The Content Of The Article:
- What types of shredder are there?
- Conclusion of the chopper test:
If you have a lot of trees and bushes in the garden, you usually dream of a shredder. Stiftung Warentest has now tested 17 shredders. Which shredder did the best in the test, you can find out here.
Garden shredders are something really great. Shrub cut can be chopped up quickly with such a device. The clippings can then be used in the garden or disposed of. Now that you have decided to buy a garden shredder, you will surely wonder which one is the right one. Finally, there are high price and also qualitative differences among the devices. Stiftung Warentest has taken a closer look at 17 electric shredders. How the individual shredders in the test have cut off, that we would like to report here once.
What types of shredder are there?
Visually, the shredders hardly differ. They all have a funnel-shaped opening, in which the clippings are inserted and usually a catcher for the shredded wood. Only in the technology, the devices are very different. There are namely blade shredders, roll chippers and shredders with a special roller.
" blade shredders work much like a lawnmower. Namely, in such a model, the branches and twigs are crushed by a rapidly rotating knife. In addition, the shredded material is usually crushed very heavily.
" rolling chopper have a rotating roller with sharp points and a pressure plate. Here, the branches between the roller and the pressure plate are crushed. The great thing about such models is that they move the shredded material independently.
" At a Chipper with a special roller this is shaped like a funnel and hollow inside. The outer surface of the roller rotates in operation on a pressure plate over. The wood chips then fall into the interior of the roller. From there, the shredded material continues to slide into the collecting container. These devices, too, pull the shredded material independently.
Chopper with special roller impressed in the test
In the meantime, roll chippers are increasingly dominating the market. That was taken into consideration in the test. Stiftung Warentest has also tested a new forage harvester. The innovative Bosch AXT 25 TC shredder uses a special razor-sharp roller. In the test, the newcomer impressed above all with its chopping performance. The shredding performance of the individual devices was determined in a long-term test in which each device had to shred 500 kilograms of shredded material. This should simulate a stress that occurs over several years. Some models faltered in the endurance test or they completely failed.
Some models weakened in the test
During the test, two Einhell models failed early. For other roller models, the metal removal on the pressure plate was so high that cavities became visible. If branches stick in these cavities, this can lead to blockage. Hornbach, Grizzly and Bosch roller choppers rarely clogged in the test. And should it ever happen, then that is not so bad with roll chippers. They have a return.
Devices have become harmless
Choppers have become much more harmless in recent years. For example, some shredders have catch boxes for the shredded with a safety switch. When pulling out the container, the roller switches off automatically. Blockages can be removed without problems. But there are also devices that bring some dangers such. the tested device from Gloria and Viking. In the test, it often happened that long branches were thrown out of the opening or lashed branches at head height back and forth. In the device of Gloria, the clippings should also be cut to 50 to 60 centimeters.
Test winner at Stiftung Warentest: Bosch AXT 25 TC
The clear winner among all tested shredders is the Bosch AXT 25 TC. It was the only device to receive the quality rating GUT (1.9). This is the shredder with the special, razor-sharp roller. But he also costs 500, - €. This shredder handles without problems even thicker branches. In addition, it is easy to use. Read reviews...
The Mac Allister 2500 ELH from Hornbach (now Atika) scored the best among the roll chippers. He was the only roller shredder to receive the quality rating GUT (2,2). In all group disciplines convinced this shredder with good grades. It is easy to use and it has a transparent catcher for the chopped goods. The Mac Allister 2500 ELH Hornbach costs only 169, - Euro. Read reviews...
Among the knife choppers, the Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid performed best. He was the only knife shredder to receive the quality rating GUT (2,4). This shredder convinced in the test by its very good shredding performance. Unfortunately, this shredder does not have a collecting container. At 12 kilograms, the Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid was the lightest shredder in the test. The Bosch AXT 2200 Rapid costs 250, - Euro. Read reviews...
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Conclusion of the chopper test:
In principle, roll choppers shred clippings much better than knife choppers. The good thing about the devices is that they feed the clippings independently. In addition, these devices are much quieter and safer than knife chopper. However, if you want to treat yourself to something good, then of course the Bosch AXT 25 TC is just the thing for you. The purchase of a shredder is worth but only if you always have a lot to chop. You can also buy such a device together with your neighbor.