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Super garden workhorse - but difficult to move around
on 7 October 2011
Like the reviewer "doodallybloke" - I wasn't wanting to spend quite as much money (as this item costs) on a replacement shredder, but found my way to the website of "fredshed" and exchanged mails on the type of material I would be likely to shred (predominantly Leylandii branches). I didn't buy through Amazon because it was cheaper to access the B & Q site from Fred's website and get it from there. It's rare that B & Q undercut Amazon, but for this item they did. No delivery problems either.
The shredder has proved to be better than I had hoped. The previous one (Black and Decker) worked by spinning a plate with blades at each side - even with new replacement blades, it wasn't that great with either woody material or with softer / sappier "green" branches.
The Bosch AXT 25 TC is certainly much better with slightly dried wood - and can choke on branches just lopped from the trees with lots of greenery still on them. It's best to have a mix of green and woody stuff, so that if the shredder does begin to "choke" a little on the green stuff then feed it some drier branches and it will soon clear.
It doesn't seem to "grab" or "kick-back" on branches the way the previous blade model did, but draws the branches through in a slower and much more controlled and consistent way.
I have only given the unit 4 stars however because of the difficulty on moving it around. It is a weighty beast - but the problem really comes from the fact that its wheels are quite close together - so that if you are moving it around it seems rather top heavy and unstable. It can be dismantled and the upper chute assembly packed inside its collection bin if height is a limiting factor in your storage location.
However on performance alone - it has been a delight to use, with the shreddings being spread under trees etc to inhibit weed growth.
I've now used the unit through Spring and Summer (and am at an advanced stage of bringing my hedges under control) - so although I have given it a large amount of work to do, I really can't comment on it's real long term performance. However, I am confident that I now have a dependable tool which will last me for as long as I am capable of doing this type of garden work myself.