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I just got the device so this is by no means a long-term review, however first impressions are very good.
I wanted a unit with a pull-out drawer rather than a lift-off top, a smarter design in my opinion that should be easier to empty and make less mess. Setup was very easy. I didn't bother inserting the wheels to have it rolling around on my hardwood floor, just stuck on a set of felt pads instead. It would be nice if it came with a set of rubber feet as an alternative.
The shredder couldn't be simpler to operate, and works as expected. It makes some noise, but generally operates more quietly than my old one (a different brand), and isn't overly bothersome. For the other reviewers complaining that it only shreds 9 or 10 sheets (maximum) at a time, not the advertised 12 sheets, you have to pay attention to paper weight. It is specified to do 12 sheets at 70 gsm, but most typical North American copy paper is in the 75-90 gsm range. With this in mind, it performs as advertised.
Appearance-wise, the shredder has clean lines and fits nicely into a home office environment. In terms of value, it's possible to find cheaper units with similar capacity, but this one will be worth the price if it lasts. I'm happy so far.
I bought this for a charity small office and then liked it so much that I bought another one for myself, to replace an old Dahle 20082.
Now I have not had it long so I cannot comment on its long term reliability but it seems solid and robust enough. Certainly the head is heavy enough!
It may be than many home/office machines have the features that I particularly liked in this machine and that I am impressed just because I moved up from a cheap personal shredder nevertheless these are the things I have noticed and which I like about it:
* It is on castors so I can keep it tucked away beside my desk and then easily wheel it out when needed. * The bin is large and easily emptied by pulling out the drawer so no more lifting a heavy machine head off to empty the bin * When the bin is full a sensor operates a light to tell you and stops operating the machine so no more paper jamming up the cutting head as on my old machine * If you try to feed too much in a sensor operates a light to tell you and stops the machine from feeding * It is quiet (relatively) for a shredder * I have not been able to test this but it says that it has a sensor which shuts the machine down if the motor starts to overheat and will not let you operate it until it cools down to a safe operating temperature. It is rated at 10 continuous mins on and the 20 mins off, which is quite good I believe for this class of machine. Hopefully then I will not be burning out the motor on this one as I have done on a previous shredder.
Purchased to replace a 10+ year old 12-sheet crosscut Fellowes that had been going strong until I damaged it irreperably by recklessly feeding too much paper at one time out of impatience while trying to shred a large stack of old receipts. In my search for a replacement, I failed to notice that this was a strip cut, not a cross-cut. When I found to my surprise that it was much quieter than my old model, I attributed it to an improved motor, but later when my wife noticed that it was a strip cut, I realized that must be the reason the motor was not as noisy. I don't really care from a security standpoint - nothing we shred is all *that* sensitive - but the cross-cut does significantly reduce the volume of paper - the basket fills up at least twice as quickly than our old basket. Still trying to figure out if it's worth trading it in...
Perfect Shredder for home use. It has power indicator to show if you are overloading sheet input. has different speeds it automatically uses. Benefits it copes easily with staples & credit cards. Its easy to empty, but you may need to look in & occasionally push the shredded paper down as it appears to build up like a pyramid shape. It came with bags to place inside the waste bin..... but are a bit of a faff for home use, also came with blade oil which is great....recommend to use it as it does keep the blades sharp & cheaper then the paper that does a similar job. Recommend a good quality rapeseed oil for future use at keeping the blades sharp but use the bottle supplied or very sparingly if using free hand...……….Its the cost effective way I've found.
I seem to have got this at a bargain price compared to the price advertised now! I also think I misunderstood the description of the shred size. I expected very small confetti. bit disappointing in reality. Still ticked all the relevant security boxes. it's a little big for home use, but I prefer that to messing around with small waste trays! I'm also not convinced on the amount of sheets it can shred. I wouldn't pay full price, but I'm happy with it in regards what I paid.
This is the best shredder I have ever had and brought for a great price of £95.99 at the time of purchase. You can shred multiple sheets at once making the job quicker if you have a lot to do. If the shredder jams it automatically reverses realising the paper, unlike other previous models I have owned. It is easy to empty and doesn't feel up quite so quick as other cheaper models.
Got this for our office. It able to shred many papers at once and they shredded into fine pieces. The top (head) part of the shredder is really heavy so have to handle it properly especially when the drawer is removed as the body will be left with just half a box with 3 sides. The castor make it really handy to move around but they aren’t able to fix in properly