AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket
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High-security, micro-cut shredder with 12-sheet capacity destroys credit cards, CDs, and DVDs Shreds paper into tiny pieces (5/32 by 15/32 inches) at a rate of 6 feet per minute Auto start and manual reverse to clear paper jams 9.1-inch-wide paper feed 6.7-gallon pullout bin thermal protection with auto shut-off
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792 of 813 people found the following review helpful.
Great value for a high performance micro-cut shredder
I'm normally a Fellowes shredder guy. The only reason I replaced my first Fellowes was because I gave it to my mother. I've been using the very popular Fellowes Powershred W-11C for almost a year now and have been very happy with it. When I got the chance to try the AmazonBasics 12-sheet micro-cut, I went into it with fairly low expectations. After just a few days with the AmazonBasics, I've decided to donate my old shredder to my sister.
- Micro-cut produces nearly 8X more particles than cross-cut
- Quiet for a shredder
- Pullout basket comes out and goes back in easily
- Large 6.7 gallon capacity bin
- Caster wheels for easy mobility
- Lacks secondary safety lock
- Blindingly-bright power LED
MICRO-CUT VS CROSS-CUT
The biggest advantage of the AmazonBasics over my old W-11C is the micro-cut feature. I've gradually upgraded from strip cut, to cross-cut, and now to micro-cut. The difference in how small the pieces are for micro-cut over cross-cut is tremendous. Here's a breakdown of the different cut types:
strip cut: security level 2, 39 strips per 8.5" x 11" sheet
cross-cut: security level 3, 399 particles per 8.5" x 11" sheet
micro-cut: security level 4, 3,000 particles per 8.5" x 11" sheet
That's almost eight times the number of particles from cross-cut to micro-cut. When shredding with my cross-cut shredder, I made sure to shred sheets of paper perpendicular to the print. The cross-cut pieces were long enough that shredding parallel to the print would still allow some information to be easily read. With micro-cut, that's a non-issue. I can shred receipts, bills, and other documents at any angle and the pieces come out extremely small. For all intents and purposes, there'd be no way for anyone to put these pieces of paper back together.
I measured the noise of my old Fellowes W-11C with an American Recorder SPL-8810 sound level meter and got 91.8 dBA. The AmazonBasics, which benefits from the enclosed basket design, measured at 82.2 dBA -- almost a full 10 dBA quieter than the Fellowes. Ambient noise level was about 34.7 dBA and I measured both shredders right near the mouth.
DESIGN & FEATURES
The pullout basket is a sizable 6.7 gallons, which holds a ton of micro-cut pieces. It removes easily when you need to empty it and goes back in pretty smoothly as well. Removing it also activates a sensor that automatically disables the motor for added safety. The three-position auto/off/reverse switch works well, but is the only way keep the shredder off, other than unplugging it. The Fellowes has a separate safety lock to help prevent yourself and your kids from accidentally activating the shredder. I always unplug the shredder when I'm not using it, but if you like to keep yours plugged in, just keep in mind that there's no additional lock.
I also want to mention that the green LED power light on the Amazon Basics is extremely bright. I don't recommend looking straight down at it, which might be hard to do if you're standing over it while feeding paper through it.
The AmazonBasics 12-sheet micro-cut shredder is a fantastic value. The micro-cut feature alone is worth the small premium over standard shredders, like the Fellowes W-11C. Add the quiet operation and large, easy-to-empty waste bin and it's almost a no-brainer.
72 of 73 people found the following review helpful.
I'm so happy I can shred more than ten things with a shredder!
By Kate Slater
I'm so happy I can shred more than ten things with a shredder!
I bought this to replace my husband's previous 8-year-old shredder. Some of the plastic between the blades was coming off and blocking the blades from turning. You couldn't shred more than a couple minutes before it would overheat or jam and then turn off (and then it wouldn't work for a few hours).
Enter AmazonBasics 12-sheet High-Security Micro-Cut Paper, CD, and Credit Card Shredder with Pullout Basket!
I was scared to actually put 12 sheets at once into this contraption as I was scarred from the previous shredder but boy am I glad I did. It put faith back into paper shredders for me.
This baby churns like a quiet Devastator (I hope you get this reference). I could probably shred at night and no one would hear me.
I've shredded credit cards, CDs, and paper with this sucker and not one thing has jammed it.
I did read the instruction manual and saw that you are NEVER supposed to shred:
-large paper clips
-windowed or insulated envelopes
-bound pages (checkbooks, notepads, magazines, etc.)
-any items with adhesives
-hard materials or plastic (except credit cards and CDs)
I admit to shredding windowed envelopes, continuous forms (like those credit card balance transfer checks), and ad mailers that have cards stuck to them with strips of adhesive. I didn't know you weren't supposed to shred these things but now I do and will take extra special care NOT to shred these. Now I remove all mailers from envelopes, remove glue/adhesive strips, and remove the cards that come in said mailers so it's not too thick for the shredder to handle at one time.
I still do shred continuous forms like balance transfer check offers and credit card offers.
Conclusion: I LOVE THIS SHREDDER!
It shreds 12 sheets of paper, credit cards, and CDs as stated in the product description
It can run 8 minutes plus without overheating (it hasn't overheated on me yet)
It hasn't jammed
The bin is a good size to not have to empty it frequently
The micro-cut is fabulous
It wheels around smoothly, no creaking or squeeking, and is easy to move around
Striker (the cat) loves the end results :)
288 of 301 people found the following review helpful.
AmazonBasics 12-Sheet High Security Micro-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card...
Compared to my old shredder, this thing is great. I was mostly interested in replacing my old shredder because it lost a tooth and was starting to bind every 25-30 sheets. This new one had no problems with 10 sheets or those thick junk mail envelopes/cards. I can even shred that junk mail without opening it and stretching it out like I had to so my old shredder would not go 'hermitle' (think 'hermit crab retreating into its shell and glaring with its beady red eye (sic 'light')).
Anyhow, I saw the 'has wheels' but did not think much of it since it was going to be placed on a rug under a bench top table. The wheels have no problem with the carpets/rugs though, so I am glad they are there as I can wheel it over to my desk and shred away.
The other GREAT thing about it is that the bin slides out! No more "Must have vacuum cleaner present before operating this device" warning. The shred is also nice little 2 cm squares and do not fly around/grab onto/annoy me like the slips of paper from my old cross-cut shredder (those suckers would stick to everything and were able to achieve flight from me just breathing near them).
Last note - I was also worried that it would be a fine powder but it is not. I consistently got little 2 cm squares from the 10 cm stack of papers I shredded. Maybe the dust will come as it gets older despite how clean and well oiled I keep it... Only time and use will tell.