Swordfish 2000XCD 20 Sheet Cross Cut Shredder Review

9 Total Score
This great little shredder is well worth the money!

The little known Swordfish 2000XCD Shredder is a hardworking machine, capable of shredding for up to two hours thanks to an internal cooling system.

PROS
  • Destroys CDs, DVDs, credit cards, staples
  • Very quiet
  • Works continuously, up to 2 hours
  • 20 sheet capacity
CONS
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Opening is narrow
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You may not have heard of it before, but the Swordfish 2000XCD is quiet, powerful, and the perfect fit for any small office or home. Let’s go over what makes this shredder so great.

It destroys up to 20 sheets at a time, cross cutting the paper into shreds measuring 4 mm by 33 mm, which is small enough to be considered at a security level of p4. An internal cooling system allows it to work continuously for up to 2 hours, giving you plenty of time to get through all your paperwork. The Swordfish 2000XCD shreds 1.6 metres a minute, reducing each A4 sized sheet of paper into approximately 450 pieces. A potential identity thief will have his work cut out for him, pun intended.

The thing is, the Swordfish 2000XCD costs a pretty penny. It retails for £249.99 on Amazon, and even more on similar sites. Is it worth it? We think so, given that you have a lot of shredding to do. If you’re more of the occasional shredder, you may want to look at another model that won’t break the bank, as the Swordfish 2000XCD is made for heavy duty work more suited for a small office.

The Swordfish 2000XCD can work continuously, but if it gets too hot too fast, a temperature indicator will turn on and stop the machine from running. This shouldn’t be an issue, however, if you allow a 30 minute interval after every two hours. You should be able to get through most of your sensitive materials before the day is done, however, unless you’ve been hoarding your paperwork for the past two decades.

This hardy machine not only chews through paper, but it also destroys CDs, DVDs, credit cards, and staples as well, which will not only save you time but effort. However, a word of caution: harder materials like CDs, credit cards, and staples can dull the blades, so don’t go crazy with them. If you have staples of paperclips on some of your papers, it would be best to remove them.

What’s fascinating about the Swordfish is the amount of noise it produces. Now, hold on, that doesn’t mean it’s noisy. In fact, it’s just the opposite, operating at just 58 decibels, which is way below the average of most shredders. This whisper quiet machine is perfect for the office if you don’t want to disturb those around you.

It is rather big though. When empty, the Swordfish 2000XCD weighs in at 15 kg, measuring at 32 cm x 38 cm x 58 cm. Thankfully, it has wheels for moving it about the room, and a pullout drawer for optimal emptying.

The pullout waste bin has a capacity of up to 27 litres, which holds approximately 550 shredded sheets of paper. When the bin is full, the shredder will stop automatically and a light will indicate that the bin needs emptying. Some have noted that the indicator can sometimes go off when the bin isn’t full, which can be annoying if you’re trying to get through a lot of work at once. If this is the case, simply look through the viewing window for an idea of how full it really is. If it’s only about 75 percent full, simply spread the shreds around until the top is leveled out.

If you overload the Swordfish 2000XCD, it will automatically stop and go into reverse, ejecting the paper and preventing any jams. There’s also a manual reverse switch should you need to do it yourself, but you shouldn’t need to as jams aren’t too common with the Swordfish.

Some users have noted that the opening is very narrow, and can only accept very straight A4 sized sheets of paper. The aperture is only 220 mm wide, and just big enough to allow 20 sheets. Thus, the feeder can be a little finicky at times, and may have trouble accepting anything that isn’t perfectly crisp and neat. Plus, the paper shreds have a tendency to create a sort of tower in the bin, instead of spreading out evenly, which causes it the shreds to interfere with the blades.

Overall, the Swordfish 2000XCD is a pretty impressive machine. It’s astoundingly quiet, but is powerful enough to take 20 sheets of paper, CDs, DVDs, or papers with staples. What’s most notable is the internal cooling system, which allows you to use the shredder continuously, for up to two hours a stretch. This should give you plenty of time to finish off any load of paperwork you may have for it to eat up.

It does have a narrow opening, though, and you may have trouble with papers that are bigger than the standard A4. You will need to fold these to get them to fit, which knocks the Swordfish 2000XCD from a perfect score.

Swordfish 2000XCD 20 Sheet Cross Cut Paper/Document Shredder with Continuous Shredding

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Last update was in: November 18, 2017 1:20 am

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