Fellowes Powershred SB-97CS Cross-Cut Paper Shredder
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Fellowes Powershred SB-97CS Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

Part #: 3219701
Brand: Fellowes
  • Cut Size: 5/32 x 1 1/2"
  • Cut Type: Cross-Cut
  • Sheet Capacity: 17
  • Speed (Feet Per Minute): 12

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Product Description

The innovative Fellowes SB-97Cs with patent-pending SafeSense technology features an active sensor that stops shredding immediately when paper entry is touched. Designed for frequent shredding needs, the Fellowes Powershred SB-97Cs delivers a high level of performance that's ideal for small office or home office use. This heavy duty personal shredder reduces documents to 5/32" x 1-1/2" extra-security confetti particles, and shreds up to 17 sheets per pass, 50-100 times per day, for a total daily capacity as high as 1,700 sheets. Equipped with a 9" wide paper entry, the SB-97Cs easily accepts standard letter or legal size documents. The SB-97Cs shreds CDs in a designated safety slot. Durable steel cutters also accept credit cards, staples and small paper clips. An auto start-stop feature ensures quick and easy automatic shredder operation. The shredder automatically shuts off and alerts the operator when a jam occurs, door is ajar or wastebasket is full. This model includes a fully enclosed 10-gallon pull-out wastebasket, and the cabinet stand has built-in casters for portable ease. Fellowes provides a seven-year warranty on the cutter.

Product Details

  • Cross-cut shredding for confidential personal and business documents.
  • Shreds pages into 0.16" x 1.5" pieces. Reaches a maximum shred speed of 12 feet per minute (fpm).
  • Shreds up to 17 sheets in a single pass. The 9" throat width accepts letter-size and legal-size pages.
  • Tough blades slice through staples, paper clips, credit cards and CDs.
  • Features overload protection, manual reverse and auto start/stop. Overload protection prevents the unit from overheating.
  • SafeSense Technology keeps your hands safe! Shredder shuts off immediately if hands get too close to the opening.
  • Includes 10-gallon wastebasket. Full-bag indicator lets you know when it's full.
  • Sturdy cabinet stand includes smooth-rolling casters for easy moving from place to place.

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Item Specifications

  • Cut Style: Cross-cut
  • Shred Size: 5/32 x 1 1/2"
  • Number of Sheets per pass: 17
  • Can Shred: CDs/DVDs; credit cards; Paper; paper clips; Staples
  • Wastebasket Capacity: 10 gallons
  • Maximum Shred Speed: 12 fpm
  • Throat Width: 9 inches
  • Full-wastebasket Indicator: yes
  • Automatic Start/Stop: yes
  • Manual Reverse: yes
  • Overload Protection: yes
  • Dimensions: 26"H x 10.5"W x 18"D
  • Warranty Length: 1-year limited (parts & labor); 5-year limited (cutters)

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Fellowes Powershred SB-97CS Cross-Cut Paper Shredder Review

The Fellowes Powershred SB-97CS is a feature-rich shredder designed for use in a small office. Here is a closer look at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the Fellowes Powershred SB-97CS.


  1. Right off the bat, we have to commend the SB 97CS for offering a Level 3 security shredder for the smaller office setting. Level 3 security means that the particles produced by the shredding process are in a cross-cut pattern and would be extremely difficult for anyone with malicious intentions to glean any information from them. Shredding confidential documents at this level is not only a good idea, it is currently a matter of federal regulation. In 2005, congress passed a law saying that businesses and individuals must properly destroy documents containing the types of information that identity thieves can use to commit their crimes. The SB 97CS shreds documents to the standards of the regulations so using it will not only protect you from ID theft, it will protect you from the hefty fines and litigation that can result from non compliance with the law.
  2. Other than security, if there’s anything we can appreciate about a shredder, it’s safety. The SB 97CS more than meets our tough standards by including Fellowes’ unique (and in fact, patented) Safe Sense system which uses sensors to detect body heat and stop the shredder in its tracks if the user’s hands get too close to the opening. As we said this is an utterly unique system so you aren’t going to find it on any other manufacturers’ machines. The SB 97CS also has other more standard safety features like power cutoff when there is an open cabinet door, or when the waste bag is full.
  3. The SB 97CS offers some pretty impressive capacity as well. Seventeen sheets of paper per pass is nice for a small office Level 3 machine, and a speed of 12 FPS is not bad either. What we really like, however, is the ability the SB 97CS gives you to shred not only credit cards, but compact discs as well – a very nice touch in the digital age, and a feature you are not likely to find in a lot of small office shredders.
  4. Other things to like about the SB 97CS include: trim, slim and sleek design, handy casters, and a very low noise level during typical operation.


  1. Not so much a weakness as something to be aware of is the fact that the SB 97CS is meant for one to three users, and is not a shredder that is designed to be used continuously throughout the day. Company literature states that you can run the SB 97CS for 20 straight minutes before it will need a break of 40 minutes. 20 minutes at 17 sheets per pass is a lot of shredding, so it should be fine for even a rather busy small office, just not for constant, mail-room type use.
  2. The feed opening width of 9 inches will see you through the vast majority of shredding jobs (i.e. letter and legal sheets), but if you regularly shred larger documents such as green bar computer paper, you may want to find a machine with a larger feed width.

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