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Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
We use this at home. Prior shredder switch failed and it jammed often (after about 4 years of use) so ordered this to replace it. It is compact but holds as much shredded paper as prior shredder. Makes less dust and works smoothly. Have used it for about a month and am very pleased.
Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2020
Smaller than expected. Worked great. Was purchased as a gift. Recipient was very happy with it at first. Now not even two months old it stopped working totally! Since I purchased the Asurian warranty I have to go through them. If I had not it would have been easier. Amazon would have just replaced it or given me a credit back. About to check out the warranty. It may be easier than I think. But shouldn't be having this problem with a new item. Wouldn't recommend purchasing it.
Good quality shredder. Careful with what weight papers you are putting through it though. I had some 32 lb bond and was running 6 sheets at a time. It was struggling, but I figured...hey, it's rated for 6 sheets. Kept going. Heard a pop. These things have sintered metal and punched gears in them. I'm sure that one of them either broke or popped loose from a drive shaft, because I could hear something big and heavy rattling around inside after. Fortunately, it was replaced for free, as I had only recently purchased it, along with the extended equipment protection plan. I'm careful with paper weights and quantities of sheets now. Heavier paper = 4 sheets. Regardless, it's quick, and produces good quality micro shredding. Great for my worm compost bin.
Your offer did not mention that this item could be used on a 110V main only. I had to order a power transformer for Israel (and most of the rest of the world), and besides the additional cost wait an additional two weeks until I could use the shredder.
So far it working well. Good price for shredder. However, the paper compartment is a lot smaller than anticipated. Would suggest ordering larger cross cutting shredder for high volume of paper --- I have over 3000 sheets to shred and PII documents and this size machine will take me more than 4-hours to shred documents and empty.
This shredder is relatively small, the footprint and height of a small wastebasket. Its positive features are that it is compact, will crosscut paper (and credit cards), and can handle up to 9 pp. standard-weight paper at a time, along with staples. It is apt to overheat after 5 minutes' steady use, but its instructions warn about that. It is suitable for a home or small office, esp. dealing with medical information or unwanted credit-card offers. The safety features seem adequate, with a safety lock and a feature that disables the machinery if it's off the basket. The AC power cord seems of adequate length.
Some irritants: the basket really is a lightweight plastic wastebasket. The machinery rests on top of it but doesn't seem to snap into it, so the user should be mindful of that when carrying it. Also, the machinery makes the whole thing (when empty) a bit top-heavy, so the user should put it under a desk or somewhere where someone won't walk into it and knock it over, and perhaps cause the contents to spill out if the top, which is loose, comes off.
Overall, it's adequate for what it does, and should serve reasonably as a light- to moderate-duty shredder.
Micro-cut is the benefit here, as many cheap shredders leave large strips intact which can be reassembled without too much trouble and in some cases a strip might include the entire length of one's credit card or account numbers. You can't run this thing hard at all, it will overheat. The manufacturer states 7 minutes on and then take a half hour break. I ran it pretty hard to try it out and when it comes down to it- seven minutes of constant shredding is a LOT of shredding at once... and it seemed as if it was struggling and I got the feeling I was pushing it too hard after much less than 7 minutes of feeding it. It has an overheat indicator, so presumably it will warn you if you're about to melt it. It requires lubrication but none is provided, so I'd bet the vast majority of these never get maintained and will be subjected to "well, it's working ok" instead. I happened to have 3n1 sewing machine oil handy, so that's what I used. It works, it works well but don't confuse this with a real office shredder- this is a personal or maybe home office light duty machine. It's relatively competent but doesn't truly stand out from other offerings at this price. Having a trusted name brand backing it up should be considered a benefit as well, however.
Prior to this shredder we were using a Staples brand cross cut which was obviously less secure due to the pieces being a little bigger than a micro. We've had it for years (and it's the 2nd one) so I only have that as a reference point.
What immediately caught my attention with this shredder was that it was smaller - both the basket and the motor are smaller. Despite the reduced size, this thing is way faster. Like 2x faster - which is a big deal because it both shreds into smaller pieces and can handle more sheets of paper than our old shredder.
Also better - the controls. This model comes with a lock function which means you can lock in auto on or keep it locked in the off position. This is important if you have kids around! There's also a reverse mode for when you get a jam.
Note: The directions state you need to use mineral oil (droplet, non-spray form) whenever the basket fills and there is no oil provided. While this is something easy to correct, I think a lot of people are going to miss this and just use the shredder until it stops working properly - which is probably going to happen fairly quickly with heavy use!
Overall I get the feeling that this isn't as sturdy as our old shredder which is literally ten years old. However, it is faster, shreds into smaller pieces, and smaller. The micro cut is especially important for us since we recycle our shredded paper. If you want a more hardcore shredder you'll have to pay a bit more. But for general home use I think this would be a great choice for just about anyone.
This basic household cross-cut shredder does a maximum of 9 sheets of 20 pound paper with one pass but while it quickly chews up 1 sheet of paper progress is considerably slower with 9 pages—but it did handle all 9 sheets. According to the included manual it should not be operated longer than 5 minutes or it will shut-down for 30 minutes.
The shredder had no problem cutting through staples, small paper clips or plastic credit cards (1 at a time). It was reluctant to accept basic paper to shred—the pages had to be pushed down into the unit rather than lightly lowered into the teeth. But after the shredding started the task was promptly completed.unless pushing toward the 9 page limit.
It is not overly noisy while operating like some shredders and controls are straightforward—lock, unlock and then off, single forward arrow (automatic) and double arrow for reverse. The unit measures 12 inches long by 16 inches high by 7 1/2 inches across so it is reasonably compact, and the two-prong power cord is just over 5 feet in length.
Built-in handles on the mechanical top portion of the unit make emptying the almost 4 gallon bin easy to accomplish. This is a good unit for low-level home use with daily suggested maximums of 70 pages and 5 credit cards.
It's good to have a paper shredder to micro cut personal papers you don't want others to see. These days, it's easy for thieves to get a hold of your personal information from the trash and apply for credit cards, etc. We have used a shredder for years to cut up old bank statements, no longer needed documents, expired credit cards and much more.
This Fellowes is a powerful lil paper shredder. I like how it can make short work of papers and do credit cards too. It is quite compact so it does not take up a lot of space. But because of its size, it's best for personal home use. It micro cuts which provides greater security than most other types of cuts. I also like the peek a boo window so you can see the paper inside.
I don't like the fact it needs lubricant and that it requires a separate purchase of that lubricant to keep it in top shape. If you are going to require lubricant for it to run at least a starter bottle should have been included with the unit. But it's not and for that reason I deducted a star. My other paper shredder has lasted me years with no lubricant so I was surprised when I saw this one needed it.
Overall, nice little machine and good to have to secure your privacy. Just be aware of the need for lubricant to keep it running smoothly.
This review is for the Fellowes 9C4 Power shred Cross-Cut Desk Side Paper Shredder. This is a smaller, more compact, and light weight shredder. I would recommend this for folks who do not shred often or in huge quantities. The reason is that this machine is smaller and can shred very well, but would not likely be able to handle constant and an office size worth of shredding. It will over heat and the packaging recommends only about 7-10 minutes of use at a time. For personal use, this shredder is perfect. It is not noisy, and it is fast. It holds a fair amount of papers at one time, but not a huge stack. I would say about 5-7 pieces at a time. The draw back in my opinion is you have to maintenance this shredder with oil, which it does not come with, or it will not operate on a long term basis well. So, you have to oil this thing and remember to do so. The plus to this shredder is that it micro shreds, so no big pieces, and it can be locked so no children get into it. Over all I would recommend this and feel the price may be a little steep, but you do get a powerful little shredder,