“ Brand: Bosch / Power (Watts): 1600 „
Purchased from Amazon last year, this was my husband's must have toy for our new garden and, despite our traditional lack of success with electric appliances, it's still going strong!
Things we love:
* Easy to store, set up and use - a real no hassle appliance.
* Not too noisy - we were led to expect it would be a bit noisier than it actually is: ok, it does interrupt the dulcet tones of bird song, but unless you sit alongside it to have a conversation it isn't intrusive, although you probably wouldn't want to listen to it all day!
* Does the promised job: it is aimed at moderate garden shredding activity and that's what it does. You couldn't use it for whole trees, but for making use of tidied up branches from light pruning, it's just right!
* Having one of these is a great way of recycling and adding that extra carbon-based ingredient into your garden compost heap, or for mulching, making it even more enjoyable to use because you feel you're creating something useful!
Things we're not sure about:
* It does have a bit of a hissy fit if the wood put through is even slightly damp or if there are too many green shoot. This which tends to result in the shredder clogging up very quickly and so then and then clearing out.
My final observation is that it's quite hefty price-wise for something that can't take on the bigger garden cuttings, although of course Bosch is a name well associated with quality and endurance. Despite paying out for this shredder, we then had to pay the same again for someone to come and shred the remains of an old tree and bigger some twigs that were no good for recycling in our wood stove. We'd probably have been better off just having had someone in to do it all! However, this is relative to our garden last year: once last year's saplings burst forth in the spring (fingers crossed now) and get pruned later in the year, I guess we'll get more use out of this little one, so do base any 'to buy or not to buy' decisions on your own garden needs in both the short and longer term too!
After using my parent's I'm buying my own! The automatic draw into the machine makes shredding FUN!Best garden tool since power hedge trimmers!
After the neighbour had complained every time we had a bonfire (even on November 5th) we decided to look for an altrnative way of handling the green waste from our large garden. My parents have used a shredder before but found it made a lot of noise and blunted quickly. Our Bosch is a different beast altogether. Advertised as a quiet product it does exactly what it says on the box. We've been using it for two years now and whilst the heavy usage has taken away the initial sharpness it stills has no problem in tackling sticks and green shoots thicker than its advertised maximum. It's not quite so clever with very mushy green shoots and can clog up, even below the grinders. Strategic assistance with a wooden stick can clear this and we find it best to chop the softer stuff first keeping back the woody material for later or using it to clear any blockages on the way. The ground material has kept our compost heap warm and it rots away surprisingly quickly. See if you can get some conifer hedge trimmings to shred last and you'll even create an aromatic compost heap! Ideally you'll buy three buckets for use with the shredder so that you can be carrying two bucketfuls to the compost heap whilst the shredder chews its way through a long item - alternatively get an extension lead so that the shredder can work near the compost heap. Shop around for prices - we found ours £80 cheaper in Safeway than other stores were selling it for at the time (and were even honest enough to check with the store that it was correctly priced).
AXE 1600 HP / Power connection 230 V - 1600 Watts.