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I Replaced My Old Paper Shredder with an Aurora

Updated on September 17, 2014

Aurora AS810SD Shredder Product Review

When myold "light duty" shredder finally bit the dust, I replaced it with an Aurora. Here's my product review of the Aurora AS810SD Shredder . (I keep two - one for everyday light use, and one for my business, which takes care of my more challenging shredding)

I found it offered on Amazon at a really good price, considering it was advertised to work not only on documents, but also credit cards and a CDs. While my old one had been a workhorse for years, it was never able to shred credit cards, and this feature alone excited me.

It was advertised as "Aurora AS810SD 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper/CD/Credit Card Shredder with Basket." 8 sheets at once! My old one handled only 4 when it was new, and just 2 later on. (I never lubricated my old one, which could have contributed to its problems)

I eagerly awaited the arrival of my new toy. But, when it arrived, I was disappointed AT FIRST. Shortly, though, I was to discover that, not only was it NOT a bad purchase, it was even better than I had expected . . .

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Security! To guard against Identity Theft

You MUST Have a Shredder

Given the opportunity, thieves WILL go through your trash.

Don't give them ANYTHING with identifying information on it. Destroy all of your discarded documents! I even shred junk mail IF it has my name and address on it. The security of your information is more important than ever.

A shredder is a necessity to protect you from possible financial catastrophe at the hands of those bent on committing identity theft. They are scoundrels of the first magnitude.

This a Good Little Shredder at a Great Price - And I didn't have to pay for shipping, either!

This is a nice little home paper shredder, at a great price. The 'basket' is small, BUT we're using it as wastebasket for our guest bath. AND the extension lets me place the head on a regular 13 gallon kitchen sized waste can. This means that I can shred more before having to stop and change bags. Not only that, but there is no necessity to buy yet another size of bags!

Aurora AS810SD 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Shredder Basket
Aurora AS810SD 8-Sheet Strip-Cut Paper, CD and Credit Card Shredder Basket

Shred up to 8 sheets of paper at once, or a credit card, or a CD. Auto feature detects when paper is fed in, and begins the motor then. Pull-out extension on one side lets you place the shredder atop a larger canister than the one it comes with.

I LOVE the 'auto' feature. Just turn it on, and only when you feed paper into the slot does the shredding mechanism activate. When the paper is shredded, it deactivates. My old one didn't do that!

 

The Aurora Comes with a Bin

That is TOO Small

I was disappointed at first.

My old shredder's bin was small, but this new one was even smaller! You can clearly see the difference in this photo, with the new one on the left, and the old (black) one on the right.

I really thought I'd blown it by not taking better note of the bin size in the item's description.

But my chagrin was soon to turn to joy . . .

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It has an Extender

and Fits on a Regular 13 Gallon Trash Can!

Thanks to the pull-out extender on the side of the head, you don't have to use the tiny bin that comes with it. It can fit on a regular trash basket that uses 13 gallon bags!

This means:

1 - You don't have to stop shredding to change the bag as often.

2 - You can use the basket that came with it as a bathroom waste basket.

3 - You don't need special sized shred bags just for your shredder.

YIPPEE!

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What an unexpected bonus - I now have a paper shredder head that fits on a trash can!

Does this Shredding Device WORK?

Does it perform adequately for Home Use?

Yep. Sure does.

With my old shredder, you turned it on, and it started running away. This new one's motor activates when the paper goes in, and stops when the page ends have run through.

I tested it with a single sheet. Zipped right through. Then two - zip. It slows down a bit when four and eight sheets are fed in at once, as I expected. It produces ribbon shredding, not confetti or cross-cut shredding, but should be sufficient as a home shredder for discarded personal dociments and mail.

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Yes, it DOES shred a credit card, just not into as many pieces as I would like, That's easily solved by feeding the pieces through again after the first pass, which is still easier than scissoring the card to death.

I have not yet had the opportunity to test its capability with CDs.

Final assessment: A good buy for the casual or home user, but may not be robust enough for heavier use.

Do You Shred? - (a poll)

Do you shred at your house?

See results

Lubricant is a Must - It's Essential to Prolong the Life of Your Shredder.

Whatever kind of shredder you use, it will NOT run indefinitely. I used to go through them like crazy. They would mysteriously seize up and stop working after several months.

The reason? I wasn't lubricating them!

After I began using lubricant each time I emptied a filled basket, I "magically" stopped burning through several shredders a year.

Don't let your

important data

fall into the wrong hands!

More Recommendations - Better Shredders for Heavier Use

1) If you need a cross-cut shredder, or a heavier duty one than the one I bought, there are some here from Fellowes, which is what I use for my small business.

2) Do also purchase either lubricating oil or lubricant sheets to prolong the life of your new shredder, cut down on dust, and help prevent conditions that can cause paper jams. Keeping the head well lubricated is essential if you don't want to burn it out before you've gotten your money's worth! (I use Fellowes oil, shown above)

Do YOU have a great shredder at your house? (You should)

What kind do you use?

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    • butternyk profile image

      butternyk 4 years ago

      i am looking for one

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      I used to have a shredder but I got rid of it during one of the moves. One of the problems was that it took up too much space - which is why using the bin as a trash can for the bathroom sounds like a great idea!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Good info. I have my own lens on identity theft, and a good shredder is something I highly recommend.

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      jolou 5 years ago

      I agree it's very important to shred anything with personal information on it., Great review.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Wow! This does look like a great shredder! I have been so proud of my cross shredder because it will rip those credit cards to shreds, but I love the extender on this one. Must bookmark this for future purchases :)

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Great information. When our existing shredder fails, we'll replace it with one of these.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      Great information. When our existing shredder fails, we'll replace it with one of these.

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      Barbara Walton 5 years ago from France

      Great lens and good information. I like the look of your lens - I haven't really cracked formatting and design on Squidoo yet. Barbara

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I borrowed one from my son, and I will get one soon.

      This one seems to do a good job.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      I borrowed one from my son, and I will get one soon.

      This one seems to do a good job.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Fantastic review! I'll have to keep this in mind if I need to pick up a new paper shredder.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @anonymous: Thank you! You are right, right, right on all counts.

      Of course, time will tell if it holds up to the type of use I tend to give a shredder, but hey, for the price, if it lasts even half as long as my older, more expensive one with less features did, it was well worth the price!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been shredding for years and don't often have to shred a card but doing it by hand certainly is inconvenient...enter the Aurora Shredder! I love how you tell about your initial disappointment with the bin size (oh, my) and then come back in with the wonderful, built in solution of the extender...a dream come true in the land of shredding for those who do a lot of it. What a wonderful bonus to be able to also shred those CD's with the Aurora...a dream come true and much more than a document shredder at an excellent price.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      This "extending-the -shredder" feature seems to be good-I wouldn't suppose there is such possibility...

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      nealberk 6 years ago

      Yes, the lubricant for a shredder is a great thing to have, easy to use (you just run a bead down a piece of paper and run it through the shredder), and it prolongs the life of the shredder. Cutting through paper generates a lot of friction and heat- things that are not good for a shredder. Get the lubricant and the shredder will last even longer.

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