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★★★★☆

“Assembly was easy of the Sovereign Quiet Garden...

Written on: 11/04/2009 by paulastevens (1 review written)

Good Points
Quiet.
Excellent chips from dry branches

Bad Points
Green twigs and leaves not properly shredded.
Useless wheel covers.

General Comments
Assembly was easy of the Sovereign Quiet Garden Shredder 2500W, but the press-on wheel covers fell off the minute the shredder was moved, so they will stay off. Complete rubbish.

I found myself rather disappointed initially with this shredder, and wished I had gone for an equivalent Bosch model, as reviews seemed favourable and enthusiastic. When first used, the Sovereign 2500, £159 from Homebase seemed to be more of a crusher than a shredder, with green twigs passing through untouched in some cases. I persevered and adjusted the blade to the closest I could. Better results then. Dry branches up to 4 cm diameter made great chips. The specification on the Homebase site indicated that branches up to 540mm diameter could be shredded. Half a metre - ish? I don't think so!

The shredder comes with a good sized box for catching the shredded material, and the shredder won't work unless it is locked in place. I have struggled before with bags, and this is definitely preferable. In operation the shredder, with its spiral cutting system is fairly quiet, even when shredding.