Dahle 20814 Paper Shredder Review (Level 3)

Dahle 20814 Level 3 Office Paper ShredderA Level 3 cross cut paper shredder is considered my many experts to be the best security level for office use. Now that we have that established, which Level 3 cross cut paper shredder should you consider using in your office department? There are several models to choose from, and the Dahle 20814 paper shredder (found here) is still considered to be one of the best. This is my review.

Dahle, a brand that is highly revered for their office products, manufactures well over a dozen different models of paper shredders. This includes strip cut, cross cut and high security paper shredders. These shredders are particularly popular with the U.S. government and military.

The Dahle 20814 is the very definition of a departmental paper shredder. It is designed from the ground up to be centrally used in an office for use by multiple people. It is powerful, features a continuous duty motor for daily use and can hold up to 35 gallons of shredded paper.

As mentioned earlier, a security level 3 is considered to be the best particle size for most offices. The 20814 takes paper and shreds it into 1/8 x 1 9/16″ cross cut particles. These particles are extremely small and very difficult to re-assemble.

The continuous-duty motor used in the 20814 can be used non-stop without the need to cool down. It is rated, by Dahle, to be able to shred anywhere from 2,000 to 12,000 sheets of paper. Can your local “department store” paper shredder do that? Probably not. The Dahle 20814 means business.

Design is an important part of any piece of office equipment. The Dahl 20814 was designed to blend in with existing office equipment without drawing in too much attention.

This shredder has been ergonomically designed to be easy to use. The control panel is conveniently positioned to be easy to access. A total of just 3 buttons control every aspect of this shredder. A green button turns the shredder on and off while the other two buttons put the shredder into forward or reverse mode.

The opening on the 20814 measures in at 16″ wide, which is ideal for shredding wide computer paper, legal-size paper and letter-size paper. It can also accommodate a lot of smaller documents as well. The blades and motor can handle 16-18 sheets of paper at a time. The gears in this shredder are driven by a steel chain, which in turn provides continuous slip-free power.

In conclusion I have to say that this particular shredder is perfect for most mid to large-size businesses, departments and offices. It is tough and should easily hold up for years. The security is excellent and it should easily handle most office shredding jobs. I would personally have no problem recommending this shredder to a friend for office shredding.

You can find the Dahle 20814 paper shredder here and our entire selection of Dahle paper shredders here. If Dahle isn’t what you want, you can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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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