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A Shredding Review of the Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder

We recently took a look at the Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder. Overall the machine is quite nice but I'll let you be the judge after you see the pros and cons below. Always remembe...

We recently took a look at the Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder. Overall the machine is quite nice but I'll let you be the judge after you see the pros and cons below. Always remember that the stated specs of a machine do not always translate precisely to a real-world environment.


Security

At a level 3 security, this cross-cut shredder gets the job done. Although there are higher levels of security, a level 3 machine provides a sufficiently small cut size to put your identity theft worries to bed. We also like the cross-cut because it takes up much less space which means that you won't have to empty your bin as frequently as you would with a strip-cut machine. There is really no reason to jump up to a level 4 machine unless you have some ultra-sensitive documents you need destroyed.

Shredable Material

The Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder can shred CDs, Credit Cards, Paper, Paper Clips, Staples. If you need to be able to shred something else then we recommend that you look at a larger machine and/or look for something with a little bit lower security (the higher the security the less likelihood that the machine shreds something other than paper).

Continuous Motor

This shredder is not rated for continuous use. That simply means that you will have to shut the machine down after a certain period of time to let it cool off. Now don't let this scare you away because most people will never reach that point unless they just sit down and start shredding and shredding and shredding. If you plan on doing all your shredding at one sitting then it is highly recommended that you get a machine with a continuous duty motor, otherwise you're just fine.

Bin Size

With a 10 gallon bin, the Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder can hold a bit more shred than the smallest machines out there, but you'll still be finding yourself emptying the bin fairly frequently. It is great if you need something to fit in a smaller space, but if you shred frequently we recommend jumping up in bin size.

Throat Size

With a 9 inch throat this shredder gets the job done but doesn't leave much room for error. Your paper will fit in just fine but you'll just need to make sure that it doesn't bunch up and cause problems. If you have odd sized paper, you may want to think about getting something with a larger throat.

Auto Oiler

This machine does not come with an auto-oiler and does not have the option to have one installed. Although automatic oilers are not necessary to maintain your machine, they do take the guess-work out of maintenance. Don't hold it against the machine though as you can easily oil the machine yourself on regular intervals.

Warranty

The Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder comes with a 1 years on Machine - 7 years on Cutting Heads. This means that you have plenty of time to test out the machine and make sure that everything is running smoothly. Just make sure to properly care for your machine and you shouldn't have any issues.

Price

With an MSRP of $479.98 this shredder is not the cheapest around but remember to NEVER pay the full amount. You can find discounts of up to 50% off if you look around on the web.

About the Manufacturer

As a global manufacturer and marketer of business machines, records storage solutions and technology accessories, Fellowes enables people to work with greater security, organization and productivity. A firm commitment to quality and innovation is our core principle. We are guided by an enduring set of values and a strong heritage. We take pride in the strong, long-tenured relationships we share with our customers and suppliers around the world. Our consumers trust the following brands and products that make up the Fellowes business: Fellowes Powershred shredders, workspace and technology accessories, media storage, binding equipment and laminating machines. Bankers Box Records storage products and solutions. Body Glove Mobile technology accessories. NEATO Media labeling products

Manufacturer Jargon

The Fellowes Powershred 970CC shredder provides high performance shredding for homes with a few users. Patented SafeSense Technology stops shredder immediately when hands are too close to the paper opening. Shreds up to 17 sheets per pass into 5/32 x 1 1/2" cross-cut particles. Equipped with a 9" paper entry, the Fellowes 970CC easily accepts letter size documents, and features durable steel cutters that accept credit cards, staples, and small paper clips and CDs/DVDs.

So as I mentioned before, we think that the Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder is a worthy competitor and deserves a second look. If you have more specific questions I didn't answer here, feel free to give us a call and we'd be happy to help you out. I also wanted to remind you that real-world conditions do not always produce the same results that you might expect from the listed specs. Happy Shredding!

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Located in the hustle and bustle of New York City, Mono Machines LLC is an authorized reseller for many manufacturers. Click to find out more about the Fellowes LCI 970cc PowerShred Cross-Cut Shredder



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