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      09.12.2013 13:07
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      Good compact shredder for your security

      This Tesco value 7L is available for £12.50 at the moment from Tesco, which is what I paid for it. I have been scammed a few times and had to claim money back because of fraud.

      I live in a block of flats where all the post boxes are grouped together and post is often left out or falls on the floor. The rubbish is all put in bags in a bin hut behind the flats where anyone can go in and take your rubbish ( bills letters etc )

      I used to be very casual and not worry at all online or offline about security. I started blanking out details on letters and bills etc before throwing them, then thought this would be better as I don't get many paper bills now, it won't take long.

      It says it can shred up to 5 pieces of A4 at once. Plugs into mains.

      USAGE

      This a small desktop home office type paper shredder by Tesco. It holds 7 litres as the name 7L suggests. This is best suited though to shredding documents one at a time and emptying the bin. It has a shred / auto and reverse button on the top. This shredder is not powerful enough to pull several pieces through at a time or unjam them if they get stuck.

      So you need to be good at fixing things/ playing around with photo copiers / printers etc or just use it very carefully and slowly. At only £12.50 you can't expect a really powerful motor that shreds whole books ! I did have a novelty paper shredder once that ran on batteries, that really was useless and just didn't work. This does work, you just have to go easy on it.

      It was more reliable that my printer , but that isn't saying much, also it was quieter and faster. It makes sure all your documents are secured for £12.50, what more do you want !

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      29.11.2013 13:18
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      A ery good basic shredder

      As it approaches ever nearer to putting our flat on the market, my husband and I have challenged ourselves to clear one drawer of paperwork every week between now and then. It is quite amazing in my opinion how much paper does build up over just four years of living in a property and we are regularly coming across things that we didn't even remember receiving in the post. As much of the information is personal, we decided that a decent paper shredder was a must although, as it is nearing Christmas we didn't want to spend the earth. Therefore when I saw this Tesco value paper shredder in my local Tesco supermarket recently for just £12.50 I considered it too good a bargain to pass up.

      Taking my shredder home I felt pleased in the knowledge that I had purchased a relatively good looking product which would fit nicely into the rather neutral colour scheme in our office room. This shredder is predominantly black in colour with a rectangular upright shape and the only diversity in colour is the white symbols which adorn the top. These symbols basically show a series of images with crosses through them to illustrate quite simply what this shredder shouldn't be used for and how it shouldn't be operated. For example, although obvious, we are told that you shouldn't operate this shredder with a dangly tie or loose hair and it shouldn't be used to shred paper with paperclips attached. I like these illustrations as I think they are basic enough to be understood by everyone.

      To operate this shredder it is really a case of plugging it in via the electric cable and then getting to work. The idea of this shredder is quite simply that paper is fed through the top and then passes through cross cut blades to convert the paper into tiny strips of paper which would be virtually impossible to piece back together. The shredder is operated via a large switch button on the lid and this has an automatic setting to the left and rev setting on the right with the off button being in the centre. It is all very easy to operate in my opinion with everything being quite simple to understand. Tesco do state that this shredder can be used on up to five pieces of paper at the same time which I was keen to test.

      Plugging my shredder in, I had already placed a large pile of paperwork to one side with the intention of shredding my way through all of it. There was quite a variety of paper to go through, including an old copy of my paper driving license, some work related certificates and various other invoices and historic bills. I began by putting the shredder on the automatic setting, this created quite a deep whirring sound which was a good indicator that the machine was on. Taking five pieces of what I considered to be paper of a standard thickness I started to feed them through the slit at the top of the machine. It soon became apparent that shredding five pieces of paper at a time was not going to happen. When overworked this machine creates quite an unhealthy whirring noise and it was after it had munched its way rather slowly through my five pages that i decided not to try it again. As a shredder for about three pieces of paper this machine is quite capable and goes through them quite quickly with its deep munching noise. After shredding my bin was full with little pieces of paper, quite unrecognisable as to what it they had been before. To empty the lid of the bin pulls off quite easily and I then empty it into my recycling bin.

      In my overall opinion this is a great little shredder for small amounts of shredding and is certainly good in our home environment. The small size of the bin ensures that it sits out of sight when not in use and it produces nice small cuts of paper which definitely prevent information being stolen. I do think that this shredder is insufficient to shred five pieces of paper and think that three is optimum however it is such great value for money that I cannot help but be pleased with this purchase.

      As a result of the above I would recommend this shredder and would award it a good four stars.

      I hope this review has been of some help and thanks for reading! x

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        23.06.2013 17:05
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        This product was average, then it broke, then it was awful

        I moved to University in 2011 and one of the things that I went out to buy for my room was a paper shredder. Over the course of freshers fortnight I had gathered mountains of insurance, bank statements, University documents that I needed to dispose of. I didn't really have an idea how much paper shredders cost until I actually had to go out and buy one for myself.

        I brought this paper shredder from Tesco's for little under £20. The product personally wasn't very well packaged but then again the contents were only a lid, a bucket and the instructions. It didn't bother me too much that the cut style was only a "strip cut" as long as I could dispose my details more safely. Overall, the product looked quite smart and basic, ideally sized and suited for my student house.

        The top part (the lid) of the paper shredder was a little heavy, but then again I think this is the case with most paper shredders. The product was made of a cheap, plastic black material and for £20 I expected something of a better quality. The shredder had only two shredding options minus the "standby" button: reverse and shred (simple to use.) There were also a number of white images on the top of the lid, sadly I have now forgotten what they displayed.

        I object to the claims that this product can shred 5 sheets at once because mine broke not long after I brought it, very disappointing. The 'reverse' button didn't push out my paper and now I am left with a broken paper shredder that I now cannot fix. Very disappointed in the product, I would never buy again.

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          03.06.2013 16:28
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          Thanks for Reading :)

          As a family of four we can usually build up quite a long pile of unwanted bank statements and other unwanted documents holding personal details, therefore having a paper shredder in the household became a necessity.


          Tesco advertises their 7L paper shredder and bin as:

          'The Tesco home and office strip cut shredder is capable of shredding up to 5 pieces of A4 paper at once. With an auto stop/start function this shredder is easy to use at your convenience. Its mesh-covered bin can handle up to 7 litres of confidential waste paper in tiny pieces' more details at http://www.tesco.com/direct/tesco-value- tvscs211-strip-cut-shredder-with-7-litre-bin/215-0451.prd.



          == PRICE ==


          When visiting my local Tesco supermarket I thought I'd have a glimpse at the paper shredders available for sale in their technology section. To my surprise I saw the one that looked just right, the Tesco Value 7L Paper Shredder and Bin was just the right size and also had a more than reasonable price tag (£12.50). We were basically looking for one that was simple to use, small in size and affordable; and this one seemed ideal; priced at just £12.50 and having a perfect 7 litre capacity. At the time there was a larger one also available (10 L capacity) priced at around £17.00, but the 7 L seemed the better option for our needs.



          == DESIGN ==


          Design wise the shredder looks quite attractive and modern. It is coloured in glossy black plastic material and has a nice curvy shape. The shredder has two sections with the bottom compartment being the area where all shredded paper is collected, and the upper part consisting of the shredder mechanics. The gap in which the paper slides into is a good length and is located at the top of the shredder compartment. The power switch is easily visible beside the shredding gap with options auto, off and reverse available. The power lead is a reasonable length, but as the shredder is nicely compact and lightweight it is very easy to move closer to a power socket if needed.



          == EXPERIENCE ==


          I personally found this shredder very easy to use and to be a great little shredder. It perfectly shreds paper into the shredder compartment, and I found that it does so reasonably quickly and doesn't make as much noise as I expected.

          The 7 capacity holds more than enough shredded paper for a small household like ours, however for a larger family or for a larger volume of papers to shred then I would recommend a larger capacity as I have a few times tried shredding a few sheets of paper at a time and it does shred them but does take a little longer, however I would warn not to shred more than 4 or 5 sheets at the same time as it can cause it to jam. I found the reverse option to very handy in these cases, easily unjaming any stuck paper in the shredder.



          == CONCLUSION ==


          Overall I would recommend this to any small house hold that would use a paper shredder every few weeks, it is very simple to use, very well designed and looks and works far from what you would expect a value product to look and function like. The price is more than reasonable and overall works just as good as the more expensive branded versions.

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          25.01.2013 14:53
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          For the price, a bargain

          **Why Shred?**

          When I was younger (and I'm only 30 now!) no-one really shredded their personal stuff, they either kept it, made do with scribbling with a biro, or just hand ripped things up. But now, with the internet and cyber fraud and identity theft a very real thing and not just something from the movies, it's better to be safe than sorry and it's always a good idea not only to shred your personal documents when disposing of them, but it's better to scatter the shreddings between two or three bins / bin bags too.

          Early shredders were just ribbon style (ie, they shredded an A4 sheet into about 30 ribbons) but wily thieves found these easy to put back together with a bit of sellotape and determination so most shredders now are cross cut, which means they ribbon shred but every inch or so they cut the ribbon off into small pieces making the shredded paper into a 100 or more pieces, obviously a lot more secure.

          **The Tesco Value Paper Shredder and Bin**

          When I realised I needed a new shredder (my old one was a manual and driving me mad!) I looked for an electric cross cut to make life a bit easier. Most of the branded ones and ones in the stationers were £10 - £15 so I was pleased to find the Tesco Value Paper Shredder and Bin in a larger Tesco's for £8. A bargain!

          It's a decent size, 7L is quite a lot of shredded paper, and it has simple operation, perfect for the home - on/off, and forward / reverse (used if you get something stuck, preferably not your tie!)

          **Personal, not professional**

          It's very easy to use but it is key to note that the Tesco Value Paper Shredder and Bin is a personal shredder for home use and wouldn't really be all that great to use in an office environment. Our big office shredder (at a cost of x thousands) will shred 10 pages at a time, even CDs and debit cards. The Tesco Value Paper Shredder will shred about three, it says five but really that would only be the thinnest paper. Regular printer paper shreds easiest at three pages at once, and with any staples removed.

          For bank statements, bills, personal letters and so on, it's ideal. It's cheap, it's very easy to use, it's sturdy, and it shreds well. For the money I'm really happy with the Tesco Value Paper Shredder and Bin, and I do recommend it to anyone looking for a casual answer to personal data protection. My dad has now bought the same one and he is happy with it too.

          **Recommend?**

          For casual users, yes, I do, you really can't do better in automated cross cut shredding for £8 - it's a real bargain. I'll give it 4/5 purely because it says it can shred 5 sheets at a time and it really can't (the motor sounds like a 1982 ford escort pulling a horse box) but other than that it's a good shredder and nicely done.

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            03.07.2012 18:23

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            An almost useless toy which will not shred the stated no of pages - even with one sheet the motor wines and smells of burning - bin too small to be of any practical use. this one is to be returned tomorrow as "unfit for purpose"

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            25.02.2012 20:35

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            Very light use only.

            A shredder from Tesco, how bad can it be?, well this one is pretty bad. That is unless you are going to only shred a couple of piece of paper at a time, and not all at once. Does the shredder shred, yes it does, it will shred one piece of paper quite nicely at a time anymore than that and the motor will start whinning, as for card, it whines from the outset.
            You may want to actually shred quite a few documents or mail one after the other, well I warn you now, after about five minutes this shredder will generally overheat, less time if you dare to do more than one page at a time, and then you have to turn it off and wait for it to cool down for a while.
            On the plus side it's cheap and cheerful with it's black plastic bin and for the none serial shredder it will probably do the job, it's lightweight and with a slider at the top that goes from off to auto to reverse it's also pretty idiot proof and if you lift the top of the unit whilst shredding it will cut off, which is a good safety feature.

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            08.01.2012 23:25
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            Does the job if you just want to shred paper!

            ==Introduction==
            Since turning eighteen two years ago and going into full time employment I started to get alot more important, confidential documents including wage slips and bank statements and they were starting to mount up at home, I knew it wasn't an option just to throw them in the bin so decided that it was time to invest in a paper shredder. Working at Tesco, while on my lunch break I decided to go and check out what shredders they had on offer an went for the Tesco value shredder as I didn't want nor need a fancy shredder just one that was going to shred my confidential information. I paid £8 for this product.

            ==About the product==
            The shredder is quite small and is also quite light. The shredder is black and is made from plastic. The capacity of the shredder is 7 litres which is plenty for me as it was just for personal use although may not be any good if you work in an office and would be using quite alot during the day. The shredder needs a power socket nearby to use. The shredder states that it can take up to 5 sheets of paper at a time although I stuck to just doing 2 at a time because it seemed to cope better with this. I tried putting in a piece of thick paper/card although it was too thick so this machine is only really of use to you if you want to shred paper.

            To use the shredder you need to plug it in and turn it to "on" you then feed the paper through the slot in the top, the paper then sets shredded into 7mm strips which is enough for no details to still be readable, once i have a pile of shredded paper I then use it for bedding for the guinea pigs and they seem to love it, so by the time they have finished with it I'm pretty sure no one will be able to get their hands on any of my information.

            If the paper is not fed in carefully it can from time to time get stuck, although there is a reverse button although this only actually works half the time, I've found myself having to take the top off and take the paper out manually myself which does take some time and at this point I'm wishing I went for a bit of a better shredder! Although saying this I've never actually had a problem with the shredder itself its always turned on fine and always done as its told, the only reason it has jammed is because the paper has not be fed in at a perfect straight angle.

            ==Summary==
            I've had this shredder for just over a year now and it's still working with no problems, it's quite compact so I just keep it out on my desk, it does get used quite regularly and the only problem I've had with it is the jamming although this is probably my own fault, if you careful with the shredder you probably not going to have any problems with it, considering I only paid £8 this product I'm quite happy with it although if it was ever to stop working I think I would go for a better brand one next time as my mum also has a shredder and paid about £20 and it just seems better in general, all in all I would rate this shredder 7/10.

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              06.01.2012 16:37
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              A household essential

              Although the shredder I am reviewing is the Tesco Value one, mine is slightly different to the picture Dooyoo are showing.


              In this day and age a shredder is a must for most of us. Identity theft is unpleasant and very upsetting. Its happened to a member of my family and the after effects are not very nice. When we moved into our house we were given an old shredder that limped along for 3 weeks before eventually giving up and shuddered to a halt.
              With money being tight we looked around for a new one and opted for a Tesco Value Shredder, my parents had had one for several years and it seemed good enough to do the job.

              The shredder comes in 2 parts, the bucket which collects all your shredded documents and the motor part which just sits on top. It comes with a plug already attached and here is where you lose out buying value products, the cable is quite short, just 123cm's. Luckily this isn't a problem for me but if you were planning on having the shredder some way from the socket you may have to re think.
              The overall size of my shredder is 30 x 27 x 16cm's , so pretty average for your everyday household shredder. The bucket is made from a sturdy black plastic which measures 26x27x16cm's.

              The top part of my shredder is a silver colour, it can only sit one way on the bucket and the motor wont work unless you have the top on properly. The Value shredder has just 3 controls on the top by way of a little button that just slides along, these are off, auto and reverse. Off is self explanatory, auto is like the on button and reverse is very handy if you get a jam, sometimes putting the paper in reverse a few times will clear it.

              The top of the shredder tells you that the maximum amount of sheets of paper you can shred at once is 5, I would totally disagree with this. The shredder will cope with 2 maybe 3 sheets if the paper is very thin but to be honest it struggles slightly with just 1 sheet if the paper is thick. There are 6 little warnings along the top of the shredder which are in picture form and not really that clear. They are don't put your hand in the shredder, be careful with long hair, be careful of wearing a tie or bracelets and don't try to shred cd's or paperclips.

              The slot to put the paper in is 22cm's x 0.5cm and in the middle just inside the slot is a little black tooth, this pushes back when you put your paper in and starts the motor, once the paper is shredded and through the cutters this little tooth pops forward again and the motor stops. My shredder will work for 3 to 6 minuets continuous shredding, feeding the paper in constantly before it cuts out. Once cooled in about 15minuets it will work again. This is fine for me because we don't get that much to shred. If you have a lot of documents to shred or are looking for a shredder for an office then this probably wouldn't be the best one.

              The shredded pieces of paper are nice and small measuring just 3.5cm's x 0.5cm so hopefully it should be enough to sufficiently destroy any information on them. To empty the shredder simply lift the top part of the bucket and empty your shredding in the recycle bin or wherever you choose. When you take the top from the bucket there is a flap of black plastic underneath that covers over the rollers so you shouldn't catch your hands on them, they are quite vicious looking things. I do find that when the bucket is full the paper can collect around the rollers, if this happens I sometimes have to take the top of the shredder of and clear the rollers of jammed paper. Of course to do this you should always unplug the machine first and take care not to cut yourself.

              All in all we have been pleased the Tesco Value Shredder. Its been ideal for shredding our old bank statements etc and its great at Christmas for making your own festive shredded wrapping. I cant remember the exact price we paid but for those interested the shredder can be found online at Tesco Direct or in store at the largest Tesco branches.

              This shredder does everything I need it to, its fine for average house hold documents and although it doesn't shred 5 sheets of paper at once, and the cable isn't very long its still a good little machine that has served us well, I would definitely recommend it.

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                06.01.2012 14:52
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                Value for money and reliable providing you look after it.

                I have owned a small number of shredders in the past, both manual and electrical ones. They both have their advantages and disadvantages. Generally speaking manual shredders are inexpensive, with electronic powered devices often costing more, also with more potential problems! I came across the Tesco Value 7litre Paper Shredder and Bin and I thought it would give me the best of both worlds, with the inexpensive pricetag and the electrical operation!

                Priced at around £9 it isn't a very expensive electric powered shredder so I didn't get my hopes up too much with the results. I expected the speed to be a little pedestrian, with sheet quantity to also be limited. This shredder is said to take five sheets at a time, but I find this can be a struggle so I only usually put two or maybe three sheets through it at any one time. One thing I have learned with basic shredders like this is that you should never ask too much of them.

                The shredderitself isn't cheap or tacky looking and does look more than £9 worth of gadget. The black plastic 'lid' of the shredder is fairly plain, with just the shredder instruction/warning decals to break the colour up. The 'bin' is also plain black and overall the look is quite smart. Tesco have ensured they keep costs to a minimum as far as looks are concerned, as the opinion will ultimately be formed on the performance of the shredder in action.

                As I have briefly covered, this shredder will happily chomp away at two or three sheets of paper at one time. It isn't brisk at such a task, but it does carry it out reasonably efficiently. I have tried feeding the shredder thin strips of cardboard, but this isn't advised and I certainly wouldn't recommend relying on being able to do such a thing.

                Operation is very simple. There is an 'On/Off' switch on the shredder which is pretty much self explanatory. All you need to do then is feed the paper you wish to shred gently into the slot at the top of the unit. Shredding commences and the sheets are shredded to 7mm strips - more than adequate for shredding bills and written documents. If a sheet of paper does become stuck in the mechanism you can use the 'reverse' button in order to try and help the shredder out. If the paper still won't budge then I have in the past had to resort to taking the shredder away from the 'bin' and giggling the paper free from the other side. It is advised you switch the power off at this point to avoid any nasty surprises.

                Other than the minor issues with paper jams and the fact this isn't a heavy duty unit I am pleasantly surprised with the efficiency of the Tesco Value shredder. The price is certainly something that will attract the eye, though you may then question how good this shredder actually is. The answer is that overall the Tesco Value 7litre Paper Shredder and Bin is well worth the £9 pricetag. Looks are not everything, and with a simple operation and a not too forceful hand, I am sure you will both get along very well.

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                  04.01.2012 12:06
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                  A basic shredder

                  I had watched a few news programmes and Crimewatch where people rummaging through others bins to obtain personal information and commit fraud. This got me concerned and I wanted to be extra careful when disposing of debit card statements, credit card statements along with other letters containing sensitive material.

                  Saying this I did not want to spend a fortune on preventing my own paranoia. So when I was next doing a big shop at Tesco's I decided to have a look at what they offered. They had a number on offer ranging up to £100 pounds. As I only had a couple of letters each day to dispose of I decided to go for the cheapest option, the Tesco Value Shredder which only cost me £7.58. I thought I would give it a try and If it was useless I would return it. Also it comes with a year's guarantee so that gave me some reassurance.

                  Compared to ones I have seen in work offices the Tesco shredder is a simple model. The one I have at work is extremely heavy whereas the Tesco shredder is made of light black plastic and can easily be moved around my desk.

                  As I do not have much to dispose of I tend not to shred more than one or two pieces of paper at a time. Although I do recall one time trying to do around 6 pages at once and this jammed the machine. The instructions suggest not shredding more than 5 pages at a time but I just stick to a maximum of three now as I don't want it to jam.

                  The shredder is light and compact a really good for my home use. Its black finish also is quite appealing and does not stick out like a sore thumb. I would never recommend this for anything further than personal use as it will just jam anything slightly strenuous.

                  All in all it is perfect for the little use I need from it and it gives me that piece of mind I was after

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                  28.11.2011 17:02
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                  basis shredder

                  I recently decided it was time to clear out my desk and that included sorting out mounds of old bank statements, credit card statements and other documents with important personal information. I decided that the safest way to dispose of all this paper would be to buy a shredder. I knew I didn't want anything too expensive or difficult to store. During my weekly shopping trip to my local Tesco I spotted a Tesco value shredder at the very reasonable price of £7.97. At this price I felt it was well worth buying especially as it came with a 1 year guarantee.


                  The Tesco value shredder is a very basic model, as you would expect for its modest price tag. It is made of black plastic and is fairly light and compact. It is very easy to use, simple plug in and switch on and you are ready to go! This model is only designed to cope with a maximum of 5 A4 sheets of paper at a time and will not deal with paper clips or staples. It has a 7 litre capacity waste collection bin. The machine has auto and reverse shred functions. Auto is used to operate the shredding function and reverse is used to free the machine should it jam.

                  The shredder is designed to shred paper to 7mm ribbons making it impossible for anyone with dubious intensions to read! Although the instructions say that you can shred 5 sheets of a4 paper at a time, I have found that this is usually too much for the shredder to cope with and jams it. I would suggest you only shred 2 sheets of paper and this will result in less time spent unjamming! Even when I am being careful when feeding in paper to be shredded, the machine still has a tendency to jam on a regular basis.


                  This shredder is fine for light domestic use such as shredding letters, bank statements and the like. However it would be useless for office use as it is just too small to cope with shredding more that a few sheets of paper at a time. The 7 litre waste bin is easy to empty and holds enough paper for an average shredding session.

                  The shredder is easy to store and light enough to keep on a desktop. Overall this is a very basic shredder, but for the small price tag it does a reasonable enough job

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                    25.11.2011 12:04
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                    A not bad shredder for those on a budget!

                    In this modern age, security is at a premium. All we seem to hear about is terror threats, computer hacking and how hundreds of thousands of us are being scammed by people going through our bins and stealing all our personal details. Much of this is just scare-mongering and aimed at keeping us all as compliant little consumers only too keen to buy the latest gadget that will protect our identities and keep us safe but, on the other hand, it doesn't hurt to take a few precautions.

                    This low-budget strip-cut shredder is available from Tesco for just under a tenner at the moment and, whilst not as effective as a cross-cut shredder which will cost you a little more, does a good enough job of shredding your documents and making it just that little harder for eager criminals to steal your personal details (though if they want to go through my bins, good luck to them ~ I had to do it once when I mislaid a valuable piece of documentation and vowed next time it could just stay lost!).

                    It can take up to 5 sheets of A4 at a time though, having destroyed an earlier shredder by forcing too much through at once, I tend to stick to no more than 3 at once! These are cut into approximately 7mm strips which is adequate enough to destroy relevent details on important pieces of paper. It has a 7l capacity which doesn't sound too bad until you go to use it. In my experience, this shredder can fill up very quickly! And if things do get a little stuck, there is an option to set the spindles into reverse meaning that it is easier to disentangle any sheets that threaten to clog up the works. And this happens more than you might think!!

                    This shredder is okay for A4 but try putting smaller bits through such as recipts and it can get a little touchy! In fact, I have had a few jamming incidents and they have all been with smaller bits of paper! Still, this is a cheap little shredder and you DO get what you pay for so if you need something more hardy then this probably isn't for you!

                    Overall though, this is not bad for the price and a good purchase vfor the security-conscience family on a budget! Am I convinced that I need one? Maybe not so much but then I am one of those good little consumers that I mentioned at the start of this review and my own personal belief is that for a small cost it is better to be safe than sorry!

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                    24.11.2011 18:22

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                    Not bad for personal use

                    I paid £9.97 for this Tesco Value shredder. It's black in colour, sleek in shape and size and shreds five pieces of paper at a time (so it claims). It can be run by mains power and is easy to use and install. It can be a little messy, so make sure you're careful when you empty it as it's far too easy to be covered in shredded paper! The shredder does it's job but it can clog easily so make sure you don't overload it.

                    I shred two or three pieces of paper at the same time as I find that five pieces of paper (A4) can clog the motor and stop the shredder from working. This is a reverse button, however I find that it only works around 70% of the time. I've had to go to the trouble of unclogging it myself many times (with a standard kitchen knife). This can be a bit tedious.

                    The shredder cuts off automatically after fifteen minutes to cool itself down. After five minutes you can start shredding again. Initially I found this a bit of a hassle but it doesn't bother me too much now. I've learnt to do all my shredding in less than fifteen minutes (and I shred a LOT of paper!).

                    It has it's flaws but it's not bad for the price. It gets you by anyway. I would recommend it for non office work.

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                    15.11.2011 13:36
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                    Marvellous

                    After one night when I came home to find that my bin was turned upside down and a bag of poorly torn bills was lying all over my bin bay, I decided the time had come to get a shredder and only having a little amount left at the end of March, decided that a cheap option would be the best. As long as it shredded to some degree it was more protection to me than not. So I looked around and decided that the Tesco Value Range shredder looked right up my street.

                    This cost me only £7.99 in store and I think it may even be cheaper online. This is good value for a basic shredder and especially one that performs as well as this. Its definitely one to look at when needing some light shredding relief. Obviously you cant compare this to a top of the range model as it cannot measure you but for a basic shredder for home use this is ideal.

                    The first good point here is that in the 8 months I have been using this it has been nothing but reliable, dependable and providing excellent value. Its shredded everything I have had it shred in terms of letters and done a marvellous job. It works at a fast rate, doesn't require speeding up and even under long use rarely overheats. You would have to work this really hard to have the emergency overheat kick in,

                    The capacity is roughly about 5 thin sheets at a time but the speed is so fast even doing one at a time is enough. Of course as with any shredder if you overload this it will break but it can cope for long periods with the 3-5 sheets it performs best at. The blades have remained sharp throughout the casual home use and it performs well. Large scale shredding,i.e. hundreds of documents on a regular basis would be better done on another shredder but on the small home scale scene this is perfect.

                    The only one downside really is the low bin capacity. If it gets too full you have to empty it otherwise it effects the feed meaning you will find yourself struggling.

                    Other than that this is a perfect little device, good value and well performing. Intended for home use and performing well!
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