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Everything You Should Know About How Turbine Cut Garden Shredders Work

Turbine Cut Garden Shredders are Bosch’s answer to efficiently dealing with both woody and soft garden cuttings.

The Bosch AXT 25TC is Bosch’s flagship electric garden shredder.  It uses a ‘turbine cutting’ system that is meant to be equally at home shredding soft stemmed, green waste as it is shredding bigger, tougher, woody branches.

But is it any good?

Well for the full answer you will have to go over and take a look at our full Bosch AXT 25TC review.

However, the short answer is ‘yes’

With the turbine cutting system there is practically no chance of green waste clogging or stopping the cutter.  With 8 blades there is no real chance of woody waste jamming the machine either so it does seem that Bosch have created a shredder which will cope with all types of garden plant waste.

As the Turbine (?) rotates the blades push larger clippings against the side plate much as with the crusing cog teeth in the quiet shredders.  As turbine continues to rotate it pulls the clippings through the shredder until it eventually cuts through.

How Turbine Cut Garden Shredders Work - Diagram showing the operating mechanism
Turbine Cut – Operating Mechanism

This is a much cleaner cutting mechanism that the quiet shredders employ but has all of the benefits for cutting large, tough woody waste.

Smaller clipping drop down through the blades to be cut off at the bottom of the turbine.  There is practically no jamming so the AXT25TC does a great job on both tough,. woody clippings while being just as happy dealing with smaller, softer waste.

The 25TC has a bigger appetite and can cope with branches upto 45mm.  At close to 2in in diameter (for those who have difficulty visualising in millimetres) that is a pretty hefty hunk of wood.

At 89dB these are pretty quiet machines so you shouldn’t disturb your neighbours either.

The not so good?

These things are expensive – half as much again as a similar quiet shredder.  They are heavy too so they are not that easy to drag around your garden.

That’s about it really – there aren’t any major gripes.

Oh, perhaps we should mention that if you are unlucky enough to need to change the cutter it is going to cost you something North of £150.

I want one  

Bosch AXT 25TC - garden shredder
Bosch AXT 25TC – garden shredder

The Bosch AXT25TC is our shredder of the year 2019

As we have said earlier – there is really nothing else quite like the AXT 25TC.  In this case, we have no electric alternatives for you to consider.

If you need something more powerful you will need to look at petrol garden shredders.