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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 is the perfect shredder for small home jobs with a few things a week to shred (bills, etc). Not meant for large jobs at all. Very quiet and stored away nicely when not being used. Well worth the money.
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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