“ Manufacturer: Tesco „
I bought this shredder after a good friend had her bank details compromised and money went missing from her account. She reckoned that someone had got hold of her bank statements as she never banked online or did any internet shopping but would just tear her bank statements in half and put them out in the recycling bin. As this is also what I used to do I purchased this Tesco 5 paper shredder straight away for £15 and have used it ever since.
As the name suggests it is supposed to take five pieces of paper at one time however I find that this is only if the pages are very thin and if the paper is a good quality embossed paper it does jam, so I tend to put just up to three pages through each time. As soon as you start to feed the paper through it automatically feeds it through the shredding teeth. When it does stick you have to press reverse and the paper will spew back out again for you to put through in smaller quantities. It cross shreds the paper so it is practically impossible to stick back together which is the purpose of shredding your personal documents so that they cannot be used.
You have to make sure that the motor unit is in the correct position as it won't turn on if it is not fitted properly onto the wire basket which is a good safety feature. It has some little diagrams on the top of the shredder which show that hands, ties and paper clips are not to be fed through the shredder, but I would say that the average person wouldn't really need telling this! There are just three positions which are off, reverse and auto so it is very simple to use and there is a green light which indicates that it is ready to use.
You wouldn't use this in the lounge if you were watching television as it really is quite noisy and makes a sort of crunching noise as the paper is fed through but I do mine in the dining room which is where I keep my letter tray so the noise isn't an issue in there. If I am using it for more than about ten minutes or so the motor does get a bit hot but it does have a safety feature that will cut the motor out if it does really overheat however this has never happened for me. The instructions that come with the shredder tell you that you should only use it for two minutes and then leave it to cool for fifteen minutes but I am sure that I have used it for longer than that with no problems.
This shredder is quite simple and there are far more elaborate models on the market but which are also far more expensive, but this one is ideal for me as it is very easy to use and I don't have an awful lot of shredding to do, however if you did have a lot of papers to get rid of you would probably need a bigger more powerful model. I just use it to shred my bank statements and utility bills and anything else with my address and personal details on. A very good thing about using this shredder is that I use the finished shredding as packing if I am posting a particularly fragile Ebay parcel in the post and it would also be suitable to use as bedding for a hamster or other small animal so you can be happy that you are recycling your papers, saving money and helping the environment.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to shred 5 sheets of paper, only 3! This cheap machine can't really cope with thicker paper such as pay slips and utility bills etc. This is quite disappointing as those are exactly the sort of documents that one need to shred.
The shredder is about 9cm high by 33cm wide, so it's similar to the size of an office bin. It 'cross-shreds' all documents and the paper comes out almost confetti-sized. Identity thieves would have a job making a jigsaw out of that! So, that's a bonus.
The shredder looks OK and to be fair it does have a credit card slot which is very useful. A few friends of mine have been the victims of indentity theft and it has been a real challenge for them to deal with so I bought this for peace of mind.
However, the unit has a rather noisy motor which is annoying and it also spits out quite a lot of paper dust. My cat was sneezing!
I cannot fully recommend this item - sorry Tesco! : /
With all the stories that you hear about identity theft I do worry about my personal details being out there in the public domain. I try and do as much as I possibly can to keep my details safe but there is only so much you can do and I realise that they will never be 100% secure. To be honest I would feel sorry for anyone who tried to steal my bank details as there is so little in there! One thing I can do to help protect my details at home is to shred my documents such as bank and credit card statements so that no one can fish them from the rubbish bin.
I have had a few shredders over the years but one thing I notice about all the ones I have owned is that they seem to break suddenly and for discernible reason that I can fathom. Because of this I would only buy a cheap one now as it doesn't sting so much when I have to replace it. I got my last one from Tesco and it was only about £15 which is a great price in comparison with some shredders which can go for ridiculous amounts of money. These more expensive ones might be more heavy duty but for most households this cheaper one will be more adequate.
The shredder comes in two parts being the actual shredder part and the bin that your shredded documents go into. Surprisingly since its Tesco value it isn't actually all that ugly and I quite like the see through wire bin and I do find that because you can actually see in the bin it is easier to know when it needs emptied. The only problem with the construction is that the wire bin is a little on the flimsy side but this shouldn't matter since it is only going to be paper going in it but be careful not to lean on it or anything as it will probably dent and quite possibly collapse in on itself.
It is also a really easy shredder to use and is pretty much a case of plugging it in and then putting your documents through it. There are a couple of features on it but these are minimal and are basically just the auto and reverse modes. The auto mode is pretty handy as it means the shredder is in constant wait mode and as soon as you put your paper in the slot it will automatically start shredding. The reverse is for those times when papers get jammed and this sort of pushes them back up and I find that it is quite good and I don't usually have to worry about unplugging the shredder and manually removing blocked papers.
There is also a safety trip in the model which will trip itself if the motor is removed from the basket which is a good feature especially for those with small children in the house or else just those like me who are slightly clumsy and careless at times.
On to the shredding which is the reason for its purchase after all. The shredder does a fantastic job at shredding documents and there would be no way for anyone to reconstruct anything after it had gone through the shredder and the cross action shredding really does make them indecipherable. The shredder is supposed to be able to handle 5 sheets of paper at a time but of course this doesn't actually happen and it can only really manage 3 sheets together or perhaps 4 if the paper is really thin. This isn't a major problem for me and I suspect not for most households as I usually only have a few documents to shred at any one time.
Also anyone looking for a nice quiet shredder should look elsewhere as this isn't going to be the model for you. It makes a hell of a racket when shredding but I personally quite enjoy the noise and still get a childish thrill when shredding papers.
The wire basket has a capacity for holding quite a lot of paper which means that you won't need to be emptying it every other day unless of course you are shredding hundreds of documents a day in which case you should really probably be looking into buying a more robust and heavy duty shredder.
For the money this shredder offers excellent value. There are much better shredders on the market but for me this one offers the best value. It has lasted me longer than some other more expensive ones I've had and it does what I ask of it well. Having a shredder has also saved me a fortune in buying packing materials as I sell a lot on ebay so I just use the shredded paper as protection for my items.
If you are looking for a decent household shredder for personal use then you could do a lot worse than this.
We paid the grand sum of just £15 for our Tesco 5 Paper Shredder a while back. We bought it as we don't want to become the victims of ID theft again. This happened to us last year and it caused us as a family a great deal of stress and anxiety. We had just been throwing our receipts into the bin (after tearing them up) and we have no idea how it happened but someone managed to get hold of my credit card details and proceeded to order various items such as mobile phones and TV's and a couple of games consoles. One mobile phone was delivered to m own address for some reason and both me and my other half knew neither of us had ordered one so we contacted the credit card helpdesk and they told us what else had been ordered and delivered to an address in Newton Aycliffe (to a warehouse) and so we stopped the card. We had a terrible job trying to recoup or money but after that fiasco we decided to buy a shredder.
This shredder was bought as it looked the best one for the smallest cost. This is a 5 paper shredder as the name suggests. Though the paper has to be average sized paper and NOT card as it will only take three pieces of card max or it will jam and you will have to press reverse.
This shredder is noisy to an extent, though not too bad. You have to talk a bit louder if you hold a conversation and switch the volume up on the TV if you are shredding in the living room but it's not too bad noise-wise.
It has a large 7-litre capacity wire basket but it has dented at the side slightly so it's not that great as far as durability is concerned. It has an auto reverse button on the top and shredding the paper is a doddle. I actually find it quite therapeutic and if I'm feeling a bit stressed I just shred a bit to help me relax. I tend to keep all my bills and receipts etc and juts shred them all together in one big batch at the end of the month.
The Tesco 5 Paper Shredder shreds the paper in a cross cut fashion so there is no way even the most devious of potential ID hackers would be able to stick my bills or receipts back together again, especially as I pulp the lot afterwards in the plastic bin out the back and use this as compost for the garden. They'd have to be a magician to be able to decipher anything from that lot.
The only downside for me personally with this machine is the fact that it gets hot quite quickly and I find if I have been shredding for a while I have to leave it to cool down for five or ten minutes. Once cooled it's fine and ready to go again.
Overall it's a good quality shredder I'm pleased with though.
Any document with any form of personal identification on it is a potential 'gold mine' to a thief to steal your identity - an address, a name or even an account number are all useful items to a thief. The number of times I have gone to my local recycling point to dump a load of newspapers etc and looked into the skip to see addresses still on packaging, old bills from utility companies, and even old bank statements, all still intact and in one piece that people have not correctly disposed of and just dumped in a skip. Just think - you only need 2 bits of identification to prove a name and address to get credit, loans, mobile phones etc, and getting hold of this information from what people throw away can be relatively easy from the bits I've seen in recycling. Which is why people need to shred everything and anything that has personal details on it in order to protect their identity being stolen.
Then you consider receipts. A friend of ours works as a supervisor in the local Tesco Extra and had a young lady come in one day asking for a refund on a coat. She produced the receipt (which showed that the item had been paid for in cash), but when it was scanned through the till, the coat was a different one to that shown on the receipt. The young lady tried to protest that it was an error by Tesco and demanded a refund, at which point Security became involved. It later transpired that she had actually found the receipt (belonging to someone else), gone into the store, picked up a coat and then tried to claim a refund. So trying to steal the coat using someone else's receipt, which should have been shredded.
With these thoughts in mind, I've been shredding things for years, and my last shredder (a Woolworths (remember them?) Value model) lasted several years before the motor finally gave out. So looking around for a new model, I opted for this Tesco 5 Paper Shredder a while back for £15 as the latest shredder addition to my 'collection'.
Now shredders can go for ridiculous prices if you want a really heavy duty one with 'go faster shredding stripes' on the side, but they all do the same thing - they shred paper. The only thing you need to consider is how much paper you plan to shred. I would suggest that the average household may need to shred a couple, maybe several, sheets of paper a day at most, and hence, in my experience, the cheaper ones (Value models?) tend to work out more cost effective for these light loads. My Woolworths model went on for years, as did the previous one to that, and this Tesco model shows no signs of failing yet after a year of use.
This Tesco shredder itself comes in 2 parts. You have the motor/shredder bit on the top which is housed in a sort of plastic block, and the wire basket bit below. Pretty straight forward to use - plug it in, switch it on and you're ready to go. On the top you have a simple switch for Auto and Reverse. In Auto mode, it will sit quietly until you put whatever you want to shred in to the A4 slot at the top, at which point it starts up and drags the paper through the grinder to shred it up. Of note, there is a safety switch fitted to the top unit which is closed when the unit is fitted to the basket. If you remove the unit, the switch opens and the power to the cutters is cut, and hence they cannot operate.
The shredding action is what they call cross-cut, which is an advancement in terms of security on the strip cut shredders. So what happens is that the grinders will initially cut the paper into strips about 4 mm wide, and then cut each strip every inch or so into shorter strips, creating a sort of large confetti type paper mixture which is then deposited in to the 7 litre wire basket below. The cross cut action hence makes it much more difficult, or near on impossible, for anyone to gleam any personal information off of the paper remnants.
In terms of noise, it is fairly loud, not so much that you need to shout, but enough that you would need to raise your voice slightly above conversation level in order to be heard. But then remember that that noise is only present when you are actually using the shredder, which would normally be for very short durations (a sheet of A4 will go through this shredder in about a few seconds).
For durability, it is quoted as being a 5 sheet shredder, and whilst it may/will do that all at once, you really have to consider the thickness of paper that you are using in order to quantify that. If you try to shred five A4 pieces of normal writing paper (the thicker quality stuff), it`s not going to happen, and they'll need to go through one or two at a time for the shredding to be effective. If you use paper which is a lot thinner, from say the Tesco A4 Value pads (the lined stuff for schools etc), 5 sheets at once through this shredder is a breeze, as are receipts and the like. But then again, if it won't take 5 sheets of your chosen paper at once, you can always wait a few more seconds and feed them through a few at a time - it all achieves the same end result.
Of note, if you do try to shove a 'book full' through in one go, you'll find that the motor will jam and stop, at which point you can select the reverse function to wind the 'book' back out again from the cutters. If you leave it in the jammed, power on position too long, there is a thermal cut-out on the motor which will switch it off for about 10 minutes, allowing time for it to cool down and reset, at which point use the reverse option again to clear the jam.
Any other points to note? One of the ways I seem to be able to make my shredders last is by giving the grinders a quick light squirt of W40 every so often. Seems to keep everything moving and keeps the cutting edges nice and sharp for continued shredding.
Any negative points? With respect to the shredder itself, it does the job, and hence, I can't fault it. You do get the occasional issue where a single sheet of paper may not trip the auto switch to operate, in which case I just fold the sheet in half and try again, and that often works. It has also taken the occasional 'hidden' staple with no problems, but I'm not sure how durable it would be against a staple onslaught. But one thing that does frustrate me is that it is often difficult to get the shreddings recycled. Our local Bin Men won't take them with the recycling because they blow everywhere, and the local recycling site gets a bit wary of them as well due to the mess they can make. So we often just end up dumping them in a bag and throwing them in the bin, which is a bit of a waste.
In summary, this Tesco 5 Sheet Shredder has proved its worth. It was cheap, shreds well and does the job. OK, there is the debate as what constitutes the paper thickness for the '5 sheet' claim, but that really is a minor point, unless you have a definite desire that you need to do 5 sheets of paper at a time, in which case this shredder may not be for you. However, for the rest of use mere mortals, as a cost effective everyday household shredder, this is the one for you. Hence, a 5* recommendation.
A good five years ago I became the victim of id theft and fraud. At that time I never had the internet nor did I shop online (addict now) and had my few thousand pounds worth of my life savings stolen from my bank account, I had credit cards and a loan all out in my name. I had moved from a rental cottage to a new house and somewhere during this time it happened anyways a few thousand pounds may be nothing to some people but that was all the money I had and being on a low income it broke my heart. I cant go into to much detail, but the appropriate actions were taken. Ever since that I have took extra precautions to stop it happening again. I shop online with a pre paid card, and bought a shredder.
My last shredder was a hand winding one I have since upgraded to the Tesco 5 paper shredder much better.
Tesco 5 paper shredder cost £15.00 from Tesco instore and I think its a good price to pay have seen shredders costing so much more. The shredder comes in a cardboard box with a big picture on the box showing exactly what the shredder is like.
It is fully wrapped in plastic bags and there is an instruction manual with it too. Once unwrapped you have the wired bin and the shredding unit that sits on top of the bin.
The shredder is easy put together , you just place the shredder unit on top on the black wired basket and clip it on with the clips attached the the shredder unit and plug it in at the electrical socket. On shredding it claims to shred five papers at once this has never worked for me three at most any more and it gets blocked up. There is one switch on the unit push it forward and start shredding and put it on the backwards motion and it reverses the shredding only to be used if the shredder gets jammed up.
What I really like about this shredder is its a cross shredder and makes a great job at making the paper work unreadable and also stopping anyone getting the shredding out the bin to piece it back together.
When the shredder is running it does sound loud but not to bad as it shreds an A4 paper in thirty seconds so that how long the noise lasts.
I now shred everything and it has become more of an addiction that a good habit often shredding everything that comes in the post and on a few occasions shredded letters that i was supposed to keep WOOPS. The shredder can take an A 4 sheet of paper side ways and that's how large the opening of the shredder is, although the blades are clearly very sharpe it would be hard to stick a finger in as the plastic surround stops that although i still keep it out of the way of my children.
I can live less paranoid now known my id is shredded to bits in the bin and unreadable. I do recommend the tesco five paper shredder although it does loose two stars because it does not shred five sheets at once!
There apparently comes a time in everyone's lives when they feel a need to start shredding - I think it was Michael McIntyre that pointed this out to me, and it seems my parents have reached that time.
Despite being fairly clueless about most forms of technology, they have decided that people even knowing your name and address will have catastrophic consequences (although isn't this all available in the phone book..?).
I decided that it was worth spending £15 on a shredder to quell their fears, so I ordered this shredder from Tesco's online site. Neither of them deal with a great amount of paperwork so I thought the five sheet limit wouldn't be a great hindrance.
The box contains two units - the mesh bin and the shredding head unit. You attach them together, very simply, and you are good to go.
The shredder operates quite quietly - I don't have a great deal of experience with them, but the one in my office is certainly noisier than this, although that can handle a great deal more in one go. It is also very safe - if you disconnect it from the basket it will power down so you can't test the toughness of your fingers.
On the downside, this struggles to live up to it's five-sheet billing, unless you store much sensitive information about yourself on tissues. The mesh basket also allows some of the smaller pieces of paper to fall out, meaning you will need to hoover around the area, especially when you pick it up to empty it. It also overheats if you use it for more than a couple of minutes, taking about ten minutes to cool back down to the level where it will function - fortunately, you can shred quite a lot in two minutes, so this won't come around often once you have down your initial "big shred".
The bits of shredded paper could potentially be big enough to retain useful information, but it would take a lot of sifting to find them, so I consider this suitable for all but hypersensitive information, which if you have any, you would probably be better of burning!
For the price, I think this is good, but if you will be a heavy user I would get a bigger capacity shredder, so you don't have to spend so much time on this menial task.
I really am getting fed up with buying things, particularly electrical goods, which barely outlive their warranties. Most recent additions to this sad queue of hardware now at my local 'recycling amenity', or 'dump' as they're sometimes known are my wife's iPod dock (2 years old), and my ACCO Rexel Office Cross-Cut Shredder also barely making it past the yearling stage. If ever there was an exception to disprove the rule that 'you get what you pay for', look no further than the last item.
Not two years ago, having seen the sense of getting a 'cross-cut shredder' as opposed to the mere 'strip shredder' I'd previously owned, I rejected cheap offerings from the likes of Tesco et al, in favour of a make of 'proper office equipment'. After all, given domestic work volumes it'd last for ever, eh*?
Wrong - two years down the line, it's kaput and if you stop to work it out, having cost me about 50p a week to own.
(*I definitely am turning Canadian, eh - that's the second opinion in which I've ended a sentence with 'eh' isn't it, eh? Too many episodes of Ice Road Truckers, eh.)
Fired up with an attitude bordering on Marvin the Manic Robot, as in "Might as well buy junk, if that's all the life I can expect out of one. Life? Don't talk to me about life!", I buried my prejudices a bought a Tesco Cross-Cut Shredder after all.
None too favourable, I have to say.
The mechanism sits atop a wire basket, which I thought was neater than the previous black plastic bin. Having first unpacked it, I tried to press the cutting head into place, at which the wire basket crumpled with a large dent in it. I'd been trying to fit the head assembly on the wrong way (there being no 'Go 50-50' or 'Phone a Friend' options).
This caused a slot in the mechanism to 'miss' a welded lug on the basket by a mere 180 degrees! Captain Cook wouldn't have been impressed - "Cape Horn laddie? What's that white bear doing over there then?"
When correctly fitted, this is the safety catch that allows the machine to be powered up till you try lifting it off the basket, when it stops for its own good and that of your finger tips. However, when done the wrong way, you end up pressing too hard on the basket below, hence the dent. This was easily rectified without having to take it to a body shop, but it left me feeling that the whole thing could be a bit flimsy if anything other than paper puts its weight on the lid. You certainly wouldn't want to put a casual foot on it whilst chatting up the new girl at the office water cooler.
To be fair, Tesco don't claim it to be office grade kit, and maybe for the price, I'm being unfair. At least this one is only going to cost me about 25p a week, even if it only last 12 months! Anything extra is pure bonus.
DOES IT WORK?
Yes, it does.
A4 it gobbles with gusto.
It readily recycles receipts, and....oh enough of the alliteration Chris.
Look it shreds stuff OK?
The cross cutting seems to take place every few inches, so an A4 sheet would probably be shredded into several hundred pieces, making gluing one back together a practical impossibility, especially if you give your 'shreddings' a good churn before the recyclers come to take them away. Incidentally, our borough won't let us include this as paper waste, since it blows everywhere as they decant it into their truck!
Anyone into selling stuff on e-Bay might welcome the opportunity to export the shreddings (of non-sensitive content I'd suggest) as packaging material to someone else.
In fact a good way to get rid of the shredding is to stuff great gobbets of it into the reply-paid envelopes of all those junk mail 'opportunities' you keep getting sent. Keep postmen in a job and get your own back - two for the price of one! Hey Presto!
I wouldn't say this is the quietest shredder I've ever had, but it is the cheapest at around 16 quid. However, I attribute the noise to the speed with which it shreds. One touch of the paper's edge into the "slot of doom" and it's gone.
Tesco say it's a 5-sheet shredder, but I feel it's struggling with 4. This may of course be down to paper density. It may well be OK with 5 sheets of typical low-GSM (Grams per Square Metre) photocopy paper, but quality letter paper in handfuls gives it a distinct problem. Luckily, it handles 3 of most anything so I'm not too worried.
Controls are minimal. You can leave it set to 'AUTO' so that it starts as you introduce a sheet into its waiting maws. Unlike my previous example, it has no manual 'ON' setting, so if the sheet of paper is too flimsy to work the trip-switch inside, you have to wait till it can be paired with something more substantial.
There's a 'REVERSE' setting to help with sorting out any paper jams you may get, like if you neglect to remove a strategically-placed staple, but that's about it.
Heh, it works, don't knock it. (You might dent it!)
Does this do exactly what it says on the tin?
I don't think so at all.
We, like many other people have got ever concious about the need not to have our identities stolen...although I quite like the idea of another me running around eastern Europe buying CDs and make up!
We decided to buy a shredder so that we could get rid of paper work. previously we had been pulping it and adding it to our compost bin, this we will continue to do this too with all of our newly shredded paper too!
We have been amazed at just how quickly paperwork builds up that needs to be shredded!SO we looked around and found a good shredder from Tescos.
We chose Tescos because they are quick to deliver, give good value for money and also, we get clubcard points on our purchases!
We ordered the shredder on a Sunday evening and it arrived on Tuesday morning, minimal packaging and minimal fuss.
The basket is made from steel and feels very thick and strong. It also, surprisingly, holds loads of paper.... it took a long time to fill up and even longer to empty out into the compost bin!
The shredder element is easy enough to use, but did on occasion, overheat. At first we thought that it had broken, but after leaving it for about ten minutes it was ready to go again.
I must say that there is something highly addictive about shredding and it is a satisfying job with the TESCO shredder. It makes minimal noice too... We were still able to watch the TV whilst doing it!
Although this shredder says it can take five sheets at a time, we would recommend caution here...three or four is the maximum and five just makes it get hot and slow.
All in all though, We are really happy with it and feel we have got a good value for money bargain.
Identity theft is fast becoming one of the most lucrative criminal activities in the UK from as little as a bank statement thieves can start clone your identity. The Tesco Cross-Cut paper shredder can help prevent this type of theft. It has it's own bin and is ideally placed for your home office. It cross shreds all your paper documents that you no longer need making them painstakingly difficult to piece back together. Main features include: 5 sheet cross cut shredder ideal for home or office. Extra large 18 litre mesh metal bin. Auto start/stop. Reverse function. Cross cut reduces paper to a confetti style for added protection.