I’ve gone through so many shredders over the years. They’ve all survived near-endless stacks of papers, but every one of them has shuffled off its metal coil due to a random paperclip or staple making it into the mix. Why did I have to concern myself with busywork that the hardware (itself) should have been able to handle on its own? Well, there is no Bill of Rights for office products; not all shredders are created equal.
My next shredder, I decided, would better be able to handle errant items without causing me undue stress. It’s not like I go out of my way to find things to shred. It’s just that I don’t want to worry about what I can (and cannot) feed into the mouths of these monsters.
When given the opportunity to shred it with a Fellowes 79Ci, I was more than willing. I mean, right there on the front of the box it shows you (with clear illustrations) that the hardware can handle paper clips and staples all the way to plastic cards and compact disks. You just can’t go shoving that kind of stuff into your current shredder if it wasn’t designed to handle anything more than regular ol’ paper.
If your current method of shredding involves scissors, it’s time to upgrade. If you already have a shredder nearby, but it chokes when you stack more than two sheets of paper atop one another, it’s time to upgrade. If your current shredding solution jams (in an extremely non-musical way), it’s time to upgrade. The Fellowes 79Ci might be worth snagging… before you hit another snag.
So, just how loud is this sucker? It isn’t. Of course, every single shredder emits some amount noise (friction happens) – but the 79Ci isn’t going to have you scrambling for ear plugs. I’d have taken actual decibel readings, but I’m not so sure that would impress my girlfriend as much as knowing I’m not going to wake her up when I decide to do one of those late night shredding sessions. Don’t laugh. It happens more often than I’d care to admit. Jam sessions? No.
As the literature claims, this Fellowes shredder is “100% Jam Proof” – and for anybody who has ever faced a pile of half shredded documentation, this should bring relief. Halting your workflow when a piece of equipment doesn’t do what you need it to do is frustrating (at best). When you need to shred something, “janky” isn’t an option. And, even if you never experienced a jam before, have you been shredding things well enough?
The 79Ci was designed with a higher level of security in mind – cross-cutting up to 14 sheets at a time into several hundred pieces (per sheet). Nothing is overkill when it comes to the safety of your information. Why else would you be shredding papers? Ah, and your information isn’t the only thing that will remain safe; there’s a mechanism that will automatically stop the shredding when your hands touch the paper opening.
With its 6 gallon (pull-out) bin and 12 minute (continuous) operational timespan, you’ll probably be set with a Fellowes 79Ci sitting somewhere in your home, office, or home office. Don’t wait for someone to steal what you shouldn’t have shared. You protect your online accounts and passwords, right? Protect your print outs, too. And, heck… who doesn’t want to have a shredder?!
So, Do You Really Want one?
Okay. Leave a comment on this post stating what you would be shredding if you won. If you care to read the official contest rules, feel free to do so. Just promise me that the first thing you decide to shred will not be a printed copy of this particular blog post. If you want to enter more than once, check out our sister review on LockerGnome.