#HolidayGiftGuide – Keeping Our Identities Safe w/ The Fellowes PS-12Cs Cross-Cut Shredder


Two Kids and a Coupon received a Fellowes Powershred® PS-12Cs Cross-Cut Shredder for purposes of this review. All opinions and shredding done were completely and totally our own. 

A few years ago when I was going to purchase a vehicle, I received a not so pleasant surprise. While I thought I would have no problem obtaining an auto loan, I came back declined. Mystified, because I had always been responsible about my spending, I asked the financial manager, and she said my credit report showed tens of thousands of dollars in past due, overdrawn accounts, and collections.

I was totally confused. I paid my only credit card in full every month and it had a zero balance, so I went home and ran my credit report myself where I got the ugly picture. Someone stole my identity and racked up almost $100,000 in debt in my name and social security number without me even realizing it! Not only did they open credit cards and bounce checks, they had even rented an apartments and had utilities in my name (which were of course past due!) in another state.

It took hundreds of hours on the phone, police reports and a couple years of clearing my name before I got everything resolved and my good credit score back. It turns out someone had gotten my information by going through the trash. From there they had opened up accounts and everything had turned into a big huge nightmare from there.

Since having my identity stolen, I now shred pretty much everything. Any piece of paper that has the slightest bit of personal information for any member of our family gets shredded, which mean we shred a lot — and that I also usually jam a lot — and have broken a lot of shredders. I haven’t found a shredder that  has lived to our needs, until recently that is.

Recently we were sent the Fellowes Powershred® PS-12Cs Cross-Cut Shredder to review for our holiday gift guide. This heavy duty shredder is great for personal use, but is powerful enough for those of us who do lots and lots of shredding. Here’s some of it’s features.


  • SafeSense® Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening
  • Shreds 12 sheets per pass into 5/32” x 2” cross-cut particles (Security Level P-3)
  • Shreds for up to 5 minutes before a 20 minute cool down period is needed
  • 4-gallon bin
  • 16”H x 8.75”W x 17”D
  • Slim profile fits neatly under desks
  • 1 year product warranty and 5 year cutter warranty
  • For 1 user


I’ve been using the Powershred® PS-12Cs Cross-Cut Shredder for a couple weeks now and I’m really pleased with it’s performance. Not only can it handle lots and lots of shredding, but its large four gallon bin doesn’t need to be emptied as often and it’s sleek design doesn’t take up much space in my office. I really love the the safe technology that stops it in case little hands get curious about shredding to keep my kids safe, and I know by using this shredder, my family’s identities will stay safe for the future as well.

For more information on the full range of Fellowes products, visit them online at www.fellowes.com.




  1. Julie Wood says:

    My shredder is getting old and I need a new one. It is so important to have a shredder that shreds the documents so that no one steals the information off of it. I like this shredder here because it is a criss cross shredder that really shreds the documents. I want to get one of the Powershred® PS-12Cs Cross-Cut Shredder. Thanks for the information on this.

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