499 of 523 people found the following review helpful
If you want a precision strip-cut shredder this is the one to get,
This review is from: AmazonBasics 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder (Office Product)
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I have a long history of shredders. I bought a Royal first. Then I got a Fellowes that was in the same price range as this one and it doesn't hold a candle to it. First off the Fellowes slows down if you run more than 2 sheets of paper through it at a time. This unit will slightly slow down when running multiple sheets but does 8 at a time without any problem. It is however a strip cut so it is obviously not a level 5 security machine. (Level 5 means you turn the document into smoke :-)
I also bought a MS-460Ci 100% Jam Proof Micro-Cut Shredder(sold individuall) and that is a level 4 that turns your documents into fine confetti; way more than the typical cross cut shredder. Of course with that fine of a cut it limits how much you can put in it at one time. I just placed an AARP envelope unopened and it started to take it, then stopped halfway with a red light lit, and then proceeded to finish the job after the pause.
This Amazon Basics 8-sheet ripped right through 2 envelopes unopened, and only slightly slowed down. That is the big advantage of strip-cuts, they don't have as tough of a job to do, and that results in the max performance for the least amount of money.
I also wanted to mention that this unit from Amazon Basics also sounds like a precision machine. The whir of the motor while it is doing its job is much better than what you would expect at this price point. This unit is not large so it fits snugly under a desk if need be. It looks attractive. Be sure to oil it. So if you are looking for a good unit for an extremely attractive price, and don't need level 5 security then this is for you.
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Initial post: Apr 26, 2012, 8:07:32 PM PDT
Aaron Harpole says:
You know this guy's legit, throwing around such parlance as "units" to refer to the machine. Screams knowledgeable to me. Coherent command of the English grammar also a big plus. Very helpful review. Reviewer also has a beard, which in my experience correlates with knowledge of good products (except maybe razors).
Posted on Jan 15, 2013, 1:10:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 15, 2013, 1:15:50 PM PST
Nancy's Opinion says:
Well, Bob, I bought the above shredder for my home use, and - yes - I loved it....for a couple of weeks....then suddenly the "O" setting which actually was a feature I was pleased about (it stays off until you place the sheets in the slot and then it turns on and shreds them, and shuts off when they are completely through the shredder and into the basket) not only did not shut off, it also took the sheets and splayed them somewhat into a diagonal configuration while in the shredding slot, and also drew them in VERY slowly but never took them completely through...just kept whining away, while the crooked sheet stayed stuck halfway shredded and still in the slot. I haven't written a return request to Amazon yet because I'm looking for a quick solution I can do myself to avoid having to send the whole thing back. In case you're wondering, I was careful about feeding not more than 8 sheets in, and I haven't tried credit cards or CDs yet. I have turned the shredder completely off and waited for a while to turn it back on, but as soon as I push the "o" button, the shredder remains on steadily and will not stop. I really love this shredder and that feature is my favorite, so any suggestions would be appreciated.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2013, 4:02:52 PM PDT
That means a piece of debris is stuck in the area where it senses the presence of documents to shred. Most shredders have a reverse switch to back the jammed piece out. Before you try that, though, unplug the power and clean out any debris hanging out the bottom and empty the basket so that reverse doesn't just suck a new jam in from the bottom. While you are at it, using tweezers or needle-nosed pliers and pulling out any scraps usually clears it up, too.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 28, 2013, 7:39:40 AM PDT
Nancy's Opinion says:
Thanks, TestGuy, but I've "been there, done that". Did all of what you suggested. Short of dismantling the entire machine, none of it worked.
In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2013, 5:04:26 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
We're talking about shredders here, not the English language!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2013, 10:35:06 PM PDT
That's true. However, when correct English is used, it makes UNDERSTANDING the review so much easier. It is important.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2013, 8:39:03 AM PDT
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