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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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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.
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'.
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.
I spent considerable time hunting for a suitable paper shredder and eventually landed on this one for my needs. It's more expensive than some but I think it's good value for what I paid.
Before buying a shredder you need to think hard about what you need it for and how often you will use it. In my case I had a huge backlog of papers and then moderate ongoing use. Both required secure shredding (i.e. smaller pieces).
All shredders have a limit on how long you can perform continuous shredding before you have to let them cool down. I realised this but was happy to shred my backlog of papers over a few days rather than use another method such as burning. I did my papers in batches, wandering off to do something else in between and coming back to it, which meant that the shredder never overheated or jammed (and I didn't get bored) but I never pushed it to the limit so not sure how long it will continuously shred before having to cool down.
The shredder so far has been great. It's quick enough for me and I like the indicator that tells you if you have too many or too few sheets before you feed them, so ensuring you shred the optimum number of papers to maximise shredding speed but avoid jams. The waste tray is easy to remove and replace. It's plenty large enough for ongoing use although obviously when bulk shredding you empty it frequently. There is an indicator light to tell you it needs emptying but by crushing the paper down in the bin you can increase the amount you do before emptying. I use shredder bags for ease in ongoing use but didn't bother when doing my bulk shredding to sped up the process.
The machine feels robust but the wheels mean it's easy to move it around and overall I am very pleased with it.
I have used shredder oil to keep the blades in good condition, which apparently helps avoid jams so am not sure how performance might change without it.
Struggled with the Castors - there were diagrams but nothing to indicate whether they should be screwed in or pushed on. I even watched a video and discovered that it was the latter with a gentle push but in reality you have to push very hard! There was also no mention of Collection Bags though some were supplied - to use them or not is up to the end user I guess. But overall a well designed and easy to use. Have used it on some tranches of old cheque stubs taking care not to feed the adhesive binding. Copes with the staples though. Very pleased.
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.
After many hours unjamming cheaper shredders, I decided to go for this one. It is more expensive than all the ones I had before, but it has been flawless so far ( a couple of months, and so well tested), with a very quiet operation, and a large bin. On other scanners, you mainly have to lift the heavy part off the bin, but not with this one. A very large bin that slides out. Also it is on castors which makes it effortless. I did have a bit of a struggle to get the castors to lock in. As it takes staples, discs cards, and large number of sheets, it goes through the shredding very quickly. With all scanners you have to be careful not to overheat by too much shredding in one go, but not reached that point so far. Very happy with it. Rarely give 5* for anything !
I bought this for my elderly aunt who gets inundated with junk mail. She was spending ages ripping her mail up, and I couldn't persuade her to just throw it straight into the recycling bin, as she was worried about her name and address being seen. I got this from the Amazon Warehouse. The price was brilliant, half of the current regular price. The box was a bit tatty, but that's all. The item itself was unused. Two years later, it's still working perfectly and it gives my aunt great peace of mind. I got her a big bottle of shredder oil too. I suspect without this her blades would be blunt by now. She tells me she never has any problems with paper jams etc. I'll get one for myself whenever I see them for sale at the price I bought this one for.
I’ve had it a few months now and it’s so far shredded 2 black bags worth of stuff with another 2 still to do. I’ve not had any problems with it. Ive kept it well oiled and it’s handled everything I’ve fed it from stacks of paperwork to expired cards and cheque books. It’s only overheated once, but that’s a user issue - me being to over zealous/impatient cos I’ve lots to shred! Definitely worth the money as I was quoted nearly £100 to professionally shred what I had.