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
Great ... but
Really love this shredder. I like the quietness. I really like the safety shut off feature. I would have appreciated clearer instructions on putting on the casters. They didn't just pop in. I took a rubber mallet and tapped them until they went all the way in. One more thing is the plastic piece on the inside of the container. I believe this is the piece that inserts into a slot that tells the shredder the bin is closed and it's ok to work. This is the piece that broke on the last shredder I had, which wouldn't work after that plastic piece broke. I really expected the Fellowes to have a metal piece here that won't break off. Only time will tell.
February 28, 2014
Very good but three minor issues...
I really like this machine with the exception of three minor issues. On the upside - its relatively quiet, performs well, and fits well under my desk. My last one was not on wheels, and this one is. Its a small detail but one that's makes it just that much more convenient to access. The three minor issues - first, after emptying and replacing the bin, it doesn't "snap into place" all the time. This trips the safety feature that keeps it from running and I need to jiggle it around to get it back in securely. Second, it comes with plastic bags for the bins (to catch the shredded paper) but the plastic doesn't line the inside bin neatly and gets in the way of closing the bin. Lastly, the casters were really difficult to get to stay in place. They kept falling out every time I turned the machine right-side up. Finally got them to stay after pushing really really hard on them.
February 15, 2014