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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.
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.
I am so tired of picking shredded paper up off the floor. This is great at shredding stuff, but the designers have really screwed up the form factor. Tapers towards the bottom so that the footprint is only about 70% of the plan area of the very heavy shredding mechanism in the lid. It's like taping a big carton of juice to the top of an open (but full), cereal box. Slight knock and it's cornflakes all over the floor.
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.
This replaced a slightly larger shredder which lasted for more than 20 years. I have used it for intensive shredding, eventually mounting the cutting top directly onto a dustbin. It has given sterling service so far, and shows no sign of stress. I oil it regularly, though. The only annoying feature is that the cutting slot is slightly too short to take an A4 envelope (which is slightly larger than an A4 sheet). Yes; it will take it by pulling it into the slot in a crushed form, but an extra few millimetres would have been nice. The finger-detector is a neat touch, but can be a bit annoying because it stops the shredder if your fingers are guiding the paper right down to the slot. When this finally wears out, I would buy another one.