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Fellowes Powershred DS-3 10 Sheet Cross-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder with SafeSense Technology (3231001)

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  • Shreds 10 sheets of paper per pass into 302 (5/32 x 2" Security Level P-3) cross-cut particles; shreds staples, credit cards, paper clips
  • Runs for up to 5 minutes before a cool down period is needed
  • SafeSense Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening
  • Provides reliable, medium duty shredding and is ideal for deskside use.
  • 5-gallon lift-off head w/ handle and a bin-full indicator LED
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Dimensions 16.5 inches x 12 inches x 15 inches 24.29 inches x 17.01 inches x 13.39 inches 15.67 inches x 8.9 inches x 12.48 inches 11.63 inches x 20.25 inches x 16.25 inches
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Product Description

The Fellowes Powershred DS-3 Cross-Cut Shredder can shred up to 10 sheets of paper per pass into 302 (5/32” x 2” Security Level P-3) cross-cut particles. This machine also safely shreds credit cards, staples, and paper clips. To protect more than your identity, the patented SafeSense Technology is designed with an electronic safety sensor that surrounds the paper entry and automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening. With the ability to shred for up to 5 minutes before a cool down period is needed, the DS-3 is ideal for personal deskside use and includes a 5-gallon lift-off head with a handle. Backed by a worry-free 1-year product and service warranty plus a 5-year cutter warranty. 16.50" H x 15.00" W x 12.00" D

From the Manufacturer

Protect your personal information with the Powershred DS-3 Cross-Cut Shredder from Fellowes. Part of the company's line of deskside shredders, this machine is ideal in a home or home office and for individual users who regularly handle sensitive information. It cross-cuts up to 10 sheets of paper in one pass into unreadable pieces (5/32 inches by 2 inches) and is tough enough to shred credit cards, staples, and paper clips. SafeSense technology automatically stops the shredder when hands touch the paper opening, while a 5-gallon bin makes waste disposal simple.

Fellowes Powershred DS-3 Cross-Cut Shredder Product Shot
Powerful cutters shred credit cards, staples, and paper clips, as well as paper. View larger.
Model DS-3
Number of Users 1 user
Sheet Capacity 10
Cut Type Cross-Cut
Security Level 3
Max. Run Time 4-5 minutes
Speed (Feet Per Minute) 10 FPM
Throughput Rating
(sheets x speed x duty)
500
Bin Capacity 5 gallons
Bin Type Lift-off Head w/handle
Features Fellowes Powershred SafeSense
Advanced Safety Feature

Protect yourself and your family while shredding with patented SafeSense Technology. The DS-3 features an advanced electronic safety sensor that surrounds the paper entry and automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening.

Superior Performance

And there's more - the Fellowes DS-3 is built to last with solid steel cutters, a powerful motor, and parts that are engineered to outperform our competitors. With its cross-cut capability, it is also tough enough to cut through credit cards, paper clips, and staples, while ensuring confidential documents are shredded into unreadable pieces. Additionally, the DS-3 features a 5-gallon bin with lift-off head for easy waste disposal.

What's in the Box?

DS-3 shredder and user manual.


Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Shredder:

Cut Type

With Identity Theft concerns at an all-time high, the need to protect personal information is more important than ever. And these days, it's no longer just what you shred that matters--it's how small you shred it. Shredders with a smaller cut size will help keep your information secure long after you dispose of the particles. The smaller the cut size, the higher the security level.

Strip CutCross-CutMicro-CutHigh Security
Security Level 2Security Level 3Security Level 4Security Level 6
Fellowes Powershred Strip CutFellowes Powershred Cross-CutFellowes Powershred Micro-CutFellowes Powershred High Security
39 -- 7/32" stripsper 8.5" x 11" page399 particlesper 8.5" x 11" page3,000 particlesper 8.5" x 11" page13,000 particlesper 8.5" x 11" page
Ideal for: Non-confidential documentsIdeal for: Credit/College Applications, Insurance papers, Junk mailIdeal for: Medical Records, Employee/HR Files, Bank/Financial StatementsIdeal for: Top Secret or Classified Government Documents

If you shred confidential documents, choose Cross-Cut or smaller. A smaller cut size also means you will empty the bin less frequently.

Productivity

Shredder productivity goes beyond mere sheet capacity or speed. When shopping for a shredder, consider the machine's throughput, or the efficiency with which it can get the job done. Throughput combines the three most critical features that contribute to a shredder's performance:

Sheet Capacity x Speed (feet per minute) x Duty Cycle = Throughput

For example, a shredder with a speed of 8.2 feet per minute (FPM), may seem more productive than one that shreds at only 7 FPM. After all, it's a faster machine! But as the example below illustrates, Shredder B is actually three times more productive than Shredder A, due to a longer duty cycle. This means you can get more done at one time, so you can quickly move on with your day.

ModelSheet CapacityxSpeedxDuty Cycle*=Throughput
Shredder A12x8.2 FPMx3 minutes=295
Shredder B15x7 FPMx10 minutes=1,050
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Quality and Durability

We understand that a shredder is not just a purchase. It's an investment. That's why Fellowes drives quality assurance to exceed expectations. Prior to launch, all Fellowes shredders are subjected to extensive field and laboratory tests, including our proprietary continuous abuse test and long-term wear. These tests simulate years of abnormally high use to ensure our products perform reliably, even under the most demanding conditions.

Our promise to you is supported by a commitment to offer the most innovative solutions, exceptional product quality, and first class service and support. Our higher standards ensure you get the most reliable shredder you can buy.


Product Information

Product Dimensions 12 x 15 x 16.5 inches
Item Weight 14.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 18.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B002T0AZTA
Item model number DS-3
Customer Reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars 313 customer reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #147 in Electronics > Office Electronics > Other Office Equipment > Shredders
Date first available at Amazon.com October 15, 2009

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By M. Burke on April 3, 2011
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The item came quickly and works very well. It is a little loud, but this shredder is far more powerful and safer that the Aptiva Brand that it replaced. Also, very safe. Chrome strip around the input senses touch and stops the shredder if touched, so you (and possibly the kids) will not be hurt. Handy input hole in front for recyclable items that do not need shredding.
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Very nice design, It is quiet, I like it, but it chokes on 10 sheets.

I have letters that I want to shred, but if I get a 2 page letter, that is in an envelope, so the letter is folded in 1/3rds this shredder can not handle it all the time.... That was exactly what I wanted, to be able to shred those damn 2 page confirmation letters I get... all the other pieces of the shredder work, nice bin, I like the opening to put shredded paper there, the level indicator is nice.... but this is an 8 page shredder at best.

... oh yes, I oiled it.
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Quickly delivery with Amazon Prime.

CONS:
-Noisy
-Shred size is approx. 2 inches long. Wish is it could be 1 inch at least - even my old 3-sheet shredder that always burns out cuts smaller than that
-Would be nice if it had wheels (because the top is heavy)

PROS:
-Powerful motor (it took 10 sheets and I'm sure it could take 11, but haven't tried the 11 sheets)
-Has a gap for you to press the shred particles down
-Safety mechanism in case your fingers get too close or if you have kids who might go near it
-Perfect office waste basket size
-Top motor part has a handle for you to lift up and the underside has a piece of plastic shield, so when you rest the motor down, the blade does not scratch your floors

Would I buy again? YES.
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I bought this shredder from Amazon on October 8th, 2011. Today, August 25th, 2012 it died. It's still under warranty, which is great, but it's extremely inconvenient to have to go through the warranty process.

The problem is the internal gears. The geared motor spindle is metal, as are the drive gears for the shredder blades. Unfortunately, the gears which transfer power from the motor spindle to the drive gears are stiff plastic. Eventually (in this case sooner than later), the motor spindle wears/cuts away the threads on the plastic gear, leaving a spot without threads. When the motor hits this spot, it just spins (the symptom being the high-pitched whine of a motor spinning without any shredder motion), and the shredder is dead. This same thing happened to our previous shredder which this DS-3 replaced last October.

I have hopes of a replacement from Fellowes under warranty. We've used the shredder daily, but never abused it. It's never had the over-temperature indicator come on.

It seems that using *metal* gears would fix the problem, at a small increase in cost. On the other hand, I'm sure they've done calculations that trade the extra cost on every machine vs. the cost of warranty replacement/repair of some smaller fraction of machines. Alas, that calculation doesn't factor in the cost of my time/irritation.

UPDATE: Fellowes customer service replaced the entire unit under warranty with what appeared to be a brand new shredder (same model). Pretty painless, and I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of hassle.
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I bought this paper shredder because of the excellent reviews and the DS-3 safety rating. It was purchased solely for home use. My wife and I have owned one other shredder, but after about 4 years it was starting to wear out.

The first thing I did when I received this shredder was test its shredding ability. It made quick work of 10 pages of printer paper at a time, 1 cd, and an extra thick plastic card. I then went on to shred the entire box it came in without having any issues.

I highly recommend this model for its shredding ability, low sound level, and quick shredding.
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There's no flap at the top that you have to open before you can insert a sheet. You just aim and push! The shredder's reasonably quiet, unlike some I've had, and its shape around the bottom takes up less room than other boxy shredders. Another great feature is the opening on the top that allows you to discard something that doesn't have to go through the shredder, like paper clips, rubber bands, or scraps of paper. A very nice shredder for home use!
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I purchased the Fellowes DS-3 shredder to replace a smaller model I had been using for close to 10 years. Their reputation for quality is still intact. Like the large container capacity and the content window. Am impressed with the safety feature that warns you and shuts it off when someone gets close to the paper inlet. Have no children, still a great device. Am somewhat disappointed that the shredder won't handle the number of sheets as advertised. Still two to three more sheets than I got with the old one. And faster. Would definitely recommend and buy from this manufacturer again.
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I normally don't write reviews. Since i am on amazon again searching for another paper shredder, I thought this was worth a review. The reason I am shopping for another shredder is because this one died! I had it for a year. I don't use it a ton. I shred bills and that's about it. After a year of use, it died! It will not even power on. I think a paper shredder without heavy use should last more than a year! Waste of money!
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