Product Type: Aurora shredders
Newest Review: ... found to be a very useful tool indeed. This cross shredder I am talking about is called the Aureo AS610C which, as I mentioned, offer a mor... more
You can shred my Aurora AS610C review to pieces
Member Name: duskmaiden
Advantages: relioable, shreds to a high standard
Disadvantages: has slight difficulty with credit cards, emptying can be messy
Identity theft is an ever increasing crime and we have been warned to protect ourselves against it. One of the most simple and effective measures is to shred all mail with sensitive data such as addresses, birth dates and bank or credit card details. Following this advice I decided to invest in an electronic shredder and selected the Aurora AS610C 6 sheet cross shredder
I chose this particular model , as at £23.00 from Amazon it seemed to be a reasonable price and its specifications suited my needs. I chose it as it was a cross cutter meaning it slices horizontal, as well as vertical the shredding takes up less space and is more secure. Its level 3 on the DIN security scale for shredders meaning it is medium security (the scale goes from 1-6 with one shredding into broad strips and 6 for government intelligence).
The shredder comes in two parts. There's the top part which is silver and quit heavy. It contains the slot for feeding the paper through, the motor and the shredding blades. On top of it is the control button. This model has a reverse function as well as shredding on which I have found useful in removing any any paper stuck in it. The second part is the bucket for catching the shredded paper. It has a 14 litre capacity and I have found you can shred 30 sheets of paper (50 if you take the top off and push the shredded paper down) quite comfortably before you need to empty the bin. Be careful if it gets too full, as it can get messy when taking the top part off as the shredded material goes all over the place! I would recommend this for home use or perhaps a small business with not too much paperwork to shred. Its not industrial size by any means.
Shredding is very easy with the Aurora. It shreds paper including sheets with small staples and also credit cards. Its got a 220mm wide slot that can take up to six pieces of paper at a time. However I find the best way to shred is feeding one sheet at a time. If you put too many in at a time it struggles a little and the motor becomes slightly nosier , as it works harderand I find the strips seem to be longer and not so well cut. Usually the strips are 4mm by 47mm so really are slivers of paper and thus words are seriously cut so it is very secure. I have shredded a couple of credit and debit cards. I found that it works but it does have a little trouble and the cards did get a bit stuck. I had to use the reverse feature to help clear the blockage. The shredder does have a safety feature where it will not operate if the shredder part is not on the bin properly or if it overheats or the motor is on too much thus very little should go wrong.
Once you have shredded your paper there are a number of uses for it rather than just putting it in the recycling bin.
1 it would make a very cosy nest for a small animal
2 Shred some coloured paper to make pretty packing paper for a parcel.
3 Collect enough of it and use it for a lucky dip at a child's party or school fete
Get a piece o paper with glue on it and d sprinkle the shredded paper across it in pretty pattens to male a textured collage then say its modern art and hopefully win the Turner prize and get exhibited in the Tate Modern!
I must admit I find shredding quite a relaxing activity watching the paper going through and seeing the tangled result. I would not hesitate to recommend the Aurora AS610C to those that who want a reliable shredder for home use that shreds to a high standard for disposing of all your confidential data.
Summary: good shredder fo home use