Formax FD 8500HS Level 6 High Security Paper Shredder Review

Formax FD 8500HS Level 6 High Security Paper ShredderLevel 6 paper shredders provide the highest level of security available for shredding paper. If you are in need of a shredder with high security shredding capabilities for use in a department or office setting, you should take a look at the Formax FD 8500HS high security paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, most businesses are going to be fine with a Level 3 or Level 4 paper shredder. However, if you are shredding top secret and extremely sensitive documents, you may need a higher security level. Level 6 paper shredders are designed for shredding the most sensitive material. This type of shredder is almost entirely used by the government, Department of Defense (DOD) and military.

The Formax FD 8500HS uses a shredder blade capable of cutting paper down to a 0.79 x 4.8 mm particle (1/32″ x 3/16″). Break out a ruler and measure that on a piece of paper. That is an extremely small particle of paper and is impossible to re-assemble. The FD 8500HS is able to do this to 4-5 sheets of paper at a time.

While the sheet capacity may seem small, keep in mind what is involved. Because a sheet of paper is being cut into such small particles, a lot of surface area is cut at once. This puts a lot of strain on the cutting head, resulting in fewer sheets being shred. This is the case with all high-security shredders. This is also why most strip cut shredders can cut more paper than their cross cut counterparts.

A couple of features that I personally really like about this shredder is the wide 16-inch shred opening and the 26 gallon bin. Because the opening (throat) on the shredder is so wide, it is able to accept most sizes of paper. The 26-gallon bin is able to hold a lot of paper and requires few bag changes.

Unlike many paper shredders of this size, the FD 8500HS has no special power requirements. It is designed to work with a 110V, 50/60 Hz power supply.

Formax shredders are known for their all-metal construction, great built quality and longevity. This shredder will have no problem keeping up with office demands. It can be used all day long without any issues. For the price, you’re really getting a lot of shredder.

Here is a video demo of the Formax FD 8500HS:

Overall I consider this shredder to be a great fit for government and military applications. You can find the Formax FD 8500HS high security paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of high security paper shredders here.

Do you still have questions? Call 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists.

Keith Barlow

Keith is a third generation office equipment expert. ABC Office was started by his grandfather back in 1980 and he is proud to be caring on the values that made ABC Office what it is today… unsurpassed selection, detailed information, low prices, and courteous support.

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