When going paperless, the two most important things are a good document scanner and a good shredder. If you do your own shredding, the Swingline Stack-and-Shred line of “hands-free” shredders are a cool concept, and well-executed. Instead hovering over your shredder, slowly feeding documents into the Stack-and-Shred, you just drop in a big stack, close the lid, and go about your business.

I recently spent a couple of weeks with the Swingline Stack-and-Shred 80X to see how it compares to a more standard shredder, like the Fellowes Powershred PS-67Cs (the newest version of the shredder I used for years).

What I like about the Swingline Stack-and-Shred

The ability to just drop in a stack of documents (staples and all) and walk away is pretty awesome. The Stack-and-Shred would be a huge timesaver for things like shredding boxes of discovery documents after scanning them. Even with an heavier-duty shredder that lets you feed a couple dozen pages at a time, going through a box of documents can take all morning. The Stack-and-Shred even un-jams itself (most of the time), so you really can walk away while it works.

And that’s really all there is to say about this machine. It has one standout feature that is really useful and works just as advertised.

The 80X takes up to 80 sheets in its hopper. Swingline offers shredders with as much as a 500-sheet capacity if you have bigger shredding jobs (or more people using one shredder). If you do class actions, go with the big one. If you handle small civil matters, the 80X is probably just right.

What I don’t like about the Swingline Stack-and-Shred

Not much, honestly. This is a great shredder, and if I did my own shredding (we have a shredding service for the office), this is probably what I would get. That said, there are a few things you ought to be aware of.

Feeding paper through the top slot is a bit clumsy, but honestly, that’s the wrong way to use this shredder. Just leave the top open until you fill it, then close the top and get back to work. It works, in any case; you just have to get the feeding angle right every time.

My least favorite part about shredders in general is having to empty the bin. I feel like the bin on the Stack-and-Shred 80X is, at 5 gallons, a little small. During normal usage (a few sheets a day), you probably won’t have to empty it more than once a week — just get your cleaning staff to do it (if you have a cleaning staff). But if you are destroying piles of documents, be prepared to make a few trips to the dumpster.

Finally, While I love the idea of a (mostly) hands-free shredder, the Stack-and-Shred doesn’t come cheaply. The hands-free feature aside. The Stack-and-Shred (about $162) would probably be comparable to the Fellowes Powershred PS-67Cs (about $110) in that they comparable stacks through the feeder (6 for the Swingline vs. 8 for the Fellowes) and have similarly-sized bins (5 gal. vs. 6). That means you pay about $50 for the hands-free option. I don’t think that should deter you, but the Stack-and-Shred definitely costs more.


Swingline Stack-and-Shred 80X

Reviewed by Sam Glover on .

Summary: The Swingline Stack-and-Shred 80X hands-free cross-cut paper shredder saves you from hovering over your shredder, slowly feeding documents.

Score: 4 (out of 5)