Looking at the archives for this group I note that Garden Shredders
were last raised as a topic in 2003.
I am thinking of buying something like:
Bosch AXT 2200
Bosch AXT 25TCE
Any thoughts or guidance or better alternatives in the price range of
approx £200 would be appreciated.
Garden shredders were on Radio 4's Gardener's Question time last Sunday, as
part of the "garden equipment you wish you'd never bought". One of the
panellists said that after getting everything set up to use it, it really
was just too much hassle.
Small prunings can be reduced quite a lot by running the lawnmower over
them. Works v well for hedge clippings, moderately for more substantial
pruning - put mower at highest blade setting - and if you cut hulking
great branches down they probably wouldn't fit through the shredder
anyway. Certainly not a little cheapie.
A L P
Our solution is simple. We drive straight from the garden centre to the
local tip - this saves storing all that weird greenery in our garden for 6
months, and then having to dump it.
HTH but I rather doubt it :-)
Works v well, tuck them behind shrubs, periodically jump on them or get
kids to do so :-)
You end up with nice humus & forest-floor type of mulch and if you have
a fireplace you can pick out the smallish dry twigs for kindling and the
larger ones for firewood - not long-burning but FREE and that's got to
be good, right?
A L P
AXT 2200 make sure it is the HP not the Rapid - totally different
machines. HP is a quiet drum cutter- Rapid is the flail blade noisy one
AXT2200HP is now an old model so you might get it heavily discounted
AXT 23/25 is the new range and you might want to consider the D (drum
cutter range) over the TC depending whether you are shredding woody or
more fleshy stems. Drum cutter should clog less with the latter.
Ryobi - no experience apart from local garden centre chap said if you
can't get a Bosch, go for Ryobi.
I have a Bosch AXT 1600 hp - it has a screw type shredder.
If you put green stuff in, it cloggs, so for ex budleigh 3/4 ft long
but wait until the leaves have dried, etc.
Longish prunings of apple etc I wait a few eeeks.
The main load of, laurel, box & leylandii I take to tip.
"Colin Jackson" <cojack6ATbtinternetDOTcom> wrote in message
My Billy Goat ( the noisy machine not the smelly animal) takes
care of all my hedge cuttings. No need to pick them up even, it
sucks them up, chews them up and dumps them in a big bag. I then
compost them for a couple of years and use it all as mulch. It
happily digests quite big cuttings from my many laurel, yew,
holly and other hedging. The only thing it does not like is short
dry sticks. They tend to go in sideways and block the throat,
long sticks are fine they find their way in end first, anything
with leaves attached rarely block it up. I have become quite lazy
with weeding as well. Just throw all the weeds on the path, when
finished suck them all up with Billy Goat.
FWIW we 'inherited' a shredder when we moved here along with a whole load
of other equipment as the seller was looking to buy a flat UK and abroad.
I used it a very limited number of times before selling it on. I find
the easiest way to shred rubbish is to drive over it a few times with the
tractor mower - far simpler, more effective and less time consuming. It
then goes onto the compost heap in the 'far reaches' where it all rots
down before being added to the borders etc.
Like you, we are a long way from the nearest tip!
I have a ATCO well thats all the letters that are clear on
it,electric,yellow metal had for nearley 20 yrs takes anything as long as it
has been sunny for a day ,Yes noisey no more than the average petrol mowers
.As to which one, if the seller is worth their salt they should be able to
show what it can do!!!!
<km> wrote in message
I saw a second-hand Al-Ko for sale on Saturday for around 1/3rd of the
current new price. I assumed it would need new blades, but a quick
search shows they're under £20. A very solidly made shredder, which
when new is some way above your range (and I wouldn't have spent that
much in any case).
Took it home, and sure enough, it wouldn't even shred a twig. I removed
the blades to see if I could sharpen them (not having any spares yet),
and found they're double sided, with the other side unused. Reassembled,
and it's fantastic. It pulls in 3/4" branches at almost 2 feet/second,
without struggling. Smaller twigs need manual feeding because they tend
to snap when being pulled in. Actually really enjoyed myself shedding
up the last 5 year's tree cuttings. Worked very well with the long
straight privet branches which auto-feed in. Curved/bent branches from
holly and roses needed more intervention. This model claims to work
best when the cuttings have dried out, as all mine had.
So my suggestion would be to look out for a professional grade shredder
which is going cheap second-hand, rather than buying a less capable new
one. As others have said, shredders can be found second-hand.
I'm not familiar with any of the ones you've listed. I have used a
cheap garden one belonging to someone else, and it was useless in
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