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Good for the money,
This review is from: Fellowes P-58C Cross Cut Shredder with SafeSense Technology (Office Product)I purchased this when my two year old Fellowes P400C-2 finally gave up the ghost after a week of fairly heavy use. I've started digitizing about 20 years of accumulated paperwork and shredding as I go along, and the old shredder quietly expired! Still, I was happy with the Fellowes brand and with a budget of around the £50 mark the P-58Cs was an obvious choice.
The unit itself measures around 9.5 inches wide, 15 inches deep and almost 16 inches tall, so as a 'personal' shredder it's quite chunky. However, it's a solidly built unit and the slightly larger than average size shouldn't put you off, and remember this shredder stands sideways on with the narrowest side facing towards you. All the features you'd expect at this price are present with auto on/off for when sheets are inserted, a manual reverse mode in case of jams (more on that later) and a safety cut-out. On the matter of safety, the paper/card entry slot is wide enough to accept a credit card or around 9 sheets of paper, but is narrow enough to prevent small prying fingers. Nevertheless, with 'SafeSense' activated, the shredder will stop immediately if someone touches the edge of the paper entry slot (marked by the silver surround in the photo). In addition to that, there's both an On/Off/Reverse switch on the top of the unit and a mains power switch on the rear near the top, making this a very safe machine because multiple means of switching it off immediately are within easy reach.
In operation the unit is pretty quiet and easily handles 7 or 8 standard A4 sheets at a time, staples and all, slowing only slightly when feeding it 9 sheets of 'good quality' paper. Handily the On/Off/Reverse switch on the top of the machine has a groove in it that you can use for measuring the stack of papers you want to shred - essentially of the sheets fit into the groove, the shredder will manage them. Credit cards are also dispatched with similar ease, however contrary to what the (brief) manual suggests this machine will not shred CDs - I found out the hard way but thankfully was able to eject the half-eaten CD using the reverse switch.
The lid is easily removed to allow emptying of the bin, and is also easy to replace afterwards because the tapered shape means it locates without any fiddling about, although the size and weight (3.8Kg) mean it's a two-handed job. The bin should hold up to 22 litres of your shredded secrets, and you can see when it's getting full through a little perspex window. My only minor niggle on that score is that the paper tends to form a mound in the middle of the bin as it fills up meaning you'll probably end up emptying it slightly more often than the 22 litre capacity might suggest.
The manufacturer quotes a duty cycle of between 10-20 'paper passes' a day - so that's 180 or so sheets you can turn happily feed into it, and it's quite satisfying to see all sorts of paperwork being quickly and safely turned into confetti. I would certainly recommend this to anyone with £50 to spend on a shredder.