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Fellowes P-12C Shredder Review

I print a lot at home.  Between what I print and don’t need, and the junk mail that I get, I generally have a lot of paper lying around.  I had a shredder that I liked to use before I had children, but it isn’t exactly kid safe, so it generally stays unplugged until I have A) Free time without the kids. and B) A lot of stuff to shred.   I refuse to throw paper in the recycle bin that has account numbers or what not on it, as I think it’s just asking for trouble.  So, my stack has been growing.

I recently received an opportunity to review the new Fellowes P-12C shredder.  I was intrigued by the Safe Sense Technology that it claimed, and given the amount of paper that was sitting on my desk, I thought it would be a great idea.


About the Fellowes P-12C Cross-Cut Shredder with SafeSense

Fellowes’ new P-12C shredder is a great gift for the holidays, and helps prevent one of the country’s fastest growing crimes, identity theft, which last year alone impacted 11.1 million Americans, according to Javelin Strategy and Research’s 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report.  That’s an increase of 12 percent from the previous year!

Ideal for heavy-duty use, the new Fellowes’ P-12C is an innovative and durable machine, and features Fellowes’ industry-leading technologies.

  • The P-12C offers Fellowes’ patented SafeSense technology, an electronic sensor that surrounds the machine’s paper opening and shuts it down when hands come close.
  • It also features Cross-Cut technology, and a slim profile design, which allows it to fit easily under a home office or dorm room desk.
  • The machine has an easy-to-use pull-out bin and has the ability to shred staples, credit cards and paper clips.
  • Fellowes’ P-12C has a suggested retail price of $84.99 and is available at Target stores nationwide.

When the shredder arrived, I unpacked it and spent a few minutes reading the manual.  I was surprised to learn that it will shred credit cards.  I have always cut my old cards into tiny pieces and then melted them.  Overkill?  Maybe.  Identity safe.  So far.  But, with this shredder, I won’t have to do that.  Nice.

The Fellowes P-12C will shred paper, small paper clips, credit cards, and staples.

The Fellowes P-12C will NOT shred continuous forms, CD’s, DVD’s adhesive labels, transparencies, newspaper, cardboard, large paper clips, laminates, x-rays, or plastic other than noted.

I also liked the fact that you have to manually switch the shredder on in the back of the machine, AND use the control switch that is on top of the panel.  Which means, if I have the disconnect switch turned to off, my kiddos can’t just walk up and turn it on.  Oh, and, the ability to lock the control panel into the mode you want.  Nice.  I can lock it in the Off, Auto-On, or Reverse position, and unless I unlock it, it stays there.

After testing the shredder out myself, and confirming that it does indeed automatically stop if you touch the silver plate that surrounds the shredder entry, I thought I would let Mister try to shred some paper.  Of course, Hubs was right on hand to help if needed (**please note- For maximum safety Fellowes Safety Instructions recommend to keep the Fellowes P-12C away from children and pets and to keep hands away from paper entry**).

Did you see how it just stops when his fingers got too close?

Thank you, Fellowes, for producing a shredder that won’t eat my son’s fingers!

I also like the paper basket on this machine.  My old machine has a wire mesh basket on it, and even with putting a bag in it, it is M.E.S.S.Y.  The basket is easy to remove, contains the mess, and replaces easily, as well.

I would certainly recommend the Fellowes P-12C Cross-Cut Shredder with SafeSense to anyone that is concerned about Identity Theft and has small children in the home.  It is easy to use, safe for little fingers, and it would make a great Christmas Gift for young professionals or college students.

How do you dispose of sensitive paperwork? And since this is my first video review, I would love any feedback you might offer on the video itself.

Disclosure- Fellowes provided me with a complimentary shredder to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are my own and reflect my own experience.  Your experience may differ.

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.


  1. That shredder looks awesome. I have been wanting to get one for awhile, but worrying about the safety for the kids has stopped me. The features that this one has in place would put me at ease though. Thanks for sharing the great review.

  2. A shredder is something I should have invested in a long time ago. I love that this one is safer to use! Thanks for the review. Oh PS, I can not see anything I am typing because the font color is so light. I thought I would let you know in case I have a ton of typos it is because Ia m typing blind. Have a great weekend!

  3. I love Fellowes! Our current shredder is a Fellowes, and we stick with them.

  4. We love our Fellowes p12! It’s a wonderful shredder and I’ve had a lot in my day:)