I purchased this product having looked up garden shredders on the Which? website. The Consumer's Assoc states that their research found that gardeners paying less than £200 for a shredder are almost invariably disappointed. This product is their most recent 'best buy'. It has its limitations - the max branch size is 3.8cm and it is not recommended for dry, dead material. When it comes to fresh prunings it is EXCELLENT though rather slow. BUY IT for shredding all your annual pruning IF you are happy to spend time enjoying being outside pottering about, but if you're the impatient type then you'll be MUCH better off hiring a large, fast shredder.