Product Type: Fellowes shredders
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Get Your Nose Out Of My Rubbish Bin
Fellowes FS5 Plus
Member Name: kenjohn
Fellowes FS5 Plus
Date: 25/05/08, updated on 25/05/08 (164 review reads)
Advantages: Peace of mind .
Disadvantages: Not a lot!
I suspect that a lot of us rarely even think about what we are throwing out in our rubbish. I know that it certainly never crossed my mind before I read the aforementioned article in the newspaper. But seemingly there are crooks out there who specialise in this type of crime, and who go around raiding people's dustbins (or green bins) in an attempt to gain access to your private information.
If you think about it for a moment you soon realise the vast amount of damage that could be done to your financial credibility if somebody got a hold not only of your credit card number, but your home address. Thousands of Euros (or even Pounds) worth of goods could be bought before you even realised anything was amiss, and it could take you months to sort out the resulting damage.
It was this that led me to purchasing the product I am reviewing here, the Fellowes S5 Paper Shredder. (With basket) A paper shredder is simply what it says. It's an electrical device that shreds sheets of paper into strips, thus making it practically impossible for anyone to illicit any useful information from them. Anybody who works in an office has probably seen an industrial paper shredder in action. You feed the intact sheets of paper in the top of the shredder, and it is cut up into thin strips and deposited in the container underneath. The width of the strip depends on the individual shredder, and the higher the security you require then the thinner the strip.
The Fellowes S5 Paper Shredder is designed primarily for home use, or at least for the user who only needs to shred fairly low volumes of paper. The recommended daily usage is about a maximum of twenty shredding operations per day, which will see the waste paper container fairly full. You can feed up to five sheets of paper into the shredder at each operation, so this allows you to shred about a 100 sheets of paper per day, which is more than ample for the ordinary domestic user. (I'd be unlikely to shred this much paper in a couple of months!)
You simply feed the paper into a feeder on the top of the machine. This trips a little switch that turns on the shredder, and moments later the sheet of paper has been cut into strips of about a ¼ inch (7mm) in thickness. (Actual shredding speed is 3.6 meters of paper per minute) This provides enough security for your average user, although I suppose (in theory) anyone with enough time and patience could possibly put the strips back together again. But when you have shredded up to 100 sheets, then I suspect the difficulty of such a task would put off all but the most masochistic of thieves. (Or jigsaw puzzle fanatics)
The S5 shredder is a basic, entry-level model, and will only take sheets of paper up to A4 size. Any paper bigger than this, and you will either have to cut the sheet into smaller pieces, or else invest a few more spondoolicks (money) and buy a more expensive (and sophisticated) model. But I would rarely have cause to shred any piece of paper larger than A4 in size in any case.
There's a simple three-position switch on the feeder. On, off, and reverse. If the shredder does happen to jam, then you hit the reverse switch, which quickly clears any blockages. The model I purchased has its own grey plastic waste basket, (12-litre capacity) but the shredder itself has a pull-out handle, so you can fit it to any waste basket between thirteen inches and sixteen inches in width. It's very compact in size, (31.8mm high, 28.5mm wide, and 15mm deep) so it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in the room. (I hide mine behind the curtain in my study.)
The documents and paper that they recommend you shred are anything that includes any financial data, such as credit card bills or receipts, old bank statements, cancelled checks, and bills. Other documents such as legal papers or anything containing your National Insurance number should also be shredded.
Fellowes are an American corporation based in Itasca, Illinois, and they have their own website (www.fellowes.com) if you want any more information on their shredders or about their other products. (Funnily enough, the shredder itself was manufactured in China!) I bought my S5 Shredder in my local Argos store for only Euro24.99, but it's freely available online so shop around for the best bargain. Argos also stock a couple of more sophisticated Fellowes' shredders (the SD5X and the V25) which cross-cut the paper as well as shredding it vertically. These cost Euro49.99 and Euro59.99 respectively.
So for a relatively cheap price I can now rest easy in my bed at night, secure in the knowledge that my identity (and cash) are relatively safe from theft by marauding bin raiders.
Adapted and edited for posting here at dooyoo
Summary: Relatively inexpensive shredder that's ideal for home use
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