubic yard of weeds, vegetable waste, kitchen waste. You'll get some twigs and vines, maybe the odd small piece of wood, but nothing that stout, just lots of it. There is virtually no hardwood that would require chipping. Despite the fact that it is socal, there are certain periods where many don't garden much, and after the cold season rains, all of a sudden there will be an 8x20x5ft or thereabouts pile of green and brown waste. I need a shredder to get through this all, and I want to make better compost as well.
We have it in our budget to buy a chipper/shredder, but $900 would be about the limit we could afford to spend. All the recommendations seem to push people to the Mighty Mac or Bearclaw shredders, but these are out of the price range, as the lower end Mighty Mac's say leaves only for their shredder.
I don't care if the chipper is useless, I need a decent shredder that won't get stuck constantly, and will shred waste a few times a year to enable for faster composting.
I need something that is reliable, because the majority of users of the garden are graduate students, and they come and go every few years (as will I) so I can't guarantee anyone could do their own maintenance, and I certainly couldn't.
I've scoured craigslist and ebay for a while to see if anything substantial that is used came up, but I'm not seeing anything more than used versions of the same things I'm seing in home depot and the like, mostly because people in orange county and environs probably don't have much demand for shredders.
There also doesn't seem to be much by way of reviews for the shredding applications of some of the shredders I'm looking at, and many in the price range aren't highly regarded.
Here are the ones I'm looking at:
this brush master:
This, which seems identical to the new troy-bilt ones.
And the earthquake models (which I'm currently leaning to)
Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks in advance.