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QUIET | Cuts Smooth As Butter
Reviewed in the United States on January 31, 2018
I previously owned a FELLOWES paper shredder, cross-cut style and that attached over its own bin / basket; a medium duty, medium PRICE item, that overheated (as expected to do) after operating for 15 solid minutes of use. It only took 2 sheets of paper, at a time, and after 10 years (light to medium use, for junk MAIL) the motor still ran, but it ceased to accept paper. | So, now I'm here having just purchased a NEW model! This model caught my attention, after reading REVIEWS that it "lasted 10+ years" and "shredded a whole filing drawer, without stopping". | I had a whole grocery BAG of paperwork to shred, which I normally save up and then do all at once. It sounded like this machine was up for the challenge! | After 1 1/2 HOURS of continuous shredding, the machine finally went into "overheat" mode and cut off the motor; 1 hour later, it had COOLED itself off and was ready to go again. | I love how the BIN slides in and out, effortlessly, which I then dump into a 30 gallon sized bag; it's half full, after 5 full bins! The shredding blades and motor is not operable, as a built in safety measure, when the bin is removed. | The WHEELS slide smoothly and even have a lock-in-position on them! | The shred SIZE is literally smaller than a pea; the next smallest size is used by the government, for the shredding of their sensitive documents! | If a piece of paper has even a slightly CRUMPLED edge or if the paper bunches up, upon entering the feeding slot, the shred size is then more like that of a cross-cut. It doesn't happen often, nor worries me, but it's just a good TIP! | This machine is very QUIET and could be used in the next room over, from a sleeping person. | I have fed no more than 3 sheets of PAPER, at a time, to prevent the motor from being overworked and thus, lasting for the long term. It also depends on the thickness, weight, etc.
*************UPDATE*************** This shredder is one heck of a powerful unit; approx 2" of paperwork will shred and fill the bin, in about 5 minutes total! The machine overheated 1x, after I filled the bin 3+ times consecutively. The cool off time was amazing @ around 30 minutes!