Bosch disappointment - the 2200
Until the first engine failure, it started well enough.
It struggled, leading me to reduce the size of anything that I tried to shred in it.
The agents took some time to decide on a course of action the first failure - the back garden became unsightly with piles of cuttings still awaiting their shredding.
https://youtu.be/ghi7QeSw-jI I purchased a Morrison from local agent.
To be 100% honest ... Rubbish
I like Bosch, I have numerous tools from them but the AXT RaPID 2200 is totally rubbish !
Quite simply it does not work !!!!
The old version ( cutting screw) was good but this revolving blade design is ................well garbage
It jams , will only cut 1/4" if you are lucky before it clogs up.
Quite simply look at others or buy an original Bosch shredder
Purchased in March 2019.
Works well but beware of the design flaw in the switch
I have been using my Bosch ATX Rapid 2200 for around 5 years. I bought it from Bunnings and it was expensive at the time compared to similar machines but I had the money and I wanted quality. Part of the reason I bought this was due to the good review it got in Choice magazine.
Performance wise it is very good and tackles branches up to around 40mm without too much difficulty. Y-shaped branches can be an issue but a little thought and planning helps. It is relatively easy to unclog but the screw that attaches the front takes too many turns. ...It forms part of the safety interlock. The safety interlock is a cause of troubles with this machine. The knob controls a small switch that tells the motor it can start and controls a plastic lever that is positioned by the knob and the bolt on the cover to engage the main power switch. This isn't a good design as the fit is too critical. Even a minimal bit of wear causes this to malfunction. I remedied this by modifying the lever to reduce the gaps between the bolt and the main supply switch. Now works perfectly. One note is that blades are close to impossible to get in Australia. One positive is they are double sided so just flip over to get double the life. Although not intended to be sharpened, you can to some degree. Mail order via eBay from a UK seller is about the best way to go for the blades but they are not cheap.
Good until the motor seized
I purchased this shredder in 2015 and have used it fairly lightly. To date I have been quite happy with the job it does, reducing a large pile of prunings to a much smaller heap of spreadable mulch, though that satisfaction requires accepting its limitations.
It copes best with new (i.e. green) prunings which aren't stringy or viney and are under 30mm (i.e. under the claimed 40mm). It is at its best when I spend the time to pre-lop larger prunings so they aren't too 'branchy'. These it eats quickly. It's light weight, simple to use, relativel...
Does the job well
I cannot understand the poor reviews of this fantastic workhorse. No, I am not a Bosch employee. I have used this machine frequently in the last 12 months. It smashes up small solid branches, the diameter as recommended in the instructions, efficiently. I have have had minimal problems with clogging as such. I have used the reverse button to clear it now and again and this does the trick. As for the blades, no issues whatsoever. This machine has gobbled up Gum branches, Acacia, Olive, fruit tree and other cuttings. It has been simply amazing. We have a big yard and this machine has been the best thing since sliced bread. This machine has been faultless.
- Verified purchase
Tends to clog, and the safety cutout switch is flimsy
This machine type relies on keeping the blade sharp for efficient cutting. The blades get blunt quickly and are expensive to replace, so it is adviseable to sharpen the blades yourself. Jamming seemed to be exacerbated by a lip on the body projecting past the lid into the outlet chute. Trimming it back reduces blockage. The safety cut out is a flimsy device and sometimes prevent starting. It may be possible to bypass the cutout in the future if needed but would invalidate warranty and create danger.
- Verified purchase
9 months and then dead. It was OK while it lived.
Bought it in June 2017 after scouring reviews for electric garden shredders. It looked the goods plus the Bosch name sits well in this household. We have many other Bosch garden, garage and kitchen 'stuff'.
Anyway, since June the 2200 has been used on 4 maybe 5 occasions and each time was worked for about 2-3 hours per session. Today we had assembled the usual pile of early autumn trimmings for shredding and I was feeding it through when after 10 minutes I stopped the machine to clear the outlet shute. It wasn't jammed, it just needed clearing...
Waste of money
This machine is no use wahatsoever. Constantly jamming or blocking. Only a few minutes of work and have to stop and clean it out. Won’t work on any wet stuff old stuff or any branches. Better to spend your money and order some mulch. Not to mention the hours wasted spent trying to mulch and only getting frustrated and annoyed.
Died after 2 uses
I purchased this device on the 25th Jan to process garden cuts at home,
Day 1 first use, OK the long leaf stuff just runs through or comes out looking like string. but otherwise OK
March 4th I bring it out, got 1 branch into it, and it jammed, now when it starts it seems to run faster than normal but shuts down as soon as it gets up to speed, Sunday therefore is a waste of time.
I am returning for refund. Dead loss, will go back to burning waste and using ashes on garden,
Does the job but with some shortcomings
The shredder does the job I bought it for, shredding small branches and twigs.However, I must agree with previous reviews which mentioned various shortcomings. One is that the shredder clogs up far too often. It is easy to free it up again, but it is a nuisance and time-wasting that you have to do this so often. The other issue is that it does not shred small twigs properly. In most cases they come out cut back to just approx 10cm long thin twigs without any further cutting applied.
Don't waste your hard earned money on a Bosch 2200 AXT Rapid Shredder. Can't think of anything good about this machine apart from its weight compared to other units out there. Won't shred anything over 1.5cm without grinding to a halt or getting stuck. The only thing it seemed to accept readily were small, dead palm tree fronds. Won't even take grevillias without your taking off most of the side branches. I would never recommend this unit to anyone. Mine stopped within the first half hour and I couldn't get it to start again. Checked for...blockages, faulty switches and power leads, and spent ages trying to get it to start again. Back to Bunnings to report that I had a faulty machine, and to replace. No go. The Bunnings man managed to get it going again, sent me away blaming perhaps a faulty lead or switch. Go all the way home again and a day later went to use it, sure enough, it stops again. This time Bunnings did offer a full refund. In hindsight, I think that it simply overheated somehow because it did manage to start when cold. Whatever. Not worth the hassle.
I like the Bosch ATX Rapid 2200
I bought this shredder on 24/ October/2016 after doing a lot of research on line. Despite contradictory reviews I bought it. My main need was to shred a lot of thin leafy material from some recent trimming and some branches. I wanted a fine mulch which was not going to be produced by some of the other models. After the initial use use yesterday I have found the Bosch AXT 2200 to meet all my expectations. I am happy with it and would certainly buy at again. I am particularly happy with the large opening to feed in the branches and the rapid shredding, plus the fine mulch produced. If Bosch could make it be able to shred even thicker branches eg 50mm or more, it would be even better. However overall I am happy with it and would recommend it.
Not made for the tropics
Bought this shredder a year ago. No good on banana leaves, heloconias and palm leaves, which is most of our mulching material. Instead of shredding it creates long twine material that winds around the cutter causing it to jam. Have tried cutting things into shorter pieces but makes no difference. Agree with other reviews about clogging up, does it regularly if there is moisture in the cuttings. Needs a much bigger, wider shute. Not up to the job for our tropics backyard, not value for money.
Useful but not perfect
I have Grisilinia hedges and mulch the trimmed leaves to return to the garden. Although the Bosch machine handles most of the small branches they have to be fed one at a time to process. If I do more the machine clogs and stops. It is also effective at shredding Box hedge leaves but again it is a slow process. It doesn't like large Puka leaves or Acanthus leaves. I think they are too soft and contain a lot of moisture. It clogs. It is better with smaller, drier leaves like Pohutukawa and Bay Laurels. It is compact, easy to use and when clogging...occurs relatively easy to clear. It does have a wider feeding opening and the "paddle" to push leaves into the shredder is safe and effective. It is probably ideal for smaller home gardens than mine. I am not sure how long the blades will remain sharp enough to mulch efficiently and effectively.
Great for the price
Bought it and assembled it to chop up some very dry twigs from last year's pruning - worked fabulously until I put too thick a branch in which clogged it up immediately! Once unblocked, it was then used on some green cuttings from this year's pruning - worked well until it clogged up with the green mulch sticking to the cutting blades. Very easy to open and unclog, so it is a minor nuisance at best. It is probably a good idea to make sure the chute is clean and unclogged after each use, and to mix dry and moist matter when mulching.
Had it for two weeks so far..
Does what it says. Cuts branches up to 40mm diameter and shreds them well. Green wood or drier wood doesn't matter and works well. No complaints. How it goes over the long term I dont know but initial impressions are very good. I find Bosch very reliable, have a drill and dishwasher that are both great.
Good machine if you can sharpen blades
I've hammered mine, put heaps of soft tree trimmings through it, and vetiver grass, and more. It works well but the key to keeping it drawing in the trimmings and cutting efficiently is blade sharpness. Every few hours of operation I open the machine, remove the blade, chisel off the hardened green residue that build up on the blades, then carefully flat grind the blade down to sharp using an electric file I bought at Aldi (do a Google Images search for "electric file aldi" to see what I mean ... but you could also use other sharpening equipmen...t if you know what you are doing). The important thing is not to sharpen only the edge of the blade, but the entire flat cutting surface, because the blade is like a large chisel where the whole cutting edge has to be reduced at the same time, not just the tip. I have now used the same blade for a long time, with about 7 re-sharpenings so far, and I have not even had to switch it around to the other side (the blades are 2-sided and you can flip them when one side gets too blunt). I even bought spare blades that I have not had to open thus far. Bosch literature says the blades are "laser sharpened" and cannot be re-sharpened, but that it quite untrue. Good luck!
Waste of time and money
I have had a Bosch AXT 2000 HP for a number of years and apart from replacing the "chopper" it has given sterling service. I recently decided to upgrade to the AXT Rapid 2200 and to say it is disappointing would give it a complement. It will not mulch palm leaves as did the other model and clogs up constantly. I wish I could get my money back.
Bosch axt Rapid 2200 Great for an Electric Shredder
I have had this shredder for around 3 years and it has performed like a champion for an electric shredder.
It is actually very fast and consistent in mulching leaves and branches as long as they are below 40mm in diameter.
I have also had a 4hp cox petrol chipper/shredder and prefer to use the bosch electric for its convenience and ease of portability.
The only thing you need to keep an eye on is the sharpness of the blade and sometimes there might be a build up clumpy mulch inside the chute if you have put some wet stuff in there. But any shredder would suffer from that..
If it broke down tomorrow i would definitely buy another Bosch the same
Hope this helps.
Don't Waste Your Money
I have had this unit for about 2 years. Worked brilliantly the first time I used it but after that the machine clogs regularly particularly with green material. It also shreds timber into very long pieces up to 30 cms long.
Worst of all, I was shredding a 15mm piece of branch and the disc holding the blades snapped in half.
I have bought a number of Bosch tools over the years and they have worked really well so I thought that this unit would be the same but it is a piece of crap.
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Questions & Answers
My AXT Rapid Multcher will start but stops working in a few seconds?.... every thing is clean and tight with no vibration..... it was working fine then stopped? Any help?
Haven't had your particular probelm. Up until a few weeks ago mine was running OK. However, one day I switched it off to get some more cuttings and it wouldn't switch back on again. Hasn't worked since. I think the on/off switch is the problem. Undecided whether to get it repaired as it only does half the job I need (ie chokes up on ginger and banana plant cuttings).
Is there a service facility available for Bosch Shredders?
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