Thinking of Buying the Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder? Here's our Take

Reviewing the Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder

Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder
Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder
  • Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder
    Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder
    Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder
    Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder

We recently took a look at the Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder. Overall the machine is quite nice but I’ll let you be the judge after you see the pros and cons below. Always remember that the stated specs of a machine do not always translate precisely to a real-world environment.
 
Security
At a level 3 security, this cross-cut shredder gets the job done. Although there are higher levels of security, a level 3 machine provides a sufficiently small cut size to put your identity theft worries to bed. We also like the cross-cut because it takes up much less space which means that you won’t have to empty your bin as frequently as you would with a strip-cut machine. There is really no reason to jump up to a level 4 machine unless you have some ultra-sensitive documents you need destroyed.

Shredable Material
The Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder can shred CDs, Credit Cards, DVDs, Paper, Paper Clips & Staples. If you need to be able to shred something else then we recommend that you look at a larger machine and/or look for something with a little bit lower security (the higher the security the less likelihood that the machine shreds something other than paper).

Continuous Motor
This shredder is rated for continuous operation. That means that theoretically you could shred all day long and the machine would not have to shut-down to cool off. Remember that results may vary under real-world operating conditions and things such as the temperature of the room will affect the ability of this motor to stay cool and continue to shred. We give this machine 2 pats on the back for being rated continuous duty and we know that you’ll appreciate this feature in due time.

Bin Size
The Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder sports a hefty 36 gallon bin. We know that you’re not messing around when you get up in this size. You’ll be able to go quite some time before you have to actually empty that thing out. Fill up your machine, skip the gym and just carry the full bag around the office all day!

Throat Size
We love the 12.2 inch throat on this shredder because you can put in odd sized paper and it leaves plenty of breathing room when it comes to regular sized paper. Some of the smaller machines will crumple the paper and eventually jam because the throat opening is just not large enough.

Auto Oiler
With an Optional Auto-Oiler available on this machine we highly recommend that you get it pre-installed. The machine is pre-wired to accept an oiler so all the manufacturer has to do is hook it up properly and you’ll never have to worry about messy oil again. Automatically oiling your machine takes the guess-work out of maintenance and will most likely increase the life of your machine.

Price
With an MSRP of $4,695.00 this shredder is not the cheapest around but remember to NEVER pay the full amount. You can find discounts of up to 50% off if you look around on the web.

About the Manufacturer
ELCOMAN is today one of the world leaders in production of  office shredders capable to shred paper, CDs, DVDs, Floppy Disks and credit cards, professional guillotines and trimmers, flip charts with rewritable steel board adjustable in height through retractable legs. All items are sold under the KOBRA trademark in over 80 countries, through a far-reaching network of agents and retailers and 7 subsidiaries worldwide.

Manufacturer Jargon
This Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 shreds up to 31 sheets of paper at a time (cross cut rated capacity with lubricated cutting knives), Automatically shreds up to 150 sheets through the special Automatic Feeder, “EPC - Electronic Power Control“ System: shows the shredding load required to optimise shredding without jams, “ENERGY SMART®” power saving system: machine goes into power saving stand-by mode after just 8 seconds and switches off automatically after 4 hours of non-operation. “AUTOMATIC REVERSE” System in case of jamming, 24 hour continuous duty motors: no duty cycle or timed cool down periods. Heavy duty chain drive with steel gears “SUPER POTENTIAL POWER UNIT”, Carbon hardened cutting knives unaffected by staples and metal clips. New high precision design of cutting, knives allows high shred loads with low power consumption. 2 separate sets of cutting blades: one for paper and one for CDs, DVDs and credit cards, 2 distinct bags for separating shredded paper from plastic shreds, “AUTOMATIC OILING SYSTEM”: automatically lubricates cutting knives (optional).

So as I mentioned before, we think that the Kobra 310 TS-AF C4 Cross-Cut Shredder with Automatic Feeder is a worthy competitor and deserves a second look. If you have more specific questions I didn’t answer here, feel free to give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out. I also wanted to remind you that real-world conditions do not always produce the same results that you might expect from the listed specs. Happy Shredding!

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