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Dahle 40114 Deskside Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Dahle 40114 Deskside Paper ShredderDo you need a solid paper shredder for your desk? Are you tired of your paper shredder overheating, gears stripping and shredders that barely last more than a few months? If so, you may want to consider investing a little more money in a solid German built & engineered paper shredder like the Dahle 40114 (found here). There are many reasons why I consider this to be one of the best deskside shredders for your office.

When you buy a paper shredder, or any product for that matter, you usually see a “made in …..” somewhere on the label. The quality can often be determined simply by where a product is made. When it comes to paper shredders, having that shredder be made in Germany can mean a world of difference when it comes to quality. German engineered and German built shredders simply have the best track record in the industry. Nothing else even comes close.

The Dahle 40114 is one of the smallest and most compact German-made deskside shredders. At just 24 ¾” tall, this shredder fits nicely next to just about any desk or table. While it is small, it still weighs in at 53 pounds shipped, which gives you an idea just how well built the shredder is.

I have over a decade of experience with paper shredders and I have found two major complaints from customers regarding paper shredders. These are noise and overheating. Paper shredders can be loud and many overheat after just 20-30 minutes of use, requiring a cooldown period. Dahle has addressed both of these issues. Here is how they’ve done it:

Noise – The Dahle 40114 uses special rubber shock mounts. This allows the vibrations, typically the biggest culprit with noise, to be greatly diminished by being absorbed. I have heard people refer the Dahle shredders as being whisper quiet, especially compared to other shredders.

Heat – The Dahle 40114 uses a thermally protected continuous duty motor. It is designed to quickly dissipate heat, eliminating the need to cool down. This allows you to use it for hours on end without encountering any issues.

Dahle 40114 Cutting BladesThis shredder really is a miniaturized version of Dahle’s larger departmental shredders. It still features the precision milled solid cylinders found in Dahle’s larger shredders and the same slick design. It has a cabinet door design for emptying paper and incorporates a security level P-4 (formerly Level 3) cross cut pattern. This pattern is ideal for most shredding applications and is HIPAA and FACTA compliant for shredding records, client information and more.

The Dahle 40114 can shred anywhere from 8-10 sheets of 20# bond paper at a time. The 8 ¾” wide feed throat handles most paper sizes including letter and legal size paper. The 8 gallon shred bin is remarkably big considering this is a deskside paper shredder. The hardned shredding blades not only shred paper, but can also handle staples and paper clips often found in paper documents.

As you would expect with any modern shredder, the Dahle 40114 features an auto on/off, a bag full sensor, reverse button, load indicator and many safety features. This shredder can easily be used at home or in the office.

Dahle 40114 Control PanelOverall I consider this to be an excellent deal and a remarkable shredder when you take the quality into account. I highly recommend this shredder for deskside use by an individual or a couple of people. You can find the Dahle 40114 here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to give our offices a call at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our Paper Shredder Specialists. They should be able to help answer all of your questions. Have you used this shredder? Please post a comment about your experience. As is the case with all of our shredders, we have a Service Technician that can help provide you with replacement parts, bags, supplies and service.

Destroyit 4002 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Destroyit 4002 Cross Cut Paper ShredderI just spoke to a guy on the phone today who was commenting to me about how much he hates to wait for his shredder to cool down every 20 minutes before he can use it again. Unfortunately this person had purchased a paper shredder that was woefully inadequate for his needs. If your office is in need of a solid departmental-level paper shredder, the Destroyit 4002 (found here) is an excellent option. We actually have one of these shredders in our building here at ABC Office and I have used it on many occasions. I would like to share my feedback and experiences with you.

The very customer I spoke about earlier continued on to ask me which paper shredder brand I would personally recommend. I explained to this customer that one of my personal favorite lines is the Destroyit line. He then said, “What makes this shredder any better than the others out there?” I went on to explain that Destroyit paper shredders are German engineered and German built, which gives them a huge leg up on many other brands. To be frank, German paper shredders are the pinnacle of the paper shredding industry.

The Destroyit 4002 is a departmental paper shredder to its core and is one of my personal favorites for use in an office by several people throughout the day. It uses a thermally protected motor that allows it to run all day without overheating. The cross cut version, which I have personally used, can shred anywhere from 24-26 sheets of paper at a time, which is more than adequate for most businesses. The 1 ¾ horsepower motor doesn’t stutter and shreds the paper at a speed of 25 feet per minute into 3/16” x 1 ½” particles. This particular shredder is a Level 3 (P-4 on the new scale).

Because this shredder is designed to be used throughout the day, it comes equipped with a massive 44-gallon shred bin. I have personally shredded boxes of material in a single sitting with this shredder without filling the bag. I LOVE not having to continually empty this shredder over and over again. It can be used to shred paper, credit cards and CDs. Be cause it is built with hardened steel cutting shafts, it also accepts staples and paper clips without missing a beat. After an hour of inactivity, it will go into an energy saving mode.

One thing I really like about this shredder is how quiet it is. Cross cut shredding paper requires a lot of cutting and effort on the part of the shredder. Many comparable models out there sound like a lawn mower or a wood chipper. Nobody wants to hear that grinding / whirring noise in the office. This shredder is comfortably quiet. Having used it many times, I really think you could use this right next to a group of professionals in the office without annoying them.

You can’t jam this shredder, which I love. While it shreds 24-26 sheets of paper at a time, who is going to sit around and count out each sheet? This shredder can detect the stress being put on the motor. If it is fed over capacity, it will stop and back out the paper rather than continue to run (which burns the motor out on other ill equipped shredders).

The control panel on the Destroyit 4002 is as simple as a round rocking button. Tilt it forward to turn it on and tilt it forward again to turn it off. Tilt it back to put the shredder into reverse. LED lights built into the button will also alert you when the shredder is full, door is open and more. The wide 16” throat on this shredder includes a safety shield which prevents dangerous access to the shredding blades. To top it all off, this shredder rests on casters, making it easy to wheel around the office.

I love this shredder. Can you tell by my review? You will not be disappointed with this shredder in an office setting. It really is that good.

If you have more questions about this shredder, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help answer your questions. Because this is in our office, we can also provide you with a live video demonstration over the Internet if you would like to see it in action. You can find the Destroyit 4002 paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

We are an authorized MBM Destroyit dealer and have a fully staffed Service Department that can help you out with every little detail on your shredder. They can service it for you, find someone in your local area to service it for you or provide you with parts and supplies as needed.

Thank you for reading my review. If you own one of these shredders, please post your experience at the end of this article in the form of a comment. Thanks for reading!

What Are Shredder Blades, Cutting Cylinders and Rollers Made From?

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Dahle Cutting ShaftThere is a lot that goes into making a good paper shredder. This includes sound dampening technology, safety features, automation, capacity and much more. One feature that is often overlooked is the shredding blades. The blades on a shredder can vary widely as well as the quality. This can mean the difference between a shredder that lasts a year and a shredder that lasts a decade. I would like to cover how the shredder blades are built on a variety of our top brand paper shredders (found here).

At ABC Office we try to limit our paper shredder selection to the highest quality and reliable models out there. We have had opportunities to add cheaper shredders, but have opted not to for the sake of our customers. The shredders we sell are from reputable brands that stand behind their machines. Many of these companies offer a lifetime warranty on their shredder blades. I would like to cover the shredder blade technology that each of these manufacturers use.

  • Dahle – This manufacturer uses precision milled solid cylinders milled from a block of German steel. This allows for perfect alignment in an all-steel frame. Most of these shredder blades are guaranteed for life. These shredders are almost all made in Germany, ensuring excellent quality control.
  • Destroyit – These paper shredders are all made in Germany and their cross cut shredders use hardened steel cutting shafts. This allows them to accept staples, paper clips and credit cards without suffering any damage. Most of their standard cross cut cutting shafts feature a lifetime warranty and their super micro cut (SMC) feature a one-year warranty.
  • HSM – This is another German paper shredder manufacturer. Both their strip and cross cut shredders use hardened steel in their cutting rollers. Most of their strip and cross cut shredders are warranted to be free of manufacturer defect for the life of the shredder. Their higher-security shredders feature a five-year warranty on the cutting rollers from the date of the invoice.
  • Formax – This company has been manufacturing paper shredders for over half a decade now and their shredder lineup has proven the test of time. They use heat-treated steel cutters that are specially ground for longevity and require minimal oiling. Most of their shredders feature a lifetime warranty on the cutting head.
  • Kobra – Most of Kobra’s shredders use carbon hardened cutting knives in their paper shredders, which are unaffected by staples or paper clips.
  • Intimus – This company has been around for years. It used to be known as Intimus Schleicher International. The company is now owned by Martin Yale. They use hardened steel cutting cylinders. Many of their shredders use separate cutting blocks for shredding paper and digital media.

Each of the above mentioned brands have been around for years. They all make office shredders designed for daily continuous use. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. If you have additional questions about shredders, their features or warranties, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Because we are an authorized dealer for each of these brands, we are also able to provide you with parts and service.

Formax FD 8500CC Office Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Formax FD 8500CC Cross Cut Paper ShredderPaper is abundant in the office. Regardless of the size of the office, all dispose of various documents on a daily basis. One of the best ways to destroy a document is by shredding it with something like the Formax FD 8500CC cross cut paper shredder (found here). This shredder is a workhorse and is designed for use in the office by multiple people throughout the day. So is this the shredder for your office? Read on and find out more.

Formax currently makes about 18 different models of shredders, which many of those featuring a strip and cross cut variation. These shredders range in size and capability depending on how many people need to use it per day, the security level desired and the material being shredded. As far as quality goes, Formax shredders are right up there with the German brands such as Destroyit, HSM and Intimus.

The Formax FD 8500 is a mid-level shredder. That means it is ideal for use in a small or medium size business. It can even be used in a larger business on a departmental level. This isn’t some deskside paper shredder. It is large and it means business, keeping up with most shredding needs. Here are just a few reasons why you may want to consider using it in your office:

  • Security Level – The FD 8500CC has a Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is considered to be the most ideal pattern for standard use in an office. The particle size measures in at 5/32” x 1-1/5”. This ends up being over 600 particles of paper per single 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper. This pretty much renders material unreadable.
  • Sheet Capacity – This shredder can handle about 16-18 sheets of paper at a time, which is an excellent amount for standard office use. A load indicator on the control panel will let you know if the motor is being over exerted, which means you don’t have to count out sheets prior to shredding the paper. If for any reason too much paper is fed in, the shredder will stop and reverse the stack back out.
  • Throat Size – The throat size is the maximum width of paper the shredder can handle. This can also be one of the most annoying bottlenecks on a shredder. In the case of the FD 8500CC, it has a 16″ wide opening. Luckily this is more than enough room to handle most shredder jobs. With a 16″ throat, this shredder can handle even large sheets of paper without a problem.
  • Motor Capabilities – Have you ever used a shredder that required to you wait for it to cool down after 20 or 30 minutes of use? This is not a problem you’ll have to deal with. The FD 8500CC has an AC geared thermally protected motor designed for continuous use and operation. This shredder is not a toy; it means business.
  • Control Panel – The control panel on this shredder is very informative, yet takes up little space. It has indicator lights that let you know when the shredder is in auto or manual mode, running in reverse, stopped, full or if the bin door is open. Below the lights is a start, stop and reverse button. To the right is a load indicator that lets you know how much stress the motor is under.
  • Bin Size – The bin size is another weak point on a lot of shredders. Many shredders have excellent features, but a bin so small that it has to be emptied every hour. The FD 8500CC has been built with a 26-gallon bin, which holds a lot of cross cut particles of paper. This means fewer bag changes on your part. This shredder will let you know when the bin needs to be changed.
  • Build – This shredder is built using an all-metal cabinet that is set on casters for mobility. It is build using high-end electronics and the motor is mated with heavy-duty steel gears. This has al been put together in a way that the shredder produces minimal noise, again making it an excellent choice for the office.

Do you still have questions about this shredder? Feel free to speak with one of our Paper Shredder Experts by calling 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a full-time Service Department that can help repair, service or provide parts for your shredder.

You can find our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here and all of our paper shredders here.

Formax FD 8400 Office Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Formax FD 8400 Office Paper ShredderOne of the biggest mistakes people make when purchasing a paper shredder for the office is the expectation that a department store shredder will handle an office’s shredding needs. The sad reality is these cheap shredders burn out and break down in a very short period of time and are ultimately a waste of money. If you’re looking for a solid office paper shredder, you really need to invest in a machine that can keep up with the needs of the office. One such shredder is the Formax FD 8400 paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Formax has been manufacturing paper shredders for years and their FD line of shredders have proven themselves over the years to keep up with office needs. The FD 8400 is an office shredder designed to be used by small department throughout the day. It is available as the FD 8400CC and FD 8400SC, depending on whether or not you need a cross cut or a strip cut pattern. Most people go with the cross cut pattern for the added security that it offers.

One of the biggest annoyances I have with many cheaper shredders is the small throat width. Many are set at just 9″ wide, which means you need to feed the paper in just right to ensure everything operates correctly. The FD 8400 has a 12.2″ wide throat width, that easily accommodates letter-size sheets of paper including larger sheets of paper. This width also makes it easy to feed in jumbled stacks of paper.

Speed is also a concern when shredding paper in an office setting. Nobody wants to stand around the shredder for minutes at a time trying to shred a small stack of paper. The FD 8400 shreds paper at a speed of 30 feet per minute, which is remarkably fast. This ends up being a foot of paper every 2 seconds. This means you can burn through a stack of paper very quickly. When it comes to capacity, the cross cut version shreds 18-20 sheets of paper at a time and the strip cut version shreds 30-32 sheets of paper at a time.

Another thing that bothers me with cheaper shredders is the overheating and cool-down period that you have to deal with. The Formax FD 8400 is built using a thermally protected continuous-duty motor. That means it never has to cool down. The powerful geared motor, which is connected to steel gears, can keep running throughout the day without batting an eye. It really is built that well. Considering the metal, motor and shredding blades used in these shredders, they are remarkably quiet. I have used this shredder at it does not distract at all.

As mentioned before, this shredder is available in a cross cut and a strip cut design. The cross cut is rated at a Level 3, which is HIPAA compliant, and the strip cut model is rated at a Level 2. The Level 3 cross cut shreds paper into 5/32″ x 1 1/5″ particles, where the strip cut version shreds paper into ¼” strips. Both models have a large 20-gallon shred bin, which holds a lot of paper between bag changes.

The FD 8400 comes built with a load detector that is visually displayed on the control panel. As the motor works harder, the load indicator lets the operator know. This makes it easy to increase or decrease the amount of paper being shredded. In the event that too much paper has been fed in, the shredder will automatically stop and reverse the paper back out. This office shredder also includes a bag full indicator, auto start/stop (via optical sensor) and a door sensor that stops the shredder in the event the door is opened. It also includes an oil indicator light, letting you know when it is time to oil the shredder blades. It can be fitted with an optional EvenFlow automatic oiler. This entire shredder sits on casters for easy maneuverability.

The FD 8400 is built with a self-diagnostic system. It records operation time, number of auto-reverse sequences, amount of paper shredded and more. This data can later be accessed by a service technician in the event of maintenance.

Both of these shredders are nicely priced and as of this article are available with free shipping. If you have additional questions regarding this shredder, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788. We can help provide you with a quote, service the warranty, provide parts or answer your questions.

You can find the Formax FD 8400 here, our entire lineup of Formax paper shredders here and all of our paper shredders here. Please feel free to post your comments, questions and suggestions here.

Top 10 Best Office Paper Shredders of 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Best Paper Shredders 2013Office paper shredders need to be able to put up with a lot of daily use. You don’t want an office shredder that’s going to require a cool down time, period. For an office, you need something that is tough, time tested and capable of holding up for years. At ABC Office, we offer a huge selection of office paper shredders (found here). Many of these shredders are excellent products, however, I would like to point out 10 that have truly proven themselves as “best shredders” for 2013.

I have come up with criteria of 5 features you need to have in a solid office paper shredder.

  • Bin Size – I recommend you get a paper shredder that has at least a 10 gallon capacity. The larger the bin, the less you are going to have to empty it. I would put 10 gallons as the minimum size for an office.
  • Throat Size – I generally recommend you go with a paper shredder that has a throat width that is at least 10″. The first model I am going to recommend is 9.5″, but the rest are 10″ or wider. A 10″ throat width easily accommodates letter-size paper and the added width helps prevent jams.
  • Security – I recommend you use a paper shredder that uses a cross cut shredding pattern. I have found that a Level 3 is more than adequate security for most businesses.
  • Sheet Capacity – When it comes to sheet capacity, I recommend you buy a shredder that handles at least 10 sheets of paper at a time if not more.
  • Continuous Duty – I never recommend a shredder with a cool down period. I find it a nuisance and often a sign of cheap construction. I recommend you buy a shredder with a continuous duty motor that is thermally protected. All of the shredders I am going to recommend have continuous duty motors.

Top 10 Best Office Paper Shredders of 2013 – These are listed in order of price.

  1. Dahle CleanTEC 41214 (found here) – This shredder is compact and perfect for use with a small department of people. It is extremely quiet, is energy efficient and helps cut down on dust. It is German built and is a solid piece of equipment.
  2. Destroyit 2604 CC (found here) – This is a very affordable paper shredder, especially when you consider what it does. It has a nice 26-gallon bin, is energy efficient, has a Level 3 cross cut pattern and is German made. This shredder sits nicely next to a wall and can be used by several different people throughout the day.
  3. HSM B34 Securio (found here) – This shredder is has capacity, speed and security. The German made Securio line of shredders from HSM are all solid pieces of equipment. This particular model features a Level 4 security and has a nice 26.4 gallon shred bin.
  4. Formax FD 8400 (found here) – This paper shredder has a nice 12.2″ wide opening and is remarkably affordable considering the cross cut version can handle up to 18 sheets of paper at a time. This shredder is also fast, operating at 30 feet per minute.
  5. Destroyit 3104 CC (found here) – This is a great small to medium-duty paper shredder. It has a 12″ opening and can be used to shred on a continuous basis. A 32 gallon bin holds a lot of paper and this shredder is rated as a Level 3.
  6. Destroyit 3804 CC (found here) – This is one of the most affordable Destroyit shredders that includes a wide 16″ shredding width. This German-made paper shredder is solid and features an extremely easy-to-use control interface. It is safe and powerful, making it an excellent choice for most offices.
  7. Destroyit 4002 CC (found here) – Destroyit paper shredders, by Ideal, are German build and feature hardened steel shredder blades. A huge 44 gallon shred bin and a 16″ wide throat means this shredder will handle just about any size of paper and won’t need to be changed very often. This is an excellent departmental paper shredder.
  8. HSM Securio P40C (found here) – This is one of HSM’s most well rounded heavy-duty office shredders. It has a 13″ shed width, an 18 sheet per minute speed and can handle 35-37 sheets of paper at a time. IT can also handle CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, floppy disks and credit cards. It is extremely quiet and features V-TEK hardened rollers.
  9. Formax FD 8650CC (found here) – This shredder can safely be categorized as a heavy-duty office shredder. It is designed for daily operation and can hold up to 53 gallons of paper! It includes an AutoOiler, which means you don’t need to remember to oil it. This shredder can handle most sizes of paper (up 16″ wide) and is blazing fast at 30 feet per minute.
  10. Destroyit 4005 CC (found here) – If you need power, combined with sold German engineering, the Destroyit 4005 is the shredder to have. This shredder is powerful, with a 16″ wide throat and a 59-gallon shred bin. It is available in a Level 3 or Level 4 cross cut pattern. This shredder will easily service an entire building and will keep up with your daily shredding needs.

So there you have it! These are 10 extremely tough cross cut paper shredders that are excellent options for an office. Unlike many cheap department store shredders, these are build to hold up and last for years.

If these shredders are out of your price range, but you would still like something that is tough, you may want to consider the Destroyit 2360 (found here). This shredder is still tough and is an excellent choice for use by a few people throughout the day. I also highly recommend most shredders from Dahle, HSM and Destroyit.

If you still have questions about a paper shredder for your office, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with paper shredders and should be able to help you out. You will find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

How Many Particles are in a Shredded Document?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Paper Shredder Security LevelsHave you ever wondered how many pieces of paper your document is cut up into when run through a shredder? You might be surprised. I know I was when I first found out. In this article I would like to cover the different security levels and just how much difference there is from one particle size to another. I would also like to provide you with some pictures on just how different one level is to another. You can find our paper shredders here.

Modern paper shredders are broken up into six different security levels with Security Level 1 being the least secure and Security Level 6 being the most secure. This scale was originally based on DIN 32757 specifications. This has since been updated with DIN 66399, which I will cover later in this article.

So here are the size requirements for DIN 32757 security levels, which is what all US paper shredders are currently classified under:

DIN 32757 Shredder Security LevelsSecurity Level 1:
(10.5mm Strip Cut)
(11.8mm Strip Cut)
(10.5mm x 40-80mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 2:
(3.9mm Strip Cut)
(5.8mm Strip Cut)
(7.5mm x 40-80mm)

Security Level 3:
(1.9mm Strip Cut)
(3.9mm x 30-50mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 4:
(1.9mm x 15mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 5:
(0.78mm x 11mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 6:
(1mm x 4-5mm)

As you can see, the higher the shredder security level, the smaller the particle size is. While these may seem like minor adjustments in particle size, each increase in security level equals a huge increase in total particles. I have taken the smallest size requirements for each of these six security levels and have broken them up into particle sizes based on a single sheet of 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper. Just look at how many more particles you get as the level goes up:

  • Security Level 1: 166 Particles
  • Security Level 2: 237 Particles
  • Security Level 3: 667 Particles
  • Security Level 4: 2,660 Particles
  • Security Level 5: 7,991 Particles
  • Security Level 6: 19,148 Particles

Obviously the more particles the harder the material is to read or re-assemble. Many people ask me which security level is needed for a typical business. I recommend a Security Level 3 for most businesses. This seems to provide adequate capacity and security. Keep in mind, the more particles the lower your capacity as this creates more strain on the shredder. If you don’t mind taking a small cut in capacity, a Security Level 4 (aka Micro Cut) isn’t a bad option either.

DIN 66399 Shredder Specifications

As mentioned earlier, the DIN 32757 has been superseded by the DIN 66399. DINE 66399 has 7 security levels divided into three protection classes. As of this article (May 2013), I have yet to see any manufacturers using the new DIN 66399 to label their shredders in the USA. The biggest reason for the change in DIN standard is due to the changing world in which we live. Many people are now shredding optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays), credit cards, film rolls, hard drives, USB drives, flash memory and much more.

DIN 66399 is broken up like this:

Security levels:
Protection Class 1

2

3

Protection Class 2

4

5

Protection Class 3

6

7

  • Security Level 1: General documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
  • Security Level 2: Internal documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
  • Security Level 3: Data media with sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to high
    protection requirements.
  • Security Level 4: Data media with highly sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to
    high protection requirements.
  • Security Level 5: Data media with confidential information of fundamental importance for a person, company
    or institution.
  • Security Level 6: Data media with confidential documents in the case of extraordinary security precautions.
  • Security Level 7: For strictly confidential data with the highest security precautions.

DIN66399 consists of 6 data media types. These are P (paper), O (optical data), T (magnetic media), E (electronic data), F (information in reduced form) and H (hard drives).

Data media P, which is paper, has these Security Level Specifications with DIN66399:

  • P-1: Max strip width of 12mm
  • P-2: Max strip width of 6mm
  • P-3: Max particle size of 320mm squared.
  • P-4: Max particle size of 160mm squared.
  • P-5: Max particle size of 30mm squared.
  • P-6: Max particle size of 10mm squared.
  • P-7: Max particle size of 5mm squared.

DIN 66399 Shredder Particle Size Specifications

At ABC Office, you can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.  We have decades of experience with paper shredders and would love to help point you in the right direction. Our Specialists are knowledgeable and won’t try to push you into a sale.

I hope you have found this article helpful. Please feel free to post your thoughts on this article in the form of a comment. Have a great day!

Make Your Own Horse Bedding from Cardboard

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Cardboard Shredders for Making Horse BeddingWhen you think of cardboard, the last thing that probably comes to your mind is horse bedding. Believe it or not, however, shredded cardboard is quickly becoming a favorite horse bedding material for horse owners. There are many reasons why this is the case. I would like to cover all of the reasons in this article and would like to recommend some cardboard shredders (found here) that you may want to consider using for your own horse bedding production.

At ABC Office we sell a lot of office equipment and supplies designed to help streamline and simplify business operations. A few years ago we started noticing that stable operators and owners were purchasing cardboard shredders. As we came to find out, these people where purchasing the shredders to quickly and easily shred cardboard down into soft horse bedding. So why use cardboard?

Advantages of using cardboard for horse bedding:

  • Availability – Cardboard is readily available. In fact, many department stores simply throw away used boxes and are more than willing to give them away. This means zero cost for the actual cardboard material.
  • Environmentally Sound – Cardboard quickly breaks down back into soil, making it excellent for compost and for environmentally sound disposal. This is also a material that is often thrown away, allowing you to get a second use out of it.
  • Texture – While you may think cardboard sounds uncomfortable, it is actually remarkably soft. From what customers have told me, horses love to lie down and sleep on it.
  • Cleanup – Sweeping up, shoveling and cleaning soiled or old cardboard shreddings is very easy and is actually easier in many cases than straw or wood shavings.

Things to watch out for:

  • Staples – You don’t want sharp objects in your shredded cardboard as this may pose a health hazard to horses. While many boxes are glued together, some are stapled. If you are using boxes that include staples, be sure to remove them before shredding the boxes.
  • Dust – The cardboard shredders we offer cut cardboard in a waffle pattern that creates very little dust. If you aren’t using a dedicated cardboard shredder, you will want to be careful that there isn’t too much dust that could adversely affect the respiratory health of the horse.

Different Cardboard Shredder Models:

  • HSM Profi Pack 400 (found here) – This is a very affordable and compact cardboard shredder that is perfect for areas with limited space. It uses hardened steel rollers to quickly chop up cardboard into horse bedding.
  • Martin Yale PacMate (found here) – This shredder easily sits on the end of a table or bench and has a nice bag holder for catching the shredded cardboard as it leaves the machine.
  • HSM Profi Pack 425 (found here) – This is the king of all cardboard shredders and is excellent for shredding a lot of cardboard throughout the day. It can handle cardboard in upwards of 2-3 layers thick. This shredder cuts down cardboard at a speed of 39 feet per minute, making it extremely fast.

All three of the above-mentioned models work great and have proven themselves to be solid machines. They are all easy to use and can all be used for creating horse bedding. We are more than happy to send you a sample of shredded cardboard upon request. If you have additional questions about cardboard shredders and how they work, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

If you need a paper shredder that can handle in excess of 10 sheets of paper at a time using a Level 3 cross cut pattern, the New United ST-12C from Intelli-Zone (found here) is a great choice. This Level 3 shredder is compact enough to be used next to a desk and is excellent for shredding old documents, records and other paperwork. Is the ST-12C a good option for your business? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

The Intelli-Zone New United paper shredder lineup features a wide range of great-looking machines that work as well as they look, which is great. The ST-12C features more of a traditional front cabinet style design, but with a modern twist. The ST-12C has a matte black with a reflective gray two-tone finish. Angles are soft and rounded and there are no hard or sharp angles. It is excellent if you need a shredder that fits in well with your existing office’s equipment and furniture.

The ST-12C has a 12 sheet cutting capacity (based on 20# bond paper) and it cuts documents into 3.9mm x 38mm particles.  This level of shredding security is far superior strip cut shredders. This cutting pattern is both FACTA and HIPAA compliant. As paper is shredded, it is deposited into a 5-gallon shred bin. Considering this shredder is only 22″ tall, that is a lot of bin capacity, which means fewer bag changes for you.

Safety and convenience are built into this shredder. This shredder will not operate if the bin is not securely in place and it includes a built in load protector. If too much strain is being put on the motor, the ST-12C will stop, reverse the motor and notify the operator that it is over capacity. This technology helps prolong the life of the motor and prevents damage to the motor, gears and shredder blades.

When it comes to noise, the New United ST-12C makes very little. This shredder only produces 60 decibels of noise, which is very comfortable in an office environment. Having used this shredder for myself, I can confirm that it is remarkably quiet for a cross cut shredder.

While most shredders can only handle paper, the ST-12C can also be used to destroy credit cards and optical discs such as CDs, Blu-rays and DVDs. The shredder blades are also hard enough that they can handle paper clips and staples without suffering any nicks, chips or other damage.

This is a video demonstration of Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C in use:

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You will find this shredder at home or in the office. While it is a deskside shredder, it can be used by multiple people throughout the day. It looks great, is very affordable considering what it does and is a must-have shredder for offices, businesses, churches, homes and more.

This shredder features a very impressive two-year warranty with a five-year warranty on the shredder head. This is excellent; especially considering this is a deskside shredder. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Intelli-Zone ST-10C Cross Cut Shredder Review

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C Cross Cut Paper ShredderI’m going to be frank. When it comes to office deskside shredders out there, a lot of them are garbage and are barely worth the plastic they’re made from. I have used everything from over the can shredders to the local Wal-Mart special without much luck. The problem is that many of these shredders are made using the cheapest parts available and they just aren’t up to par with the paper we need to shred resulting in catastrophic failures. One deskside shredder that I have personally used, and I feel is up to the challenge, is the Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C (found here). This is my review.

The New United line of shredders, by Intelli-Zone, feature a very modern design and all share several features in common. While aesthetics ultimately doesn’t make the shredder work any better, I still consider it important, as it is a “piece of furniture” that you have to look at. The New United shredders, including the Intelli-Zone ST-10C, have eye-pleasing curves and colors that look great. The ST-10C even includes a nice blue LED light in the shred bin that turns on when the shredder is running. This blue light pours out of the bin’s window adding to the ambiance.

One thing I really like about the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is that it actually shreds what it says it can. How many times have you used a shredder that said it could shred “X” amount of sheets, but could barely handle 60% the amount? I have certainly had that issue. The ST-10C handles all 10 sheets without struggling. It can probably even handle more. Because it has load protection, it will actually stop and back the paper out if you put too much in. This means where other shredders would choke, jam and break, the ST-10C protects itself from suffering over feeding damage. This is pretty cool.

The Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C shreds paper in a Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is the most recommended pattern for standard office shredding and is both HIPPA and FACTA compliant. The particle sizes measure in at 3.9mm by 50mm. The particles fall into a 4-gallon bin that can be easily emptied by simply pulling it out front of the shredder. A window makes it easy to see how full the shredder is and it will automatically let you know when the bin is full by stopping the shredder and indicating “bag full” via an LED light on the top.

Another thing I really like about the ST-10C is that it can also be used to shred optical media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. It can also shred credit cards and will handle staples and paper clips. I personally recommend shredding any optical discs you need to discard as a CD or DVD can hold volumes more data than a stack of paper.

While everything I have mentioned about is excellent, my favorite feature about he ST-10C is the noise level. Cross cut shredders cut paper multiple times, often generating more noise than a strip cut shredder. The ST-10C has noise baffling technology that muffles the noise down to a pleasing 55 decibels. This shredder really is quiet, and I noticed this when using it. A quiet shredder makes an excellent office shredder and also ensures happier co-workers around your desk.

Here is a video demo of the ST-10C being used and operated:

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In conclusion I would like to say that the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is an excellent value. I rate it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. The New United line of shredders by Intelli-Zone are available in 8 different models and can all be found here. At ABC Office we offer hundreds of different shredders. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We have over three decades of experience with office machines and are more than happy to answer your questions.

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