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This year I have been kept busy in the garden of late, cutting and pruning some of the many bushes and shrubs I seem to have collected over the years! This has, unfortunately, left me with an ever increasing pile of twigs and branches which the local council don't want to know about unless I cut them to small pieces first! We DID have a garden shredder however; this gave up the ghost in a puff of black smoke some years ago and, apparently, would cost us more to repair than to replace so has consequently sat idle for years just taking up space that could well be used for something more useful! During the past few weeks, we have had quite a bit of rain in our area, having had an extremely dry summer, and the garden has subsequently become somewhat muddy. Whilst pondering this problem recently, I decided that if we bought a new shredder it would solve at least two existing problems - clearing all the debris left from my pruning efforts (apart from the big branches that is) and providing a decent dry material for surfacing the walking areas. After a bit of on-line research we settled on the Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid Electric shredder. It was, by no means, the cheapest on offer, but it DID have some very positive customer reviews. It certainly had a lot of attractive features compared to the old one we had. For one thing it is much lighter - the last one weighed a ton! (A slight exaggeration of course). It also has wheels - oh joy! No more lugging a three legged monster round the garden before you can start! We bought it from Argos for about £154 - unfortunately missing a special offer by a couple of weeks - but gaining a £10 voucher anyway, so it didn't make too much difference. Assembly was easy enough, just a matter of fixing the stand and wheels, which took a few minutes, no more. One thing I found out, when reading the instruction leaflet, is that the cutting blade (apparently laser cut) can be turned around when one side becomes blunted and replaced if and when necessary. They even supply an Allen Key with which to change it. Now to the interesting bit! Cutting - or should I say shredding - is very easy. Of course, you don't expect huge branches to go through but, everything I have attempted so far has been "chewed up" - and "spat out" with great ease. There is even a red plastic "pusher" to help things go through. The blade is not visible as it has a plastic shield - another improvement over that last model we had, as it prevents the shredder throwing bits of twig and branch out the top, which can be hazardous for whoever is using it. I did find it a trifle noisy, but then I really didn't expect it to work in silence. It didn't seem much worse than the paper shredder indoors. As you may have noticed, I am quite thrilled with this machine and look forward to clearing the entire garden with great ease. Would I recommend it? Definitely! I do hope that you have found this helpful and I thank you for reading it. October 2011 Having just seen reference to this item in the recent Dooyoo Magazine, I felt that I should make a further comment as to its use. I had lost track of how long it had been in use but I see that my review was written two years ago so that is some indication. Over the last year we have had a lot of "tree work" to contend with in the garden - the main being the death of our ancient apple tree - a remnant of the orchard that was here before the house was built in the early years of the last century! Although the main parts of the tree are far too big for shredding there is plenty there that will be recycled and eventually benefit the garden. Apart from that, there has been the "usual" pruning going on leaving me with a huge pile of debris - I DO tend to get a bit carried away once I start! I have to report that the shredder is working just as well as it was two years ago and, as my last bout of shredding was just two days ago, this is about as up-to-date as you can get! I can't claim that this has been constant use of course but it is regular - providing the weather is reasonable it will be used again in the next few days and I'm sure I'll be as satisfied with the performance as I was when it was new. Would I STILL recommend it? As I said before - DEFINITELY! Thank you again for reading - I hope this has been of help. Hazel
Fitted with 2200 Watt Bosch 'PowerDrive' motor. 40mm high precision laser-cut, twin edged blade, reversible for extended life.