Friday, March 13, 2015

Ativa Cross-Cut Shredder Review

Over the years, I have owned several different paper shredders for our home use.  In our world where identity theft is a very real concern, it is wise to purchase and use a cross-cut shredder for old bank statements, old credit card statements and applications, old tax returns and oft times, even unsolicited mail offering new credit cards.  These types of documents should not simply be thrown in the trash bin for someone else to happen upon and use to steal your identity or to apply for credit in your name.   And, we certainly do not want to have to hoard every piece of paper with our personal information just to protect ourselves.

As I preciously stated, I have owned several paper shredders over the last 15 years or so.  None of them last forever.  

In fact, we have to replace our shredders every few years.  I consider myself fortunate if I get one that lasts for 3-4 years.  That is both good and bad.   It is bad because I hate having to replace any equipment or household appliance because it stops working.  It is good because each time I have to buy a new shredder, I purchase an improved version.

The Ativa Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

I recently purchased the Ativa 12 Sheet Cross-Cut Shredder, model #12CC01 and I have been pretty pleased with it.  In the past, my home shredders would only shred a few pages at a time.  This new shredder will truly shred 12 sheets at a time without jamming up.  That is a definite improvement!

I also like the lockable wheels on this shredder.  They allow me to move the shredder to a different room or pull it right up next to the file cabinet.  When I have finished shredding the papers, I simply roll it back into it place next to the wall.

Benefits of the Ativa Cross-Cut Paper Shredder

paper shredder
  • Shreds up to 12 sheets at a time
  • Shreds Credit Cards
  • Waste Basket with Full Indicator Light
  • Lightweight Basket ~ Pulls out / Removable / Easy to Empty
  • Eats through Staples
  • Cross-cut for Shorter Strips
  • Reverse Mode on Power Switch in case of Jams
  • Automatically Shuts off when Overheated
  • On Lockable Wheels
  • Dimensions:  18.9" x 9.5" x 13.6"

If you are bulk shredding, the waste basket does require being emptied frequently.  I should also note that this shredder does not shred cd's, but otherwise is a great little home paper shredder.

Lubricant Sheets for the Ativa Shredder

You will need to properly maintain your Ativa Shredder by periodically using a lubricant sheet.  If you plan to bulk shred, you will need to run a lubricant sheet through the shredder every 30 minutes or so.  The lubricant sheets are very easy to use.  You simply put them through the shredder like you would a regular piece of paper.  There are arrows on the lubricant sheet showing the direction in which to insert the sheet.   Extremely fast and easy!  No Mess!


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  1. New and improved, indeed. This Ativa shredder has so many more features than my old shredder has. Like the fact that you can shred through staples and credit cards. The lubricant sheet is something new to me, but which makes perfect sense. This sounds like a big improvement over my current tiny shredder which keeps jamming and only takes maybe 2 sheets of paper at a time. Thanks for this excellent review.

    1. Thank you Elf! I really do think this particular shredder is a big improvement over my last shredder for several reasons, but the one that stands out the most for me is how lightweight and easy it is to empty.

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    1. It is especially great when you consider the low price!

  3. This sounds like a great shredder. I'll keep it in mind when mine wears out. I think everyone should own a shredder. Not everyone going through your trash is looking for aluminum cans. Many are looking for that discarded identify information.

    1. That is all too true Dawn and a very frightening reality that someone could do a lot of damage to your credit before you know you even have a problem. That can take years to fix and it is never completely right again.

  4. This is handy to know, I'm in the market for a good shredder! appreciated the review!

  5. Thanks for such a detailed review and recommendation of this excellent shredder! I've been thinking about buying one and have bookmarked your review in anticipation of a future purchase.

    1. Awesome Margaret! I am so glad you found the review helpful. It really is a great shredder for the home.

  6. A few years ago I had to buy another shredder, but it really doesn't do heavy duty items like this one. Great review and one I will definitely consider buying based on this review. Thanks so much.

    1. I have to say Favored1, one of my favorite features of this shredder is that is will shred more than 10 pages at a time. That really cuts down on the time I have to spend shredding.

  7. Just wondering, did you take a look at Ativa's website? This shredder isn't even listed as a shredder on their site. I'm not saying it isn't a good shredder, but for me, it's a warning light, especially when it doesn't offer a warranty on the shredder part like some of the other manufacturers.


    1. No, I can't say that I looked at the Ativa site. I have been using my shredder now for over 6 months and had absolutely no problem. All I can say is that it is perfect for me, especially for the lower price than most cross shredders. Also, there is most certainly a 1 year warranty on the shredder. I definitely stand by my recommendations and review based on personal experience.


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