Exterior Design: This shredder consists of four magnetically connected pieces and is available in small, medium, and large sizes, so there is a perfect size for everyone. The Mini-sized grinder is great for traveling, while the larger sizes are better for personal, home use. You should note that the larger sizes can get pretty expensive, even more expensive than other high-end grinders in fact.
The Santa Cruz Shredder is made of anodized aluminum, and not just any aluminum. It’s made from aerospace grade aluminum that has been manufactured using CNC technology. In fact, the Santa Cruz uses a lot of advanced technology in its construction and design. The anodized aluminum means that it is scratch resistant, corrosion resistant, and wear-resistant.
The aluminum is cleaned using an ultrasonic cleaning process, which is what makes it medical-grade. This process is used to disinfect medical instruments before surgery, so you know it’s thorough. That means that the grinder is completely free of any contaminants and impurities.
It has a knurled grip that, combined with the magnetic connections, makes the grinding action smooth and easy. As far as the design of this grinder goes, Santa Cruz uses a lot of advanced technology to make sure that it is as sanitary and easy to use as possible.
Interior Design: The first thing you’ll notice about the inside of the Santa Cruz Shredder is the unusual shape of the teeth. They don’t have the pyramid, diamond, or trapezoid shaped teeth that you see in other grinders. Instead, they have a somewhat square shape with ridges cut into two of their sides. Santa Cruz used a computer program to come up with this design, which they claim is the absolute best tooth design for grinders. I don’t know if that’s the case, but they do work pretty well.
More advanced technology is used in the design of the screen to prevent any impurities from seeping through into the kief catcher. Needless to say, hygiene and convenience are high priorities in the design of this grinder, both inside and out.
Ease and Efficiency
First of all, the grinding action is nice and smooth. I didn’t have to put in a lot of effort to get going, and once I did get going, the action became even smoother. So, no huge forearms are needed to grind your herb with the Santa Cruz. As for the results, they were great. My herb was ground down to a nice, fine consistency the first time out. Lesser grinders might need two or three grinds before they get the herb to the fluffy density the Santa Cruz got after just one grind.
The main downside to the Santa Cruz is that it needs more maintenance than I’d like. On some occasions, I would notice that there were bits of herb stuck in the nooks and crannies of the grinder, that I would need to clean out with a pick or cleaning brush. That’s one extra step that I don’t have to take with other grinders. Otherwise, this grinder is a great match for any vaporizer no matter whether it uses a conduction, convection, or hybrid heating system.