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Ryman MC21 Cross Cut Shredder
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Ryman MC21 Cross Cut Shredder
Date: 12/11/12, updated on 25/09/13 (34 review reads)
Advantages: Shreds so well words indecipherable
Disadvantages: Too loud
Ryman shredder is excellent for a small amount of paperwork. After a while a safety feature responds and the machine refuses to continue. This is not for an office but for a household. It is perfect for shredding things that you don't want others to see such as bank statements, documents and letters with personal details on. In this day and age shredding personal details is essential.
Criminals search through private bins seeking your name and address. These simple details can be enough for fraud to be committed, such as ordering from catalogues in your name but with just a bit more information and someone could access your bank account. A criminal can find out all about your interests and habits if you leave material for them. And for those of you who have something more to hide, you really need a good shredder. This is useful for innocents who just want to protect themselves from crime but also those of you who unhappily have to dispose of evidence that could place you into difficulty if found.
The shredder is quite large. It looks to be about nine and a half inches high and approximately six and a half inches along with a depth of around five inches. The top and base is of a thick and solid feeling black/grey plastic. The body is made up with a wire criss-crossing mesh. I think it's as heavy, when empty, to lift as a kettle full with water. However, I have no reason to move it around. It remains stationary and close to a socket ready for plugging in when required.
The lid lifts off from the top of the shredder but if you have difficulty raising heavy objects than this is not the machine for you. Once in a while, the shredder must be emptied. To do this the lid must be taken off the mesh. It is very easy to do this. Inside it looks just like a wastepaper basket.
If the paper is A4 it has to be folded over. Its manufacturing capacity does not reflect reality. I can only shred two A4 pages together at a time. Add just a third and the paper jams.
In operation it makes a terrible whirring noise. The problem with this is that the whirring sound is very loud, ridiculously loud - I think car engines are usually quieter! I suspect it disturbs the next door neighbour with the sound travelling through the party wall. I always shred in the daytime when they are least likely to be bothered by it.
The shredder cuts the paper up small enough for the words to be indecipherable. I've had manual shredders, so useless that the paper can be taped back together again, and all the private information read. The manual shredders have always been useless for me. Therefore, as this is my first time of switching to an electric shredder, I am impressed with how well it sheds.
I do suspect that there will be better shredders on the market in terms of less noise, greater thickness of paper capacity and for shredding much more at one time. For a first time relatively inexpensive shredder I'd recommend this only if you need to make a quick purchase as it does shred very well.
Summary: Shreds successfully but too much noise and takes too few pages in one go.