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
Shred away your life and feel safe from prying eyes
Member Name: blissman70
Advantages: Easy to use, cuts paper so it can't be reassembled easily, nice auto start feature
You know the feeling. You've got so many important paper documents at home, such as bank statements, official letters with your personal details on, overdue gas bills, red letter electricity demands, letters from your bit on the side maybe... what ever the letters are you don't want them to fall into the enemies hands... but they are all scattered around the house, building up under your feet, tripping you up on every corner.
The trouble is that you need to get rid of all those personal papers, but you know that if you put them in you recycling bin then those little yobs, who loiter up and down your street, hiding somewhere inside those oversized hood as they stare into car windows as they pass, you know that they will be inside you recycling bin quicker than a fat man in a chip shop offering free meat pies on a first come first serve basis.
So what do you do? Do you take the risk and hope that hoody Henry doesn't home in on your bin, ripping out your bank details and doing their best to do the same to your life by trying to get things like bank loans, car credit, credit cards or anything else that can make them a few quid so they can nip off to Dealer Derek for their daily fix.
(names have been changed to protect the innocent, so if you're Henry or Derek please don't take offence, and don't take my identity either).
Right then, there is a way to stop Henry getting his hands on your personal bits, (no, not those bits), and that is to destroy the paperwork so that it would take a forensics expert with superglue, tweezers, a good eyesight, a lot to time and even more patience in order to get the information on the papers that you have destroyed to get an information off them at all.
To do this you can either take an eternity to rip the papers into small pieces by hand, which can take a long time and you're never really sure what size the bits of paper are going to be.
You could always try burning the papers, although this is the dangerous methods as if things go wrong you could end up losing more than your identity, plus the fire brigade always frown at me when they comes when I do that so I don't do it anymore.
But there is another way to hide your information from prying eyes that is safer than burning it, and rips the papers into smaller pieces than you can get it by hand. That way is to use something called a shredder, which is not something that is on a certain cartoon who terrorises little turtles, it is a machine that can take paper and shred it into smaller pieces of paper in order that no other person can ever know what was ever on them.
The thing is that there are many shredders out there, all offering the same thing really, so it's all about what you intend to use the shredder for.
Firstly you need to decide what sort of shredding you're going to be doing. If you know you're going to be shredding more paper than the Andrex factory have in its warehouse then you'll need an industrial shredder, something the size of a large car, although these don't fit well inside a normal house as they'd take up most of the living room floor space.
But if you're going to be shredding a few sheets of A4 maybe once or twice a day then a standard size shredder will do, and this will save you a lot of money and floor space anyway.
If you're like me, you opted for the second on the list, the standard size shredder as you only shred a few pieces of paper at a time, so the next question is how safe you want to be with the finished shredded paperwork.
You could go for a straight cut, which will leave your paperwork in strips which can be put back together by hoody Henry in a hour or so without too much hassles, even with his low IQ.
Or, for that little extra peace of mind, you can go for one that not only cuts vertically it also shreds horizontal as well which leaves Henry very frustrates as there are just too many piece of paper to put back together and even he can't handle that.
These shredder are commonly called 'cross shredders', and it is one particular cross shredded that I have used for a while know and have 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 more secure feature in the form of a cross shredding function.
* Firstly, as I like to do, let's have a look at what this shredder looks like...
Well, I'll tell you about the main part, or the actual shredder, as this is what is more important really. This is about 60mm high by 320mm long and 180mm wide being a light grey coloured plastic casing.
On the top of this unit there is a slot which goes along the length of it, this is where the shredder blades are encased in. also, on the top, there is a simple slider control which has three settings, automatic, off and reverse. Simple as that really.
Then, on either end of the shredder unit itself then is a little lip which helps you lift the shredder off the bin when the bin needs emptying.
So that's the shredder unit, now for the bin itself, this is what the shredder sits on and is where all the paper, or what ever you're shredding, drops into.
This bin is about 300mm deep and is slightly narrower than the shredder itself so that the main shredder fits snugly onto it.
And that's what this all looks like, the shredding unit, which is what you are really paying for as if it didn't have this you'd be simply buying a bin really.
* So how does it work then..?
It does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. It shreds things so that they don't all into the enemies hands.
You simply plug the cable into the mains, slide the switch to Automatic and you're ready to get shredding. Then you simply place the paper, or what every ou want to shred, into the slot and the sensor there will automatically start the shredder and the little blade and wheels will take the paper, or what every you want to shred, into the slot, slicing it both horizontal and vertical at the same time, sort of. With the shredded bits popping out of the bottom of the shredder and into the bin.
It is a cross cutter, which means that it not only cuts down the paper it cuts across it too, which leaves the shredded paper a lot harder to put back together.
It can also handle the odd staple as well, in case you forget to take them out of the papers that you are shredding, so there's no need to worry about the blades becoming blunted, (is that a word?), by the sudden solid whack of metal instead of paper.
* Is there anything else worth noting..?
Yes there is.
It has a couple of safety features, such as an over heat setting that will stop the shredder if the motor becomes too hot.
Then there's the safety cut off switch which stops the shredder form working when it is not sat on the bin.
* What do I think about this shredder then..?
It's a shredder? I mean, what can I say about it?
It does exactly what it is supposed to do. It shreds the pieces of paper, or even your credit cards so that no one can see what was written it and take over your life.
The controls are so simple to use, being a slider that is on the top, behind the slot where the shredding happens. This slider has three options, those being off, in the middle, with reverse on one side and automatic on the other.
The automatic function is the on feature but will only start shredding when a piece of paper, or credit card, is placed into the centre of the slot, where it touches the little sensor switch.
There are a few little icons along the shredder slot, although they are quite difficult to see. These icons tell you what can go into the slot and what not to put in, such as your fingers, although the slot is designed in such a way so that it is practically impossible to get your fingers into the bladed area.
It claims it can handle up to 6 sheets of paper, or even a single credit card, with out burning the motor into oblivion. Although it does sometimes sound like it is about to explode when you do put more than say three sheets in at one time. It sounds like it's struggling a bit, even though it isn't really, and can sound a little like it has developed a seriously bad cough as it chews on the paper.
This is the same sort of noise that is makes when you're shredding credit cards too, but it doesn't blow up and, due to the over heat safety feature, there's no real danger
The good things about this is that, due to the automatic function, it only actually works when you want it too, this means that it only takes power when you place a piece of paper into the slot. Plus, if by chance something gets stuck you simply flick the slider to the reverse option and the paper, or what every you're shredding, goes into reverse, thus unblocking the blockage.
The bin itself can take quite a bit of the shredded paper, although it does build up after a while and can create a sort of backlog unless you take the top off and either empty it or push it down.
The finished shredded paper is well and truly shredded and there's no way that anyone is going to put it back together, so your personal details will be well and truly safe from those thieving little cherubs.
What more can I say about this shredder..?
Well, the shredder shreds and the bin collects the shredded papers. There's no way that the shredded paper is going to be put back together so you know your safe, although, if you do what I do, save the papers and use them on a fire, then the really can get the flames burning in no time.
* How much does it cost to get rid of all your personal and sensitive information..?
This cross cut shredder sells for about £25, which is a small price to pay for your own peace of mind.
* Would I recommend this..?
I certainly would. It is a cracking low price and it does what it is supposed to do.
It's a good size so it won't take up any room underneath a table or even on a desk so that it's there when you need it.
Just get one and keep Henry and Derek out of your bins.
Summary: No more worrying about your details getting into the wrong hands with this