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What Makes A Good Paper Shredder?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Paper ShreddersIf you’re shopping around for a paper shredder, especially for an office paper shredder, you may be wondering what you features you need. What truly makes a good paper shredder? Having used, sold and dealt with paper shredders for over 10+ years, I have some pretty good tips that should help put you on the right track.

The first thing you need to determine is why and where are you using the shredder? For obvious reasons, you probably don’t want to use an office shredder at home or vice versa. It is critical that you get a shredder that meets your needs. There is no “universal” one size fits all paper shredder.

Capacity – The shredding capacity and size of the waste container are good factors in determining how robust the shredder is. The more sheets a shredder can handle, typically, the more robust the shredder will be.

Bin Volume
– Be sure that the waste bin can accommodate the amount of sheets you are shredding. A shredder that can handle 20-40 sheets at a time, yet only holds 10 gallons of paper, will result in a miserable experience as you will be continually emptying the bag.

Security Level
– The security level is another critical factor when shopping for a shredder. To date, there are 6 different shredder security levels. The higher the number, the tinier the particles and more secure the shredder will be. A level 6 is great for shredding top secret documents, a Level 3 is great for most office shredding and a Level 1 is good for making hamster bedding.

Cut Style– Paper shredders come in strip cut and cross cut variations. Strip cut shredders usually max out at a security Level 2, although there are some Level 3 strip cut shredders. Cross cut shredders range from a Level 3 to a Level 6.

Cross cut shredders are sometimes called particle cut, diamond cut and confetti cut shredders. They are all one in the same. I personally recommend using a cross cut shredder over a strip cut shredder. While the sheet capacity may be smaller with a cross cut, the security benefits make up for the difference.

Gears
– What are the gears in your shredder made from? Believe it or not, many shredders (names will be excluded) use nylon gears rather than metal gears. While this may be adequate for home use, I have found that nylon gears will almost always break or strip within a year or two with consistent office use.

Staples & Paper Clips – Many cheaper shredders will throw a fit when fed the occasional staple or paper clip. If you work in an office where a box of “to shred” paper may contain staples or paper clips, be sure you get a shredder that can handle it. Most, but not all, office shredders can handle staples and paper clips.

Oiling – Paper shredders need to be oiled, especially cross cut shredders. Some of the newer shredders have built-in automatic oilers. If you can afford it, this is definitely the way to go. If a shredder with an auto oiler isn’t in the budget, remember to oil the shredder with every bag change.

Bag Changes – Shredders are available in a variety of designs that are supposed to make bag changing “easier.” I have personally found that shredders that have a built-in cabinet are the best to use in the office. Simply open the cabinet, slide out the bin or bag and empty it. This is far more preferable to the shredders that require you to remove the shredder head to empty the bin.

These are probably the most common features you should be aware of prior to making a purchase. At ABC Office we have years of dealing with shredders. I’m not afraid to admit that we probably have some of the most educated shredder specialists online.

You should take advantage of this knowledge and give us a call at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We aren’t pressuring, we won’t try to sell you something you don’t need and we are always more than happy to help.

You can find our entire wide selection of paper shredders here. They are broken into different categories based on where they will be used.

MBM Destroyit 3103 Paper Shredder Review

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

MBM Destroyit 3103 Paper ShredderDoes your business, organization or facility need a high-volume paper shredder that can be reliably used throughout the day? With many machines out there, you may be having trouble settling on any one make or model. One paper shredder you may want to take a look at is the MBM Destroyit 3103 paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

MBM Destroyit (by IDEAL) makes some of the worlds most popular shredders. Destroyit shredders are commonly found in government offices and military bases around the worlds. These German engineered and German built shredders have developed a great reputation for being some of the hardiest shredders around.

The Destroyit 3103 paper shredder currently comes in two different formats, strip cut and cross cut. Other than the cutting blade used, everything else on these two variations are practically identical. They both feature large 37 gallon shred bins and continuous duty motors.

The biggest difference between the cross cut and the strip cut versions of the 3103 is the cutting capacity and the security level. The strip cut version of this shredder is a Level 2 and the cross cut version is a Level 3. The higher the security level, the tinier the particle size and the more secure the cut is.

The Level 2 (strip cut) version of this shredder can cut up to 22 sheets of paper at a time and the Level 3 (cross cut) version can cut up to 15 sheets of paper at a time. Both of these cutting capacities are impressive considering the size of the shredder.

The Destroyit 3103 has a large 12″ wide feed opening that is capable of handling letter-size paper, envelopes, computer forms and more. It ca also handle several smaller items been fed through at once. The hardened steel cutting shafts not only shred paper, but they can also handle staples, paper clips, credit cards and CDs.

The “Easy Switch” design of the 3103 makes operating this shredder extremely easy. Simply rock the large round button forward to turn the shredder on. Press it again to turn the shredder off. Rock the switch back and the motor is thrown into reverse.

Several sensors let you know when the bag is full and when the door is open. After an hour of inactivity, the 3103 will go into energy saving model, which dramatically cuts down on electricity use.

If you aren’t already impressed by the build quality of the 3103, you will probably be impressed by the warranty. The 3103 carries a lifetime warranty on the cutting blades and a one-year warranty on everything else.

Simply put, this shredder is reliable, extremely easy to use and looks great. Placed on casters, this shredder is easy to move around and is ideal for use in a centralized office location. I would personally recommend this shredder for just about any office.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 3103 paper shredder here and our entire line of Destroyit paper shredders here. You can find our huge selection of paper shredders here.

Paper Shredder Sensors, Alarms & Indicator Lights Explained

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Paper Shredders from ABC OfficeThe concept of a paper shredder is pretty simple. You put paper in and it comes out the other side cut into little pieces. Sounds easy enough, right? While shredders are easy machines to use, modern-day paper shredders are packed full of sensors, indicators and alarms. These are mostly for safety and convenience purposes. Here are just a few of the more common sensors you are bound to find.

Common Paper Shredder Sensors, Alarms & Indicator Lights

  • Bag Full Sensor – This helpful sensor, usually represented by a light, lets you know when the shred bag is full and needs to be changed.
  • Door Ajar Sensor – This sensor lets you know when the cabinet door is open. For safety purposes, it needs to be closed. You don’t want the shredder running with the door open as the bottom portion of the shredder head has the blades fully exposed.
  • Jam Light – Some shredders will either make an audible alert or a light will come on when a jam occurs. At this point you will probably have to switch the motor into reverse and re-adjust the quantity of paper you are shredding.
  • Load Indicator – Many modern-day office shredders have a load indicator light or bar that will let you know how much stress the shredder motor is under. This allows the user to know if they are putting too many or too few sheets of paper through the shredder.
  • Oil Reminder – Some paper shredders have an oil change reminder light. This feature isn’t very common, although many modern shredders now have automatic oilers. Just remember that it is a good idea to oil your shredder with every bag change.
  • Power Mode – This light simply lets you know if the shredder is on.
  • Shredding Head Sensor – Many smaller deskside shredders have a switch located under the shredder head that will prevent the shredder from working until it has been fully seated on the frame of the shredder. This is for safety reasons.
  • Standby Mode – Many shredders will go into standby mode if left unused for a certain period of time. Most shredders use a green light (or other color) to show that it is in standby mode.
  • Touch Sensor – Some shredders, especially modern-day Fellowes shredders, have a touch sensor around the mouth of the shredder. This is designed to prevent bodily injury. When a finger is detected around the shredder mouth, the shredder will not run.

These are all of the most common sensors, indicator lights and alarms you will find on a shredder. Many, as you have read, are for convenience, but many are also for your own personal safety. If any of these features look appealing to you, be sure the shredder you buy includes them.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. If you are having trouble finding a shredder with the features you need, feel free to call one of our specialists at 1-800-658-8788. They should be able to help you isolate some great options.

Fellowes W-11C Level 3 Cross Cut Shredder Review

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Fellowes W-11C Level 3 Cross Cut Paper ShredderFinding a reliable Level 3 paper shredder for under $100 can be tough, especially with an the junk that seems to be out there. One solid little shredder that is perfect for deskside or home office use is the Fellowes W-11C cross cut paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Fellowes has made a name for itself over the years with its line of paper shredders. With the recent shortage, finding a Fellowes shredder has been a little difficult. One model that is readily available, and very popular, is the W-11C.

The W-11C cross cut paper shredder features a Level 3 cross cut security level. Security levels range from 1 to 6. The higher the security level, the tinier the particle cut. This bodes well for the W-11C as it will effectively destroy documents, rendering them unreadable by suspecting thieves. Particles measure in at 5/32 x 1-3/8″.

The sheet capacity isn’t amazing, at 11 sheets, but it is more than adequate for deskside and home office use. The motor runs at a speed of 16 feet per minute, which is impressive for a shredder of this size. What I personally like about the W-11C is that it makes shredding convenient.

A 9″ throat width is designed to accommodate and shred letter-size paper, envelopes and other standard-size material. If you are shredding paper wider than 9″, you can fold it in half and feed it through the shredder.

The design of the Fellowes W-11C paper shredder is modern and attractive. The gray & black design looks great and fits in well with existing office décor. The control panel layout is very easy to use and even includes a patented safety lock that disables shredder for added safety protection

For the price, you really can’t do much better than the Fellowes W-11C cross cut paper shredder. It looks great, gets the job done and won’t break the bank.

You can find the Fellowes W-11C cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Features To Look For In An Office Paper Shredder

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Office Paper ShreddersAll businesses have the need of a paper shredder. Not only is shredding discarded documents a good idea; it’s the law if it involves customer or client information. Business offices have specific needs when it comes to paper shredders. Office shredders are used more often and are put through more use than home paper shredders.

As previously mentioned, office paper shredders get a lot of use. They are typically used by multiple people and often by entire departments. Not just any shredder can be used in an office. I have heard stories from many customers about how their department store paper shredder burned out, can’t shred more than a couple sheets of paper or sounds like a lawn mower.

Here are a few tips that will help you pick the perfect office shredder.

  • Continuous Duty Motor – A continuous duty motor is one of the most critical features to have in an office shredder. Continuous-duty shredders have thermally protected motors that allow them to run all day without overheating.
  • Staple / Paper Clip Protection – Unlike home documents, office documents often include staples and paper clips. Having to fish out staples and paper clips is unrealistic, however, many cheap shredders can become irreversibly damaged if a paper clip chips the shredder blade. Most modern-day office shredders can handle staples and paper clips without any issues.
  • Noise Reduction – Nobody likes a noisy piece of office equipment. This includes copy machines, printers and even paper shredders. I recommend, for office use, getting a shredder that is at least 60 decibels or quieter.
  • Speed – Nobody wants to sit around feeding stack after stack of paper into a shredder. While sheet capacity is important, speed is even more important. Shredders are speed rated by feet per second. Most shredders will specify how many feed per second they can shred.
  • Security Level – The shredder security level you use, especially for office use, should be at least a Level 3 or better. The higher the security level, the tinier the shred particles will be. A Level 3 shredder is more than adequate for most offices.
  • Large Bin – Emptying a paper shredder is almost like playing a game of hot potato. Nobody wants to be the person who has to empty the shredder. I recommend getting a shredder with at least a 20 gallon shred bin or bigger. This will result in fewer bag changes and will improve productivity.
  • Casters – Casters are a must-have feature for an office. Offices frequently move around furniture and casters make moving a shredder extremely easy.
  • Auto Oiler – This is more of a convenience than a necessity, but I recommend having an auto oiler for a shredder. Auto-oilers simply remove a maintenance step, ensuring the likelihood that a shredder will be properly oiled. As with any piece of machinery, shredders need to be oiled to prevent premature wear. I recommend oiling a shredder with every bag change (if you don’t have an auto oiler).

These tips are solid and will help you find a great paper shredder. Brands I personally recommend for office use include Dahle, Destroyit, Intimus, Formax and HSM. You can find our entire selection of office paper shredders here. Good luck and happy shopping!

Feel free to ask our paper shredder specialists questions by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Manufacturer Spotlight: MBM Corporation

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

MBM CorporationThe MBM Corporation is one of the leading dealers of paper shredders, paper cutters, trimmers, folding machines, booklet makers and collators in the USA. Established in 1936, MBM continues to be an office equipment powerhouse and a favorite of ABC Office customers.

MBM is currently headquartered in historical Charleston, South Carolina. They currently produce the Destroyit line of shredders along with the popular line of Triumph and Kutrimmer paper cutters. MBM’s parent company is IDEAL Krug & Priester of Germany.

MBM currently has an intricate network of dealers both locally and online. We at ABC Office have been selling MBM office equipment for several decades. One reason MBM is so popular is the build quality. There is something about the German engineered and built equipment that seems to stand the test of time.

One of MBM’s most popular lines of office products is their Destroyit line of paper shredders. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times government (federal & local), military and other businesses request Destroyit paper shredders by name. This is because Destroyit shredders get the job done. They feature high quality cutting blades and the ability to hold up to daily use for years upon years without breaking down.

You can view our entire selection of MBM office products here:

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Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Shredder Review

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper ShredderAs is the case with any cross cut shredder, they all eventually need to be oiled. While oiling a shredder isn’t terribly difficult, it is hard to remember when to do it. An un-oiled shredder will prematurely wear out. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a shredder that oiled itself? There is! One shredder you may want to look at is the Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler office shredder (found here). This is my review.

Formax is a leading manufacturer of paper shredders, folding machines, bursters, letter openers and much more. They currently make about 13 different models of paper shredder. Their shredder line is generally considered to be some of the best available, especially for office use.

The FD 8500CC AutoOiler is a cross cut shredder capable of shredding up to 28 sheets of paper at a time. A 28 sheet shredding capacity is impressive for an office cross cut paper shredder. The FD 8500CC utilizes a level 3 cross cut pattern that measures in at 5/32″ x 1 19/32″. This is small enough for most confidential documents.

A 16″ wide opening is capable of handling most document sizes. This includes letters, envelopes, legal documents, printouts and much more. At an operational speed of up to 30 feet per second, the FD 8500CC gets the job done very quickly.

This shredder is perfect for office and departmental use for many reasons. To begin with, it is extremely secure (Level 3). Secondly, it has a 53-gallon bin, which means fewer bag changes for you. It is relatively quiet and the control panel is extremely easy to use.

The control panel has a start, stop and reverse button. Lights let you know when the bag is full and when the door is open. A guide on the right side of the control panel indicates the load being put on the shredder. This makes it easy to determine how many sheets you can put in it without actually counting the paper prior to shredding.

The motor on the FD 8500CC is designed to be used continuously throughout the day. Casters make this shredder easy to move around, and because it can be used throughout the day, it is easy to put in a centralized location for use by multiple people. The motor is relatively quiet, which is also great for office use.

One of the best features on the FD 8500CC is the AutoOiler feature. As this shredder runs, it automatically oils the shredder blades. This helps prolong the life of the heat-treated steel blades and creates less work for you.

The build quality on the FD 8500CC is exceptional. It features metal gears, heat-treated cutting blades and a durable metal cabinet. It can even handle staples, paper clips and credit cards. It is clearly designed for heavy-duty use and for durability.

I have no problem recommending this shredder for use in any office. It is a solid piece of machinery and the AutoOiler is a huge plus.

You can find the Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler office shredder here and our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here. You can also find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

What Is A Continuous Duty Paper Shredder?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Continuous Duty Paper ShreddersWhile shopping around for a high-quality office paper shredder you may have come across the term continuous duty. Do you know what that means? If not, you may want to familiarize yourself with its meaning. I will explain exactly what the term “continuous duty paper shredder” means in this article.

If you have ever used a basic paper shredder, you may have discovered that they can only run for about 30 minutes before they have to be turned off. Many shredders have an automatic switch that turns the shredder off after a certain amount of use. This is because these shredders use motors that overheat with too much use.

While a basic paper shredder, with a cool-down period, is fine for home use, this is a huge inconvenience for office use. Most businesses and offices need a shredder that can be run throughout the day without any downtime.

As a result of frustration, and the development of shredding technology, a new type of shredder has arisen for use in the office. This is the continuous-duty paper shredder. Continuous-duty shredders are designed to be used continuously throughout the day without the need to cool down.

Continuous duty shredders implement the use of thermally protected motors that keep the motors from overheating. This feature is now very common in most modern-day departmental and office paper shredders.

Most shredders will specify in their features if they offer continuous-duty functionality. If you have come across a shredder, and aren’t sure if it can be run continuously, feel free to call one of our shredder experts at 1-800-658-8788. They will be able to let you know in a few seconds if the shredder you are looking at is ideal for continuous use.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Paper ShredderOne of the most monotonous things about shredding paper is sitting near the machine and feeding it sheets upon sheets of paper. The entire process, for a stack of 100 sheets, can take 2-10 minutes, depending on the shredder. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just leave the paper at the shredder and let it do the rest? Such a shredder exists. It is called the Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Formax currently manufactures about a dozen different paper shredders. Models range from strip cut shredders to high-end high security paper shredders. Formax shredders easily make the top 5 shredder brands we currently offer online.

The FD 8500AF is a fairly unique paper shredder. This is because it has what’s known as an AutoFeed function. A slot, located on the top of the machine, can be opened up allowing you to insert up to 175 sheets of 11” x 17” paper (20# thick). This slot then pulls a sheet of the stack and shreds it. The FD 8500AF will continue pulling in paper until it is done shredding the stack.

This saves the operator a lot of time, especially throughout the day. Simply put, the FD 8500AF doesn’t need babysitting to get the job done. When watching it in action, the AutoFeed looks remarkably similar to a printer, folding machine or copier. You can see a video demonstration of the 8500AF here:

Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Shredder Video Demonstration

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You don’t have to run the Formax FD 8500 in AutoFeeder mode. It also has a traditional slot on the front of the shredder where you can manually insert paper. The manual slot can shred up to 18 sheets of 20# paper at a time.

The Formax FD 8500AF is a Level 3 cross cut shredder. That means it can be used to shred most sensitive documents. The particle size measures in at 5/32″ x 1 1/5″ in size. The high-quality shredder blades are not only capable of shredding paper, but can also handle staples, paper clips and credit cards.

The FD 8500AF is a centralized office shredder. This means it can be situated within a department for use by several different people throughout the day. It is robust and durable enough to be used continuously without any need for a cool-down period.

The control panel on this shredder is very easy to use and easy to read. It lets you know if the door is open, the bag is full, if it is running in reverse and much more. It even includes a load indicator that lets you know how much stress the shredder is under at any given time.

I really like this shredder. The quality is where it needs to be and it is from one of the most reputable manufacturers we carry. The AutoFeed is a huge time saver. I give this shredder high marks. Just about everything on this shredder is made out of metal. It is an excellent machine.

You can find the Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed paper shredder here and our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

MBM Destroyit 2503 Paper Shredder Review

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Destroyit 2503 Paper ShredderDo you need a paper shredder that’s more robust than a deskside shredder that can be used on a departmental level? If so, you may want to consider a centralized shredder like the MBM Destroyit 2503 paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

MBM Destroyit (by IDEAL) makes some of the most reputable and best recognized office paper shredders today. These shredders are engineered and build in Germany. To date, Destroyit makes over 20 different models of shredders. This doesn’t include the strip cut, cross cut and high security variations.

The Model 2503 has been categorized by Destroyit as a centralized office shredder. This means it is designed to be placed in a centralized location for use by multiple people. This also means the 2503 has a continuous-duty motor that can be used throughout the day without needing to cool down.

While capacity is always nice to have in a shredder, speed is also very important. The Destroyit 2503 is fast. This shredder takes your paper and shreds it in just seconds. This is a stark difference from other shredders that seem to chug along while trying to shred paper. Speed is ideal for an office environment and is great when you are shredding a lot of material.

The Destroyit 2503 is available as a strip cut and two different cross cut variations. The Level 2 strip cut shreds about 19-21 sheets, the Level 3 cross cut shreds about 12-14 sheets and the Level 4 cross cut shreds about 8-10 sheets of 20# paper at a time. The higher the security level, the smaller the particle size. The smaller the particle size, the lower the capacity typically is.

While most paper shredders are designed to accept paper up to letter-size, the 2503 has a large 10 ¼” opening. This makes it easy to shred envelopes, letter-size paper, jumbled paper and much more. It is extremely easy to use.

One of my favorite features is the user interface. The newly-designed interface is about as simple and useful as they come. The rocker-style button lights up green when on (making it easy to see the shredder is on) and can be tilted back for reverse mode. Several LED indicators let you know when the back is full, door is open and much more.

The cutting blades on the Destroyit 2503 are made from high quality steel. These blades are nice, designed to handle paper for years and can easily handle staples, paper clips and credit cards. The strip cut and Level 3 cross cut versions of this shredder can even handle CDs and DVDs.

The 26 gallon shred bin holds a lot of paper. This means fewer bag changes for you. Because this shredder has a cabinet door design and a pullout bag frame, bag changes are extremely easy. Casters also make this shredder easy to move around.

I have to say that few shredders compare to the 2503 in an office environment. This shredder is excellent and well worth the price. This shredder will outlast other cheaper shredders by 2-3 times longer or more. It simply has an excellent rack record.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 2503 paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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