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.