Best for collecting/shredding leaves
I'm looking for opinions. I collect fallen autumn leaves for composting, mulch, etc... I have been gathering the leaves by raking them from yards, or collecting them from where they have been raked to the curb for pickup by the town. I then put them in a large pile for use the following season. So now that I have a few dollars saved up, I am looking for the best tool for collecting & shredding said leaves more efficiently. As near as I can tell, DR and MacKissic look to have quality tools, but it is tough to tell from web sites.
I'm looking for feedback from owners. I was initially looking at the MacKissic hammermill shredders, but I'm thinking now that a walk-behind vacuum/shredder/bagger might be able to process more volume in a more convenient way.
Any thoughts? Or perhaps another company that I'm overlooking? I will gladly spend a few more dollars to get quality rather than spend less on a Craftsman or something from the big box stores.
Thanks for any and all help.