Powershred® 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder
A Startling Surprise
I’m a collector, an octogenarian, so have for many years saved cards, letters and poetry from my husband, mother, children and friends; love letters from old boyfriends; receipts, and records of work and business, all too personal to throw in the curbside trash.
Did I want my children to encounter this mountain of paper clutter? NO! So I bought three shredders one-by-one. By file fifteen, or less in one case, they clattered, stopped, had to be begged to take one sheet at a time. Finally growing discouraged I started looking at other people’s opinions of better shredders; perusing reviews by those who’d tested several shredders and discovered the Fellowes PS-79Ci had a good reputation. I bought one, however I was dubious of its staying power. I am having a grand surprise.
To empty the previous shredders I had to lift off the tops which were awkward and heavy. And they all filled much too quickly. My Fellowes container is large enough to hold one stuffed file which works for me, the weight being just right to manage as I slide out the basket and dump the pieces into a garbage bag.
Too often the other shredders were hot, quit working, always before I could get the contents of one file folder through them. This shredder gets hot after about three stuffed files. That’s just right, too, for I’m tired of sitting by then, ready to walk around for awhile, smell my roses and admire the moss rose … or start lunch, drink a cup of coffee, relax.
Forty-six large black garbage bags of shredded paper later, I am thankful to all of the people who suggested I buy one. I estimate I have forty-six more bags at least to go, but now have the faith … my Fellowes is up to the job. And happily, in a final win-win, a nephew is plowing under the shredded material as mulch for his next year’s garden so my lifelong collection of memories will live on. I visualize them now … as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers.
September 23, 2010
Will not shred 14 sheets. The best I could do when first tested was 12 sheets. This is good compared to my previous shredder. So far I am happy. The safe sense feature will not work while standing in front of the shredder. You have to knell to have the sensor work. Not a practical way to operate for a floor unit.
October 8, 2014
Replacement to OLD Powershredd55 - I got tired of the high noise level AND the need to physically remove the top and dump the "trash can". This unit is 100% quieter. I like using the plastic bag liner, then simply opening the bin, removing the bag, and putting in a new one. Spent a Saturday afternoon feeding old credit card statements without any jamming or overheating. Know what kind of cross shredder you want for security, as this is NOT a microcross shredder. Great purchase!
September 18, 2014