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I purchased this back in January but finally got around to using it thanks to some serious garden clearing this past weekend. After some serious butchery of my much hated fir , apple trees and the truly viscous prickly bushes left as traps by the previous owners come Sunday morning it was time to put this Bosch to the test.
First off it was very easy to assemble. The wheels and stand were very simple to attach. Unfortunately the wheels felt pretty cheap to me but they do there job. All in the Bosch weighs in at 14kg which is considerably lighter than my previous shredder and makes it very easy to wheel around. The power cable isn't the longest (only a few metres long) but this I don't find a problem as I usuallly use a 20m extension while using power tools in the garden.
Unlike the wheels the rest of the shredder is incredibly well built to the usual high Bosch standard. It is fitted with a 2000w Bosch 'POWERDRIVE' motor which is actually surprisingly quiet when in use. This motor Bosch claim helps to deliver a much higher spped to torque ratio than other shredders in this class. Also included is a plastic plunger for pushing smaller cuttings and twigs down into the hopper. The hopper is of a good size and takes a good amount of material at a time. The actual shredding blade is 35mm hardened steel and laser cut. It is also reversable for extended life. Blade also appears simply to remove and reverse. An allen key is supplied with the shredder to do this.
Overall the shredder dealt well with everything I threw at it. It ran non-stop for nearly 4 hours without any problems what so ever. It happily dealt with branches about an inch and a half thick from my apple trees and didn't clog up with my fir tree cuttings either (which has happened with previous shredders). It did what I asked of it and performed well. Very impressed indeed.
The Rapid shredder has a laser cut precision blade made of hardened steel. With the 'Powerdrive' motor and the unique hopper design it provides a high material throughput rate of green softer material and is also able to cut branches up to 3.5cm in diameter.