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AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket
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- High-security, micro-cut shredder with 12-sheet capacity; destroys credit cards, CDs, and DVDs (one at a time)
- Shreds paper into tiny pieces (5/32 by 15/32 inches) at a rate of 6 feet per minute
- 8 minute continuous run time with 45 minute cool down time; Auto start and manual reverse to clear paper jams
- 6.7-gallon pullout bin; 9.1-inch-wide paper feed; thermal protection with auto shut-off
- Measures 24.29 by 17.01 by 13.39 inches; Backed by an AmazonBasics 1-year Limited Warranty
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AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High Security Micro-Cut Shredder
Quickly Shreds Confidential Info
Thoroughly shred multi-page documents (up to 12 sheets at a time) with this AmazonBasics high-security micro-cut shredder. Offering a shred speed of 6 feet per minute, and a continuous shred cycle of eight minutes, the machine quickly turns paper into tiny confetti-like pieces.
Micro-Cut: 6X Smaller than Cross-Cut
The micro-cut shredder turns a letter-size sheet of paper into about 2,235 pieces, each measuring 5/32 by 15/32 inches (4 by 12 mm). By comparison, that same sheet of paper becomes only 360 pieces using a typical cross-cut shredder.
Use the powerful micro-cut shredder to shred anything from living wills, house deeds, and social-security cards to medical records, bank statements, old tax returns, and other sensitive documents. Even more, the shredder can handle small paper clips and staples for time-saving convenience.
Helps Safeguard Your Identity
Choose the AmazonBasics micro-cut shredder when you need to destroy the most sensitive information. The shredder provides a high level of security--perfect for protecting you and your family's identity at home or client information, business records, and highly classified documentation at work.
- Micro-cut paper shredder with large-capacity pullout 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, DVDs, and Credit Cards
Inserted one at a time into the designated area of the shredder, CDs, DVDs, and Blu Rays are cut into pieces rendering them useless and credit cards are micro-cut into tiny pieces for complete peace of mind.
Easy Operation and Pullout Bin
In auto mode, shredding begins once the sensor detects something to be shredded. In the unlikely event of a paper jam, manual reverse helps clear it out.
The micro-cut paper shredder will run continuously for 8 minutes before needing a 45-minute cool-down. If it shreds continuously beyond the max running time and begins to overheat, a red Overheat light will illuminate and the unit will automatically shut off to protect the motor.
The paper shredder’s pullout waste bin offers a large capacity, holding up to 6.7 gallons or 600 sheets of paper before needing to be emptied. Perfect for use in a busy office, the high-security micro-cut shredder takes up minimal floor space, and its smooth-rolling wheels allow for convenient placement.
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”
|8-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder||12-Sheet Micro-Cut Shredder||12-Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder|
|Shred Width||5/32” x 15/32”||5/32” x 15/32”||7/32" x 1 27/32"|
|DVD/CD/Credit Card Slot||✓||✓||✓|
|Continuous Run Time||2 minutes||8 minutes||5 minutes|
|Cool Down Time||40 minutes||45 minutes||30 minutes|
|Bin Capacity||3.0 gallons||6.7 gallons||4.8 gallons|
|Bin Type||Regular||Pull Out (on wheels)||Pull Out|
|Noise Level (decibels)||68 dB||65 dB||70 bB|
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High-security, micro-cut shredder with 12-sheet capacity destroys credit cards, CDs, and DVDs Shreds paper into tiny pieces (5/32 by 15/32 inches) at a rate of 6 feet per minute Auto start and manual reverse to clear paper jams 9.1-inch-wide paper feed 6.7-gallon pullout bin thermal protection with auto shut-off
Top Customer Reviews
- Micro-cut produces nearly 8X more particles than cross-cut
- Quiet for a shredder
- Pullout basket comes out and goes back in easily
- Large 6.7 gallon capacity bin
- Caster wheels for easy mobility
- Lacks secondary safety lock
- Blindingly-bright power LED
MICRO-CUT VS CROSS-CUT
The biggest advantage of the AmazonBasics over my old W-11C is the micro-cut feature. I've gradually upgraded from strip cut, to cross-cut, and now to micro-cut. The difference in how small the pieces are for micro-cut over cross-cut is tremendous. Here's a breakdown of the different cut types:
strip cut: security level 2, 39 strips per 8.5" x 11" sheet
cross-cut: security level 3, 399 particles per 8.5" x 11" sheet
micro-cut: security level 4, 3,000 particles per 8.5" x 11" sheet
That's almost eight times the number of particles from cross-cut to micro-cut. When shredding with my cross-cut shredder, I made sure to shred sheets of paper perpendicular to the print. The cross-cut pieces were long enough that shredding parallel to the print would still allow some information to be easily read. With micro-cut, that's a non-issue. I can shred receipts, bills, and other documents at any angle and the pieces come out extremely small. For all intents and purposes, there'd be no way for anyone to put these pieces of paper back together.
I measured the noise of my old Fellowes W-11C with an American Recorder SPL-8810 sound level meter and got 91.8 dBA. The AmazonBasics, which benefits from the enclosed basket design, measured at 82.2 dBA -- almost a full 10 dBA quieter than the Fellowes. Ambient noise level was about 34.7 dBA and I measured both shredders right near the mouth.
DESIGN & FEATURES
The pullout basket is a sizable 6.7 gallons, which holds a ton of micro-cut pieces. It removes easily when you need to empty it and goes back in pretty smoothly as well. Removing it also activates a sensor that automatically disables the motor for added safety. The three-position auto/off/reverse switch works well, but is the only way keep the shredder off, other than unplugging it. The Fellowes has a separate safety lock to help prevent yourself and your kids from accidentally activating the shredder. I always unplug the shredder when I'm not using it, but if you like to keep yours plugged in, just keep in mind that there's no additional lock.
I also want to mention that the green LED power light on the Amazon Basics is extremely bright. I don't recommend looking straight down at it, which might be hard to do if you're standing over it while feeding paper through it.
The AmazonBasics 12-sheet micro-cut shredder is a fantastic value. The micro-cut feature alone is worth the small premium over standard shredders, like the Fellowes W-11C. Add the quiet operation and large, easy-to-empty waste bin and it's almost a no-brainer.
Anyhow, I saw the 'has wheels' but did not think much of it since it was going to be placed on a rug under a bench top table. The wheels have no problem with the carpets/rugs though, so I am glad they are there as I can wheel it over to my desk and shred away.
The other GREAT thing about it is that the bin slides out! No more "Must have vacuum cleaner present before operating this device" warning. The shred is also nice little 2 cm squares and do not fly around/grab onto/annoy me like the slips of paper from my old cross-cut shredder (those suckers would stick to everything and were able to achieve flight from me just breathing near them).
Last note - I was also worried that it would be a fine powder but it is not. I consistently got little 2 cm squares from the 10 cm stack of papers I shredded. Maybe the dust will come as it gets older despite how clean and well oiled I keep it... Only time and use will tell.
I bought this to replace my husband's previous 8-year-old shredder. Some of the plastic between the blades was coming off and blocking the blades from turning. You couldn't shred more than a couple minutes before it would overheat or jam and then turn off (and then it wouldn't work for a few hours).
Enter AmazonBasics 12-sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket!
I was scared to actually put 12 sheets at once into this contraption as I was scarred from the previous shredder but boy am I glad I did. It put faith back into paper shredders for me.
This baby churns like a quiet Devastator (I hope you get this reference). I could probably shred at night and no one would hear me.
I've shredded credit cards, CDs, and paper with this sucker and not one thing has jammed it.
I did read the instruction manual and saw that you are NEVER supposed to shred:
-large paper clips
-windowed or insulated envelopes
-bound pages (checkbooks, notepads, magazines, etc.)
-any items with adhesives
-hard materials or plastic (except credit cards and CDs)
I admit to shredding windowed envelopes, continuous forms (like those credit card balance transfer checks), and ad mailers that have cards stuck to them with strips of adhesive. I didn't know you weren't supposed to shred these things but now I do and will take extra special care NOT to shred these. Now I remove all mailers from envelopes, remove glue/adhesive strips, and remove the cards that come in said mailers so it's not too thick for the shredder to handle at one time.
I still do shred continuous forms like balance transfer check offers and credit card offers.
Conclusion: I LOVE THIS SHREDDER!
It shreds 12 sheets of paper, credit cards, and CDs as stated in the product description
It can run 8 minutes plus without overheating (it hasn't overheated on me yet)
It hasn't jammed
The bin is a good size to not have to empty it frequently
The micro-cut is fabulous
It wheels around smoothly, no creaking or squeeking, and is easy to move around
Striker (the cat) loves the end results :)