“ Brand: Atco / Power (Watts): 2000 „
Isn't it amazing how an hour or so of gentle pruning and general tidying-up in the garden can produce a gigantic heap of solid stuff? Stuff you can't cram into the composter. Stuff that has to be wrestled into bin-bags. Stuff that rips the bin bags and sticks out of the top, screaming "I am illegal green waste! Don't take me!" at the dustmen. I got very fed up with all this and went and consulted the Daily Telegraph website where they do reviews of garden machinery. They had just given the Atco Quiet Shredder 2000 the big five-star top rating so I went out and bought one for £319.00 in July 2001. It's the only gadget I've ever owned that was BETTER than I thought it would be. Blimey, can it pack the waste away. Mine came ready assembled, the chap in the shop just lifted it into the boot for me (it fits in the back of a small hatchback very comfortably) so all I did was stand it up in the garden, plug it in and press the green button. It chugs remarkably quietly as you feed all those twigs and branches and rose cuttings in at the top. Out into a bag at the bottom tumbles a fairly chunky (think wood chip mulch) but incredibly compact stream of compost-ready shredded greeny-browny stuff. Huge, huge piles of prunings were reduced to neat, easily carried bagloads. It's very safe, I think it would be impossible to get your hand caught in it and nothing flies in your face and eyes, it all goes down the chute in a well-mannered way. Best of all, men find it irrisistible. They sidle up to watch you using it and ask if they can have a go. They see a better way of loading it. Before you know it, they are doing all the shredding for you. Fantastic.
2000 watt electric motor, 35mm cutting capacity, will shred up to 140kg per hour. Its slow speed crushing and cutting system not only keeps the noise to below 84 decibels but also draws whatever you are shredding into the machine.