Garden Shredders: The Composters’ Best Friend If you have been reading the Garden Shredder Review it will have been pretty difficult to miss that we are big fans of composting. However, if you have a particularly woody garden you can … Continue reading
You may have noticed that all the links on this site to actually buy Garden Shredders point to Amazon. The reasons are pretty straightforward: In over 90% of the searches we have done Amazon prices are the cheapest (often by … Continue reading
6 Reasons to Buy a Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 We make very little secret of it – we are big fans of Bosch garden shredders. If you want to know why you should check out our earlier post – 5 … Continue reading
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Quiet Garden Shredders: Everything You Really Should Know Before Purchasing a Quiet Garden Shredder Just what are Quiet Shredders? Quiet Garden Shredders use an entirely changed shredding technique compared to their more raucous relatives – the impact shredders. In place … Continue reading
The Bosch AXT 23TC and the more powerful AXT 25TC are Bosch’s flagship electric garden shredders. They use a new ‘turbine cutting’ system that is meant to be equally at home shredding soft stemmed, green waste as it is bigger, … Continue reading
It has been very noticeable in creating this web site that Bosch has considerable dominance in the electric garden shredder market. It’s not much of a surprise – we have been Bosch Shredder users for several years.
What is striking is Bosch’s commitment to this market space. We have reviewed the excellent AXT 2200 Rapid and the AXT 25TD quiet shredders. The AXT 2200 is primarily aimed at garden owners who predominantly shred green waste. The AXT 25TD is primarily for woody waste. The problem with the AXT 25TD is that is will jam if you put much green waste. Auto reverse and overload protection doesn’t really help the user experience.
Enter the Bosch AXT 23TC and 25TC. These models have turbine cutting mechanisms which are meant to cope equally with woody and green waste. We will post our review of the AXT 23TC shortly – early views are that Bosch have another winner even if it is a little expensive.
Compare Popular Garden Shredders ‘At a Glance’
We have added a page that compares our top garden shredder recommendations. It’s a pretty simple comparison table that simple lists features such as:
- Type – crusher, impact or turbine
- Materials best suited to shredding
- Power rating
- Sound levels
- Cable length
- Rated throughput
- Maximum Throughput
- Maximum cutting size
- Other features
- Number of amazon reviews
- Average Amazon rating
Simply click on this link to be taken to our Garden Shredder Comparison page
If you are wondering why we feature Amazon such a lot the answer is simple. Amazon is almost always the best deal we can find on the internet. Their delivery performance is excellent. If you have a problem with the goods you buy then Amazon’s customer service is second to done. Overall, we heartily recommend buying from Amazon.
We feature a couple of Garden Shredders from Ryobi. If, like us, you had not heard of Ryobi before here are some notes collected from their websites.
Ryobi® is a brand of the international group TechTronic Industries (TTI), a global manufacturer of power and petrol tools.
As one of the world’s largest and most innovative power tool manufacturers, Ryobi Power Tools specializes in making pro-featured power tools truly affordable. That’s why Ryobi is the brand of choice for millions of homeowners, woodworkers, hobbyists, craftspeople, and value-conscious contractors.
We have built our reputation by manufacturing power tools that increase your purchasing power and expand your capabilities. Tools like our legendary AP10, the world’s first portable bench top planer. Or our breakthrough BT3000, the first affordable, precision woodcutting system. Or our 18.0v Super Combo Kit that shattered the price barrier for big-job cordless power.
All we know is, judging from users reviews, Ryobi make reasonably decent electric garden shredders.
Impact Shredders Explained
Impact shredders are also known as rotary shredders. An impact shredder quite literally chops up all the waste you pass through it. It cuts via a blade which is rotated very quickly. The impact of the blade hitting the waste does the cutting.
The efficiency of the shredder depends on:
- how sharp the blades are
- how quickly they are rotating
- the effectiveness of the motor to keep the blades turning.
The first 2 factors need little explanation but the last one is not as clear cut. As impact shredders use rotating blades they are also often know as rotary shredders.
Whenever the blades hit any waste they try to slow down. It’s the motor’s job to ensure they keep turning. That’s all pretty obvious. However, not all motors and drive trains are created equally. When the blades hit woody waste there is a tendency for the blade to try to bounce which adds a sort of percussive load onto the motor. Better quality motors and drive trains are better at dealing with this and continuing to provide the drive to keep the blades turning and are therefore much less likely to slow down or stop.
To retain a sharp cutting edge and to resist damage from the inevitable soil and stones impact shredder blades are specially made to be very hard and strong. Blade manufacturers usually say that the blades cannot be re-sharpened so anything to extend the life of the blades is very welcome. Many manufacturers make double edged blades so that as they lose their edge they can be tuned over so the second edge now does the work. Turning blades over is the work of a few seconds and effectively doubles the life of the blades.
Once you have used both edges you will need to replace the blades. Again, this is a pretty simple operation that only takes a few moments. Replacement rotary shredder blades seem to cost in the range of £15-25.
Impact shredders are inherently noisy. High speed rotating blades don’t tend to be too quiet and when they are chopping into woody waste the noise levels can be pretty high. You should certainly use ear protection in the form of ear defenders or ear plugs. If your neighbours are very close to where you are shredding you might like to warn them first. The sound from a garden shredder really can be irritating on a summer’s evening.
Blade shredders are particularly good for cutting up your green garden waste and smaller cuttings and clippings. They will cut up bigger waste but are not at their best when tasked with shredding bigger, dry woody waste. This is much more the province of the quiet, crusher shredders. So, if you predominantly want to dispose of woody waste, you may well be advised to look elsewhere.
All shredders can be dangerous if not used appropriately. We have already mentioned using ear protection but you should also use eye protection and gloves.
The shreddings from normal usage are likely to be very fine and will compost very quickly. If you have done a lot of shredding do take care to mix it with other, more substantial garden waste before adding it to the compost heap. This should prevent the very fine shreddings forming a seal to the rest of the composting.
Personal experience and a huge numbers of the reviews from across the internet implied that the Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid is the best impact garden shredder you can buy. In fact Bosch Shredders dominate this market – and for good reason.