|Nice, bright green packaging! Surprisingly, not very heavy, and EVERYTHING in the packaging was recyclable - the plastic, the styrofoam, and the box! Way to go Swingline!|
Features (from Shoplet)
|Some assembly required but if I can figure it out, anyone can! It all just slips together anyway. It's very obvious how to put it together.|
|From the top. Note the warnings along the slot there - be careful with long hair, ties, little kids, etc. Buttons are self explanatory - reverse, off, auto/on, forward.|
There are many features that I love about this shredder. To begin with: it's a cross shredder. Cross cutting slices the shreds up more than just a regular paper shredder. That makes it even harder (really, it's almost impossible) for someone to come along and reassemble your private documents and information. Cross cutters are very good for protecting you. Would I shred an entire junk mail envelope? No, because some places don't recycle shredded material, so I'd still open it up and only take out the pages with my name/address on it, and recycle the rest as usual.
|Umm...yeah...imagine reassembling this? Someone is going to have to REALLY want your information to spend time trying to piece this back together.|
The Swingline EX10-05 Light-Duty Cross-Cut shredder can cut through staples. I absolutely hate picking staples out of pages. It's tedious and I usually stick myself with them. It's very easy to just pop a packet of pages into the shredder and not worry about the staples. If it jams, it'll auto-reverse - yes, on its own - and back the papers out so you won't have to go digging around in it - a task that can be surprisingly dangerous. You should never have to come into contact with the blades of this paper shredder.
I also like the window so you can see how full the container is getting. It's hard to tell how much space you're filling up when your papers are being cross cut. This helps keep maintenance and clean up easy, and it's more convenient than having a solid container.
In addition and of important - it's a quiet paper shredder. I had a paper shredder once that produced so much dust and was so loud that we'd leave it on the patio and shred outside (which was really a pain...especially when it was dark and I had concerns about spiders hiding in it). At least you can keep this one inside, and there's no dust blowing out of it!
|Note on the left: the green light is on when the lid is attached. On the right: as soon as the lid is removed, the power to the blades shuts off.|
I feel as though the body could have incorporated recycled materials. I know I'm always harping about plastics being recycled instead of new plastics, but why should we continue producing new plastics when there is so much recycled plastic? However, I am happy to report that the plastic bins are recyclable plastic.
I also think it would be useful to have a way to attach the lid to the bin, such as with clips, so if I wanted to move the whole shredder, I don't have to grab the bin to move it - I could just use the handle on the top. I would feel better knowing it was closed too, in the event that my ever so helpful felines decided to crash into the whole thing and knock it over.
The recommended shred bags are GBC shredder bags. Personally, I don't understand the need for shred bags. Either these items can go into a bigger bag with your other recycling materials, or can just be disposed of in a garbage bag with the rest of your garbage (if shredded materials are not accepted by your recycling company). I abhor the use of single-use plastic bags! If you really must use bags, you can reuse regular-sized store bags as well.
The bin does fill up quickly, even though it's a 5 gallon capacity. The paper shreds won't pack down right away, and I noticed after shredding about 20 pages, the shreds started piling up and got into the CD/DVD collection bin. Not the end of the world, just something to keep in mind.
Another thing is after the 20 pages of shredding, the blades had a lot of paper shreds stuck to it. This did not affect the performance whatsoever, but if you were to lift the lid off the bin and move it over your floor, it may drop shreds and make a bit of a mess.
Shoplet - $171.15 and free shipping (also available with quantity discounts)
This Swingline EX10-05 Light-Duty Cross-Cut shredder is a good, reliable, and easy to use product. It has many features that are handy for both home or office use. Paper shredders aren't cheap. Well, you can get cheap shredders but they are just that: cheap shredders. If you have a lot of private documents and are concerned about keeping your identity private, having a proper and efficient shredder can ease your headaches. Don't be shocked by the price tag of this one. You're paying for many useful features! And you can't go wrong with Swingline.
**I was provided one or more of these products for review, but all opinions are my own!