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I have gone through a few shredders and they always fails when the motor burns out..I think the shredders were probably not up to the task. With the Fellowes 79C, what I like is that it is more powerful, can take more sheets of papers at a time and is relatively quiet. So hopefully, if I take care of how I use it, it will keep shredding away much longer!
When I ordered this shredder I must admit that I wondered if I was doing the right thing, paying so much - but it was on offer! After my husband put the wheels on and after a good read of the manual, I started to shred a LARGE pile of paperwork which had been building up for ages. All was going well for about 6 minutes when, disappointment, it overheated and stopped.
Well, one of the reasons I purchased this machine was that it stated that you can continuously shred 'for up to 20 minutes'. So I was a bit miffed to say the least. Anyway, we let it cool down for a hour and half and then resumed the shredding only to have it stop after five minutes. I didn't think this was good enough and so I rang Fellowes for advice. After a short chat with a very helpful young lady, she asked me to return the shredder and order a replacement, which I did. By the way - keep the outer cardboard box for a while in case this happens to you, we had to tape ours back together which wasn't much fun as it was, by now, in many pieces! The replacement shredder arrived yesterday and my husband put the wheels on...................................
Guess what - it overheated in ten minutes this time. Oh well, I guess that is as good as it gets. The reality is that I don't often have huge piles of paperwork to shred and as it just soooooo quiet compared to my old machine, I have decided to keep it.
It is quite large. I knew it would be as I got the tape measure out before I ordered it but on actually seeing it, it does take some getting used to but easily fits under a desk. Quite a nice looking machine and, as I previously said, it is nice and quiet. As it was quite costly, I shall be oiling it regularly and I would suggest that you purchase some at the same time and, if you do a lot a shredding, the bags, too. I am a bit disappointed that the shredding doesn't ALL go into the bag so after a long session, I shall have to get the vacuum cleaner out.
So it's 4 stars from me as it doesn't quite do what 'it says on the tin' and then there is the overflowing shredding. If it doesn't live up to expectations I shall get back to you.
The shredder works well, and the bin size is ideal - not too large but also I'm not needing to empty it all the time with light use.
The only change that would make this 5 stars is to improve the "safe sense" safety bar. This is too sensitive and means the shredder will sometimes turn off when my hands are nowhere near. For example if the paper is slightly too humid, or I'm holding the paper with my hand - the shredder will sense the conductivity and turn off. The best resolution for this is that I left the paper to dry out overnight before shredding.
Unfortunately this safety feature can't be turned off, so I just have to wait.
Excellent shredder, does the job well, not too noisy, looks good but some odd design points and it's just not designed right unless you are not going to move it . The on/off switch is tucked away at the back and the panel at the top of the bin which should let you see how full it is, is so dark it's useless. Lifting the top off is difficult - no finger places and it is very heavy but the worst thing is trying to lift the whole thing - the smooth design of the bin gives nothing to get hold of. All these sorts of shredders (this is my third, I'm hoping it is more robust than its predecessors - so far so good) are top heavy but this one seems to have been designed primarily to look good . its fine if you just put it in the corner in an office but not so good if you want to move it about or tuck it into a cupboard at home.
Bought to replace a very old 6 sheet shredder that had given up. It handles a decent number of pages (although 10 sheets is probably pushing it, particularly with heavier weight paper). It handles staples if you've forgotten to take them out too.
The safety feature that detects your hand is near the lid can be a bit annoying and can trigger if a page being shredded flops over, but better safe than sorry I guess.