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6438 Deluxe Leaf Mulcher (T7438)



Solves leaf disposal problem

There's "gold" in a "mountain" of leaves - valuable organic nutrients for your garden. As fast as you can load it, the Leaf Mulcher can reduce 11 bags of leaves down to a single bag of soil-enriching mulch.

Deluxe features: 5 settings - coarse to fine. Use for leaves, pine needles and grass clippings, wet or dry. It is lightweight (17 lbs.) and portable - goes where the job is. Convenient built-in storage holds safety glasses and extra cutting line. Base is designed to place over a garbage can, or use the built-in bungee cords to hold a garbage bag underneath.

The powerful 1/2 HP (8-amp peak) motor, 4 heavy-duty cutting lines, and a big hopper make this the ultimate mulcher. Simple assembly.

Learn More About
6438 Deluxe Leaf Mulcher (T7438)

General Product Information:

  • Extra Large 21” diameter funnel inner lip – the funnel allows more material to be fed into bushel size hopper: the inner lip prevents debris from escaping.
  • Constructed of steel and rugged high-density polyethylene – for long life and easy maintenance.
  • Elastic Bungee Cord firmly holds leaf bag around base for upright collection.
  • Heavy-duty double cutting lines, specially designed for long wear and maximum shredding.
  • Cushioned handles for lifting and carrying.
  • Convenient built in storage compartment holds cutting lines, gloves, safety glasses, etc.
  • Circuit breaker with reset button for overload protection.
  • Motor intake has a removable filter for easy cleaning.
  • Designed for quick, easy assembly and maintenance.
  • Shreds leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, even paper, wet or dry.
  • Quickly recycles yard and garden waste into nutrient rich mulch- shreds as fast as you can load.
  • Eliminates laborious bagging – saves time and money on trash clean up bags and trash pick up.
  • Lightweight and portable – weighs only 17 lbs., has convenient built in carrying handles… goes where the job is.
  • Powerful thermally protected motor (8 amp peak) with overload protection – runs on ordinary household current.
  • Heavy-duty flexible cutting lines – designed for long wear and easy replacement.
  • Coarse to fine shredding adjustment, special settings for pine needles, thatch and grass clippings.
  • Convenient built-in storage compartment holds replacement cutting lines, gloves, safety glasses etc.
  • Special tilt adjustment varies angle of unit up to 45° for easy loading or full 180° for compact storage.
  • Adjustable pressure knobs allows hopper to be tilted to any comfortable angle for easier loading.
  • Mount directly on trash container with leaf-bag liner for instant disposal.
Dimensions: 19.5" x 19.5" x 23" D
Color: Red and Black

Shipping Information:
This product is shipped direct from the vendor to the customer. Standard shipping charges apply.

Web Page Help Files

Tools needed: #2 phillips head screwdriver.

  1. Assemble Funnel
    Place funnel halves on flat surface with narrow opening facing up. Align both halves and press locating pin nearest narrow opening of funnel half into locating hole on adjacent funnel half. See figure 3. Repeat for other side.
    Note: Flange on funnel half overlaps outer surface of adjacent funnel half as shown in figure 3.
    Reverse funnel by placing narrow opening down. Press locating pin nearest large opening of funnel half into locating hole on adjacent funnel half. See figure 4. Repeat for other side.
  2. Attach Funnel to Housing
    Place narrow opening of funnel on upper end of housing and position funnel so that flat areas of funnel are located at the right and left housing towers. Align boss on funnel with hole at top center of housing tower as shown in figure 5. Repeat for opposite side. With bosses aligned, press funnel firmly down onto housing. Apply pressure all around edge of funnel until funnel is seated evenly around the housing. Fasten funnel to right side of housing by inserting a #10 x ¾” long pan head Phillips screw into large screw hole opening at top front edge of housing tower, and tighten using a front edge of housing tower, and tighten using a Phillips screwdriver.
    Caution: Do not over tighten screw.
    See figure 5. Repeat for left side.
    Note: While inserting screw into screw hole opening, keep funnel tab in place by pressing down on inside surface of funnel opposite tab so that screw passes through hole in funnel tab.
  3. Assemble Legs
    Connect curved leg sections to form a semi-circle by attaching the upper and lower leg clamps and tightening with four #8 x 5/8” screws and #8-32 hex nuts using a Phillips screwdriver. See figure 6.
  4. Attach Spacer and Handle Grips to Legs
    Locate holes on sides of horizontal portion of leg sections. Holes are located approximately 2” from end of leg.
    Install a spacer on a #8 x ½” pan head Phillips screw and fasten to outside surface of leg using a Phillips screwdriver. Repeat for opposite side. See figure 7.
    Place handle grips on horizontal ends of both leg sections.
  5. Assemble Housing To Legs
    Remove knobs and hubs from both sides of the housing by unscrewing knob and pulling hub off threaded stems located on either side of the housing. See figure 8.
    Place housing on legs with funnel facing downward. Position with Leaf Mulcher label facing semi-circle, and with threaded stems of housing above leg spacers. Place hub on leg making certain that spacer on leg passes through slot on hub. See figure 8.
    Insert threaded stem through hole in center of hub and fasten by threading knob onto stem. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. Repeat for opposite side. Position unit at desired angle and tighten left and right knobs.
    Caution: When making large changes in housing angle or when placing housing in the storage position, loosen knobs before rotating.

Trouble Shooting:

  • If the motor does not start, check the electrical connection, be sure the power cord is connected to the power source.
  • If there is no cutting action or lack of power, the cutting line could be worn or residue could be built up inside of housing. Replace the cutting line with new line. Clean built-up residue in housing.
  • Open circuit breaker could be caused by oversized or incorrect cutting line, or feeding material too fast into the unit. Refer to Maintenance section 2. or Safe Operating Instructions section 2.


  • Cleaning Your Unit
    Your unit requires a minimum of maintenance other than cleaning. It is recommended that you clean out built-up residue from inside the housing area during and after each use. Replace cutting line as often as necessary, see paragraph 2 below, and clean air filter frequently, see paragraph 4 below. Any other maintenance or repairs should be performed by Flowtron.
  • Replacement of Cutting Line
    Your unit is supplied with six strips of six (6) cuttings lines each (for a total of 36 cutting lines). To separate individual lines simply pinch the indent between lines nearest strip end and peel away.

    Replace cutting cord when a noticeable decrease in shredding efficiency is observed: To remove used cutting lines pull used line out of the spinner head inside the housing. To install new cutting lines place each end of new line through the two holes in the post on top of the spinner head and pull through so that both ends of the line are even. Thread lines through the two ferrules on the side of the spinner head and pull tight so that ends are even. See fig. 14.

  • Replacement of Spinner
    Remove screw and “O” ring from center of spinner. Lift spinner off shaft. Place new spinner over shaft and turn until hex falls in place. Tighten screw until “O” ring is depressed slightly.

    Warning: Do not attempt to run or use your machine with the air filter removed. Check frequently to insure air filter is clean. Always disconnect power cord prior to removing air filter.
  • Cleaning Air Filter
    The removable air filter is located on the side of the housing tower. To remove, grasp filter with fingers and pull out of compartment. (See figure 15.) Rinse with clear water and air dry. Replace with clear water and air dry. Replace air filter before using machine.
  • Storage
    To reduce storage space requirements, loosen knobs and rotate unit 180°, (funnel facing downward).

Common Recommendations:
Safety Rules and Precautions:
To reduce the risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury, the following basic safety precautions should always be followed.

  • Become familiar with all sections of the owner’s manual before attempting to operate the shredder. This shredder should be used solely for the purpose it was intended.
  • Use only parts or accessories specifically designed for use with this shredder. Using other parts or accessories could increase risk of injury.
  • keep children away – all visitors should be kept at a distance from the work area.
  • Never allow your hands or any part of your body or clothing inside the upper housing area.
  • Avoid Dangerous Environments – do not use shredder in damp or wet locations. Do not operate or store shredder in wet areas. Do not operate in rain. Store indoors when not in use, in a dry, and high or locked-up place – out of reach of children.
  • This shredder should be operated on a solid, level surface.
  • Dress Properly – do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in moving parts. Use of work gloves and substantial footwear is advised when working outdoors. Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
  • Stay Alert – Watch what you are doing. Use common sense. Do no operate shredder when you are tired.
  • Do not Abuse Power or Extension Cords – Never carry unit by its power cord or yank cord to disconnect from receptacle. Keep all cords clean and away from heat, oil and sharp edges and inspect for damage before each use.
  • Ground unit properly. Follow instructions when connecting to electrical outlet.
  • Warning – To reduce the risk of electrical shock, use only an extension cord intended for outdoor use.
  • Ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection should be provided on the circuit(s) or outlet(s) to be used for this shredder. Receptacles are available having built-in GFCI protection and may be used for this measure of safety.
  • If it is necessary for any reason to inspect, clean or repair the shredder, turn the shredder off and wait until it comes to a complete stop, then disconnect the power cord before attempting such inspection or repair.
  • Disconnect shredder from the power source when not in use, before servicing, and when changing cutting lines.
  • When feeding material into the shredder be extremely careful that pieces of metal, rocks, bottles, cans or other foreign objects are not included.
  • Do not force the shredder. It will do the job better and with less likelihood of a risk of injury when used at the rate for which it was designed.
  • If the cutting mechanism strikes a foreign object or if your shredder should start making an unusual noise or vibration, immediately switch it off, wait until the shredder has come to a complete stop, then disconnect the power cord and take the following steps:
    1. Remove any foreign or clogged material
    2. Check for any loose parts and tighten to assure continued safe operation
    3. Replace or repair any damaged parts.

  • Avoid unintentional starting. Be sure switch is off when plugging in the shredder.
  • Always use safety glasses. Wear face or dust mask if operation is dusty.
  • Check discharge area periodically after stopping shredder to assure the processed material does not build up and clog motor cooling vents.
  • Do Not Overreach – keep proper footing and balance at all times.
  • Do not move shredder when motor is running or with finger on the switch.
  • Maintain Shredder With Care – Follow instructions for replacing cutting lines and for cleaning air filter. Inspect shredder power cord periodically, and if damaged, have it repaired by an authorized service facility. Keep handles dry, clean, and fee from oil and grease.
  • Check Damaged Parts – Before further use of the shredder, any part that is damaged should be carefully checked to determine that it will operate properly and perform its intended function. Check for alignment of moving parts, binding of moving parts, breakage of parts, mounting, and any other condition that may affect its operation. A guard or other part that is damaged should be properly repaired or replaced by an authorized service center.
Safe Operating Instructions:
The Leaf Mulcher can be hazardous if improperly or carelessly used. Read and understand the operating instructions before you operate your machine. Always use safe and cautions operating methods.
  1. Moving Your Unit
    Disconnect the power cord from the extension cord or power source, grasp the unit along the top of the housing tower, lift and move to wherever you choose. To place unit on trash container, lift by grasping hand grips located on leg extensions. To use on legs with leaf bag, place bag around unit and retain with bungee cord. See figure 12.

  2. Loading Your Machine
    Start with small loads at first then gradually increasing loads until you determine the loading rate that is best for your use. When loading, drop the material directly over the funnel opening.
    Important: Filling hopper with unshredded material at a rate faster than the machine can handle may result in permanent damage to your motor.

  3. Mulching Control Lever
    The control lever, see figure 13, controls the particle size and speed at which material goes through the unit. With the control lever in the COARSE position, material will process through the unit faster but will give you a larger particle size than if the lever were in the FINE position. The FINE position setting will discharge material slower, but will give the smallest particle size. Use special settings for pine needles, grass clippings and thatch. For best results, material should be shredded when dry.
    Important: To avoid damage to your motor, the mulching control lever must be in the proper position when shredding grass clippings, thatch or pine needles.

    Warning: Do not allow shredded material in trash container or leaf bag to reach bottom of Motor Housing. A reduction in airflow will result and may cause permanent damage to your motor.
Replacement Parts:
Warning: use only .080 diameter monofiliment cord 12 ¾” long. Use of thicker lines, lines made of substitute materials, or lines greater than12 ¾” long MAY RESULT IN PERMANENT DAMAGE TO YOUR MOTOR AND/OR INJURY.

For further information, please contact Charley's Customer Service at 1-800-322-4707.

This item is backed by Charley's 100% guarantee. If you are not completely satisfied, return your purchase in the condition you receive it, within 30 days, for a refund, exchange or credit - whichever you prefer. If any product is found to be defective within the first year, it may be returned or exchanged for full credit.