AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder
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- Cross-cut paper shredder with 12-sheet capacity; destroys credit cards, CDs, and DVDs (one at a time)
- Shreds paper into cross section strips measuring 7/32 by 1-27/32 inches
- 5 minute continuous run time with 30 minute cool down time; Auto start and manual reverse to clear paper jams
- 8.7-inch-wide paper feed; 4.8-gallon bin; thermal protection with auto shut-off. Measures 15.67 by 8.9 by 12.48 inches; Backed by an AmazonBasics 1-year Limited Warranty.
- Refer the Instructional Video & the User Manual before use
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AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut Paper, CD/DVD, and Credit-Card Shredder
Quickly Shreds Confidential Info
Thoroughly shred multi-page documents (up to 12 sheets at a time) with this AmazonBasics cross-cut shredder. The machine quickly turns paper into strips measuring 7/32 by 1-27/32 inches. Use the shredder to destroy ATM receipts, credit-card bills, mortgage statements, pay stubs, insurance packets, and other old or unwanted info. It will even shred credit cards, CDs, DVDs, and Blu Rays (one at a time).
Helps Safeguard Your Identity
Shredding important documents has become a valuable component to protecting your identity. The AmazonBasics shredder minimizes your chances of falling victim to the havoc and hassle of identity theft. From document-heavy tax season to day-to-day bills and junk mail, the shredder offers exceptional convenience and helps prevent your personal info from going public.
The AmazonBasics cross-cut shredder provides the best compromise between price and performance. Choose the cross-cut shredder when you need to stay on budget but are looking for more security than that of the strip-cut shredder.
- Cross-cut shredder with 4.8-gallon bin
- 12-sheet capacity (no need to remove staples)
- Destroys credit cards, CDs, and DVDs (one at a time)
- Backed by an AmazonBasics 1-year limited warranty
Destroys CDs and DVDs
The shredder comes with a dedicated slot for destroying CDs, DVDs, and Blu Rays. Simply hold the disc by the edge and feed one at a time, releasing when shredding begins. The shredder will stop when the entire disc has been destroyed.
In auto mode, shredding begins once the sensor detects something to be shredded. Shredded paper then drops into the 4.8-gallon bin below, and manual reverse makes easy work of clearing any paper jams.
The cross-cut shredder will run continuously for 5 minutes before needing a 30-minute cool-down. If it shreds continuously beyond the max running time and begins to overheat, the unit will automatically shut off to protect the motor. For added safety, the shredder will also automatically shut off if it detects foreign objects.
The medium-duty shredder can handle 600 sheets per day, and it conveniently lifts off when it's time to empty the bin below.
Different Shredder Types Provide Different Levels of Protection
- Shreds paper into long strips
- Ideal for basic shredding and light use
- Shred width of 1/4” wide
- Shreds paper into cross sections
- More secure than strip-cut shredders
- Faster than micro-cut shredders
- Shred width of 7/32" x 1-27/32"
- Provides highest level of security
- Shreds paper into confetti-like pieces
- Shreds 6X smaller than standard cross-cut shredders (2235 pieces vs. 360 pieces)
- Shred width of 5/32” x 15/32”
|6-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder||12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder||17-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder||24-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder|
|Shred Width||7/32" x 1 27/32"||7/32" x 1 27/32"||7/32" x 1 27/32"||7/32" x 1 27/32"|
|DVD/CD/Credit Card Slot||Credit Card||✓||✓||✓|
|Continuous Run Time||2 minutes||5 minutes||10 minutes||25 minutes|
|Cool Down Time||30 minutes||30 minutes||60 minutes||60 minutes|
|Bin Capacity||3.8 gallons||4.8 gallons||6.3 gallons||7 gallons|
|Bin Type||Regular||Regular||Pull Out||Pull Out|
|Noise Level (decibels)||70 dB||70 dB||65 dB||63 dB|
Cross-cut paper shredder with 12-sheet capacity destroys credit cards, CDs, and DVDs Shreds paper into strips measuring 7/32 by 1-27/32 inches Auto start and manual reverse to clear paper jams 8.7-inch-wide paper feed 4.8-gallon bin thermal protection with auto shut-off Measures 15.67 by 8.9 by 12.48 inches Backed by an AmazonBasics 1-year Limited Warranty 12 sheet crosscut with 4.8 gallon bin Shreds cd's and credit cards Medium duty shredder 600 sheets per day ShredSafe safety feature: Auto power- off upon forced entry
Top Customer Reviews
Had unique opportunity to run this side-by-side with a much larger unit Royal RL170MX 17-page shredder, shredding 8-banker boxes of receipts over 6 hours. This small Amazon unit still runs like a champ. It overheated 2 times, whereas the Royal overheated 6 times. Paper was fed in at the same rate on each machine, maybe 5 pages at a time max. The Amazon shred size is slightly bigger, and the motor slightly louder, but I still hold to the fact that this is the best shredder I've ever purchased/used for the price. Very happy with this purchase. Thanks Amazon!
This thing is a tank. Still consistently running strong with no problems! I'm happy every time I use it because I feel like I got a good deal for the $$$.
Over a year later, and this thing is still kicking butt. It hasn't overheated once! Still super-satisfied with this purchase.
Shredder still going strong! I just shredded a few months backlog of stuff all in one sitting with the motor just about running constant for maybe 20 min straight. I only had to unload the hopper 2x- it is deceivingly large in capacity. I was just waiting for the motor to kick out due to overheating, since I've been conditioned for so many years by my former shredder, but it just didn't happen. On the old shredder, this volume would have taken 1 hr to shred due to motor overheating and auto shutdown. Still happy as a clam with this purchase!
17-April-2012 Original Review:
Wow! After reading tons of reviews on Amazon, I was either going to go with a Fellows or this AmazonBasics. I decided to try this one because:
1. The competitive price for a mid-class 12-sheet vs. 11 sheet shredder. I figured more sheets=more powerful motor.
2. The highest rated Fellows in this mid-class category was rated so-so for CD's, vs. this one which reviewers rated well in this area.
3. I figured since this one had Amazon's name on it, I'd have a better chance of getting a higher-class machine than another brand selling on Amazon for a similar price.
All 3 points above amount to one thing: Hardcore motor for hardcore shredding. I was tired of fooling around with small shredders where I'd wait for motor cooling longer than shredding (not to mention multiple, messy basket emptying-s).
When I received the package today, I was initially disappointed wrt the size of the box. I expected it to be larger like the mid-class ones i've seen at the store. Boy was I was wrong! Clever packaging by Amazon revealed a very solid motor head securely packed within a nice sized basket (Nice work Amazon Packaging Engineers!).
I took it out, set it up, and plugged it in within 20 seconds. I was immediately very pleased with the obvious child/pet safety features. I then proceeded to shred a bunch of stuff (with the help of my 4-year old daughter) without any problems. The CD went through like butter, as did the paper. 12-sheets was slower as other reviewers indicated, but no strain on the motor... and relatively quiet too!
I am a very picky consumer (& professional software tester by trade), and I do not hesitate to return products that do not meet my expectations for design and durability. I would definitely buy this one again, and I will definitely recommend this one to my friends.
WOW! This shredder's a major league butt-kicker!
After a few days of extensive use, the Basics unit has not jammed once, although it slows down when more than ten sheets are inserted at one time - but it still does the job. To avoid any slow down during shredding, about seven sheets maximum should be inserted at one time.
The credit card and CD shredders each have their own separate slot from the paper area and both handle the items as if they were butter. The function operates smoothly and efficiently. In comparison, my Fellowes shredder is larger, louder, handles less paper at one time and struggles to shred credit cards and CDS. The Amazon unit is infinitely better and seems quite solid.
The instructions recommend using shredder oil once a month, although a plain vegetable oil may also be used. It may be tempting to skip this step, but this is something I've been doing for years with my shredders and I believe has prolonged the life of the equipment.
And, I learned something new - the user manual stated that window envelopes, newspaper and padded envelopes should not be shredded. I expect many years of use from this shredder and will update my review if I encounter any problems.
Thank you amazon!
I called customer service because it was still under warranty. I was told that this is a "known issue" (the sensor failing and the machine jamming permanently). They fully refunded my money, and would not reissue me a replacement. Customer service also candidly stated that "THE MACHINE SHOULD NO LONGER BE FOR SALE BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE." Amazon's customer service told me to look for a different shredder, and definitely not repurchase this item.
Before the machine jammed, I thought it performed ok. I was not impressed with the plastic guard. It really just got in the way.