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Best Bosch Garden Shredder, AXT 25 TC vs 2200 Rapid or AXT 25D

Last updated on May 26th, 2021

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With 3 different Bosch garden shredders currently available, we set out to find out which is the best Bosch gardens shredder. We have that it is the more expensive Turbine cut model, however, this might not necessarily be the best model for you, read on to learn why.

Bosch has without doubt, over the last 10 years, designed and manufactured some of the best garden shredders. They have a fantastic and trusted name for quality garden products, so it is no surprise that thousands of enthusiastic gardeners choose to buy a Bosch garden shredder every year instead of other brands such as Einhell, Makita, Draper and Cobra.

There are 3 great Bosch models to choose from, these are the AXT 2200 Rapid Shredder (which is their cheaper entry-level model), the AXT 25D Quiet Drum shredder (which has been designed more for woody materials such as old hedges and woody shrubs) and their all-singing, all-dancing, AXT Turbine Cut Shredder which they say will shred all types of garden waste including woody and green leafy material.

BEST PICK
Bosch 600803170 AXT 25 D Quiet Shredder, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, Green/Black
Bosch 600853670, Shredder AXT Rapid 2200 (2200 W, 230 Volt System, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, in Carton), Green/Black
Model
Bosch Shredder AXT 25 TC
Bosch AXT Rapid 2200
Best for
Ideal for both wooden and green garden waste including shrubs, trees, foliage plants, old hedges and more.
Ideal for green and soft garden materials such as shrubs, foliage plants and smaller branches.
Cutting capacity: Diameter
45mm
40mm
BEST PICK
Bosch 600803170 AXT 25 D Quiet Shredder, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, Green/Black
Model
Bosch Shredder AXT 25 TC
Best for
Ideal for both wooden and green garden waste including shrubs, trees, foliage plants, old hedges and more.
Cutting capacity: Diameter
45mm
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Bosch 600853670, Shredder AXT Rapid 2200 (2200 W, 230 Volt System, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, in Carton), Green/Black
Model
Bosch AXT Rapid 2200
Best for
Ideal for green and soft garden materials such as shrubs, foliage plants and smaller branches.
Cutting capacity: Diameter
40mm
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Each model has its own unique cutting system and each is designed for shredding different types of garden waste so this is what we set out to find, what each one can shed, and how well they actually shred it.

You can use our comparison table below for comparing the specs of all 3 models, check the latest prices on Amazon and more importantly what they can shed and our finding.

My favourite model is the Bosch AXT 25 TC Quite Shredder, it is better than the other two models overall but this comes at a cost. This mainly comes down to the turbine cut blades that allow it to shred everything from an old woody hedge to softer hedge trimming, and even plant cutting, which doesn’t generally shed very well in other garden shredders. Although we recommend this model before the other two models, they do have their rightful place in the garden, so don’t invest in the more expensive model straight away as it might not be a good fit for your gardening requirements and it could save you a lot of money.


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The table above only gives you the basic information so we have reviewed all three models in more detail below. We will go into further detail to explain which materials each model is designed for shredding, as well as lots of other useful information that will help you to decide which model is best for you based on what garden materials you will be shredding the most.

It is important to remember that all garden shredders are not all suited to shred the same types of garden waste, with the exception of the Bosch AXT TC  quiet shredder and this has been designed with all types of garden waste in mind (prices are usually from around £380 to a little over £400 depending on where you buy it from), therefore one of the cheaper models might be ideal for what you plan on shredding and could save you a ton of your hard-earned cash.


Bosch Garden Shredder Reviews

1. Bosch AXT 25 TC Quiet Garden Shredder

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Bosch Shredder AXT 25 TC (plunger for trimmed material, 53-litre collection box, cardboard box, material throughput: 230 kg/h, max. cutting capacity: Dia. 45 mm, 2500 W)

The Bosch AXT Turbine Cut Quiet Shredder is by far the best model manufactured by Bosch, at first glance, it looks almost identical to the Bosch AXT Drum shredder (read the detailed review on this shredder below).

The one main difference between the models is what Bosch has called an ‘Innovative Turbine Cut system’. You will find this is what separates this particular model from nearly all other garden shredders available. We have seen no other garden shredders that use the same system.

The new cutting system is designed to shred both hardwood materials such as hedging, trees, shrubs as well as softer green materials such as leafy green foliage, and this does not usually shred very well in other shredders. As I have said, most other garden shredders are unable to do this which makes this model a true multi-purpose shredder that can be used for a large range of garden waste whereas all other models are only good for one particular type of waste, leafy green or woody material. 

The new cutting system is designed to shred both hardwood materials such as hedging, trees, shrubs as well as soft green material. Most other shredders are unable to do this which makes this model a true multi-purpose shredder which can be used for a large range of garden waste.

Specification

  • Voltage: 230 V/50 Hz.
  • Motor size: 2500 watt.
  • Cutting design: Innovative Turbine Cut system.
  • A reverse function that helps to remove any unfortunate jams.
  • Material throughout: approx 230kg/h.
  • Cutting speed: 4100 rpm.
  • Garden shredder size: 76 x 44.5 x 36.5 cm.
  • Cable length: 4.5 meters.
  • Weight: 30.5.

What we really like about the Bosch AXT 25 TC Shredder

As well as having the advantage of being able to shred nearly all types of garden waste, which is a huge accomplishment, it guarantees extremely fast material throughput, at a rate of roughly 230kg of material an hour, to put that into perspective it is an impressive 55kg more per hour than the Bosch AXT 25 drum model.

Something else this model really does excel at is avoiding blockages and this is a common problem on most garden shredders, especially when trying to shred branches with a lot of leaves on them. A feature you will like is the ‘block release system’, this simply allows you to loosen blockages easily without the need to remove the hopper which is a nice feature and one that works well.

Others features we really like

  • Removable hopper for easy storage which means it takes up 30% less room (the hopper fits inside the collection box when stored).
  • Automatic feed which makes shredding easier and saves time, like most models it also includes a practical plunger to help feed garden waste into the shredder.
  • A large removable 53-litre collection box also acts as a safety device as the shredder will not start unless the collection box is fitted. Most shredders come with a smaller box or don’t include one in which case you have to buy a separate collection bag and hope it fits underneath the shredder which can be harder than it sounds.
  • Has a larger cutting capacity of 45mm (5mm more) compared to both other Bosch models as well as most other garden shredders.
  • Low noise levels make it pleasant to work with, most models are somewhat noisy but you should find this model surprisingly quiet.
Bosch Shredder AXT 25 TC (plunger for trimmed material, 53-litre collection box, cardboard box, material throughput: 230 kg/h, max. cutting capacity: Dia. 45 mm, 2500 W)

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2. Bosch 2200 Rapid Shredder

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Bosch 600853670, Shredder AXT Rapid 2200 (2200 W, 230 Volt System, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, in Carton), Green/Black

The Bosch Rapid 2200 Garden Shredder is the cheapest and most popular garden shredder that Bosch manufacture. It uses a laser-cut blade that has been manufactured from hardened steel to ensure it shreds garden waste with minimal effort. Bosch claims it has 7 times more cutting power than conventional blades, but we have found that laser-cut blades on most models are actually made from hardened steel so we have to let the cutting performance decide. Something we did notice is that the blade is double-sided, which basically means that the blade can be turned around when worn so you get more use out of each blade which is a nice touch. Most other shredder models don’t usually have double-sided blades so this will come in handy and you feel like you get more use than from a single blade.

The whole thing is powered by a Bosch 2200 watt ‘Powerdrive motor’, which means it has an impressive cutting speed of 3650 rpm for a smooth, fast shredding experience. It is worth noting that this is slower than the other two models but still fast enough for a good cutting performance, especially if you compare it to other budget-friendly models from other brands.

The fast feed hopper speeds up shredding and has an impressive material output of approximately 90kg of material an hour. The only thing it does not have that the two other expensive models have is an automatic feed that pulls the material through on its own. However, it does have a large capacity hopper with rollers which helps speed up shredding.

Finally, it has two large wheels to make moving it around the garden an easy job, at only 12kg it is lightweight when compared to other garden shredders that both weigh over 30kg so moving them can be much more difficult, especially if you need to pick them up to go up or down stairs.

Specification

  • Voltage: 230 V/50 Hz.
  • Motor size: 2200 watt.
  • Cutting design: Blade chopper cutting system.
  • Material throughout: approx 90kg/h.
  • Cutting speed: 4100 rpm.
  • Garden shredder size: 76 x 44.5 x 36.5 cm.
  • Cable length: 4 meters.
  • Weight: 12kg.

What can it shred?

This model had been designed for shredding soft green leafy material such as foliage plants, fresh hedge trimming, shrubs as well as smaller branches. It will shred branches up to 40mm in diameter but can sometimes struggle with thicker, denser branches just under this. 

What you may struggle to shred

Thinner soft green material such as grasses and some thinner foliage plants may not shred very well, they seem to go through and get missed by the blades. It also not suited for very thick branches which is where the other two models excel over this model.

The shredding blade is powered by a 2200 watt powerdrive motor which means it has an impressive cutting speed of 3650 rpm for a smooth, fast shredding experience.

If we’re honest, it doesn’t have many downsides but there are a few points we think you need to consider before buying one.

At 76cm tall it is not particularly tall but it still needs considering when thinking about where you are going to store it. The other two models Bosch manufacture have a removable hopper which helps save space and make storing much easier.

As we have previously mentioned, it can struggle to shred thinner soft green material, only the Bosch Turbine cut model seems to shred this type of waste well.

It does not include a collection box so this is an added cost unless you find something to put under it to collect the shredding. You can pick up a Bosch collection bag on Amazon for around £8.00 but any suitable bag would be ok as long as it fits under the hopper.

Do the blades wear very quickly?

You may read reviews online about the blades becoming worn very quickly, you can purchase new blades for around £25-£26 which may sound a little expensive, however, they should last quite a long time before they actually need changing.

The main cause of the blade becoming blunt is when you get grit or soil inside the shredder, this usually happens when it is picked up with the material you are shedding. Be very careful not to get grit, stones or soil inside the shredder, this will very quickly blunt the blades of any shredder and can be avoided.

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3. Bosch AXT 25 Drum Quiet Shredder

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Bosch 600803170 AXT 25 D Quiet Shredder, Cutting Capacity 40 mm, Green/Black

The Bosch AXT 25 Quiet Drum Shredder is powered by a powerful electric, 2500 watt power drive motor which powers the drum cutting system, I think this is probably the same motor as the ACT Turbine cut model. This is what makes it so effective at cutting woody branches, old hedges and shrubs, now this sort of waste shreds really well. 

It is worth noting that you probably only want to consider this model if you are shredding woody branches as this is what it does best, most other garden waste, especially leafy branches you will find that the majority of the leaves go through the whole system and come out intact.

Specification

  • Voltage: 230 V/50 Hz.
  • Motor size: 2500 watt.
  • Cutting design: Drum cutting system.
  • Material throughout: approx 175kg/h.
  • Cutting speed: 3650 rpm.
  • Garden shredder size: 76 x 44.5 x 36.5cm.
  • Cable length: 4.5 meters.
  • Weight: 31.3kg.

Positive points

Storing this shredder is made easier with its well designed, removable hopper (which is stored in the collection box) and this means that it stands at only 67cm tall when not in use, taking up 30% less space than if it had to be stored completely like most other similar models you may come across.

It also has a built-in collection box which makes collecting and emptying the shredded material in the box easy, as well as ensuring it collects every little bit of material keeping the area neat and tidy.

Other features include the automatic feed system which speeds up shredding enabling it to shred approximately 175kg of material an hour, which is almost twice as fast as the Bosch Rapid Shredder throughput, but not quite as much as the Turbine cut model.

Finally, as it is a quiet shredder, it is a low noise shredder making it pleasant to work with and won’t have the neighbours complaining which is always a bonus if you have neighbours that have a tendency to complain.

automatic feed system which speeds up shredding enabling it to shred approximately 175kg of material an hour, that's almost twice as much as the Bosch Rapid Shredder throughput.

Negative points

There are only two negative points to speak of, firstly at over 30kg it is not light but this is expected for its size and the fact it’s a drum cut shredder, most drum shredders are heavy due to their shredding design. This could be an issue for some gardeners, it does have large transport wheels which help moving it around the garden a little easier, that being said, if you need to carry it down steps it could be too heavy for some people to move easily, remember 30kg is a lot of weight.

Being designed to shred woody material as with nearly all drum type shredders, it will not shred soft thin green waste and leafy material very well.

For this the cheaper Bosch 2200 Rapid shredder (for leafy material) or multi-purpose turbine cut shredder previously reviewed, would be much better suited for you.

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Which Bosch shredder is right for you?

The answer depends on what you mainly need to shred, all three Bosch models are great quality models and all have lots of positive reviews on Amazon.co.uk which back this up. Amazon is a great place to read reviews and see what other users think about the shredder they have purchased as they have often used them for much longer before leaving a review so it gives a good indication what they are like long term.

The most popular model, is the Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid shredder and it has an impressive 780+ feedback rating on Amazon.co.uk with the large majority of them being very positive with excellent feedback.

It is easy to see why it so popular, it offers the best value for money and is a very good shredder. However the Bosch AXT 25 TC is a very impressive model and will shred what any of the other two models will, making it much more versatile so would be the best choice for anyone with lots of different types of materials to shred as it gives you more flexibility.

Is the “Bosch 2200 Rapid shredder” right for you?

If you shred lots of green leafy garden waste and not much else then this is your best option, it will also shred thicker woody branches if needed up to 40mm but it is better for green leafy garden waste. Is this sound like what you need to shred I think this would be the ideal shredder for you and for a great price too.

Is the Bosch AXT 25 Drum quiet shredder right for you?

Do you shred lots of woody material such as old hedges, shrubs, trees, if you do then this is going to be the best Bosch shredder for you. It makes light work of woody material and also has an automatic feed and collection box included. It is not cheap but will handle woody material much better than the 2200 Rapid shredder.

Is the Bosch AXT 25 Turbine Cut shredder right for you?

If you shred large amounts of both soft green leafy material and woody materials then you would probably be best investing in this model. It’s more expensive than the other two models but is a true multi-purpose shredder that will deal with any kind of garden waste you put in it. This is our favourite model, very versatile, great performance. If it wasn’t so expensive we wouldn’t even bother to recommend the other two. Probably the best domestic garden shredder you can currently buy. The unique turbine cut just makes it so effective at shredding most types of garden and even household food waste which can be composted into a good compost bin.

If you are interested, we have recently reviewed some compost tumblers, a good alternative to traditional compost bins. You can read about compost tumblers here.


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