Fellowes Powershred DS-3 Cross-Cut Shredder, Black/Gray

SKU: FWDS3 MFR: 3231001

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About Fellowes DS-3

The Fellowes DS-3 is designed for home and small office use. It is equipped with a powerful motor that can drive the shredder blades to process 10 pieces of papers in one pass. After going through the blades, the papers are turned into confetti sized 5/32" x 2" that are impossible to read or reassemble. They are introduced into the machine via a 9-inch wide entry slot, which means it is wide enough for regular sized letters and documents.

The blades are strong enough to cut staple wires, paper clips and credit cards. Although it does not have a separate slot for credit cards, an icon above the entry slot indicates where they should be inserted. Shredded materials fall into a wastebasket with a 5-gallon capacity. It has a transparent window at its front allowing you to see if it is full and needs emptying. At the top of the basket is an opening through which you can throw non-confidential waste paper. When it needs to be emptied, you can use the folding handle on the shredder head to lift it from the basket.

Papers are shredded at a rate of 10 feet per minute. Running the machine beyond five minutes, however, can cause overheating. Indeed, after each five-minute run, you need to cool the motor down for 20 minutes. Although a five-minute run may appear short, it is actually the equivalent of shredding over 100 pieces of legal sized documents.

Fellowes DS-3 Features

  • Shreds 10 sheets per pass into 5/32"; x 2"; cross-cut particles (Security Level 3)
  • Patented SafeSense Technology stops shredding when hands touch the paper opening
  • Wide 9"; paper entry
  • 5 gallon bin
  • Contemporary design complements any home or office decor

Fellowes DS-3 Specifications

Throat Width
9" / 22.86 cm
Shred Size
0.16" x 2" / 0.40 x 5.08 cm
Shred Type
Cross Cut
Waste Capacity
5 gal
Input Voltage
120 V
Dimensions (H x W x D)
16.50" x 15" x 12" / 41.91 x 38.1 x 30.48 cm
14 lbs / 6.35 kg
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judith r  May I hear from someone about its performance from someone who has purchased this model and is happy with its work?
PAIGE G  This is a great shredder. I absolutely love it & have never had a problem with it. I use the lubricating sheets each time after I empty the wastebasket which I believe helps prolong the life of the shredder. I buy them at Office Depot. I also very rarely put in 11 sheets at one time. It can handle it, but the motor really sounds like it is laboring, so I usually put in 5 to 8 sheets and it works great. My wastebasket is made of wire, so I cannot speak for the plastic wastebasket on this year's model. This is actually my second DS-3 shredder. I had the first one for four years. My college-aged son jammed up my first one then tried to remedy the situation with a knife. It didn't work out too well. Anyway, I looked everywhere for a new DS-3 because I loved it so much. Couldn't find it in any stores, but luckily found it for a great price on the Adorama website. I was so happy and very satisfied with the transaction.
judith r  How big is it or what is its capacity? With that photograph is hard to know.
JOSEPH Y  I fits a standard 8 1/2 inch piece of paper. I don't recall the maximum number of sheets, but I typically shred 4-5 at a time with no problems.
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