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
My second shredder
I bought this shredder based on my experience with a older model I purchased a number of years ago. So far it seems to be working very well. It has more safety features than my other model. I am pleased so far.
December 12, 2014
So far - Great!!
Only got my Fellowes 79Ci shredder yesterday - but had a big pile of documents awaiting it's delivery and set-up as my previous $40 +/- Ativa (sp??) shredder had gone up. Set-up was simple - aside from having a little trouble getting the casters to lock. Found the trick was to wiggle a little bit and then a quick, deliberate push (or wack)... Anyway - it went through the pile easily and quickly; filled the basket up twice. The capacity indicator is a great feature - really helped me to guage the # of sheets as I went. Can't tell you how much I appreciate a good quality shredder that can go through the volume of documents this one did yesterday with zero (0) hiccups. No way the cheap one I had previously would have accomplished that - even when it was operating at it's best. Well worth the money provided it lasts at least a few years.
December 10, 2014