If you are after a shredder for occasional use at home then this is perfect. It takes 5 sheets at a time and cross-shreds so I doubt the most dedicated of criminal would be able to piece the documents back together! The sheets shred very quickly and the large collecting bucket can hold more than you would think by looking at it. To empty there are no catches you just switch it off and lift the top off.
This shredder also shreds credit/debit cards etc which is an added bonus. I feel this is more secure than just cutting them in half like the banks say. You just have to make sure you feed them one by one through the middle of the shredder. (There are markings on the top to indicate where to put them in).
I have had this shredder for about 2 years now and it's still going strong. If you find it isn't shredding/cross-cutting as well as it should, drizzle some olive oil into the opening where you put the paper and it'll work like new again.
If you are looking for a shredder that can be used continually for large amounts of shredding I would not recommend this product. It can get warm if used a lot and will automatically shut off until it has cooled down. I have only come across this once when I decided to shred a year's worth of documents in one session. For general shredding at home it works brilliantly, especially for the price.
I never really read into the phenomenon of identity theft, it always seemed like one of those far fetched story-lines on a spy show or something. Then one day at work I received a phonecall from my bank asking me if I was trying to rent a car in southern Portugal and whether I was aware that my credit limit would not extend to cover the cost of the fourteen day lease. On my way home that evening I stopped into Currys and bought myself a shredder!
Now purchasing things in a rush and in a panic is never a recipe for success. Typically you'll end up at home wondering why you bought the item and how on Earth you're ever going to use it. Thankfully this was not the case with my new Fellowes P35C shredder.
First off is it's small size, the shredder itself is only about 10 inches wide and 12 inches high. It fits snugly under my desk at home and doesn't take up a huge spot, always a bonus. Next up is the ease of operation, I was worried that shredding documents would be a highly technical operation requiring the utmost concentration. Instead I simply plugged it in, turned it on and pushed my latest visa bill straight throught the slot. Not exactly the James Bond moment I had pictured...
Shredding items is particularly easy and the machine has been able to take my usual load of 8 or so pages without so much as a shudder. I've yet to jam it but simply sliding the toggle to reverse should fix this quite quickly. Coming back to my opening anecdote about losing my credit card details I was quite glad to find that this machine comes with a card shredding option. This feature is quite addictive and I had to stop myself after I had shredded my library card and old work badge.
Thankfully I don't have to worry about little fingers getting jammed in my shredder but Fellowes have thought of this by including a safety lock which stops anyone turning the machine on and in turn getting themselves shredded!
Overall this is a great shredder, a purchase which is unfortunately becoming more and more necessary for people nowadays. 5 Stars.
Security and protecting our details have become more important of late, with identity theft and cloning of credit cards etc. Therefore whenever the time comes to purchase a shredder to dispose of any documents or details, there is only one brand I trust, and Fellowes it is.
When our old model died of old age a couple of months ago, I immediately went to Argos and purchased this model for £29.99. This is at the lower end of the Fellowes range, yet it adequate for home use. There are better, more expensive models if you need it for business use.
This shredder can shred up to 5 sheets of paper at one time, according to the instructions, but depending on the thickness, we have actually shredded six or seven quite satisfactorily, with no adverse effects such as overheating at all.
The shredder is confetti cut, and gives me total piece of mind that my details are rendered unreadable, and unable to be pieced back together.
The width of this machine is 22cm or roughly 10 inches, and the height in total including the basket is 30cm/12 inches. The footprint is quite small, and it hardly takes up any room at all. The basket capacity is 12 litres, and with a household of four people with details that need shredding, we only need to empty this once a month.
This Fellowes shredder is very easy to operate; simply plug it in, switch it on, and slide the button to the on position. The motor is then running, and now you simply feed your letters or documents through the shredding teeth via the slot in the top.
If your papers are too thick, or something jams inside, the operation is simply reversed via sliding the operation button into the R (reverse) position.
Another great feature that one wouldn't expect to find on a cheaper model such as this, is that it will shred credit cards, or any card of that nature. This too puts my mind at rest, and is a welcome bonus, as the previous shredder we owned didn't have this. This isn't something you'd need to utilise every day or even month, but it's a bonus to have.
Parents may be concerned about having a product such as this in their home in case little ones insert their fingers into the appliance, but there is a child lock on this model. This locks the slider button, preventing it being moved, and in turn, switched on. It is very safe and secure, I've tested it.
Overall I totally recommend this model, and so too the whole brand. I'd never be without a shredder of any type now, our security is too important. Why pay more than you need to? It's basic but it does the job, and does the job well. What more to you want?
Do you want a shredder that's reliable, cheap and shreds well?
Then i'd recommend this mini black beast of a shredder!
Okay so it's actually called Fellowes P-35C.
But it's a great little shredder. I've used it many times and not once had a problem with it.
It says it takes a maximum of 5 sheets, but i've shredded 7-8 sheets in one go and it's never jammed, it just slows the cutting blades up a bit. So i'd recommend sticking to the maximum of 5 sheets if you want your item shredded quickly. It's got a reverse button on the shredder that i've only used once or twice, so if you realise you shouldn't be shredding something it's fast to undo your mistake before it dissapears for good.
It also has the ability to shred cards in the centre of the machine which can save you getting out the scissors. There is a locking function as a safety precaution also on the machine so no little ones can accidently use it.
Overall I think it's a great handy shredder, I was told it can overheat if you use it too much and to just let it cool down for a few minutes before using again.. but I can't remember ever having that problem. It's also a cross-cutter which shreds your paper in bits rather than long strips and its always shredded what i've entered easily. So if your after a basic shredder that you can use easily without problems, then this does what you want from it.
I use paper shredding more now because of problems with bank accounts being taken over by fraud so I decided to buy something which would be nice looking but cheap.
This weekend I found the Fellowes P35C shredder which was £19.99 and it claimed it was on an offer. The actual shredder is cross cut which usually means it is going to do a good job at shredding your item and it works a treat.
I found that when I put a few sheets inside the item never worked so I had to put in around five sheets and it began to work it was not until later I discovered you needed to insert five sheets before it worked.
I found after 10 minutes of using the item it overheated and just randomly stopped whilst still plugged in and eventually came back about 30 minutes later which seemed odd but I understood I might have overused it slightly.
The item can also destroy discs as well which helps me when I am making silly errors with music so this is a good thing to have as well. The best part about the shredder is that you can fit so many pieces of paper in at once it means that you can destroy paper quickly and it means you get to have confidence in that people will not be able to hardly read your bank statements and other important information.
You can also reverse the item so if you have a problem such as an obstruction you can help make the paper come out back the way it went in. I have not found problems with stoppages due to blockages either so again it is a really good shredder to have.
The Fellowes P35C...I have had some major worries with this particular shredder. Let me just start out by saying if you're looking to get through a hefty bit of shredding this is not the shredder for you. This thing overheats BADLY and stops itself every ten minutes or so which can really get frustrating after a while, especially when it's max sheet capacity of 5 sheets causes it to break down spontaneously. However, looking at it's good features it has a good cross-cut style of shredding as opposed to cutting in long strips, so whatever you've shredding is guarenteed to never be read by anyone. It is also staple friendly and won't jam like other shredders. In the centre it has a rather useful place to shred credit cards which most shredders wouldn't. However another downside is that the cutting process (although i must say relatively quiet) creates a heck of a lot of paper dust. Overall i'd say if this shredder could run properly it'd be worth purchasing, but unfortunately it just doesn't reach that criteria.
I have just bought this from Argos at £25 so seems to be about a mid-price shredder. I wanted something that seemed more solidly built than my last two machines as they have not lasted long. This is supposed to take 5 sheets of paper but since most things I want to shred seem to be on "thick" paper I have only put three sheets through at a time.
It seems to cope fine with this and is not too noisy. It does cut out fairly quickly, after 4 minutes or so so you need to keep on top of your shredding, no leaving in a pile to do in one go as it then wont work again for half an hour until it has cooled down. It has reverse feature to help untangle jams and will shred credit cards. I particularly like the fact that it has a locking switch so you cannot accidentally turn it on as you have to unlock it and then slide another switch to "on", this is particularly useful when it is in a position that is difficult to unplug frequently. The collecting bin is a resonable size and I like the overall look of the product. It is slightly curvy and just looks and feels better quality than others of a similar price. It is Cross-cut so provides a resonable security level.
The Fellowes 'P35C' is a paper shredded housed in a modern looking shiny black body.
The main reason I decided to purchase this model was a) due to its trusted make, b) because of its appearance, and c) because of its price.
Costing £25 from Staples, it was slightly more expensive than the shops own brand - it looks a lot better too. Whereas the Staples version was a basic black box with obtrusive and badly designed buttons, the Fellowes model has smooth lines and doesn't look out of place next to my iMac.
But how does it shred?
The shredding process is quick and painless (as long as you don't insert your fingers!) with the motor only starting to labour a little when four sheets are added in one go - the manual says it will take five.
There's an input space for shredding credit cards, which is a useful addition.
The actual cut is 'cross-cut', which offers a high level of security. Some cheaper models only cut in long strands, which identity fraudsters can piece together.
On the top of the unit is a lock switch - for preventing unwanted operation, and a reverse mode - for unblocking paper jams.
The instructions suggest oiling the blades frequently to keep them running smoothly - perhaps this is where I went wrong with my previous shredder - I didn't oil it once - poor thing!
Anyway, the product has a three year warranty, so if it goes wrong and it's not your fault, you'll get you're money back.
I've only had the Fellowes P35C a week, but in that time it's done it's job effectively, and i'll give it top marks.