“ Brand: Black & Decker / Power (Watts): 1800 / Fuel Type: Electric „
My husband aquired one of these Black&Decker garden shredder at the beginning of Autumn last year.
He needed it to shred up lots of prunings off our garden shrubs.
This Black&Decker garden shredder ,looks the part,comes in the usual green colour ,so you can hide it amongst your shrubs,only kidding.
It has 2 wheels at the back ,so it enables you to push it around,like a wheelbarrow.
The Black&Decker garden shredder ,comes with a prodding instrument to help push down smaller twigs for shredding ,this is very useful as it keeps jamming up when you are shredding.
It wont shred anything over 1/2 inch wide ,so you need to keep turning it off and un jamming it often.
We were only using it to shred up shrub cuttings ,it didnt like any leaves in the shredder,these made it jam up more ,so it would be better to dry out your cut bits before trying to shred them.
It did the job ,shredding up lots of cuttings ,and we filled up 2 Council green bags,where we would have had to fill about 4 with out shredding,the shredded material was easy to handle and easy to sweep off the lawn.
I suppose you could use the shredded material as a mulch ,but we didnt need it this time ,or you could put on your own compost heap.
All in all we found this a good tool .ideal for thinner cuttings ,does what it says on the tin.
We would recommend the Black&Decker shredder to all.
I have a clump of trees at the back of my property that need clearing of the undergrowth. It is a job I've been promising I'll do for a couple of years now so, when we had a few days sunshine, I took heart and started the job.
In order to reduce the cut material to manageable size I used the G1800 shredder thinking I'd reduce my workload greatly. I would have had more use from a pair of scissors. The thing kept jamming and I had to keep stopping and clearing it. This lead to delays and built up frustration levels to an almost intolerable state The job was made twice as long as I expected resulting in my family not having Sunday lunch out as planned.
I'm sure whoever designed this machine didn't intend it to be as bad as it is. It was probably designed on CAD and looked fine in theory but not tested thoroughly.
In short the G1800 is about as much use as a cardboard leg. It would seem any twig thicker the half an inch defeats it. There may be good machines out there but this is not one of them. Don't buy, borrow or steal it if you value your sanity
With a mixture of laurel, hawtorn and conifer hedge surrounding my house on 3 sides I have a lot of cutting to do each year and as a result, a large amount of clippings to dispocse of. The first year I spent ages trying to fit them into the green waste recycling bags supplied by the council, but with most of the longer bits being 3 foot long I ended up having to cut them again to get them in.
I'd seen garden shedders before and thought this would be the answer and from a good brand such as Black & Decker I was hoping to massively reduce the amount of time taken to clear up after a day of hedge cutting.
Oh dear, I have never experienced a product so pointlessly inadequate before. It comes in pieces with easy to follow instructions for assembly and has a plastic 'prodder' for poking the cuttings down into the teeth of the cutting disc. That's the good parts of the shedder dealt with, now to the bad.
It would be quicker to cut up lengths of hedge cutting with a pair of nail clippers. The disc that spins to cut through the twigs jams very easily meaning you have to switch off, open up the machine, clear the blockage, close the machine and start again. Repeat this every 2 minutes and it soon becomes clear the GS1800 is not fit for purpose.
Apparently this will handle branches over an inch thick, I haven't tested it on anything over 1/2 inch and it did so badly I think anything bigger would be a waste of time trying.
I have given up on garden shredders as a result of this model, I don't know if any other makes are better but I know they would struggle to be any worse.
This Shredder makes short work of Branches, Twigs, Clippings and so on, reducing then to small pieces which will compost into recyclable organic mulch. Maximum Cutting Diameter up to 37 mm.