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Swingline SM12-08 Micro Cut Jam Free Shredder Review

Swingline SM12-08 Micro Cut Jam Free Shredder ReviewThere is a big pile of “Sensitive” office documents or a pile of personal documents on your time and it is time to shred continuously for a long time without having to worry about damage to the machinery. You do not want stop and wait after every 5 minutes of shredding, and you want to effectively destroy all the sensitive documents too at the same time. Swingline SM12-08 Micro Cut Jam free shredder to the rescue. As a micro shredder, its duty is to chop off all your personal and official documents into pieces so small that no can ever reconstruct them.

It is well suited for personal, small to medium high-security workspaces. This micro paper cutting shredder features an ultra-quiet and a non-stop Jam Free operation. In a shredder comparison, this model can protect sensitive information very efficiently by shredding papers into pieces of a micron size.

Swingline SM12-08 Micro Cut Jam Free Shredder Review


It features efficient jam protection. Thus it can shred continuously for a long time to make it a fitting choice for medium to heavy-duty shredding needs. It is specially designed to be used by up to 5 people and is a strong, shining, black shredder with silver trim to give it that unique touch. It measures 22 by 13 by 17 inches. Like many small-office shredders, it features zero casters to be rolled on. Instead, it rests directly on the floor. In Front of its nine-inch feed slot, right at the top is the switch with which you can change various shredding modes like “Reverse, Forward, and On/Automatic” on the back of this feed slot we have two warning lights one for overheating and another for paper jams, just in case.

The small shred size, when combined with a large (8-gallon) wastebasket, gives you a shred for a long time without having to empty the basket, regularly. Yaaaaay!!

The Manual Shredders designed for small group or home use rarely have baskets that exceed 6-7 gallons which means that this product is a perfect choice.

  • Perfectly ideal for low usage of 1 to 5 users.
  • Also, very ideal when it comes to financial, medical, and proprietary information shredding.
  • Its jam Free technology prevents paper jams.
  • Its Super quiet operation makes it
    a perfect choice
  • It also shreds paper clips and staples.
  • Cross-cut shred style with high security.
  • It shreds many sheets at once into an 8-gallon trash bin that can be pulled out.
  • The self-clean and self-oiling technology ensures peak performance and give a longer life to the Swingline SM12-08 Micro-Cut Jam-free shredder.
  • Its energy-saving power save mode makes it environment-friendly and perfect to use.


This little shredder is beast in its class. It can shred continuously and the cool-down period is also a lot smaller when compared to others. Normally speaking, the smaller the shred size is, the slower is the shredder, and it is true when it comes to the SM12-08. Although it is designed to perform at 7 feet per minute (fpm) in some tests it even shredded up to 8fpm.

The SM12-08 is also made to shred almost 12 sheets at a time, and it even shredded up to 13 pages while during some tests. However, if you add more pages to it, the red warning light starts to blink thus giving you a warning not to add more which is a good sign of good machinery and avoids you the trouble of damaging and then repairing your shredder.

The Swingline SM12-08 has a very reliable duty cycle. It is designed for 20 minutes of continuous shredding which then follows only 10 minutes cool-down period which is quite necessary for the wellbeing of the sharp bladed and motors of ever machinery.

The powerful cutters shred anything that your documents accompany like paper clips or staples, just feed this beast and it will take care of everything.

Its nonstop jam free technology continuously delivers protection during shredding. Green and Red Lights light up if everything is good to go or there is a possibility of a paper jam.

The Self-Cleaning Cutters work efficiently to automatically remove any small pieces of paper that are stuck, thus avoiding the build-up of paper and help ensure jam-free performance.

This Shredder shuts down automatically when not used within 2 minutes or more to save energy and it automatically wakes up when the paper is inserted into it.

  • Small size provides a good security and mobility.
  • Swingline SM12-08 Micro Cut Jam free shredder can shred papers with staples and paper clips
  • Has a very sturdy base
  • Continuous shredding up to 40 minutes makes it a perfect choice
  • An Effective Jam Protection
  • A perfect choice for all types of personal use, mini groups, offices or any place that needs a durable and a reliable shredder.
  • Since it is a micro-cut shredder, the Swingline SM12-08 cuts the paper into really thin and short shreds, which when measured was very small.
  • it can shred paper into small enough pieces to be suitable for destroying sensitive, though not classified or top secret, documents it is a P-5 shredder.
  • The shredder bin of this shredder can also be lined with custom sized recyclable paper bags, made from recycled paper.

  • It is not built for speed but it shreds like no other.
  • Cannot shred CDs, DVDs or Credit Cards etc.
  • The SM12-08 is slightly on the pricey side, but offices with high privacy and security-conscious people will find it worth the extra cost.
  • This SM12-08 cannot shred the optical discs or plastic cards, although it can shred staples and paper clips in addition to the paper.

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Swingline SM12-08 Micro Cut Jam Free Shredder Review Conclusion:

SM12-08 Micro-Cut Jam Free Shredder is worth it for many small offices with a heap of paper to shred, including sensitive documents, P-5 to be exact.

It is also able to shred for a much longer time before needing to cool down. However, the best thing is the very small cooldown time. Additionally, it has a vast variety of features including the best in class paper jam protection, a huge basket, and the ability to slice and dice into minuscule shreds, not to forget the capability to process documents with paper clips and staples in them.

We hope that you found our article informative. Let us know if you have any queries; we would be more than glad to help.

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