Product Type: Ryman shredders
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Fred the shred keeps ID theft at bay.
Member Name: danny691
Advantages: Simple design, no batteries and less to go wrong.
Disadvantages: 1 sheet limit, manual work!
With the recently publicised rise in identity theft it has become more of a priority for businesses and households to destroy their discarded paperwork as a preventative method. Shredding old bills and letters is an effective way to give peace of mind that you need not worry about anyone going through your recycled waste on collection day. Ryman are a leading player in the stationary and office equipment market, and their no-frills shredder is priced at a very reasonable £4.99 instore and online. When it comes to shredders you can literally buy anything ranging from a few pounds like this basic model, right up to a few hundred pounds for a heavy-duty office designed model. As this is a basic model there are very few things to go wrong, with its manual operation and plain design.
The Ryman MS-8001 comes in a number of colours, pink and a couple of shades of blue, and although it is only designed to shred one sheet of A4 at a time it will cope with the vast majority of documents I wish to destroy. There is a basic clear plastic base and a coloured plastic lid which is overall lightweight. I would definately say this is a compact and easy to store unit, and the small capacity isnt an issue for me. as this is a manual shredder it isnt designed for heavy, constant use. The top edge of the shredder has a 220mm shredding strip, so A4 sheets are easily gobbled up. As this is a manual shredder it has a hard plastic handle. This isnt the most comfortable of handles, but as it isnt intended for constant use it is decent enough for me. There are four pads on the base of the shredder base to ensure it doesnt slip around on polished surfaces, and the overall quality of the shredder is reasonable for £4.99.
Obviously as this is a manual unit there are some drawbacks and limitations. The one sheet limit depends on the thickness of paper, but by trying too hard to cram more sheets into it will make it harder work on yourself and the shredder. There are advantages of manual shredders, however. From personal experience I became frustrated with regular overheating of the unit through heavy use, and with a manual shredder the only limits are you having no more energy! The teeth of the shredder are designed to shred strips 3mm thick, giving it a DIN security level 1 according to Ryman. Overall I am not particularly impressed with this product, but for £4.99 I didn't expect to be. It might not have flashing lights and be an all singing all dancing shredder, but for the price it give peace of mind against identity theft.
Summary: Value for money shredder to give you peace of mind.
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