Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder

14 Sheets/ Pass - 5/32" x 1 1/2" Particle Size - 9" Throat Width - 6 Gallon Waste Capacity - Shreds CD's, Credit Cards, Paper Clips, & Staples - View Complete Details

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Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder - Personal, cross-cut shredder provides powerful deskside shredding with jam protection. Jam Proof System eliminates frustrating jams by preventing overloads and powering through tough jobs. SilentShred feature delivers ultra-quiet performance for shared work spaces. Patented SafeSense Technology features an active sensor that stops the shredder immediately when hands touch the paper opening. Energy Savings System reduces energy consumption by up to 70 percent, compared to conventional shredders during normal usage. Shredder shreds 14 sheets per pass into 5/32" x 1-1/2" confetti particles (Security Level 3). You can also shred staples, paper clips, credit cards and CDs/DVDs. Maximum runtime is 12 minutes with a 20-minute cool-down. Electronic auto start/stop feature ensures quick, easy shredder operation. Sleek, modern design includes casters, a 9" wide paper entry and an easy-to-empty, 6-gallon pullout bin. 79Ci Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder is made of plastic and metal.

  • 100% Jam Proof System eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs.
  • SilentShred™ offers ultra-quiet shredder performance for shared workspaces.
  • Energy Savings System provides optimal energy efficiency 100% of the time-in use and out of use.
  • SafeSense® Technology stops shredder when hands touch the paper opening.
  • Shreds 16 sheets per pass into 5/32" x 1-1/2" cross-cut particles (Security Level P-4).
  • Maximum run time: 20 on/30 off.
  • 6-gallon pull-out bin.
  • For 1 user.
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4.8

(based on 742 reviews)

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    (608)

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    (104)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Jam resistance (646)
  • Quiet operation (641)
  • Safety features (583)
  • Quality construction (579)
  • Shreds credit cards, staples and cds (559)

Cons

  • Mess reduction (86)
  • Sheet capacity (39)
  • Secure cut size (28)
  • Quiet operation (27)
  • Well built / quality (25)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Startling Surprise

I’m a collector, an octogenarian, so have for many years saved cards, letters and poetry from my husband, mother, children and friends; love letters from old boyfriends;...Read complete review

I’m a collector, an octogenarian, so have for many years saved cards, letters and poetry from my husband, mother, children and friends; love letters from old boyfriends; receipts, and records of work and business, all too personal to throw in the curbside trash. Did I want my children to encounter this mountain of paper clutter? NO! So I bought three shredders one-by-one. By file fifteen, or less in one case, they clattered, stopped, had to be begged to take one sheet at a time. Finally growing discouraged I started looking at other people’s opinions of better shredders; perusing reviews by those who’d tested several shredders and discovered the Fellowes PS-79Ci had a good reputation. I bought one, however I was dubious of its staying power. I am having a grand surprise. To empty the previous shredders I had to lift off the tops which were awkward and heavy. And they all filled much too quickly. My Fellowes container is large enough to hold one stuffed file which works for me, the weight being just right to manage as I slide out the basket and dump the pieces into a garbage bag. Too often the other shredders were hot, quit working, always before I could get the contents of one file folder through them. This shredder gets hot after about three stuffed files. That’s just right, too, for I’m tired of sitting by then, ready to walk around for awhile, smell my roses and admire the moss rose … or start lunch, drink a cup of coffee, relax. Forty-six large black garbage bags of shredded paper later, I am thankful to all of the people who suggested I buy one. I estimate I have forty-six more bags at least to go, but now have the faith … my Fellowes is up to the job. And happily, in a final win-win, a nephew is plowing under the shredded material as mulch for his next year’s garden so my lifelong collection of memories will live on. I visualize them now … as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers.

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Underwhelmed?

Not sure what all of the praise is about. It is quiet. It seems powerful. It does shred. On the other hand, it's incredibly messy. It is impossible to empty the bin...Read complete review

Not sure what all of the praise is about. It is quiet. It seems powerful. It does shred. On the other hand, it's incredibly messy. It is impossible to empty the bin without spilling shreds on the floor. The bin regularly dislodges, causing it to stop working (a safety feature) until you realign the bin. The full bin sensor is so sensitive it registers a full bin when the bin is only half full-- meaning you have to pull the bin out, spill some shreds, and pat down the trash in order to keep shredding. You have to shred something reasonably thick in order to activate the shredder, for example I cannot shred a single receipt or single sheet of paper-- just too flimsy to activate the shredder. Generally I have to shred at least 3 sheets at a time, and receipts must be fed in with something more substantial. The safety feature that shuts the machine off if your hands touch it is more annoying than useful. I keep tweezers next to the machine to defeat this safeguard.

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4.0

Nice and durable

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Pros

  • Mess Reduction
  • Quality Construction
  • Safety Features
  • Secure Cut Size
  • Sheet Capacity

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

      Just received and worked on the first try. Easy to put together. I recommend putting the casters on for easy mobility. The safety features are excellent. Came with the oil and a few sample bags. Tested well on the first try. It wasn't any louder than the last shredder we had for years. Seems good but just received it. It is sleek and looks great in the workplace. It does take 16 sheets of 20# bond paper. Like the pull out waste container, less mess than a device where you have to pull up on the shred mechanism to remove the waste. So far, good to use.

       
      5.0

      bobbyr

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      Pros

      • Jam Resistance
      • Mess Reduction
      • Quality Construction
      • Quiet Operation
      • Safety Features
      • Secure Cut Size
      • Service Guarantee
      • Sheet Capacity
      • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
      • Warranty

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

          I was amazed at how this machine performs. It is fast, is safe to use and very quiet. The shredded material would not allow anyone to decipher any information on any documents shredded. I am totally satisfied with this product and would recommend it to anyone. This machine is well built with a lot of features and durability to last.

           
          5.0

          Slam Dunk

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          Pros

          • Jam Resistance
          • Mess Reduction
          • Quality Construction
          • Quiet Operation
          • Safety Features
          • Secure Cut Size
          • Service Guarantee
          • Sheet Capacity
          • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
          • Warranty

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

              This shredder is a BEAST! I bought it to replace one that sounded like a wood chipper, had a wire-frame receptacle that leaked scraps of paper like a french-fry basket, and took more breaks than a municipal employee. It also required that I lift off the shredding mechanism to empty the scraps that hadn't already leaked out. Yes. I would have liked a receptacle larger than six gallons. But I didn't want to spend the extra money for the extra capacity. This shredder does everything I want it to do â€" quietly, reliably, and safely. And the part about handling staples and paper clips is absolutely true.

               
              5.0

              Better than my previous top line model

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              Pros

              • Jam Resistance
              • lack of occasional minor problems
              • Quality Construction
              • quality throughout
              • Quiet Operation
              • Safety Features
              • Sheet Capacity
              • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
              • simple to use
              • value for dollar

              Cons

              • bigger bin desirable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                After wife tried to run complete checkbook through my previous Fellowes top of line home shredder, bought about 1995 and used almost daily since (now 1/2017), and broke gear teeth on the head unit, I decided to pamper myself with another Fellowes cross-cut feature laden shredder. The 79Ci seemed the best to me, without the nebulous extra features of the models just above it. I ordered it through Amazon, installed it, and could not be happier with my choice. It overcomes the only 2 things I disliked about my previous shredder, jamming on too many sheets and the auto shred light stopping due to paper dust over it. The only (minor) issues I have with this new model is the bin not being as large as I would like for a shredder that can do so many sheets so fast, and its bin not being shaped to make it easy to install a bin bag to hold the shredded product, both of which were better on my previous mid-90's model. Both items are easily solved with the new models, and I recommend a larger bin model to all, as having to stuff the shredded material down into a more compact size so one can continue shredding, is a nuisance. Overall, this is the best shredder I have used, including the much bigger ones at my last office, and I recommend it to anyone who can afford it, with the proviso that this is a very reasonably priced shredder - about the same price I paid in mid-90's for the then top of line home office model - and just as durable as far as I can tell after just a month's use.

                 
                5.0

                Great Shredder

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                Pros

                • Jam Resistance
                • Mess Reduction
                • Quality Construction
                • Quiet Operation
                • Safety Features
                • Secure Cut Size
                • Service Guarantee
                • Sheet Capacity
                • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
                • Warranty

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                    This is one of the few items I have bought in the last 10 years that does exactly what it's supposed to do. We had to shred all the legal papers of a relative that passed away let me tell you it did that so easy and so quickly it was unbelievable. If you're looking for a great Shredder that is easy to use with no hassles check this one out this is the one

                     
                    5.0

                    awesome machine

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                    Pros

                    • Jam Resistance
                    • Quality Construction
                    • Quiet Operation
                    • Safety Features
                    • Secure Cut Size
                    • Sheet Capacity

                    Cons

                    • parts expensive diagnostics not strong in manual

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                      2nd purchase only because parts were too expensive

                       
                      5.0

                      great product

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                      Pros

                      • Jam Resistance
                      • Mess Reduction
                      • Quality Construction
                      • Quiet Operation
                      • Safety Features
                      • Secure Cut Size
                      • Service Guarantee
                      • Sheet Capacity
                      • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
                      • Warranty

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                          easy to set up, quiet operation, no need to turn on, great idea for the shredding of dvd's and cd's. nice size bin. we are VERY happy with our purchase of your product.

                           
                          4.0

                          Great shredder

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                          Pros

                          • Quiet Operation
                          • Safety Features
                          • Secure Cut Size
                          • Sheet Capacity

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                              This shredder is so efficient and quiet. The whole building no longer has to hear when I shred documents. My only issue is that for as big as it is, it seems to want to be emptied earlier than even my small one does. That being said, it does tell you it is full, instead of jamming like my old one does. Would recommend it.

                               
                              2.0

                              Disappointed

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                              Pros

                              • Quiet Operation

                              Cons

                              • Safety Features
                              • Sheet Capacity

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                Rolling wheels make it difficult to use - have to brace the shredder against something else to use. Very difficult to get paper into the shredder - can NOT put in just one or two pieces because the "safety" mechanism won't slide out of the way. It simply crunches up the paper. Have to put at least four sheets in to make it stiff enough to push the safety mechanism out of the way. Works OK if you have lots of paper, but if you have an odd couple sheets to do, you have to fold them to make it stiffer so it will enter the shredder.

                                 
                                5.0

                                Seems to be an excellent product

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                                Pros

                                • Jam Resistance
                                • Quiet Operation
                                • Safety Features
                                • Secure Cut Size
                                • Sheet Capacity
                                • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs

                                Cons

                                • plastic components may not hold up well

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                  I just received and set-up my shredder. It was well packed, easy to assemble, and seems to work well. I was most surprised at how quiet it is. It has all the features I was looking for - greater than 5-6 pages can be shredded at once, it can handle staples and small paperclips, shreds CDs and credit cards, has a pull out trash/recycle bin, easy to see when full as well as an indicator light, came with oil and applicator, on wheels so easily moved, energy efficient, and lots of safety devices built in. My only complaint is the shredder head is very heavy. Good thing you only have to handle it once or twice. Document the CRC # on the bottom of the shredder head before putting it on; that way you don't have to mess with it when you go to register.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Very efficient for dental office or practice!

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                                  Pros

                                  • Jam Resistance
                                  • Quiet Operation
                                  • Service Guarantee
                                  • Sheet Capacity

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                      This shredder is great to have deskside. It can handle shredding a good amount of paper at one time and it is also very quiet compared to some other shredders. It is also a great size for conserving desk space.

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Best Shredder!

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                                      Pros

                                      • Jam Resistance
                                      • Mess Reduction
                                      • Quality Construction
                                      • Quiet Operation
                                      • Safety Features
                                      • Secure Cut Size
                                      • Service Guarantee
                                      • Sheet Capacity
                                      • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
                                      • Warranty

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                          I've only had my shredder about a week but it is hands-down the BEST shredder I've ever purchased. I've had big shredders and small shredders and this Fellowes shredder is quieter, has more features, and looks the best. LOVE IT so far!!!

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Home Use

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                                          Pros

                                          • Quality Construction
                                          • Quiet Operation
                                          • Safety Features
                                          • Secure Cut Size
                                          • Sheet Capacity
                                          • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                              This model Fellowes 79Ci shredder has performed well at home shredding several sheets as well as staples. I sou;d recommend for home use.

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Great Product

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                                              Pros

                                              • Jam Resistance
                                              • Quality Construction
                                              • Quiet Operation
                                              • Safety Features
                                              • Secure Cut Size
                                              • Sheet Capacity

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                                  Very quiet and easy to use. Never had it jam yet. I'm very happy with it.

                                                   
                                                  4.0

                                                  President

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • Jam Resistance
                                                  • Mess Reduction
                                                  • Quality Construction
                                                  • Quiet Operation
                                                  • Safety Features
                                                  • Secure Cut Size
                                                  • Service Guarantee
                                                  • Sheet Capacity
                                                  • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                      Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                                      I thought that the 79Ci that I purchased 6 years ago would last longer. I maintained the shredder periodically and oiled it as necessary. I do not know what the average life expectancy of the shredder is. I used it 2-3 days a week with average use (40 sheets a day)

                                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                       
                                                      5.0

                                                      Say goodbye to junk mail

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                                                      Pros

                                                      • Jam Resistance
                                                      • Quality Construction
                                                      • Quiet Operation
                                                      • Safety Features
                                                      • Sheet Capacity
                                                      • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
                                                      • shreds junk mail without opening the envelope

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                          Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                                          My prior shredder jammed and then completely stopped working so I needed a new one. One thing I do not like is junk mail. With my old shredder, I had to open every piece of mail, junk mail included, and then feed no more than 6 sheets in it at a time. Shredding took a long time and was a chore that no one wanted to do. Researching the various shredders on the market, I found the 79Ci and, based on other reviews and its specifications, I purchased it. Just received it and started shredding 'unopened' mail and this shredder handled it with ease! The 79Ci is quiet when shredding and has a gauge on the right side that indicates how close you are getting to its maximum number of pages it can shred. Very handy to know. I am just very pleased that I can just shred the mail while it is still in the envelopes. Thank you!!!

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                                                          5.0

                                                          Amazing Shredder!

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                                                          Pros

                                                          • Jam Resistance
                                                          • Mess Reduction
                                                          • Quality Construction
                                                          • Safety Features
                                                          • Secure Cut Size
                                                          • Service Guarantee
                                                          • Sheet Capacity
                                                          • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs

                                                          Cons

                                                            Best Uses

                                                              Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                                              I recently purchased this shredder and it is incredible. It lets you know ahead of time before you have the chance of entering too many papers in with its sensor. It lets you know when it needs to cool down and it lets you know when it needs to be emptied so that you can prevent it getting overfilled or jammed. I love this shredder! It is jam (free) packed with everything a shredder needs!

                                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                               
                                                              5.0

                                                              My First Shredder

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                                                              Pros

                                                              • Mess Reduction
                                                              • Quality Construction
                                                              • Quiet Operation
                                                              • Safety Features
                                                              • Sheet Capacity
                                                              • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs
                                                              • Warranty

                                                              Cons

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                  Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                                                  I received the shredder and began using it within a couple of days. It is very easy to use and I have had no problem at all with it.

                                                                   
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  farmer

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                                                                  Pros

                                                                  • Jam Resistance
                                                                  • Quality Construction
                                                                  • Quiet Operation
                                                                  • Shreds Credit Cards, Staples and CDs

                                                                  Cons

                                                                    Best Uses

                                                                      Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                                                      is very quiet and works very well, would recommend it

                                                                       
                                                                      5.0

                                                                      Fellowes 79Ci

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                                                                      Pros

                                                                      • Jam Resistance
                                                                      • Quality Construction
                                                                      • Quiet Operation
                                                                      • Safety Features
                                                                      • Secure Cut Size
                                                                      • Service Guarantee
                                                                      • Sheet Capacity
                                                                      • Warranty

                                                                      Cons

                                                                        Best Uses

                                                                          Comments about Fellowes Powershred 79Ci 100% Jam Proof Cross-Cut Shredder:

                                                                          The first Fellowes shredder I purchased lasted over 20 years, so I decided to purchase another Fellowes when that one finally bit the dust. The 79Ci is great! It not only does a fantastic job of crosscut into small pieces; it does it with exceptionally quiet operation. I also like the built in safety features, which are a must if there are small children and/or pets around. It may cost a bit more than some of the others, but it is well worth the difference.

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