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I bought my first shredder approximately six years ago when we were continuously warned of the importance of shredding everything containing our personal information. I am somewhat shocked that there are still so many people who simply place unwanted letters and bills in their bins! In the wrong hands these are the perfect invitation for an experienced con person who can steal our identity within minutes!
Since my initial purchase, I must have bought at least another four shredders; all of which failed for some reason or other. My latest shredder, the Swordfish 700DC Diamond Cut shredder has been my faithful friend for the past eighteen months and so far (touch wood!) has not let me down. The shredder stands at 38cm high, 30cm wide and 15cm depth, with the 13.6 litre paper collection bin manufactured from an extremely sturdy plastic. The shredding mechanism is quite heavy and is a matt chrome/grey colour and sits neatly on top of the grooved areas located around the edge of the bin.
Using the Shredder
Swordfish claim that up to 7 sheets of paper can be shredded at any one time (based on a weight of 70gsm paper). However, I would argue that this definitely is not the case, as on numerous occasions, I have attempted to shred very lightweight paper, but have only been able to shred a maximum of three sheets per time. In order to ensure my shredder lasts me as long as reasonably practicable, I have never again attempted to try shredding more than 3 sheets at any one time. The actual bladed area of the shredder is 22cm in length, so the product is perfect for destroying any papers up to A4 in size. There is a switch located on the lower central area of the shredding device where we have three options – Rev, Off and Auto. There is also an indicator light located to the right hand side that lights green indicating that the shredder is ready for use.
There are some warning diagrams on the upper section of the shredder informing us of what we should not attempt to shred, such as paperclips, staples, ties and our hands! The shredder is extremely fast when in operation and will shred your papers within seconds. Unfortunately, I would not say the shredder is very quiet when in use, particularly as mine is located on an upstairs wooden floor. It tends to vibrate like mad through the floorboards and if anyone is downstairs, they are somewhat deafened by the loud droning! Whilst I have never experienced any paper jams with the shredder, the blades frequently tend to get lots of tiny pieces of paper caught between the teeth. Consequently, after every few uses I have to remove the pieces with a tweezers, which takes me just a few minutes. The area is easy to access and is covered by a sturdy plastic flap. You should remember that if you need to remove the upper section that you should unplug the shredder from the mains to avoid any mishaps with your fingers!
Effectiveness of the shredder
As far as the effectiveness of the shredder, I am more than happy, particularly as this is diamond cut, so I have every confidence that my personal information is being completely destroyed. I have previously owned shredders whereby the blades would not efficiently cut through all the papers and just touch the surface, therefore, leaving my personal information readily available for all to see. The shredder is also suitable for perfectly destroying your credit cards if you can bear to part with them! After using the shredder for two minutes, you should switch it off to allow the motor an opportunity to cool down, as otherwise the machine will automatically cut out and the ready indicator light will change to red. If this happens, you are required to wait for four minutes before the machine will allow you to use it again. As I like to be organised, I tend to shred any papers as and when they need destroying, as I simply cannot bear standing over the shredder for hours on end! The constant droning of the motor would drive me simple! As the bin is considerably large, the shredder does not require constant emptying. However, you should keep an eye on how full the bin is becoming as if your old shredding reaches the top of the bin, you will find the cutting blades are not so effective. You will find that the papers you are attempting to shred are forced onto your previous shredding which could result in a major jam!
I use my shredder most days due to the fact that my husband and I are constantly inundated with junk mail, so I need to shred anything that indicates our names and address. Our junk mail seems to have escalated since my husband reached the big 50 some eight months ago, as he is now bombarded with pleas to join funeral planning!!?? As a result, the machine has been used a lot more to get rid of this useless junk! The shredder has never let me down and in my opinion, is worth every penny. The rated voltage for the shredder is AC220V-240V 50Hz. Whilst the power cable is not extremely long, its’ approximate 2 metre length is sufficient for my needs.
My Opinion, Price and Availability
I would highly recommend this shredder as it has certainly been extremely efficient and I feel I have obtained more than my money’s worth from it. I'm sure we received an instruction booklet, but it seems to have vanished, but as far as I can recall it simply gave very basic information.
I was somewhat surprised to see that the Swordfish Diamond Cut DC700 shredder has shot up in price since I originally purchased it for around £30.00. I have checked Amazon at the time of writing (22 October 2010) and would advise that it currently retails from £44.79 for a brand new model, which includes P+P. In my opinion this is a little too pricey and I would be inclined to shop around for a cheaper retailer.
Despite the minor problem of small pieces of paper jamming in the teeth, this shredder still deserves to receive 5 out of 5 stars from me.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
This review has previously been posted on Dooyoo under the same user name and has been updated on 22 October 2010 to provide up-to-date prices.
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