Fellowes Powershred SB-87CS Cross Cut Paper Shredder
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Fellowes Powershred SB-87CS Cross Cut Paper Shredder

Part #: 3218701
Brand: Fellowes
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  • Cut Size: 5/32 x 1 1/2"
  • Cut Type: Cross-Cut
  • Sheet Capacity: 15
  • Speed (Feet Per Minute): 10
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Fellowes PowerShred SB-87CS Paper Shredder Review

Fellowes makes some wonderful paper shredders, including some that are great for both small professional offices and home use. One such product is the PowerShred SB-87C, a machine that offers safe and jam-free operation, as well as the ability to destroy CD’s. However, this device does have a couple of drawbacks, including a lengthy cooling-off time. Here are the good and not-so-good aspects of this product so you can tell if this is the right machine for you.


  • For a smaller shredder, the SB-87CS has a pretty impressive shredding capacity. It can accept up to 15 sheets per pass and feasibly shred up to 150 sheets per minute. The machine has a 9-inch feed opening to accept letter- and legal-sized paper.
  • In addition to paper, this product has no problem destroying other items including paper fasteners, credit cards, and CD’s. There’s even a designated CD slot.
  • This machine offers a terrific amount of security because it is a cross-cut device. It has the ability to turn a single sheet up paper into countless particles that measure 5/32″ x 1-1/2″.
  • The SB-87CS is yet another Fellowes shredder with SafeSense technology, so it’s a great choice if you’re concerned about safety. SafeSense will immediately shut down the machine if it senses that your hands are too close to the feed opening.
  • This is one of Fellowes’ jam-free shredders. It has a paper overfeed indicator that will turn red when you attempt to shred too many sheets. The device will also turn off if a jam occurs so you can fix the problem.
  • Operation is quick and easy thanks to the device’s ability to automatically turn itself on and off. It will also shut down immediately in the event of a paper jam or if the 7-gallon waste bin is full.
  • Speaking of the waste bin, it is housed in a convenient cabinet-like area that easily opens up so you can get rid of your shreds. The door even has some storage space for accessories such as shredder oil.
  • The SB-87CS is a modern-looking device that’s small yet still has a lot of power. It is easy to move around thanks to the inclusion of casters on the bottom of the unit.
  • There is a 7-year warranty on the machine’s cutting mechanism.


  • While the SB-87CS has a good shredding capacity and it can shred quickly, this is not a continuous-duty device. The machine can run for up to 20 minutes before it needs twice that long to cool off. A 40-minute downtime is rather long and will be frustrating for some users.
  • Due to the downtime and the rather small waste bin, this wouldn’t be a good shredder for large offices.
  • Despite the inclusion of a designated CD slot, the paper and plastic waste is all mixed together, making recycling a bit of a challenge.
  • The SB-87CS operates at about a 70-decibel level. It produces the same amount of noise you might get from a vacuum cleaner, which will probably be a bit distracting, especially in shared workspaces.
  • Although this product would be good for home use, some potential consumers might be a bit taken aback by the SB-87CS’s price.

When it comes right down to it, the Fellowes PowerShred SB-87CS would be just right for small and home offices that need a device with all the bells and whistles of a larger machine. You’ll just need to be sure the shredder’s long downtime and sound level won’t be a problem. If that’s the case, you’re bound to be very pleased with the SB-87CS.

Questions & Answers

Thank you for your question. I am sorry to hear you are having issues with your shredder. To address technical issues the best first step is to contact the manufacturer's technical support department. The manufacturer is Fellowes and their phone number is 800-955-0959. If they are not able to assist, we are based out of Oregon, our service areas are OR,WA, IL and southern CA. If you are in one of those areas contact us and we can set up a service call. If you are not in our service area we would refer you to a 3rd party nation wide service provider Serv Right, their phone # is 1-800-642-6015. Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Answered by MyBinding
3 years and 2 months ago ago

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