Viking GE250 Shredder

The Viking GE250 Shredder is easy to use and remarkably quiet.

“Is it running?” A faint hum from the motor suggests the Viking is ready for work. Our tester inserts a branch of Euonymus into the funnel.
Yes, it’s working. But this machine is so quiet, we carry on a conversation even as the brash is shredded. The soundproofing around the feed chute and disc is extremely effective.
“It would be perfect for noise-sensitive areas,” says the tester, looking towards the library.
For its size, this is a powerful machine and it delivers a performance unexpected from an electricity-powered unit.
There are a lot of features we like. The large funnel opening takes prunings easily for self-feeding to the shredding mechanism — a rotating disc that has a “pre-shredder” to grab the material and direct it to the cutter blades. This ensures the material is fed smoothly to the blades and minimises kickback.
Another clever feature is the clearance bar, which automatically cleans shredded material from under the blade. We reckon this should minimise infuriating blockages, but in case it does block, there are micro-switches to cut the motor as soon as the hand nuts are turned for accessing the mechanism.
Adding further to safety, there is a  switch-off device that prevents the machine re-starting if power failure occurs.
Viking has thought about maintenance as well. The blades are reversible, can be re-sharpened and can be bought and replaced individually — there is no need to buy a whole disc.

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