Bosch Garden Shredder AXT Rapid 2200 (2200 W, 230 Volt System, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, in Carton Packaging)
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While you always have the option of taking dull garden shredder blades to be professionally sharpened, doing this yourself is surprisingly easy if you have the right tools. Here’s what you’ll need to do: Removing Your Garden Shredder Blades Value for money: Considered all of the above, plus quality and design, the RRP and length of warranty and availability of spare blades. The AXT copes with a very wide range of garden waste. Even pretty big branches, right up to the claimed 40mm upper limit, are efficiently chopped into 1mm chips ideal for composting. We’ve fed it a mixed diet of laurel, leylandii, apple, bramble, elm, plum, beech, rose, holly and pyracantha. Everything gets chopped up neatly and efficiently. Even the thorny stuff like brambles, holly and the particularly vicious pyracantha are reduced to such small pieces that the thorns are no longer an issue and the shredded waste is safe to handle.
Not bad but you will still need a heavy duty, outdoor extension lead so you can easily move the shredder to where you want to do the shredding. Yes you should. Although the amount of noise produced by a garden shredder can vary between brands and models, long term exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing damage. That is why it is a good idea to wear hearing protection.Not many people have a belt sander at home, but if you know someone who does, it could be worth paying them a visit. Belt sanders work in a similar way to disc sanders and grinders, with one big difference – rather than putting your blades into a vice and running the sander over them, the sander remains stationary and it’s your blades that move over it.
Alina Jumabhoy has spent several years learning about, and experimenting with, different organic growing techniques at various gardens and farms around the country. Fuelled by her quest for self-sufficiency, she’s now putting that information to good use on her own rural farm.Wet wheel grinders were designed for sharpening, making them the best tool to use for sharpening garden shredder blades. Since these have a built-in vice, along with a guide that will help you to maintain a consistent angle, wet wheel grinders will give you the most accurate finish. One of the most common questions we are asked about garden shredders is “what power rating should I go for?” Motor power rating is only one consideration when comparing shredders but there is no doubt that this shredder is more than powerful enough. The 2200 Watt Bosch ‘PowerDrive’ motor and that high rotational speed cope with most things that you are likely to throw at it. Even with pretty large branches being fed the shredder doesn’t slow down that noticeably.
There’s practically no assembly to do so you will be up and running in next to no time. Most users claim they have the shredder out of the box and in use within about 5 minutes. The Bosch comes with a “double sided, laser-cut precision blade that delivers approximately 7 times more cutting power than conventional blade shredders”. I asked the reason for the malfunction and if there is the economic possibility of being able to solve it by purchasing, if necessary, the relative spare part.If the shredder is in and out of the shed regularly, you’ll need one that’s easy to manoeuvre. Look for large wheels and comfortable handles and if weight is an issue, opt for an impact shredder which will be much lighter to lift and move.