Santa Cruz Shredder Review

     Great

  • Grinding is super smooth
  • 'Fluffy' grind is perfect for smoking or vaping
  • Medical grade
  • Unique teeth design are sharp and strong
  • Textured grip ideal for MMJ patients
  • Unique thread design
  • Comes in 2, 3, and 4 piece design
  • Excellent design and finish

     Not so Great

  • Price
  • Pollen screen doesn't let through very much kief
  • Anodized finish is not as non-stick as the Space Case Titanium
  • Warranty only covers the teeth
  • Pollen screen doesn't let through very much kief

Warning! If you try the Santa Cruz Shredder, you will be spoiled and may never use another grinder again!

The Shredder is nearly the most perfect grinder on the market today. Why? The engineering behind the design has been very well thought out.

Below is a short video review and demo of the Santa Cruz Shredder Small 4 Piece grinder.

The Build

First off, the Santa Cruz Shredder is designed and manufactured in California, USA. The Shredder starts off being precision machined from aluminum, which then undergoes a medical grade ultrasonic cleansing procedure that cleans and removes any oil and debris residue from the shredder. The Santa Cruz Shredder is one of the very few grinder companies that use ultrasonic cleansing procedures in the manufacturing process. The Shredder is then anodized using an electrolytic passivation process that bonds the coating into the aluminum, making it stronger and scratch resistant. Though not quite as non-stick as the Space Case Titanium, it’s pretty damn good.

The design not only makes it stand out from the crowd, but the combination of all these features makes the Shredder the top herb grinder that it is.

The Grip

Looking on the outside, you can see that there is a textured grip pattern on the lid and on the bottom. This ‘knurled’ grip texture improves hand and finger grip, making it much easier to rotate/turn the grinder. For people with limited hand and wrist strength, this is ideal.


The Magnets

Magnets are what keep grinders from popping open and and spilling everything everywhere (sigh). Each Shredder uses Neodymium diametrically magnetized cylindrical rare earth magnets. In other words, the best magnets they can get. These magnets will keep your lid tight and secure, even if you drop it (but not from 10 feet)!

The Threading

The threading of a grinder can be an issue, and can even ruin a perfectly good grinder by accidental cross threading or seizing. The Shredder features a unique proprietary thread pattern that addresses these problems. The ‘7-Catch Design’ helps the user easily mate and connect the parts before threading, eliminating the chance of cross threading and added wear and tear. The threads have been made coarser and have been anodized, resulting in requiring less turns to tighten and makes threading smoother.

The Pollen Screen

The 4 piece Santa Cruz Shredder uses a very fine metal screen that’s been stretched and set in place that prevents any warping or stretching. The T304 micronic precision woven non-fraying stainless steel screen used is said to be the optimal micron size for collecting kief, but some might say it may be too optimal, as in it lets through very little kief. Santa Cruz Shredder claims that it filters out impurities that could mix with kief, but I think they might be splitting hairs on this one. I’ve found if you clean the screen on a regular basis, more kief is collected.

The Teeth

This is where the magic happens. This is what the Santa Cruz Shredder is famous for: the Fluffy grind. The teeth on the Shredder are not the usual diamond shape teeth that you find in most grinders, they’re rectangular in shape, with a slight curve in the sides that make the corners pointed. When the Shredder is being used, it doesn’t grind the herb, it shreds it, like a hot knife through butter, it’s that easy and effortless, even with tough herb! As the teeth shred the herb, it ‘fluffs’ it up to nice, even consistency that is perfect for vaping or smoking. A few turns will give a coarse grind, a few more turns will give a finer grind.

The Santa Cruz Shredder comes in a 2, 3, and 4 piece designs and come in several sizes and colors. The sizes are Mini, Small, and Large. There is no Medium.

Santa Cruz Shredder Dimensions

2 Piece Santa Cruz Shredder

The 2 piece Shredder comes in 3 sizes: Mini, Small, and Large.


Diameter

Height

Mini

1 5/8" (42mm)

1" (25mm)

Small

2 1/8" (54mm)

1" (25mm)

Large

2 3/4" (70mm)

1 1/4" (32mm)

3 Piece Santa Cruz Shredder

The 3 piece Shredder currently comes in one size, Small. It does not come with pollen screen. It has a generous collection bowl that is curved at the bottom that makes scooping very easy.


Diameter

Height

Small

2 1/8" (54mm)

1 7/8" (48mm)

4 Piece Santa Cruz Shredder

4 Piece Small Orange Santa Cruz Shredder

The 4 piece Shredder comes in 3 sizes: Mini, Small, and Large.


Diameter

Height

Mini

1 5/8" (42mm)

1 1/2" (38mm)

Small

2 1/8" (54mm)

2 1/8" (54mm)

Large

2 3/4" (70mm)

2" (51mm)

Santa Cruz Shredder Warranty

The Santa Cruz Shredder is backed by limited lifetime warranty that applies only to the teeth (never breaking or dulling).

Verdict

The Santa Cruz Shredder is the grinder that came to the game and changed everything. Santa Cruz took the traditional grinder, looked at what could be improved, redesigned it and called it the Shredder. All these features combined makes using the Shredder feel like it’s rolling on ball bearings when it shreds, it’s so smooth and effortless to grind. It’s an ideal grinder for medical marijuana patients or people with limited hand strength. And the resulting fluffy grind is perfect. What more could you ask for in a grinder?

Cons with the Santa Cruz Shredder? There are a few, but I might be nit picking a bit.

  • It would be nice if the anodized finish was more non-stick.
  • The pollen screen could be a less fine and let in a bit more kief
  • Price is a premium but it is a quality herb grinder

Is the Santa Cruz Shredder necessary? No. Is it nice to have? Definitely!

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