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Aurora AS420C Desktop-Style Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

by Aurora
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  • Aurora Desktop Style Crosscut Paper Shredder with Basket
  • 4.5-inch throat width
  • Basket with handle
  • 40-sheet basket capacity
  • Measures 9 x 7 x 10 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7 x 10 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000QTAU7I
  • Item model number: AS420C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (468 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Destroys credit cards, staples and small paper clips
Simple operation with status indicator
Convenient lifting handle for easy emptyping

Destroy sensitive information with this compact desktop paper shredder, designed for economical document security. Durable steel cutters destroy documents into confetti, shredding up to four-folded sheets of paper or one credit card per pass. AS420C features convenient handle design for easy lifting, a letter opener, and detachable power cord; this shredder is ideal for any home office environment.

Shredder Specifications

  • Light duty compact design, ideal for countertop or home/small office
  • Shreds up to 4-folded sheets of 20 lb. bond paper, one Credit Card per pass
  • Shred size: 1/5 inch x 1 17/20 inch confetti style pieces
  • Wastebasket volume: 1.32 gallon see-through basket (about 40 sheets)
  • Durable steel cutters
  • 4.5-inch wide paper feed entry

Safe and Easy to Use

  • Three-mode power switch (Auto/On, Off, Reverse)
  • Bright power (standby) status indicator light
  • Auto start / Manual reverse
  • Thermal protection regulates machine from overheating
  • Convenient single-hand lifting handle design allows for easy waste emptying
  • Detachable power cord
  • Includes letter opener accessory

What’s in the Box

AS420C desktop shredder, integrated wastebasket, and operations manual.

Compare Aurora Models

LIGHT DUTY LIGHT DUTY LIGHT DUTY LIGHT DUTY MEDIUM DUTY HEAVY DUTY HEAVY DUTY
Model Number AS420C AS618SB AS810SD AS890C AS1018CD AU1050XE AU2020XA
Cut Type Crosscut Strip cut Strip cut Crosscut Crosscut Crosscut Crosscut
Sheet Capacity 4 Folded 6 8 8 10 10 20
Basket Capacity (gallons / sheets) 1.3 / 40 2.3 / 55 3.2 / 100 3.4 / 130 5.3 / 180 4.4 / 160 7.1 / 270
Status Light Indicators Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Safely Shreds
Overheat Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Overload Protection No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Quiet Operation No No No No No No Yes
Run Time (at Max. sheet capacity) 2 min. 2 min. 2 min. 2 min. 2 min. 2 min. 5 min.
Pull-Out Wastebasket No No No No No No Yes
Swivel Casters No No No No No No Yes

Product Description

Aurora 4-sheet Cross Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder with Translucent Wastebasket.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Perfect for home or personal use.
joon
Cons:It can cut 4 pieces of paper one time but you have to fold the paper first which means it can only cut 2 a time.
Xuan Shi
Also, it's very easy to remove the top and empty the container.
Simbolina

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

376 of 378 people found the following review helpful By S. McDonald on December 12, 2008
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I have had this for a month, and purchsed it in spite of quite a few negative reviews because I refuse to spend a fortune on a shredder when all I need it for is credit card junk mail and relatively few banking / confidential documents. It does the job perfectly well. Yes, you should only put in one folded piece of paper at a time (and yes, it has to be folded because the opening is small), but it happily chewed up 30 of these in a row when I was clearing out my desk. Since then, I have used it maybe once or twice a week. The bin is small but perfectly adequate for my needs. Very straightforward to operate. Bottom line - I have found it to be excellent for what it was made for - light home use.

PS, it's now 3 years since I bought this, and since I've just done a major end of year shredding session, I thought I would come back to my review and add that it's still going strong! Terrific little machine.
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369 of 376 people found the following review helpful By Linda Mardel on March 1, 2009
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I recommend this product, and would buy it again or give it as a gift.

This is the third desktop shredder I've purchased in about eight years. The others were very good, and they were for my Mom who is in her 70's. The first lasted about five years, and now she's on her second, not this brand. My floor model gave out and I decided to get a desktop model for myself.

Advantages of this model over the others we have owned:
*handle on the top motor housing for easy lifting
*cleaning tool (no more rummaging for screw drivers and crochet hooks!
*a pocket on each side for the cleaning tool
*cute oval design
*not as noisy as the bigger floor models
*really cuts the paper, doesn't just rip it up
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250 of 264 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Thomas on November 16, 2009
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I thought cross cut meant the shredder cut diagonal strips, but the strips are the same as a strip shredder's, just shorter. A photo on the box shows strips from a credit card looking like diagonal strips. But, credit cards must be inserted vertically and are cut straight up and down. Because the text and numbers on them are not perpendicular to the shredder blades, but parallel, the strips come out with text and numbers placed horizontally - easily readible.

Text and numbers have to be perpendicular to the blades when paper is inserted in order to avoid readible lines on the strips of paper. By now, most people are aware that 8x10 paper has to be folded or cut to fit the feeder entry of this shredder. I prefer to cut so that there is no fold to create strips twice as wide as the others. I also cut the strips when emptying the basket to make them smaller.

The blades get clogged and have to be cleaned if you shred a small stack of documents. But, taking everything into consideration, this shredder is a good buy and good quality. The price is cheap, it's sturdy but compact, and adjusting to perpendicular placemant, occasional blade clogging, and cutting or folding 8x10 paper are acceptable inconveniences. Amazon got it to me within 2 or 3 days with free shipping!
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Rodrigo A. Cardoso on November 25, 2007
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it looks a bit fragile, but has been working well. i wouldn't use it but sporadically.
full sheets of paper have to be folded to fit into the "throat".
size and color are convenient if you want to keep it discreet (in the home office, for instance).
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Simbolina on October 30, 2008
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I really like this shredder. It's much more compact than most shredders, so it sits easily on a desk and doesn't take up much room. You can leave it on 'auto' so that it is always ready to shred, or switch it off for extra safety.
The container is clear, making it easy to see when it is full. Also, it's very easy to remove the top and empty the container. The only downside of that is the top doesn't snap on tightly - so it's easy to remove, but it seems it would also be relatively easy for the top to come off if you bumped it off the table.
The opening to the shredder is fairly narrow, so you have to fold 8.5 x 11 paper, but if you use it primarily for bills and old credit cards, it's perfect (but only takes about 4 sheets or 1 card at a time).
If you want something for a home office and expect to have more substantial needs, get a bigger unit with a more powerful motor - and one that fits 8.5 x 11 paper.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By T. Duncan on December 1, 2007
I like the product's compact size. Great for shredding credit card offers received at home. Not meant for heavy duty usage.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By fonts on March 16, 2008
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This is the first shredder I have owned, wish I had got it sooner. It works perfect making very small pieces, about 1/8" X 1 1/2". I am packing to move soon and the shreds are making a great filler and cushion for the boxes. I am surprised at the quality for the very low price. Its a bargain!! Thanks for another great product amazon.com. Oh BTW, there was no shipping charges either. WOW!
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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. N. Crowe on June 26, 2008
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I wish the slot was wide enough to accomodate an 8.5x11 sheet of paper folded in half. That way you could do two sheets of paper at a time. As it is, you have to fold it in thirds, so you can only do one at a time. Other than that, it shreds fine and I've got no complaints.
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