Helix screw cutting mechanism

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Jorvikshire Lad's review of Bosch AXT 1600 HP


“Helix screw cutting mechanism”

Written on: 12/02/2013 by Jorvikshire Lad (2 reviews written)

I bought the almost identical 2000 watt machine over three years ago and it still cuts thick woody material efficiently.

However, green or fibrous material easily clogged the machine in the first season but went through with care if woody branches were also fed in. By season three, branches under 1cm diameter, holly, blackthorn, hawthorn or raspberry canes simply scrolled around the helix and completely blocked the unit.

I dismantled it and found chips broken out of the hardened steel helix and some wear on the stationary blade, even though no soil or hard objects had ever passed through. After carefully grinding a cutting edge back onto the helix and sharpening the blade I tried to cut leyland cyprus prunings, but to no avail.

The shredder is a well engineered item but the helix mechanism is just not up to the job of shredding typical garden waste. The industrial plastic case is durable and unlikely to be damaged. A hinged flap below the helix would help to remove material wrapped around the cutting blade.

I'm still reviewing shredders of all makes & sizes to find a cost effective replacement.

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