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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!
This shredder replaced a run-of-the-mill shredder the likes of which you'll see in supermarkets and the DIY stores - OK for a couple of sheets of A4 but struggle with anything more.
This was not bought on a whim, not at this price and it's for home (rather than office) use. But I was so fed-up of my old shredder baulking at anything other than a couple of sheets of A4. So after much research I dived in.
What's to like? --------------- Does what is says on the box. Just about. 13 sheets of A4 (as per the video review from another satisfied customer!) were chomped through effortlessly.
Quiet. Compared to my old shredder which sounded like I was digging up the road this is pretty much whisper quiet. Bliss. No disturbance to anyone so would be great in an office too. And it doesn't feel strained either.
Jam proof. Well, let's clear this up. If it gets stuck with the 22 invoices you've forced into the slot it will stop, show you the red (naughty) light, reverse the paper then try again - and I've never had it fail at this point so I'm *well* impressed!
Removable bin. No lifting off the head unit here. Just remove the bin to empty it. Or be real clever and line the bin with the supplied bags (or kitchen bin liners would do) and there's no confetti mess to clear up afterwards.
Movable on its four castors. That's a neat feature if you want to bring it closer to your desk, for example.
Dashboard lights telling you what's going on. So if the bin needs emptying the light for this will come on. The lights telling you how 'loaded' the machine feels as it chomps through your bank statements is just fantastic. You'll see what I mean when you get one.
Good length mains cable reaches across the floor to an under-desk socket, no trouble.
Did I mention how quiet the shredder was, even when chomping more than a dozen sheets of 80 gsm A4 paper? You can gather that this impresses me greatly.
What could be better? --------------------- I had terrible trouble getting the castors onto the base. I had to exert considerable force to get one of the castors to seat (they 'click' into place). I can only assume that the plastic moulding was not perfect. My wife would NEVER have managed to do it (no sexist inference implied, but if it required all my six foot strength to get it seated that was too much). It would have been better if the castors had been fitted at the factory.
Stingy supply of bags (just three) came with the unit. OK, I knew this and bought the supply of 100 with it but I think they could have given ten with the machine.
Stingy supply of oil came with the unit. You're supposed to oil the shredder via the paper slot every time you empty the bin so the supplied oil was enough for a couple of bins. I knew this and bought the big oil bottle with the unit but they should have given more with the machine. It's not worth being mean here if you want the machine to last the many years it should. Be religious in your oiling to get good service.
But even these minor quibbles don't lose it a star.
Conclusion ---------- Certainly the best shredder I've ever owned and one that finally shreds a decent amount of paper in one go without complaining. I shredded all my year-end receipts and bank statements and it just romped through the lot. Absolutely fantastic. I can only recommend this for home use and small office use too.
Did I mention how quiet it was?
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This is our second shredder. The new Powershred went for 30 - 40 minutes before stopping to cool down. Compare this with about 3 minutes for our older shredder.
Supposed to wait 20 minutes to cool down, but we found 10 minutes was sufficient. We filled three really big bin liners in an hour with the Powershred. Compared to half of one of the same bin liners in four hours with our older machine. It won't work if your fingers get too close to the slot.
We had no jams at all.
Despite what other reviewers have said, with the window on the front one CAN see the extra large bin filling up with shreds. They probably did not wait long enough before emptying the bin. The window is at the top so one only sees the shreds when they get right to the top. Due to the size of the collector bin, extra large bin bags are recommended to allow the collecting bin to empty straight into the bin bag.
We made sure to oil both our machines this time. Neither machine jammed on this occasion. Our older machine has some paper compacted in the middle so we have to fold documents in half to shred them.
I gave no mark for 'Sheerness' because I don't know what it means in this context. To me it means either 'the measure of a slope' or 'the name of a town in Kent'.
So my previous Fellowes bit the dust (P70 CM 7 sheet cross shred) and I wanted something that was better than that one, which did the job but was noisy and had a metal basket which allowed dust to get everywhere and had to be bagged.
I find the current Fellowes product line up to be confusing as there seems to be a number of products which occupy the same price and specification point. I kinda narrowed it down to 4 and then picked according to price.
I have to say I am impressed with this shredder. It is fairly large, but not too large that it is cumbersome (I live in small 1 bed flat). It cuts up to 10 sheets and it is relatively quiet. It has an on/off switch as well as a forwards/backwards switch (I found turning my old one off at the wall, underneath the desk, annoying). I like the fact that it is a plastic bin with a window so that the paper dust is contained. It does not really accept bin liners like the old one did, but I just empty it straight into a recycling bag. Two bins of this fill a large London sized recycling bag. It seems robust and well made and does not sound like a malfunctioning lawn mower and I reckon it will do the job nicely.
We bought one of theses and the box arrived beaten up but we figured it would be fine. We used it a lot on the first day then maybe 3 more times over the course of the next 3 weeks. Then randomly the orange sensor light came on and wouldn't turn off... it's a safety feature meaning the shredder won't work when the light is on (because it thinks your fingers are in the way). Nothing we did would make the light turn off so we couldn't use it and had to send it back. Amazon sent a replacement out the next day but this box also arrived damaged with the bottom completely open. And guess what? Within 2 days the same issue with the orange light occurred! So now it's s gone back again and we've asked for a refund this time. So much hassle and annoyance. We originally thought it was because the boxes were both damaged, but from the reviews I can see that other people have had this same issue. Clearly there is a fault with this product - or at least a batch of this product. A shame because when it did work, it worked very well. Needless to say we'll be going for another brand now!
SafeSense..... this feature is only supposed to go off when your hand touches it. However the sensor is so sensitive even paper touching it turns it on. Can you guess what happens when you put paper in to shred? Yep thats right, SafeSense kicks in and the paper stops. Therefore I have a shredder that is basically allergic to paper.
I have noticed the later models that have this feature also have a "SafeSense Override Button" so you can turn this off if it causes this issue. This shredder does not have this so it is a major problem and design flaw.
Sending the first one back, if the second is also like it I will be requesting a refund.
Upon receiving the shredder I noticed, it weighs a bloomin' ton lol. So easy to put together and use. I have had a couple of shredders before that jam after about 10 sheets are put through it. When a shredder costs roughly £50 and you end up getting rid of them because it keeps jamming and overheating, it becomes annoying. I know this shredder is £200 plus, but, it's worth it. We have shredded probably 500 pieces of paper now and it hasn't skipped a beat. I do oil it though, this seems to slow down on the overheat thing.
The only two things to quibble (and it's only minor) is obviously the price, seems excessive. There is also no cable management like there is on the American Version, shame.
Sadly my old Fellowes shredder lasted 6 years then gave up the ghost! So I purchased a new Fellowes 60Cs which arrived the next day, after a week the sensor on the paper aperture came on and wouldn’t go of so it wouldn’t work! I phoned Amazon and they immediately gave me a full refund and the instructions for a free return. So I then ordered another new one which arrived the next day I tried 1 sheet of A4 and it worked fine. A week later it came up with the same fault as the previous one, I then noticed a sticker which said any problem contact Fellowes but the phone number doesn’t work! So I then emailed them and was told to register for Technical support at £35.00 per month and cancel when you like I explained I was not prepared to do that!! So contacted Amazon again and got another refund so will not be having another Fellowes!!!! Amazon have been excellent and very helpful 5 star treatment. But Fellowes absolutely rubbish never again don’t say you haven’t been warned. Tony
It might be because this was a warehouse deal, which despite being branded as 'Like New' had 'reconditioned' stickers on the very tatty box, but anything more than 2-3 sheets caused the shredder to stop as the 'Smartsense' kicked it. It took up to a couple of minutes to shred sheets of A4 each time it did this, with it refusing to shred at all on a few occasions. With all of the positive product reviews, I can only assume this one was faulty.