“ Manufacturer: Argos / Type: Shredder „
We always used to tear off address and personal details when throwing out letters, and then we would save them until my husband got around to burning them, which could tkae weeks of months sometimes, so getting this shredder was a revelation.
It cost me 16.99 and has made sorting out unwanted paperwork a doddle. I no longer have to sit there deciding which bit to tear off and which bits are safe for the bin, I just feed the whole thing through the shredder ...job done.
The resulting pieces of paper are around half a centimetre by 3 centimetres, and as all the pieces are collected neatly in the plastic box underneath, I feel the y are sufficiently mixed up to make piecing them back together unreasonable.
The instructions say not to shred credit cards or thick cardboard, and to remove staples and paper clips first. I have shredded up to 6 or seven papers at a time though the instruction say five. It has a fairly short lead so I keep it under the desk and then bring it out and plug it in when I need it, but as soon as I have done that it is ready to go. The wheels start cutting as you feed in the paper and stop when they run out of paper to cut. There is also a reverse button if the paper gets jammed, but this has only happened to me once.
Wouldn't be without one in the house now, and for the price well worth it.
Argos Value Cross Cut Paper Shredder
I think a shredder is a must in this day and age with the risk of identity theft, it is not just the rich and famous that are at risk, it could be any of us.
My original shredder was a self operated shredder, but after only getting about 10 sheets of paper through before it filled up, I upgraded to an electric shredder. I have a couple of the years, and the one that I have at the moment is the Argos Value Cross Cut Shredder, we have had this shredder for about 2 years now.
This was under £20, I don't recall exactly how much, as I brought a few things at the same time. This is available online and also in store.
=Single Cross Cut Shredder=
There are different ways that shredders cut the paper the general entry level shredders are like this one a single cross cut, which means that it cuts horizontally only, if you had a confetti cut - this is the more expensive shredders, and cuts the paper horizontally as well as vertically.
The shredder is boxed, the box is blue and white cardboard with black writing, as what we come to expect with the value range.
The power lead is connected to the lid of the shredder, this is not a very long lead about a metre long, so you do need to be near a power socket, I tend to pull up a stool and do the shredding in the kitchen. The size of the shredder is H28.5, W14.5, D34.5cm. The shredder has an over heat protection, and this does cut in regularly, which if you have a batch of shredding to do, it does get annoying, but on the other hand it is good to know that it will cut in so that you're not going to blow the fuse box. It holds about 11 litres of paper, I find for me that is about half a carrier bag of paper.
The printer has a reverse function, which can be used when cleaning the machine, although make sure that it un-plugged, as thus reverse function brings out any bits of paper that has got tangled up
=What can I shred=
The shredder can shred up to 5 pieces of A4 paper at one time, the machine has an auto start, stop function, and if anything becomes trapped in the mechanism it stops working. Once shredded the paper is about 5mm in width.
=What can't I shred=
You can't shred credit cards, cds, ID cards, staples, paper clips. All this can break the printer.
This printer does make some noise, but it's no more than having a loud radio on in the same room.
=Would I recommend=
I would recommend this shredder as it is good value for money, gives myself and my family peace of mind, that anything that can our identity is protected the best that we can. On average as a family of 4, we have about 1/2 carrier bag of shredding so for us, 30 mins a week and we're done.
=One Little Niggle=
I know its a safety point of view the cutout function if it over heats, - the motor can take 30 minutes to cool down, ideally shred little and often
I bought this shredder because the old shredder kept cutting out if I tried to shred more than one sheet at a time. We were about to move house and needed to shred a lot of old bank statements, bills and other documents that contained account numbers and personal details. The shredder is basic but has a 9.5L emptying box capacity, which I thought would be ample for my needs. Initially I was shredding a huge volume of paper due of the house move, and because of this I had to keep emptying the box. Normal every day use would not result in such frequent emptying. For anyone who has done shredding on a large scale because of a house move, you will know how tedious but necessary this job is. I managed to get through a lot of shredding even though it took up most of an afternoon, by shredding multiple sheets at a time. The shredding teeth cuts both ways so the bits are really fine. The shredder can cope with a few more sheets than the recommended 5 and I am pleased to say this basic value shredder bought from Argos was only £14.99 didn't cut out once!
The need for a paper shredder nowadays is not for saving space in your rubbish bin (which it does by the way). But because of the rise in identity theft. I got this simple basic shredder from Argos as part of their value range. This is a single cross shredder. That means it cuts horizontally only, while others cut vertically or both. That type is called confetti shredding. This can cut five sheets of A4 paper at once. It cuts the pieces nice and thin but I do recommend giving them a quick shuffle around to mix them all up. Or keep a few batches and then mix them all together. My mother actually uses hers for putting into the compost bin. The size of the pieces is 5 x 30mm so it would be very head but maybe not impossible to put them together, so that's why I recommend mixing a lot together.
This machine can not cut up credit cards or value club cards like more expensive shredders can. This is basically for paper, such as private letters, bank or credit card statements, unused or out of date doctors prescriptions. I also use it for shredding the thin cardboard boxes of any medication. As I was told to do this as some burglars go through your bins and find your name on theses boxes and not only that, they then break into your house to steel these medications in the hope of selling them for a profit, frightening I know, but there's no harm in being safe.
This can shred staples, so there is no need to remove them before you begin. The bin has a 9.5 litter capacity I find this is plenty as I don't need to empty it too often. The unit itself has a very basic all White box like appearance but it does the job.
It has an auto start and stop function, this means as soon as you put something through the top mounted slot the shredding will begin. And once it detects nothing is at the slot it will stop. This saves you power and in turn money. It also has a handy safety cut out function. This means if you put in something that isn't suitable for this shredder, it will automatically stop.
This is a perfectly suitable shredder for most homes, it works well at destroying personal information and doesn't make too much noise doing it. For only £17.99 that's a small price to pay for piece of mind.
Available from argos.co.uk