The electric shredders we tested are designed for domestic use - they're rated for shredding branches up to 4cm in diameter. How well did they work? Quite well - but some were seriously noisy.
Snapshot: The Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 garden shredder uses a blade-cutting system. How well does it shred branches?
Snapshot: The Morrison Electric Quiet Shredder 552496 garden shredder uses a roller-cutting system. How well does it shred branches?
Snapshot: The Supaswift Garden Range Chipper Chopper CC3300 garden shredder uses a blade-cutting system. How well does it shred branches?
Snapshot: The Ozito Silent Shredder SSH-240 garden shredder uses a roller-cutting system. How well does it shred branches?
Snapshot: The McCulloch Trio-Feed MS300 garden shredder uses a blade-cutting system. How well does it shred branches?
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One system has a high-speed rotating blade with a chute above. You feed the garden waste into the chute; the blade chops and shreds it. These models work like a giant food processor – and they make a serious din in the process.
The second design has a heavily fluted roller that rotates relatively slowly close to a substantial steel plate. A chute’s located above the roller and the garden waste that goes down the chute gets dragged in between the roller and plate. The flutes in the roller chop and crush the waste against the steel plate. The roller can be reversed to clear any jams.
Both systems work well enough. The rotating-blade models tended to score higher in our test and they’re more versatile in what they can successfully mulch. But the roller models were much quieter.
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