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The best of a bad bunch
on 15 February 2005
After trying nearly all the sub-£200 shredders on the market, the Bosch AXT 2000HP comes out as the best of a bad bunch. You get what you pay for with shredders and the Bosch is around the most expensive.
It is one of the quietest - far less noisy than impact shredders which use a high speed spinning disk cutter. You can happily use the Bosch on a Sunday without disturbing the neighbours and ear defenders are not necessary. The Bosch is not prone to blocking up as easily as others and the motor is powerful enough to shred almost anything that will fit down the feed slot. The helical screw action, like a food mincer, produces a relatively fine mulch for composting or mulching. This speeds composting time to weeks rather than months. Other quiet shredding systems on the market use intermeshing gears which, while powerful, produce a much coarser mulch.
The first Bosch I tried had to be returned for replacement almost immediately because the plastic casing broke on the feed slot. This was because a branch being shredded was slightly too thick at a knot, and cracked the case as it was pulled through. This is symptomatic of all plastic cased shredders - especially in winter when plastic gets brittle. The Bosch feed slot is also too narrow. An alternative attachment would be a good idea, a tall conical feed shoot like on the Viking and Lawn Flit shredders.
On both the Bosch shredders I have used, the supplied attachments to push material through the feed slot were faulty. They are simple a length of metal rod, bend at 90 degrees at one end and screwed into a handle at the other. They were both screwed in too loose which made the metal rods slightly too long and able to be pulled into the helical screw. Very dangerous and likely to ruin the shredder.
Many years later (it's nearly 2015 now) The shredder has longevity but suffers from a design flaw. The motor needs to be 90 degrees to the material being shredded otherwise some hard-to-shred items causes the motor to jump off its mountings, dislodging the cooling fan. The repair is expensive and in the end only supergluing the fan to its shaft provided the best solution. We use it as our third back-up and mainly use a Viking centrifugal shredder with the strongest electric motor we could find. We put branches through a Bosch with the gears I described above.