I also find the hopper throat the rubber deflector is bolted to tends to jam easily after you scoop on a load of moist leaves or clumps of grass requiring a stick to poke it loose, every now and then i poke too far and the flail hammers catches the stick giving me a rattle, i worry someday it will rip it out of my hands, too big a stick could do same damage internally and if using the bar grate it will fling chunks right at your feet/legs so i figured with a hopper extension the load could be pushed into the shredder at a steady rate via a push paddle you made mentioned of.
I made mulch for the flower garden from woody stuff early this spring when it was all still dead, re-ground 3 times to make some nice fine stuff, can't stand the chippy stuff, after a few months it ''floats'' to the top and looks crappy.
If you mulch, leave the pile until next spring, then re-grind it, it will be partually decomposed and make for some great stuff, if you could get dry tree bark from a local lumber mill you could make some really great bark mulch.
I find it does a good job making compost when compared with the newer modern Troy Bilts and other brands which always clogs at the discharge chute anyways. Mix horse poo, leaves/garden wast and grass, let sit for three weeks to a month and re-shred.
Edited by trowel, June 04, 2014 - 07:19 PM.