30 year old Ideal shredder comes in from Lewis Stores for repair at Maynards Workshop
A real “gem” still serving its purpose – A piece of history
When Lewis Stores brought in their Ideal 2205A Shredder head for repair and a functional service, there was a ripple of excitement in our Maynards Workshop, as this shredder had been manufactured in 1987 in Western Germany – Before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and it was still in service!
The shredder was in excellent condition and had obviously been well looked after. But it had been well used and had worked hard over its 30 years of employment as a work horse. Our records show that this machine had never previously been serviced or repaired in our workshop! The Ideal shredder was in dire need of a service (clean out and re-greasing the bearings); otherwise just the shredder belt needed tightening.
Maynards Office Technology has been the sole importer of Ideal Shredders from Germany for over 50 years. We have always bragged about the precision engineering of the Ideal shredders and the ability of these machines to do the “hard yards” in the workplace, and this is clearly true.
I remember watching the Berlin Wall coming down in 1989 on TV with a real feeling of hope; it seems now that this was eons ago. It is wonderfully reassuring that the products which we have supplied during a previous “almost forgotten” era are still out there in the market doing their job.