Fellowes Powershred Continuous Paper Shredder

Last updated: March 21, 2023

You'll get convenience with this paper shredder, which can handle up to 16 sheets at a time. It can also tear through credit cards, staples and paper clips just as easily as it handles paper. Its bin holds 6 gallons of paper, which allows for more shredding time before you have to empty it.

Fellowes Powershred Continuous Paper Shredder

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: This powerful paper shredder is ideal for both home and office.

In our analysis of 56 expert reviews, the Fellowes Powershred Continuous Paper Shredder placed 11th when we looked at the top 17 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Fellowes Powershred 79Ci Cross-Cut Shredder can shred up to 16 sheets of paper per pass into 397 (5/32” x 1-1/2” Security Level P-4) cross-cut particles. This machine also safely shreds CDs/DVDs, credit cards, staples, paper clips and junk mail. Achieve hassle-free shredding with all of the features the 79Ci has to offer. Get three levels of advanced jam prevention with Fellowes 100% Jam Proof System which eliminates paper jams, powers through tough jobs and maximizes productivity. To protect more than your identity, the patented SafeSense Technology is designed with an electronic safety sensor that surrounds the paper entry and automatically disables the shredder when hands touch the paper opening. Also, the 79Ci’s SilentShred Technology and Energy Savings System allow this machine to integrate easily to any environment. With the ability to shred for up to 20 minutes before a cool down period is needed, the 79Ci is ideal for deskside use and includes a 6-gallon pull-out bin. Backed by a worry-free 2-year product and service warranty plus lifetime cutter warranty. 21.31″ H x 15.38″ W x 10.44″ D

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Packs a lot of convenient features in a small powerhouse model- 16 - sheet shredding capability.
Shreds CDs, paper clips, staples, and credit cards, as well as paper.
The Powershred 79Ci has all of the features you'd hope for in a high capacity shredder. A simple interface that allows you to turn it on and run the blades in reverse to clear jams, a drawer style bin that is easy to pull out and empty, and pivoting wheels to allow for easy mobility, when needed.
This light-duty shredder can shred 6 to 16 sheets of paper at a time, and can deal with credit cards, data discs, junk mail, staples, paper clips and more without skipping a beat.
The Jam Proof system will notify you if you are using the device too intensively to prevent overfeeding.
A 100 percent “Jam Proof” system eliminates paper jams and powers through tough jobs, specifically those of the multimedia type.
It can run nonstop for as many as 20 minutes and is very silent.
Sensor prevents over-feeding.
100% jam proof. Fellowes shredders are designed with an advanced paper jam prevention technology which eliminates any type of paper jam during operation.
It detects paper jams and automatically runs in reverse to unjam itself
Energy Saving System: efficient and intelligent enough to save electricity. It goes to machine sleep mod or shut down when there is no activity detected for 2 minutes.
Jam Proof System which eliminates paper jams, powers through tough jobs and maximizes productivity.
The paper shredding machine adopted the SafeSense technology for safety purposes, it works through a sensor that triggers the machine to stop working when the sensors pick up a hand close by or at the opening.

What reviewers didn't like

Not for continous shredding- requires a cool down period after 20 minutes of use.
Casters are hard to attach.
With a list price of $240, the Powershred 79Ci is on the expensive side.
The wheels tend to get stuck,making movement tough.
Caster wheels are challenging to install.
The waste bin might be too small for some users (6 gallons)
the wastebasket is too tiny, even for at home use. In the future, I may replace it with a bag, too.
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