When it comes to personal documents such as bank statements, mortgage statements and credit card bills, it is very important that you dispose of them properly. The last thing that you want is for them to get into the wrong hands.
What many people don’t realise is just how easy it is for a criminal to commit identity fraud. They can take out loans and credit cards in your name and so much worse. The end result is a lot of stress for you an potential financial disaster.
The only way that you can avoid this from happening to you is to make sure that all personal documents are gotten rid of completely. This doesn’t mean simply throwing them away, because this is how they will get into the wrong hands. Instead, you should shred them.
There are plenty of different shredders out there, so shopping around is important. It is also a very good idea to read customer reviews for any shredder that you are interested in. To get you started, we have tried and tested the Fellowes Powershred H-6C 6 Sheet Cross Cut Personal Shredder With Safety Lock and reviewed it for you.
- It has a very large 32L waste bin capacity which is particularly impressive for a budget model.
- It is relatively quiet for a shredder of this power.
- It has an automatic thermal cut out to stop it from overheating.
- The cooling down period is fairly quick.
- It doesn’t overheat quickly so you get quite a lot of continuous use out of it before it shuts off.
- Ideally, it needs to be oiled frequently, even right out of the box.
- Not well suited to large loads of paper.
As we have already mentioned in the above pros and cons, in order to get the best results, you will need to oil the shredder straight out of the box. This will stop the teeth from jamming and prevent you from running into any problems during the shredding process. The shredder itself is very simple to put together and we had it up and running within a few minutes.
We tried the maximum sheets first which is 6 A4 pages. Surprisingly, for such a budget shredder, they went through the blades very quickly and were completely destroyed within a matter of seconds. We suspect that the extra oil helped with the speed of the shredding, but even so, it was still very impressive.
The controls themselves couldn’t be more straightforward, so you won’t have any trouble trying to figure the machine out. We liked the fact that we got a fair amount of continuous usage out of the machine. For a budget model, we expected it to perform quite poorly but this really wasn’t the case. The cooling down period was only around 10 minutes and the machine was ready for use again, which is a definite plus.
We have no complaints to make about the noise of the machine itself; it was very quiet indeed, especially for a machine with such power. It is also compact enough to fit neatly under a desk with ease, so it is ideal for use in the home office.
Overall, for a budget shredder that works really well, you can’t go wrong with this one. It is perfect for use in the home office by those who don’t have large volumes of paper to shred on a daily basis and won’t cost you the earth either.
- 32L Waste Bin Capacity
- Credit Card & Staple Shredding
- 10 Minute Cool Down Period
- Auto Shut Off
- 6 Sheet Shredding Ability
- 3 Minutes Continuous Use
- Safety Lock