Product Type: Black & Decker Garden Shredder
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Black & Decker GS1800
Advantages: Slightly faster than a hand saw
Disadvantages: Jams frequently does not handle branches over half an inch
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
Summary: Poor value as it is not up to even domestic tasks