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This is an excellent shredder. The machine is so much better than the others I have owned.
I claim to be an experienced shredder user - I have had several machines over a good number of years. For me the problems to overcome are blockages when feeding material through (my last shredder, an Alko New Tec 2500R, was dreadful for this), wear on the blades reducing performance, and noise.
In selecting this shredder I took in to account that it was given the thumbs up by Which? in November 2007, and had a very positive write-up on the "fredshed" website, a first-rate source of independent advice. I must endorse what Fred says about keeping the blade sharp:
"Take care with what you put in the shredder and especially do not get ANY soil in it. With the high speed even a small amount of soil acts like an abrasive and quickly blunts the blade."
The machine is the best one I have had. It is well designed and constructed and also very powerful. The blade wears well (if you follow the advice above and also make sure no stones find their way in to the machine) and is a bit cheaper than most brands to replace. It is the quietest machine I have used.....but probably could still annoy the neighbours if run at unsociable hours. The best thing for me is that it is not prone to blocking. If used sensibly, with the help of the wide prodder, you can easily go whole sessions without a blockage.
The collection bag offered as an accessory is not really necessary. A large plastic crate/storage box does just as well in getting the shreddings to the compost heap.
To appreciate this machine you need to have tried some of the others. I recommend it to anyone considering buying a shredder to help control their garden waste.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2011 08:41:03 GMT
Mrs. Susan F. Green says:
I agree with all your comments. I loved this shredder until yesterday when smoke came pouring out of the casing with a strong smell of burning!
It did not cut out, & I had to quickly unplug it.
It is now completely dead, & I have a huge pile of shredding to be done.
It is only 2 years & 2 months old, & I have only used it about 8 times, mostly in Feb/March.
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