“ Manufacturer: Fellowes / Cut Style: Confetti-Cut / Max Sheet Capacity: 8 / Speed: 11 ft./min. / Throat Size: 9 in. / Shred Size: 0.16 x 2 in. / Shredding Operation: Automatic / Integrated Waste: With Integrated Waste / Full Bag Indicator: With Full Bag Indicator / Accepts Staples: Accepts Staples / Height: 45.7 cm / Width: 36.8 cm / Depth: 29.8 cm „
When it comes to shredders in our home, there is only one brand to consider. Thanks to the fact that the basic shredder we bought many years ago has lasted and has needed the odd maintenance whenever it has clogged, Fellowes was definitely the next choice of shredder brand we needed, rather than wanted which could shred more paper and have the facility to shred credit cards.
Nowadays a shredder is becoming a standard fitment in any home which has an office or study, less for the fact that most shredders cant chop up newspaper for environmentally friendly recycling but more for the security of knowing that tiny particles of credit and debit cards means less fraud measures than simply cutting a card in two which is a policy which banks and building societies used to recommend.
As such our little FP5 didnt have the facility to chop up cards and neither was its design new enough to consider cross cutting facilities either. The PS 65C seemed a good shredder at the time of purchase not only for its features but also for the price. Whilst high street shops sell a range of Fellowes shredders, the bigger home office designed PS 65C is harder to get. We purchased ours from Viking Direct for the price of £150-00 and this included two boxes of optional bin liners which are made for the said shredder.
Across the internet however this model is not selling at Argos but a smaller PS60 model which is similarly specified is priced below £100. Online sites such as Insight UK reveal our model now has a cheaper price of around £116.31 including VAT but it does not come with the optional bin liners. Bin liners such as the Swing bin liner type rolls can be used instead at 99p from Woolworths, or similar.
** Nars Quick Skip Spec **
Shreds up to 12 sheets at a time; slower than basic FP5 shredder.
3.9mm strip cut size; cross cut confetti permanent style. (DIN security level 3).
230mm throat width; less noisy in use.
Electronic auto-start and reverse modes.
Safety-lock switch for unintentional starting.
Sheet capacity selector with drop sheet trap door.
Can shred credit/debit cards, staples and paper clips.
Optional cost bin liners.
Easy-lift head with integrated handle; stops automatically when motor is lifted.
23 litre waste basket with view window.
5-year cutter warranty.
Weight; motor approximately 5kg; Very heavy!
Size (H)45.1cm, (W)37cm, (D)28.5cm
Price at Argos: £150.00
** Setting Up **
We bought the PS 65C last year and will be coming up for its year past purchase date; it is used continually every day for the endless mail that comes into our home and as such the moment we received the box from Viking Direct the PS 65C was similar to our smaller FP5 shredder in setting up.
What comes across immediately is the size of this shredder. It is extremely large and intended for a small office or home study planted on a floor rather than on a shelf. The biggest hassle was getting the motor out of the box despite the rather large integrated smooth fit carry handle. It took both my dad and I to remove the motor out of the box before we installed a white liner into the bin and then pushed the motor on top. Unlike the FP5 there are locks on the PS 65C which lock the motor down once the bottom basket has met each other. Whilst this is great for security the weight of the motor feels like it could be 5kg which is really far too heavy for anyone who is elderly and in this respect my father usually ends up scooping shredded paper from the open outlet at the right hand side of the shredder top instead of emptying.
Once everything has been put together with the power cord pushed in, the PS 65C is a very smart looking unit. Curvy and without sharp edges it blends in with everyday furniture very well and its height isnt tall enough that it cant be put under an office table to keep it hidden.
Coloured in deep grey/beige with a matching black bin and plastic acrylic window in the middle, the PS 65C looks very professional and wont look out of place alongside any computer or laptop in a study. Whilst it has very few buttons there is a lot more to this shredder than our basic FP5 shredder, not just on more elevated cost but also on general performance;
** In Use **
According to the manual, which is very well written with clear diagrams the PS 65C can handle just about anything when it comes to shredding and it can handle up to 12 to 15 sheets of A4 paper at a time, depending on the GSM quality. Although generally we have shredded up to 6 or 10 sheets at a time, slow progress is the key to the PS 65Cs excellent performance. It is a lot slower than our older and more compact FP5 for starters, but as a result of slower performance, you can hear the cutters chomping the paper down as it meets the smooth thin lip of the shredder channel, which Fellowes likes to call its ergonomic paper feeder, design, and true to form whilst it is smooth looking, it carries the same icons of what you cant push down the mouth and is angled to accept paper against our FP5 which just has a long mouth and reveals dust much more when its left in a permanent position.
Although performance is slow, the motor noise is actually quieter than the FP5 and shows how much Fellowes has come on since the end of the 1990s when we bought our first Fellowes product. Even with debit/credit cards, the PS 65C slices and shreds through everything easily and efficiently and it can also shred stapled and paper clipped papers too which is a good bonus.
Once again like our old FP5 the PS 65C has similar buttons too; located on the left hand side a black rocker switch can turn the shredder on, off or on auto feed which basically puts the machine into standby mode and starts up whenever paper is inserted, or when a plastic card is loaded in to shred. A series of LEDs also show when the shredder is being used, from red if the top has been lifted off the basket to green for general activation and amber if the lock to the basket has been locked in.
When the shredder is activated it has a slow start built in which turns the motor on and shortly starts the shredding discs. It does this obviously to prevent clogging as well as escaping bits of paper which may have jammed into the feeder from the last activation.
Against what most consumers do, we keep the PS 65C in standby mode all the time before switching off at night; the auto switch only requires one flick to keep it in this mode and like before with our old shredder the Fellowes sparks into action once paper or cards have been sensed through the separate openings on top of the machine.
** Clogging/Maintenance **
The PS 65C has a very heavy top and once the lock has been undone to lift it off the basket, on its underside reveals a trap door with free hinges which can be inspected for clogging. The access here is much bigger than our older FP5 and a much needed welcome as you will never need to take the motor apart to remove clogged pieces of paper. Whilst it is easy to get into the cutting discs, Fellowes have made the design so user friendly you dont need to worry about cutting any fingers in the process of removing any clog. We have only ever suffered one clog since the shredder was bought last year and thats when I got over impressed and tried to shred a whole load of mail envelopes in one go!
Maintenance is easy simply due to the fact that Fellowes have designed a very user friendly shredder here. Whilst the top is very heavy, the handle is a welcome design inclusion as it will definitely need to be used when lifting the motor off the top. The smooth feeder flap can be picked upwards if any document or card gets stuck too and this is a good design thought built into the top by the main fascia of the shredder.
Generally if you use a bin liner youll suffer less waste mess as the liner can be pushed over the top before the motor locks down, simply like a standard kitchen bin.
And its capacity is exactly like a small kitchen bin too; the basket can take up to 23 litres of shredded paper, mostly looking like small pieces of confetti (a mix of straight cut and small pieces) the beauty of the opening top means as an owner you can either grab out bunches of paper (instead of lifting the heavy motor out) and put them into a bag manually or push down the paper to enable more room for the next shredding task.
** Downsides **
Personally I wish the PS 65C had a faster cutting mechanism. Although paper and plastics, as well as acetates can also be shredded in this machine (Fellowes warn that thick plastic and films cant be shredded or thick cardboard) the PS 65C does shred very slowly but if it means efficient progress and performance all the time then as a user and owner I cant really be picky. Maybe its simply because Im used to the FP5s ferociousness when it comes to grabbing the paper in.
Obviously the next downside is the weight of the motor. Whilst it ensures that the bin never falls over even when empty, the weight is really too heavy for anyone who needs a shredder which can cut up staples, paper clips and credit cards. On the other hand if security and multi-shredding tasks are needed or at the top of your priorities the PS 65C will ensure that nothing gets missed. Fellowes needs to look at their design again however for the consideration of a lighter motor, particularly for elderly users.
Other things which the shredder can't shred for example is floppy disks but this isn't too much of a problem for us.
** Conclusion **
The PS 65C is a great shredder which does everything we need it to do. Whilst it looks classy and office like and has the option of being fitted with after market bin liners as well as their own (and ideally you dont have to buy the bin liners from Fellowes as they come in around £17 for a box of 40) the PS 65C has very few drawbacks and a balance of consideration must be made between the weight of the motor and the excellent efficient performance. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2007.
The Powershred PS-65C is designed for the high performance, heavier duty needs of the home office. With its unique design, this shredder provides the perfect blend of size, power, and features for use in a home office.