Best Garden Shredder Reviews – Top 6 Models For 2019

Best Garden Shredder Reviews – Top 6 Models For 2019

Best Garden Shredder Reviews – Top 6 Models For 2019

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What to look for when choosing a garden shredder and what type you need, yes not all garden shredders will shred the same types of material

Updated November 2019 - As expected, Bosch still seem to make the best garden shredders with the AXT TC Quiet Shredder being without doubt the only shredder that is capable of shredding everything from soft green growth to hard woody branches while the rest, tend do one, or the other. We have now reviewed two further models this year, one by Makita which which we had high hopes for, however its fairly good but not the best by a long way, we also looked at the Hecht Garden Shredder which for the price (under £150), is a brilliant shredder, however, more on that further down. Read our reviews below to learn more, we also now only have 6 recommended models which makes choosing the right model a little easier as more is not always better.

Garden shredders are an excellent way of reducing garden waste such as freshly cut hedge clipping, woody branches from an old hedge, clearing old shrub and tree pruning or maybe you have cut down an old tree, what ever you intend to shred, its likely a garden shredder is the solution. To save going to the tip, it can then be composted down or spread along your borders as wood chipping.

The problem is, most models will either shred woody material such as old branches and tree branches or they will shed softer green foliage. This is because, of the type of shedding process garden shredders use. Most will not shred both. However our 'Best Pick' the Bosch AXT 25 TC Quiet Shredder which will actually shed nearly everything you feed into it as it uses a unique 'Turbine Cut System' which is capable of shredding all different types of waste including soft green foliage and kitchen waste as well as hardwood clipping from woody shrubs, trees and hedges. This is why this model easily won our 'Best Pick' spot and its unbeatable, however its not the cheapest so be warned, but it is the best.

Best Pick

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 TC Shredder is by far, the best model out there, other similar looking models struggle to shred everything but this model really does shred just about everything, you feed into it. The only real downside of this model is the price, its not the cheapest but its certainly the only model we could recommend to everyone out there.

  • The 'Turbine-Cut System' guarantees extremely fast material throughput from everything from soft leafy green foliage to hardwood from cut down trees.
  • shreds branches up to 45mm branch, that more than most other models out there.
  • Automatic feed for easy shredding & low noise level.
  • Large collection box which means less emptying.
  • Removable collection hopper, this means it stands at only 67cm when stored so can fit under a table or shelf in your garage or shed.

Carry on reading to see our Top 6 Best Rated Garden Shredders below and see which models make the cut and which might be best for the materials you will likely be shredding the most.

OUR TOP 6 RECOMMENDED GARDEN SHREDDERS

The top recommended models are shown in the comparison table below, scroll further down the page for more information on specific garden shredders and to red our detailed reviews.

Model

Watts

Max cutting diameter

Collection box size

What it can & can't shred

Price

BEST PICK

Bosch AXT 25 TC

2500w

45mm

53 Litres

Turbine cut system - Shreds soft green foliage & woody branches with ease, unblocks easily thanks to reverse function. 

Makita UD2500/2

2500w

45mm

67 Litres

Cut and crush system, perfect for branches but not ideal for feeding lots of green leaves foliage through.

????Bosch AXT 25D

2500w

40mm

53 Litres

Drum shredding system - shreds woody hard wood such as old hedges and shrubs. Not good for soft foliage.

BEST SHREDDER FOR SMALLER JOBS

Bosch AXT Rapid 2200

2200w

40mm

No included but you can buy collection sacks for shredders for around £10

Perfect for fresh softer material such as hedge clipping, ideal for small jobs.

HECHT

2500w

40mm

50 Litres

Perfect for shredding branches, hedge trimming, shrubs. Does not shred leaves very well.

BEST BUDGET SHREDDER

Dirty Pro Tools

2500w

40mm

50 Litres

Shreds woody stuff such as trees branches and hedge cutting well, but struggles with lots of leafy foliage which can cause it to jam.

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Best for softer foliage such as hedge clipping

The Bosch AXT Rapid Shredder is a super little shredder which we would recommend it to anyone who looking to spend up to £200, if you have a lots of shredding to do regularly then we would recommend something a little more powerful but for shredding branches a few times a year its perfect. For the price it the best model when compared to most other model.

This model performs as you would expect and will demolish your hedge clipping or small branches easily, a great choice for those who need a way to dispose of hedge clipping and the odd conifer or smaller branches. It's perfect for smaller jobs but does have its limitation as it may struggle a little with thicker woody branches from old hedges or trees. it doesn't handle lots of leaves very well either. 

  • The blades are double sided which means they can be swapped round when one side becomes blunt.
  • Perfect for fresh hedge clipping or softer green foliage such as small branches or conifers.
  • Very light at around 12 kg making it easy to move around the garden.

Garden Shredder Buyers Guide

What can you shed with a garden shredder

Garden shredders can be a handy piece of equipment and can be used for anything from putting your general garden and kitchen waste through to make compost to putting through hedge trimming and tree branches which can be made into chipping to put around the garden as a mulch or mixing with compost. No longer would you need to go to the local recycling centre to dispose of your hedge clipping or garden waste and at the same time recycling your waste to make something useful whether it be mulch for around the garden or compost for the flower beds.

There are now three main types of garden shredder which include quiet and drum shredders which are the most common, impact shredders and also turbine cut shredder but this is only found on one type of Bosch shredder.

What you intend to use your garden shredder for will probably  determine which garden shredder is best for you. Below we go over the different types and explain what this means for you.

Different types of garden shredders

Quiet / Drum Shredder

Quiet shredders, also commonly known as the drum shredder is the most popular type of garden shredder. This type of shredder works by pulling it though into the shredder and crushing the waste against a roller and flat edge, the roller is usually ridged and brakes the material up as it goes through. These shredders are good for cutting and crushing hedge clipping and woody garden branches but are not suited for lots of soft green leafy foliage or kitchen waste as it may not shred very easy due to the nature of the material being flat and soft which even sometimes mens leafs come out whole now and again.

Impact / Cutting Shredder

The cutting shredder works by chopping the material up with very sharp blades as it passed through the shredder. These are very powerful and will usually accommodate branches up to 40mm. These shredders are ideal for hedge cutting, smaller pruned branches and even garden and kitchen waste.

Some cutting shredders will not shred green soft foliage such as leaves and fresh green shoots very well, in reality the best shredders for this have proven to be Bosch models with the turbine cut shredder fitted (see below). Most shredders are deigned for more hardwood garden waste such as hedge and shrub pruning and woody branches.

Turbine cut - unique to Bosch

There is also a third type which is unique to Bosch which uses a process called ‘Turbine Cut’. This type is a cross between the two types of garden shredder, an innovative ‘Cut and Crush’ drum cutting system which is designed to shred large volumes of medium sized branches, shrubs and green material of up to 45mm in diameter and will basically shred everything you feed through it. This is probably the best type of shedder but its only available on the Bosch AXT 25 TC Garden shredder which happens to be one of the most expensive.

Best Budget Shredder

Dirty Pro Tools do sell this model as a professional, but affordable option, this means it does handle a good amount of work. I would not recommend getting this model for extensive shredding jobs, however it would certainly be a good option for someone looking for an affordable and efficient garden shredder to use around the garden.

This model is probably one of the cheapest models worth considering, you can get cheaper models below £100 but for performance vs price, this wins at just over £100. We wouldn't even look at a anything else cheaper as the performance and build quality seriously reduce. This model by  Dirty Pro Tools has not got the brand name associated with Bosch and Makita but in terms of quality, its fairly good making it a good choice for the avid gardener. Performance is good and it chomps through woody materials and hedge cutting with ease. Like most models, its not keen on lots of soft greenery but will handle it it feed through slowly. Great for branches up to inch in thickness.

  • Shreds through branches up to 40mm.
  • Perfect for hedge clipping or softer green foliage such as small branches or conifers.
  • Comes with spare blades.
  • Very light weight and easy to move around.

Choosing between electric and petrol garden shredders

Our in depth research, focused more on electric garden shredders, as apposed to petrol models, as they are by far, the most popular type of garden shredder when its come to the average person using them around the garden. They are also much easier to use, with next to no maintenance and no engine servicing such as changing oil filters or refuelling.

Why is an electric shredder the best choice for most people

Electric shredders are very popular and ideal for small and medium sized gardens with some models having more than enough power and capacity for larger gardens. Electric models tend to be light weight making them easy to move, very easy to use with simply on and offer buttons and much quieter than there petrol counter parts when in use. They are perfect for home use to shred your own hedge clipping, tree pruning and branches, shrub clipping and most other garden waste which will then rot down much quicker when composted down or you can simply use it as a mulch.

Petrol Garden Shredders

Petrol shredders are ideal for more intensive shredding and professional use as they are more powerful, they are also useful if you need a more mobile option where there may not be power supply for an electric shredder. They can usually cope with larger branches too and have a faster throughput rates. The problem is they are very heavy, noisy and need regular servicing such as changing and cleaning oil and air filters, checking spark plugs, checking oil and fuel mixes, the list goes on. They are also much more expensive. They will shred nearly anything including much thicker branches but this comes at a cost in both money and maintenance.

How we compared garden shredders

After hours of research we have compared over 30 popular models from the most trusted brand and some not so known brands to narrow it down to just 6 top models.

With budget prices from under £150 to more heavy duty models over £400, there is sure to be the right model for you.

We compared and research models by talking to owners as well as reading hundreds of real reviews to find out what positive comments they have, as well as any faults or negative points.

By doing this we can weed out any problematic models to save you hours of research and show you the very best models at the best prices.

One point that did become very clear, very soon, are more expensive models are not all ways better.

How we rate garden shredders

When reviewing and recommending garden shredders we take into account the following features.

  • Motor WATT (power of motor – anything over 2200w is good with the most poweful models usually having a 2500w motor.
  • Motor RPM (speed of motor – an RPM of 3650 and 4500 is good as it usually effects the through put rate at which you can shed material)
  • Maximum diameter (size of branches it can cut – Bigger the better, most will cut at 40mm branches but some models will shred up to 45mm which may not seem like much but makes all the difference on them bigger branches)
  • Price – We look at value for money, cheaper is not all ways better but you can get a good shredder for around £150 for occasional use. The very best models seem to be priced between £250 and £400.
  • How easy it is to use and features – Does it have a collect box, does it have reverse ani clogging system to make unblocking easy, does it autofeed, how smaller can it fold down to, it is easy to store in a small space.
  • Built quality - How strong are the materials its made from, most are made from plastic so can be venerable to getting knocked about which is a big problem for cheaper models, are they any weak clips that could break, will the feed hopper cope with being knocked by branches consistently, Overall build quality is very important.
  • Warranty - Warranty is important as if you have a problem it add reassurance and peace of mind. cheaper models will only come with 1 year warranty but some models including those by Bosch comes with an impressive 3 years.

Top 6 Garden Shredder Reviews

Now that you know what to look for when choosing a garden shredder, we can get into our detailed reviews of each of the 6 models including our 'Best Pick' which is by far the best garden shredder overall but may not be for everyone.

That being said, there are some models that may be a better choice for some people depending on what you are going to be shredding and will save you some money. After all, there's no point in choosing a model that will shred soft green foliage and woody material when all you want to shred is some fresh hedge clipping every few weeks and could get a alternative model which will do the job just fine for half the price.

Bosch AXT 25 TC Garden Shredder

BEST PICK

Great for shredding both softwood and hardwood material, something no other model was able to do

The Bosch AXT 25 TC Garden Shredder is without doubt the best shredder manufactured by Bosch and probably one of the best, if not the best garden shredder ideal for domestic use. By sure not to confuse it with the cheaper Bosch 25D model as it does look very similar.

Specification


  • Motor size: 2500 watt
  • Cutting design: Turbine cut system
  • Max cutting diameter: 45mm (5mm) more than most other models
  • Material throughout: approx. 230 kg/h (45kg/h, more than most other model)
  • Collection box size: 53 litre (Also acts as a safety feature)
  • Weight: 30.5kg (fairly heavy for an electric model but still easy to move thanks to the wheels)

The Bosch AXT 25 TC Garden Shredder is without doubt the best electric garden shredder on the market for home use. It shares some common parts with the cheaper Bosch AXT 25D quiet shredder but it uses the newer turbine cut system. Be sure not to confuse it with the cheaper Bosch 25D model as it does look very similar but the performance is much different. To be perfectly honest, if your looking to just shred woody material the cheaper 25D is fine but if you want to shred both woody and leafy soft green foliage, this is by far the better option.

The main difference between this, the Bosch AXT 25 TC garden shredder and other similar looking cheaper models is that this model has the unique 'Turbine Cut System'  which we previously mentioned which is not found on any other garden shredder models.

You can see an example of this in the picture below.

will easily shred both woody garden materials such as hedge clipping, thorny branches as well as soft green growth. Usually garden shredders will only shed hardwood material effectually or soft green garden waste but this model does both effective meaning you do not need to separate garden waste.

What makes this shredding system so good is that it will easily shred both woody garden materials such as thick woody hedge clipping, thorny branches, tree branches as well as soft green growth such as branches with lots of leafy foliage on, cut back perennials and other thin leafy plants. Usually garden shredders will only shed hardwood material effectually or soft green garden waste but this model does both effective meaning you do not need to separate garden waste which saves you time and means it can all be composted down or placed in your green recycle bin.

It is powered by a powerful 2500 watt motor which means it is not under-powered in the slightest and is one of the most powerful of all the garden shredders available. One problem with models which lack power is that it can be one of the main causes blockages which you so often read about online.

Another useful feature it does have which we really like, in rare event that it does get blocked when in use as all shredders can get blocked at some point, just some models are more prone than others, it has a touch pad which a reverse option which is handy for clearing any blockages quickly but you should need to sue this to often.

One other handy feature this model also has is the removable hopper with means that when in storage it only stands at 67cm tall so will easily fit under shelving or tables as shown below. This makes it very easy to store, a simple but great feature,

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)

Pros

  • The main advantage of this model is that it will shred nearly anything you feed into it whether its woody material of soft green foliage which most other models struggle with, or worst won't shred. A shredder for all jobs.
  • It has the best throughput rate of any Bosch shredder at 230 kg/h for quicker shredding.
  • It has a larger 45mm cutting capacity, which is 5mm more than other models making it useful for nearly all garden shredding.
  • It has automatic feed for faster, easier shredding.
  • Low noise levels at only 82 db(A), a true quiet shredder.
  • One very positive feature it that it will not run if the collection box is not fitted, this means it safe to use around children.
  • One great design is the removable collection hopper, this means it stands at only 67cm when stored, saving 30% storage space when compared to the older model
  • 3 Years warranty when you register online with Bosch for full peace of mind.

Cons

  • We struggled to find negative points about this product, however it is more expensive than most models.

Conclusion

The Bosch AXT 25 TC Garden Shredder really is an amazing machine, far better than some of the cheaper models and better than the Bosch AXT 25D quiet shredder if you want to also shred more greener leafy foliage, you only have to compare the reviews on Amazon to see that this model is much better than any other model.

Its shreds woody material with ease and even more woody perennial type waste at the end of the season, it just keep going and going, its not the best with lush greenery but it better than most other models.

One little issue but not a deal breaker is the chipping back up in the centre of the box and can make it seem full, a quick solution to this is to tap the side of the box now and again to help the chipping level out on the box as there shredded.

Overall, if your looking to shred different types of garden waste you want find a better shredder, if you know you will be shredding just woody material, you may get a cheaper model that will do the job just as good.

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Bosch AXT Rapid 2200 Garden Shredder

Great for smaller job and shredding fresh hedge clipping

The Bosch AXT Rapid Shredder is a super little shredder which we would recommend it to anyone who looking to spend up to £200, if you have a lots of shredding to do regularly then we would recommend something a little more powerful but for shredding branches a few times a year its perfect. For the price it the best model when compared to most other model.

Specification


  • Motor size: 2500 watt
  • Cutting design: Blade chopper cutting system
  • Max cutting diameter: 40mm (5mm less than our 'Best Pick'
  • Material throughout: approx 90kg/h
  • Cutting speed: 3650 rpm
  • Garden shredder dimensions: 76 x 44.5 x 36.5 cm
  • Weight: 12kg (half the weight of our 'Best Pick')

The Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid shredder is one of our top recommended garden shredders and would be a good model for those shredding more greener material, although it will shred woody material if needed. After careful consideration it offers many features that are very important for the safety of the user and protection of the machine when in use which we think is important to avoid you overloading smaller shredders. At under £200, we think its the best shredder in its class.

Firstly, its powered by a powerful 2200w powerdrive motor, which has the highest torque when compared to similar models. This combined with the laser cut double sided hardened steel blade ensure it makes light work of most branches up to 40mm thick, although some models with shred up to 45mm,  40mm is more than adequate for most hedge clipping.

It has a fast feed large capacity hopper and comes complete with a practical plunger that is used to speed up shredding and increase output, you simply use the plunger to safely push the waste into the hoppers.

At 12kg its also one of the lightest models we have reviewed and has transport wheels making it easier to move around the garden The power cable is only 4 meters long so you may need an extension lead if your further away from a power socket so this is something you need to think about but is not a big issue.

Will shred most hedge trimming and even woody growth that is not to thick
Includes plunger for pushing material into the hopper.

Pros

  • Ideal for shredding greener material such as hedge trimming.
  • Powered by a powerful Bosch PowerDrive motor that power the high precision laser-cut blades for efficient shredding.
  • Reversible blades which means they can be turned around when worn.
  • 40mm cutting capacity.
  • Features a motor with overload/restart protection which means you will not burn out the motor if you trying shredding branches that are to much to handle.
  • Low noise levels at only 82 db(A), a true quiet shredder.
  • 2 Years warranty for full peace of mind.

Cons

  • Not suitable for larger more demanding shredding.
  • Does not come with collection bag so has to be purchased separately, however you can use any tub or bucket that will fit under the shredder.

Conclusion

The Bosch AXT Rapid Shredder is a super little shredder which we would recommend it to anyone who looking to spend up to £200, if you have a lot of shredding to do regularly then we would recommend something a little more powerful but for shredding hedge trimming a few times a year, its perfect. For the price it the best model when compared to most other model and is very reliable.

There are some reviews online commenting on how quickly the blade becomes worn causing the machine to become less effective. Most of these problems are probably caused by users getting grit and soil in the shredder, its important to note that this will quickly blunt any blade, in any machine. To avoid this take care where you place trimming before shredding to avoid getting soil and grit on the branches and don't shred fallen leaves. its much better to place leaves in a pile to rot naturally and use as a leaf mould.

We did a little more research and found that replacement blades were readily available for around £13.00 if needed. Try to avoid getting grit and soil into the shredder and you should not need to change them to often, specially if your just shredding your hedge trimming.

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Dirty  Pro Tools 2500 Watt Garden Shredder

Our Top Pick under £150

Dirty Pro Tools do sell this model as a professional, but affordable option, this means it does handle a good amount of work. I would not recommend getting this model for extensive shredding jobs, however it would certainly be a good option for someone looking for an affordable and efficient garden shredder to use around the garden.

Specification


  • Motor size: 2500 watt
  • Cutting design: Blade chopper cutting system
  • Max shredding diameter: 40mm
  • Collection box size: 50 litre
  • Long 6 meter power cable.
  • Size 95 x 55 x 38 cm H/D/W
  • Weight: 15kg

This garden shredder is manufactured by Dirty Pro Tools and is easily one of the best shredder under £150. It has all the same specification as most of the more expensive models available including a maximum cutting diameter of 40mm, a powerful 2500 watt motor, a large 50 litre collection hopper.

What we did like was that the hopper is clear, this means you can easily see when it needs emptying, we also like the safety cut off switch which prevents you burning out the motor.

Other good pointers are that its light weight for its size, this of course effects how robust its it is, if you compare it to the Bosch and Makita models, you will see a difference, they are just better overall but then again there much more expensive.

Its comes with a nice long 6 meter power cord so it gets extra points there, it also comes with spare blades which is nice.

It comes with a 1 year warranty as a-pose to other branded models that usually include 2 or 3 years, still 1 year gives you plenty of time to test it.

Pros

  • Ideal for shredding garden waste such as hedge trimming.
  • Powerful 1200w motor and 40mm cutting diameter.
  • Large 50 litre collection box and long 6 meter power cord.
  • Features overload protection to protect the motor
  • 1 Years warranty for full peace of mind giving you time to test it out.

Cons

  • Not suitable for larger more demanding shredding.
  • Fairly slow at shredding compared to other models.
  • Some smaller twigs and leafs come out hole and do not get shredded, however it not enough to be a major issue.

Conclusion

Dirty Pro Tools do sell this model as a professional shredder, however, I would not recommend getting this model for extensive shredding jobs and would not say its anywhere near professional level.

However it would certainly be a good option for someone looking for an affordable and efficient garden shredder to use around the garden, its a little slow on output but does the job, you just need to take your time and not overload it. 

Overall its worth considering if you have some shredding to do but not to much like the accessional hedge trimmer or you taken out a few large shrubs you need to clear. For the price its good, just not up there with the very best, nearly forgot, its also a fairy loud machine.

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Bosch AXT 25 D Garden Shredder

Best for shredding more woody material

Firstly if you have lots of new stringy soft green growth to shred then this is probably not the best choice, if you have mostly hardwood materials such as hedge clipping and branches then this is model is worth considering. It also have a automatic feed unlike cheaper models which is handy and speeds up shredding.

Specification


  • Motor size: 2500 watt
  • Cutting design: Drum cut system - better for woody material
  • Max cutting diameter: 40mm
  • Material throughout: approx 175kg/h
  • Collection box size: 53 litre
  • Weight: 31.3kg

The Bosch AXT 25D quiet shredder is ideal for someone wanting something with a little more power than the Bosch 2200 reviewed earlier and only has hardwood type waste to shred and lots of it.

It has a few extra features which make it a good choice for someone with more regular shredding to contend with as its fairly fast at shredding thanks to the output speed and autofeed system.

Firstly, this model uses a 'Drum Cut System', this is designed to shred old hedges, shrubs and other hardwood type branch waste.

It does this very quickly and has a throughput of approximately 175kg/h which is nearly double that of the AXT Rapid 2200 shredder, it does all this whilst still reducing blockages.

It also has a more powerful 2500 watt induction Bosch motor which enables it to easily shred branches up to 40mm. It also comes with a removable 53 litre storage hopper for collecting waste shredding.

The quality is up there with the very best shredders and its much faster than the cheaper models we have reviewed.

Pros

  • Ideal for shredding woody garden waste such as old hedge and woody overgrown shrubs.
  • Powerful 2500w motor and 40mm cutting diameter and fast shredding output.
  • Large 53 litre collection box with built i safety feature which prevents it from starting unless the collection box is properly secure.
  • Automatic feed to make shredding waste faster and easier.
  • Features overload protection to protect the motor
  • 3 Years warranty for full peace of mind when you register online.

Cons

  • If you have house hold waste to shred, then you may be disappointed with the results, as it may struggle to slice soft thin material adequately due to how it shreds material. Strictly only suitable for woody material.

Conclusion

Firstly if you have lots of new stringy soft green growth to shred then this is probably not the best choice, it seems to not like stringing fibrous stuff like nettles, instead of shredding it, it tends to mash them up. if you have mostly hardwood materials such as hedge clipping and branches then this model is worth considering. It also has an automatic feed unlike cheaper models, this is super handy and speeds up shredding.

If you have a lot of cut down trees to shred or old shrubs to clear then this model is perfect, and will not disappoint.

One point worth noting is that is weighs just over 30kg, this is a fairly heavy machine which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Being heavy means it can be difficult to move for some people, it does have wheels which help with moving it around the garden, however there is a small flaw with the wheel design. Because they are narrow and not wide, probably to make it look neat and tidy and sleep in design. The problem is, if you turn round a corner, specially if uneven, it can topple over because of the weight and narrow wheeled design. Not a big issue, just take a little more care when wheeling it around.

On the positive side, as it is heavy it is well built and is a very strong peace of kit and makes like work of all woody material.

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Makita UD2500/2 Electric Shredder

Perfect for shredding hedge trimming and tree branches

Makita UD2500/2 Electric Shredder 2500W 45mm 240V, Blue, Large

Specification

  • Maximum branch diameter: 45mm
  • Container capacity: 67L
  • Motor: 240V Electric Motor
  • Input Wattage: 2500W
  • Cutting speed: 40 rpm
  • Weight: 30kg

The Makita UD2500/2 - 2500w Electric Shredder is the latest addition to Makita’s range of garden shredders. This particular model is the perfect match for medium to large gardens where tree and hedge pruning is a frequent activity. It comes with a powerful 2500W motor that propels a parallel spinning toothed chamber that crushes and cuts branches down against a fixed blade. The blade can be adjusted for accurate positioning and removed for sharpening. This is done easily which is nice to see as it can be a awkward process with some shredders.

The rotating chamber runs up to 40 rpm, pulling in branches and shrubs efficiently into the shredder without you having to apply any force. Using a cut and crush system, the shredder takes branches of up to 45mm in diameter which is comparable to our 'Best Pick' by Bosch, whilst minimising the volume of waste produced. The waste produce is compacted into a large 67 litre container which means more shredding less emptying.

There are handholds on both sides of the unit which allow a firm hold in use and enhance transportation on large tread wheels.

Thanks to a contemporary, slim design, this garden shredder is incredibly stable in operation. The shredder’s low-slung container increases stability with the weight of waste inside it. There are handholds on both sides of the unit which allow a firm hold in use and enhance transportation on large tread wheels. Makita seem to have sone a better job than Bosch on balancing the weight on the wheels as we explained easier of the small flaw.

One thing you will love about this shredder is its ease of operation. It has a control panel with a simple on/off switch that combines with forward/reverse control and an automatic block system, which provides overload protection when the chamber reaches its maximum load capacity, and before the blade jams.

The shredder also comes with a 10m cable which is the longest of any shredder which is a big plus. Makita offers 1-year standard warranty on this product and it can be extended to 3 years by registering your model on their website so be sure to do this is you decide to order one of these.

Pros

  • Ideal for shredding hedge trimming and tree branches. Perfect for large garden
  • Powerful 2500w motor provides plenty of power for shredding.
  • Large 45mm cutting diameter and fast shredding output.
  • The largest collection box of any shredder at 67 litres.
  • Automatic feed to make shredding waste faster and easier.
  • Features overload protection to protect the motor whilst in use.
  • 3 Years warranty when you register online for full peace of mind.

Cons

  • No problems to report, some reviews we seen online said they didn't receive a power cable. If this happens to you, Makita will send one if you tell them free of charge.

Conclusion

The Makita UD2500 Garden Shredder scores high marks on its container capacity of 67 litres, which happens to be at least 10% more than many models. Likewise, this powerful shredder crushes larger branches that smaller shredders would struggle to handle and this model and our 'Best Pick' are the only models with a 45mm capacity. We like its design with a low-slung container that ensures the unit is well-grounded and stable which is a feature Bosch could do with improving.

Obviously, you want a movable unit that enables you to get to where cut branches are. This one can do just that with rubber tread wheels and handholds that enable easy transportation.

Overall its an excellent shredder and comes at a very good price, its a new model so only time will tell how it performs over time but it looks very promising which is why we recommend this garden shredder for homes with large gardens. Don't forget to register online to take advantage of the 3 year warranty.

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HECHT Electric Garden Shredder - 2500 Watts with 50 Litre Box Capacity

One of the most affordable garden shredders available, a great alternative to the Dirty Pro Tools Model

Electric Garden Shredder - 2500 Watts with 50 Litre Box Capacity

Specification

  • Drive: Electric motor
  • Power input: 2500W
  • Motor:  230V / 50 Hz
  • Maximum cutting diameter: 40mm
  • Volume of collecting box: 50L
  • Weight: 14kg

The HECHT Electric Garden Shredder with its powerful 2500 Watt Motor and 50 Litre Box is a budget option that’s capable of shredding branches, shrubs, and hedge cuttings. Thanks to the powerful motor, it reduces everything into small chips to be added into the compost bin for recycling. The shredder accepts branches up to 40mm in thickness. Shredded waste is deposited into a 50-litre box, which seems to be strong and durable material.

This garden shredder was crafted with safety in mind. Its funnel features a self-closing mechanism that ensures safe feeding and filling of the shredder. Another important feature is overload protective sensor that detects detects blockages and protects the motor from burning out.

Electric Garden Shredder - 2500 Watts with 50 Litre Box Capacity
Electric Garden Shredder - 2500 Watts with 50 Litre Box Capacity

Weighing a mere 14kg, this model is arguably one of the most lightweight you can find, given that many other shredders (including the one above) weigh more than 20kg. This translates to almost effortless moving from point A to B and at least it has two wheels to push it along. The wheels combined with other two leg stands fixed to a metal frame provide the base on which the chassis rests on. 

It does seem a little to top heavy so take care not to topple it over as the build quality is adequate but could break.

Pros


  • Powerful 2500w motor.
  • 40mm cutting diameter.
  • Large 50 litre collection box.
  • Features overload protection to protect the motor.
  • 3 Years warranty when you register online for full peace of mind.

Cons

  • Doesn’t shred fibrous fresh stems very well

Conclusion

If you are looking for an effective budget-friendly garden shredder, the HECHT Electric Garden Shredder absolutely fits the bill. There’s more to like in it, including a decent load capacity, overload protection for motor, and self-closing mechanism on funnel, just to mention a few. And if you consider the shredders little weight plus the weight that will be in there, then ultimately you’ll have a lighter load to push whenever necessary compared with other heavy models.

Note that it has a 12-month warranty for peace of mind. The only hiccup we found with this model is that it doesn’t shred fibrous fresh stems very well, the problem is they block the discharge opening which means you have to stop to unblock by turning the knob lots of times which is a little tenuous.

Overall its great for the price but not perfect in slightest but for the money, it offers better than most other cheaper models.

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FINAL CONCLUSION - WHICH IS THE BEST SHREDDER

After originally reviewing over 15 garden shredders from various manufactures, there were only really, a handful of models, that we would recommend.

With prices ranging significantly, starting at around £150 for a low cost budget model, to over £400, for more heavy duty models suitable at shredding a range of materials. With this in mind, the first question you need to ask your self is 'What is your budget?'

We found that most garden shredders are great at shredding hardwood materials such as hedge cutting, tree branches, shrubs, and other hardwood garden waste. The only shredder that seemed capable at shredding both hardwood and green garden waste was the Bosch AXT TC Quiet Shredder, one of the reasons we named it our 'Best Pick'. Its suitable for a large range of shredding jobs, and as such, would most certainly be suitable for most people but it is expensive.

Our 'Top Pick' however, might not be within everyone's budget so see all our 'Top Recommended Models' below:

OUR BEST PICK

SUITABLE FOR ALL SHREDDING TASKS - The Bosch AXT 25 TC Quiet Shredder, is designed to shred all types of garden waste from hardwood hedge trimming and pruning from trees, to soft green growth such as perennials and even kitchen waste. A great mult-purpose shredder but also, one of the most expensive.

BEST FOR SHREDDING HARDWOOD GARDEN WASTE

Again, Bosch win this spot with their Bosch AXT 25 D Quiet Shredder, this model is similar to our 'Best Pick', which is also manufactured by Bosch but uses a drum cut technique instead. The cutting system is not as advanced at out 'best pick', which uses an advanced 'Turbine cut' system. However, it does a great job at shredding any wooden garden waste you feed into it, such as trees, old hedges, thorny shrubs. 

BEST GARDEN SHREDDER UNDER £150

We felt that the Dirty Pro Tools Garden Shredder was by far, the best shredder around the £100 mark. This garden shredder has been well designed and all though it may not be as well known, as big manufactures like Bosch, they have gone out and beyond to manufacture, what is one of the best garden shredders at a extremely low price, its hard to believe they could manufacture, such a good product at such a low price, however they do seem to have pulled it off. This model is great for hardwood garden waste and seems to be sufficient with green foliage but can clog but its worth mentioning its easy to remove blockages. This model would be great for anyone with a hedge or trees they need to trim and shred. I would go as far as saying its probably the best budget model available.

BEST GARDEN SHREDDER FOR SOFT GREEN GARDEN WASTE  

Most garden shredders are great for hardwood materials but not great at shredding softer green waste. The Bosch AXT RAPID Shredder is ideal for shredding green waste as it uses a double sided cutting blade to cut the waste rather then crushing it like drum shredders do. Its also the best selling garden shredder on Amazon. Our Best Pick is also suitable for soft green waste.


Best Pick

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 TC Shredder is by far, the best model out there, other similar looking models struggle to shred everything but this model really does shred just about everything, you feed into it. The only real downside of this model is the price, its not the cheapest but its certainly the only model we could recommend to everyone out there.


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