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Old 05-30-2011, 02:57 AM
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There are several considerations when choosing a paper shredder. First, will items be shredded sufficiently, so that critical papers cannot be reassembled. Second, are papers going to constantly jam the machine; third, are you going to accidentally shred your hand; and fourth, is it going to drive you crazy with noise.

The Fellowes Intellishred passes with flying colors on all four counts. Not only will your sensitive documents be reduced to cross-cut particles, but this powerful shredder can dispose of 15 sheets of paper at a time. In addition, it will shred CDs and credit cards. You can put junk mail credit card invitations through the hopper without even having to open the envelopes.

The system is jam-proof. There's a sensor that can detect the thickness of the paper stack you intend to shred. If you've added too much, it lets you know beforehand, avoiding jams. If you're adding to the stack a little at a time, there's even a graduated sensor that lets you know when you're nearing capacity. The light moves from green, to yellow, to red when you've overloaded. If paper has been mis-fed into the chute, it auto-reverses so that it can be repositioned.

There is a 'SafeSense' feature that activates a safety light and causes the shredder to stop immediately if your hands get near the opening. The shredder mouth can actually detect fingers when they come into contact with the metal trim around the edge. It looks decorative, but in fact, it's performing an important function.

It's blissfully quiet, compared to other shredders. This is important if it's in an office where there's other work going on at the same time. Shredding can proceed without bringing all other activity to a screeching halt.

This machine can be used with customized garbage bags, or shredded papers can simply collect in the bin to be added to the regular garbage or recycle collection. There are two sample garbage bags that come with the unit so that you can try them out without first having to spend about $30 per box. The bin is easy to remove and there's a clear slot so you can easily see when it's getting full. Of course, there's also an electronic alert that lets you know the same thing.

One added bonus is how attractive the design is. It's a sleek, silver machine and it feels sturdy, too. With an MSRP of $349.99, it's a lot more expensive than other models out there. What you're paying for are the safety feature and the quality. If those are important to you, then it's well worth the extra money.
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