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HSM Shredstar Multishred Level 3 Cross Cut Multimedia Paper Shredder
- Automatic start/stop control.
- Toggle switch for easy on/off and reverse control.
- Auto stop indicates when container is full.
- Secure shredding of bank statements and documents containing confidential information.
- Integrated collecting container---approx. 1 gallon.
- Standby operation without energy consumption.
- High levels of confidentiality and data security ensured by crosscut shredding.
- Desk-top shredder for universal destruction of personal data.
- Shred Size: 1/8" x 1 1/8"
- Security Level: Level 3
- Capacity: 1 disk, CD, plastic card / 8 - 16 sheets
- Feed Width: 5.2"
- Speed: 40" per min
- Motor: 110-120V/50-60Hz
- Waste Bin: 1 gallon
- Weight: 12.6 lbs.
- Dimensions: 9.5" x 7.5" x 11.2"
- Warranty: 20 Year Manufacturer Warranty on Cutting Cylinders, 2 Years on Parts and Labor
HSM Shredstar Multishred Level 3 Cross Cut Multimedia Paper Shredder Review
Personal shredders are becoming more popular in home and small offices around the world. One unique device is the HSM Shredstar Multishred Level 3 Cross Cut Multimedia Paper Shredder. It not only shreds paper but also a variety of media for an all in one machine. Compact dimensions allow it to store in even the tightest of spaces for easy access while automatic functions provide simple operation. Here is a closer look at the pros and cons of the Shredstar Multishred.
The petite size of this device allow it to be stored on or under your desk for access at your fingertips. And since it only weighs 12.6 pounds, moving it around isn't a problem.
A toggle on/off switch supplies power to the motor, putting it in stand-by mode without consuming energy. The blades will start and stop automatically as items are inserted and shred. This helps to save energy and prevent excessive wear and tear by not running the blades unnecessarily. The auto stop is also activated when the waste bin is full. If a jam occurs, simply slide the switch into reverse and the clogged items are fed back out the opening.
This device can shred not only paper but credit cards, CDs, DVDs, and floppy disks. The 5.2 inch opening can take up to 8 sheets or one piece of media at once. Items are processed as fast as 40 feet per minute. This is an excellent rate for a small, cross cut device. The remnants fall into an integrated one gallon bin. The entire container pulls out for easy disposal.
The cross cutting mechanism takes whole items and converts them into small pieces only 1/8" by 1-1/8" in size. These tiny bits earn a level three security rating. At this level, bank statements and other confidential documents will stay secure.
HSM provides a two year warranty on this machine for parts and labor. The cutting cylinders carry an impressive 20 year warranty.
While it's nice that this machine also shreds paper, it only does so through a very small opening. Even standard letter size documents will need to be cut or folded before entering the machine. If you're using this as a supplemental device or only shred junk mail and the occasional full size sheet, this might not be a problem for you. But offices looking for a combination media and paper shredder might be more interested in the Shredstar X18.
This is designed to be a small, tabletop device and as such has lower capacities. If you try to share this machine with several people needing heavier shredding, it won't stand up to the use. For a smaller, shared office shredder, we suggest the HSM 104.3.
Despite a few minor weaknesses, the HSM Shredstar Multishred is a handy multimedia shredder for any home or small office. Its ability to shred not only credit cards but CDs and floppy disks as well make it stand out among deskside devices. While a wider throat would be nice, it can accept folded papers. Or it could be used as a supplemental machine to an existing shredder. Either way, we think the Multishred is an excellent addition to any office.