Overall, the Fellowes Powershed M-8C is a great product for moderate home use. It has a few hiccups, but with its sheet capacity, run time, and general noise level, you will definitely get your money’s worth.
- Run time of 5 minutes
- Also shreds staples, credit cards, paper clips
- Viewing window
- Spotty reverse function
- Flimsy waste bin
Approximately, the Fellowes Powershred M-8C Cross-Cut Personal Shredder is 35 cm wide, 25 cm deep and 38 cm high, and weighs around 6 kg without waste. Some have noted that the lid is much heavier than the rest of the bin, so you must be careful when picking up the shredder. The paper shreds tend to cling to the blades, and when the lid is lifted, the paper bits then fall to the floor. Aside from that, it’s fairly straightforward to dump the contents into a bag or bin.
Every personal shredder has a mandatory cool down period and a limited operation time, but the Fellowes Powershred M-8C Cross-Cut Personal Shredder is better than a few. The run time of this machine is 5 minutes, which isn’t too long but isn’t too short either. Plus, with the capacity to take up to 8 sheets at a time, you should be able to get through a small pile in no time at all. The cool down period is stated in the manufacturer’s literature as 30 minutes, but some users have reported a shorter time.
An indicator light lets you know what state the shredder is in. A green light signals a go-ahead for usage, while a red light signals that the machine is overheated. The cool down period cannot be overrun, and shouldn’t be either, unless you don’t want to keep your shredder in good condition.
As mentioned earlier, the paper bits do tend to get caught in the blades. In addition to this minor annoyance, some users have noted that the shredded paper falls toward the middle of the bin, forming a mountain that reaches the top and messes with the blades. To avoid this, shake the bin to spread its contents evenly.
Another word of caution: empty the bin often. If you try to use the shredder when the bin is full, the paper bits get caught in the blades. There is a reverse function to allow you to clear the blades when there’s a jam, but it does take a bit of work and can take a while to get unstuck.
What’s good about the Fellowes Powershred M-8C Cross-Cut Personal Shredder is the viewing window, which allows you to monitor the contents of the bin. The bin itself is pretty big and can hold up to 15 litres. However, it is a little flimsier than the rather heavy lid, which may or may not last for the years to come.
The patented Safety Lock feature disables the shredder to prevent accidental activation, which is perfect if you don’t want to let any young ones near the machine. This shredder is ideal for moderate personal use, and is ideal for people who have a little more to shred – the recommended number of sheets per day is 60.
The Fellowes Powershred M-8C Cross-Cut Personal Shredder shreds cross cut, producing 4 X 50 mm particles, which is security level P-3 on the DIN system. Some have expressed discomfort with the relative size of the particles, while others recommend inserting the most sensitive sheets of paper diagonally through the machine. Regardless, a cross cut is safer than a simple straight cut.
The M-8C also shreds staples, credit cards, and paper clips, so you don’t have to worry if one or two slip through. Cardboard is a no-go, however, and will definitely clog your machine. Some did say that their machines crapped out when confronted with a credit/debit card, but they seem to be in the minority as it works very well otherwise.
Although it’s powerful for its size, the M-8C is notably quiet, as shredders go. Don’t get me wrong, it still does make noise, but you’re bound to get a bit of din with every shredder you get. This Fellowes Powershred M-8C Cross-Cut Personal Shredder is one of the less noisy personal shredders on the market.
This shredder is mains powered, and the cord is a decent 1.5 metres. There’s a two year manufacturer’s warranty in case anything goes terribly wrong, but each and every shredder is tested before leaving the factory and Fellowes is known for its quality assurance protocols.
- Safety-cut out on bin removal
- For individual use
- Shreds continuously for up to 5 minutes
- 15 L mesh bin
- Also shreds staples, paper clips and credit cards