Paper Shredder

I'm looking for a paper shredder.

I've done some research on sites such as Amazon. The shredders about £40 or £50 that have the 
most reviews seem to be Bonsaii and Fellowes. But reading through the reviews, I've noticed many people mention they've had problems with the shredder jamming or clogging even with just light use. Some people even say that their shredder just makes long strips of paper even though its a cross cut shredder.

Any recommendations of any shredder you've used that's good and reliable?
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  • elsien
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    Mine cost a fiver off the market - Tesco end of line cross shredder. It’s only gets clogged up  if you don’t empty it when it starts to get full. 
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    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9129982?clickPR=plp:8:16

    I shredded enough paper to fill 5 bin bags using one of these, I had to give it a break every now and again due to the thermal cut out working, as it should.
    Open out cereal boxes, rip into strips, it doesn't falter.
    Move along, nothing to see.
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    spud17 said:
    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/9129982?clickPR=plp:8:16

    I shredded enough paper to fill 5 bin bags using one of these, I had to give it a break every now and again due to the thermal cut out working, as it should.
    Open out cereal boxes, rip into strips, it doesn't falter.
    Just curious, why would you want to shred a cereal box?
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  • Neil_Jones
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    Marvqn1 said:
    I'm looking for a paper shredder.

    I've done some research on sites such as Amazon. The shredders about £40 or £50 that have the 
    most reviews seem to be Bonsaii and Fellowes. But reading through the reviews, I've noticed many people mention they've had problems with the shredder jamming or clogging even with just light use. Some people even say that their shredder just makes long strips of paper even though its a cross cut shredder.

    Any recommendations of any shredder you've used that's good and reliable?

    Just get the cheapest one you can find.

    Shredders usually clog up for one of two reasons:
    1) The bin is full.
    2) Too much was shoved through in the first place.

    If a shredder is making long strips of paper even though its supposed to be cross cut that usually means something's got stucck and one of the blades isn't turning.
  • I have had this one for just over two years and have never had any problems with it. Even when the kids try to shred the equivalent of a book in one go.  It does confetti size cuts and will even shred debit cards.

    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7988534

  • macy08 said:
    I have had this one for just over two years and have never had any problems with it. Even when the kids try to shred the equivalent of a book in one go.  It does confetti size cuts and will even shred debit cards.

    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7988534

    For that shredder, I noticed in the Q&A people said that it doesn't need oil. Is that correct?

    I thought oil was needed for all shredders for maintenance so it doesn't get clogged up.

  • Marvqn1 said:
    macy08 said:
    I have had this one for just over two years and have never had any problems with it. Even when the kids try to shred the equivalent of a book in one go.  It does confetti size cuts and will even shred debit cards.

    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7988534

    For that shredder, I noticed in the Q&A people said that it doesn't need oil. Is that correct?

    I thought oil was needed for all shredders for maintenance so it doesn't get clogged up.

    Is there such a thing as 'shredder oil' or will a quick squit of WD-50 fix this like it does everything else? 
  • Marvqn1 said:
    macy08 said:
    I have had this one for just over two years and have never had any problems with it. Even when the kids try to shred the equivalent of a book in one go.  It does confetti size cuts and will even shred debit cards.

    https://www.argos.co.uk/product/7988534

    For that shredder, I noticed in the Q&A people said that it doesn't need oil. Is that correct?

    I thought oil was needed for all shredders for maintenance so it doesn't get clogged up.

    Is there such a thing as 'shredder oil' or will a quick squit of WD-50 fix this like it does everything else? 
    Yes, there's shredder oil such as Fellowes Shredder oil. Its quite expensive at £7.50 though. I don't think WD-40 can be used instead.
  • facade
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    I would have thought that oil would cause dust & debris to stick to it and clog it up more.

    I have a WH Smith 13 litre crosscut shredder that I have had donkeys years (at least 12) and it has done a lot of work. It actually wore the bearings out and let the gears slip, but I found that I could swap the bearing plates over to get the gears back in mesh and it is still working years later, albeit rather noisily because of the damage to the gears.
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  • I got my mum an Amazon basics shredder and it is just fine. 
    Shredders do need oil but I remember seeing a chemical spec sheet for some branded shredder oil and it was listed as being 99% canola oil. Which is to all intents and purposes rapeseed oil, so just get the cheapest bulk cooking oil you can find.
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