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    Question A good paper shredder?

    I bought a "Fellows" brand at Best Buy a couple of years ago and it's starting to take a dump. Actually I haven't been that impressed with it. It started slowing down over a year ago which I thought was a little too soon for something that is basically just an electric motor.

    I'm looking at NewEgg and would like to keep it under $100. Nothing major. I probably shred about 20-30 sheets a week.

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    Staples brand, 15 sheet, does credit cards, CDs, staples. Cross cut whatever so its hard to put pieces back together, and its easy to empty.

    Hasn't jammed on us yet in say 8 months of use.

    EDIT: For under 100 you could prob get the 8 or 10 sheet one, not sure if they would do all the other stuff.

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    Thanks, There is a staples right next to my gym. I swing in next time I'm there.

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    I have been through 3 "home use" shredders, pretty much all junk but some will get the job done. My latest is an Office max that does CDs 1 at a time and it's O.K. My kid works there so I get a discount.

    I used to destroy top secret aviation communication material in the Corps and our shredder could damn near do a phone book so I am spoiled!
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    For under 100 dollars..you're going to be disappointed with whatever brand you get. If you burned out a sub 100 dollar Fellowes, you'll burn out a sub hundred dollar anything. GOOD shredders are expensive, esp if you want crosscut/confetti, and jam-proof. If you want to crosscut shred 8-10 sheets at a time, and other media like disks, you're going to have to spend 'tween 200-300 bucks for a decent one. If you want to shred bulk..like 20 sheets at a time, prepare to spend upwards of 800 - 1000 bucks. Fellowes actually does make good ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    GOOD shredders are expensive, esp if you want crosscut/confetti, and jam-proof. If you want to crosscut shred 8-10 sheets at a time, and other media like disks, you're going to have to spend 'tween 200-300 bucks for a decent one.
    Our staples one was about $160 and has been great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    Our staples one was about $160 and has been great.
    Bet ya I could cook it inside of 2 weeks.
    I spend a lot of time feeding shredders here 'n there at various clients, office, and home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Bet ya I could cook it inside of 2 weeks.
    I spend a lot of time feeding shredders here 'n there at various clients, office, and home.
    If you're gonna over use it ya, my mother did that with the last one, 6 months worth of mail all shredded at once, overheated the thing fast. But in regular casual use it should be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YARDofSTUF View Post
    If you're gonna over use it ya, my mother did that with the last one, 6 months worth of mail all shredded at once, overheated the thing fast. But in regular casual use it should be fine.
    He already cooked one in short term, chances are he uses it more than the average person...noticing he uses it for a good handful on a weekly basis. I'd rather spend 300 bucks over a 10 year period instead of 80 bucks 2 years ago, another 160 bucks now, and another 200 bucks in 2 years. Raise the bar a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    He already cooked one in short term, chances are he uses it more than the average person...noticing he uses it for a good handful on a weekly basis. I'd rather spend 300 bucks over a 10 year period instead of 80 bucks 2 years ago, another 160 bucks now, and another 200 bucks in 2 years. Raise the bar a bit.
    20-30 sheets a week isn't bad. Shouldn't put it beyond its runtime even if he gets an 8 or 10 sheet 1.

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    It's looking like I may need to shell out a few more bucks for the next one. We shred almost everything we have that has a name and account number on it.

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    Maybe you need one of these?

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    ...according to Oriental, the company behind the device, any stray staples or clips will be removed from the paper by White Goat during the loo roll making process.
    I would hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by De Plano View Post
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    Hey, I weaned myself down to #34 sandpaper, thank you very much.

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    Do the illegal thing. It's the new craze, fire pit and matches!
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    Quote Originally Posted by blebs View Post
    Do the illegal thing. It's the new craze, fire pit and matches!
    A high school friend of mine did just that about a year ago. She had a fire pit on a picnic table on her back porch, torched her papers and thought the fire was gone, so she left. When she returned, she had no house left!

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