Makita GSE2600

Makita has paid a great deal of attention to safety. That's good. But in one aspect, it almost proves too much.

Its large wheels make the shredder easy to move into position. The tester begins loading. Flaps at the top of the funnel stop material from being thrown back at the operator. More material is fed in, but after a few minutes the stream of shreddings from the chute at the bottom dries up and the unit grinds to a halt.
The feed funnel is quick and easy to remove. This model has motor cut-out switches that operate when the hinged funnel is opened and a blade brake that immediately stops the cutters. Inspecting the shredding mechanism, we are impressed. It has a nine blades — three to the outer edge, three on the disc and three in the centre. Replacements can be bought in sets of three.
There’s no blockage here, so we check the discharge chute. A grille-type guard is fitted across the exit to stop hands reaching the blades. But it is also causing shreddings to mass and block the chute. With the blockage removed, work resumes. Then it blocks again.
Without the grille, the machine gives an excellent performance, smashing inch-thick material and producing good quality shreddings. Of course, we cannot and do not recommend its removal, even though it appears the blades cannot be reached from underneath.
Made of steel, the Makita electric shredder has a more robust appearance than the Viking but weighs twice as much. A little noisier when shredding, it is still significantly quieter than a petrol-powered shredder.

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