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MBM Destroyit 2360 Paper Shredder Review

Monday, February 14th, 2011

MBM Destroyit 2360 Deskside Paper ShreddersIf you are looking for a great all-around small office paper shredder, you should take a long and serious look at the MBM Destroyit 2360 paper shredder (found here). This paper shredder has developed a great reputation among our customers. This is my review.

To begin with, the MBM Destroyit 2360 (by IDEAL) is available in several different versions. This includes a strip cut, a cross cut and a high security super micro cut version (SMC). All three of these shredders are equally comparable in quality with the biggest difference being the cut style and the sheet capacity. These shredders are German designed and German made.

Destroyit recently implemented a new design to their line of paper shredders that I find extremely creative and customer friendly. The got rid of all the separate buttons you often find in shredders and added a simple rocker button.

This button allows you to turn on the shredder, turn off the shredder and put the shredder into reverse. This same rocker button also includes several indicator lights that will let you know when the shredder is full, the door is open and more.

The Destroyit 2360 has a large 9-¼ gallon waste bin. This size of bin holds a lot of paper and makes bag changes less frequent. This is especially nice for a deskside paper shredder.

Unlike many department store style shredders that can easily overheat, the Destroyit 2360 utilizes a durable thermally protected motor that allows this shredder to run continuously throughout the day. The single-phase motor is very quiet compared to other similar shredders. This is especially nice for an office environment.

The Destroyit 2360 uses specially hardened steel cutting shafts that allow this shredder to accept staples, paper clips and credit cards. These hardened blades also allow the 2360 to operate at a high rate of speed. Almost as soon as you feed this shredder paper, it has finished the job.

Many people have concerns over the safety of a shredder. The 2360 uses an SPS (Safety Protection System) package. This includes an electronically controlled transparent safety shield. This shield is located in the opening of the shredder. If this shield is lifted open, it will turn the shredder off. This shield also has just enough clearance to allow the maximum amount of paper to be fed through.

Overall I consider the Destroyit 2360 to be a solid deskside paper shredder for just about any office. It looks good, is built well and is ideal for shredding throughout the day. It should easily last for several years.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 2360 paper shredder here and our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here. You will find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

MBM Destroyit 2403 Paper Shredder Review

Friday, February 11th, 2011

MBM Destroyit 2403 Paper ShreddersKeeping your personal information safe, secure and inaccessible is critical to protecting your identity. One great way to help cut down on identity theft is by using a paper shredder. Unfortunately many paper shredders out there aren’t up to the task. One reliable shredder that you may want to consider using is the MBM Destroyit 2403 paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Destroyit (by IDEAL) continues to be one of the leading paper shredder manufacturers around. These German engineered and German made shredders are known for lasting years to even decades. MBM Destroyit shredders come in a variety of sizes, depending on where they will be used and how many people will use them.

The Destroyit 2403 is definitely an office shredder, although it can be used at home. It is available in both a strip cut (Security Level 2) and a cross cut (Security Level 4) version, depending on your preference and desired shredder security level. The strip cut can shred more paper at once, but the cross cut shreds paper into tinier pieces.

Destroyit has really refined the user controls for shredders. The 2403, as with most Destroyit shredders, utilizes a rocker control for shredder operation. The button tilts forward to turn it on and off. When on, the button is green. It tilts back to but the shredder into reverse mode, turning the switch red.

A series of lights let you know if the shredder is full or if door is open. It even features a load indicator that will stop the shredder if too much paper is fed in and will back the paper back out. This helps to prevent paper jams.

One thing you will probably notice when you use the 2403 is how fast it is. Unlike many cheap department store shredders, the Destroyit 2403 shreds paper in just seconds. It is gone almost as fast as you can feed it in. This is ideal for shredding large amounts of paper.

The Destroyit 2403 is not only fast, but it is also extremely safe to use. It implements what is called the Safety Protection System (SPS) package. This includes a transparent safety shield that prevents accidental shredding and personal injury.

The blades on the 2403 are tough. Both the strip cut and cross cut versions use high-quality hardened steel blades. These blades allow the 2403 to easily handle staples, paper clips and credit cards. The strip cut version can even shred CDs.

The 2403 can easily be placed next to a desk or along a wall for use by multiple people. The motor is thermally protected, allowing it to be continually used without a cool down period. As is the case with all Destroyit shredders, the 2403 is quieter than your average shredder.

I highly recommend this shredder for use in the office. It is dependable, reliable and extremely effective at shredding paper. I give this shredder a solid 5 out of 5 stars. You won’t be disappointed.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 2403 paper shredder here and our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here.

Do you still have questions? Speak with one of our paper shredder specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

Top 5 Best Paper Shredder Brands

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

MBM Destroyit Paper Shredders by IDEALFinding the right paper shredder is a pretty big deal, especially when you need a reliable model that can be used to destroy your most sensitive information. The only problem with shopping around for a good paper shredder is finding the right brand. I’ll be honest; a lot of the shredders out there are garbage. They may look pretty, with their plastic molded shells, but ultimately it’s what inside that counts.

I have personal experience with dozens of different makes, models and brands of shredders. Some shredders are remarkable feats of engineering genius, where others are little more than glorified garbage cans. Others are unable to run for more than 30 minutes without overheating, while even more sound like lawn mowers.

To help assist those of you who are shopping around, I have come up with a list of what I consider to be the top 5 best paper shredder brands available today.

Top 5 Best Paper Shredder Brands

  1. Destroyit – MBM Destroyit paper shredders (by IDEAL) are some of the best shredders around. They are designed and made in Germany. The cutting blades are some of the best around and these shredders are some of the easiest to use. These are perfect for continuous use in the office. There isn’t enough space in this article for me to write all the good things I have to say about Destroyit.
  2. Formax – Formax shredders are relatively new when compared to some of the other brands out there, but the build quality on these machines is excellent. Having sold these shredders for the last 5 or so years, our customers are always happy with what they receive. Formax makes some of the best office shredders around.
  3. Dahle – Sure they make paper cutters and folding machines, but they also make some excellent paper shredders too. Dahle paper shredders come in strip cut, cross cut and even high security models. Most Dahle shredders are German engineered and German made.
  4. HSM – HSM shredders are made from high quality components and are designed from the ground up to be safe and durable. HSM shredders range in size from deskside shredders to high-end commercial shredders.
  5. Intimus – Intimus, now owned by Martin Yale, still manufactures some of the best paper shredders available. This includes cross cut, strip cut, CD and high security designs. Intimus has been around for years and continues to make high-quality machines.

These shredders and manufacturers have demonstrated over the years that their paper shredders have what it takes to keep your information secure. I feel confident that you will not be disappointed in any of these paper shredder brands.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. Feel free to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788 for answers to any of your paper shredder questions.

Best Credit Card Shredders (Tips & Advice)

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Credit Card Shredders from ABC OfficeIf you’re in the market for a paper shredder, but would also like to have the ability to shred credit cards, you may be wondering where to start. While many shredders are capable of shredding credit cards, not all have the capability. Shredding credit cards on a non-capable shredder can cause catastrophic jams. Here are a few tips that should get you on the right path.

To begin with, fraud is a continuous battle that we all have to deal with. An improperly discarded credit card can be a one-way ticket to a huge headache. It is recommended to properly dispose of credit cards once they expire or are no longer needed.

While some people simply cut credit cards up with a pair of scissors, this isn’t 100 percent effective, and if done improperly, data can still be read and accessed. It is recommended to shred unneeded credit cards.

Shredders provide an even, uniform and effective way of destroying credit cards. Most modern-day strip cut shredders are capable of shredding credit cards. This because strip cut shredders have fewer moving parts and require less force to shred.

If you are shredding a credit card on a strip cut shredder, feed the card into the shredder at an angle. This will decrease the chance of the credit card numbers making it through unscathed. I personally like to inspect the shredded strips after shredding a credit card to make sure the shredder did the job.

Strip cut shredders are usually fine for shredding credit cards, but if you want to be 100% sure your credit card can’t be read, use a cross cut shredder. Cross cut shredders leave no room for doubt as they effectively shred credit cards in a crisscross pattern.

Not all cross cut shredders can shred credit cards, however, most modern-day office shredders can. Paper shredder product pages should mention that they can shred credit cards. If they don’t mention the ability to shred credit cards, assume they can’t.

Shredding a credit card in an incapable cross cut shredder will more often than not result in a jam. Prying 30 mil plastic strips out of a cross cut shredder is no fun. Worst-case scenario, this can result in gear or motor damage.

You can find our entire selection of both strip cut and cross cut paper shredders here. Remember, our shredders will indicate they can shred credit cards if they are so capable. Feel free to contact one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788 if you need assistance tracking down a credit card shredder.

Destroyit 2604 SMC (Super Micro Cut) Paper Shredder Review

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Destroyit 2604 SMC (Super Micro Cut) Level 6 High Security Paper ShredderDoes your business, organization or government agency need a paper shredder capable of destroying paper with top-secret Level 6 shredding capabilities? If this sounds like what you’re need, you should seriously consider the MBM Destroyit 2604 SMC (Super Micro Cut) paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Destroyit paper shredders (by IDEAL) are in high demand. Unlike many plastic, cheap and toy-like shredders out there, Destroyit shredders feature some of the best and highest quality parts in the paper shredder industry. These shredders are German designed and German built. In one word, they are “TOUGH.”

The Destroyit 2604 SMC is a high security paper shredder designed to shred the most sensitive, top secret and confidential documents out there. It is classified as a Level 6 paper shredder and meets NSA requirements (NSA/CSS EPL-02-01-AA).

The 2604 SMC cuts paper into tiny 1/32″ x 3/16″ (.8 x 5 mm) particles. This particle size is so small it is almost difficult to comprehend.  That is thinner than a penny and the length is just barely over half the width (diameter) of a standard Bic pen. Particles this small are impossible to decipher and cannot be re-assembled.

Because the cut is so incredibly small, and the cutting head in the shredder is so complex, most Level 6 shredders are unable to shred more than a few sheets of paper at a time. The Destroyit 2604 SMC can shred up to 6-8 sheets of paper at a time based on standard copy paper thickness.

Apart from the amazing build quality of the 2604 SMC, this shredder also has many other amazing features. One of my favorites is the automatic oiler. Because this shredder has a cross cut pattern cutting head, a lot of friction is generated. This means the shredder needs to be oiled. It can be difficult to remember to oil a shredder. The automatic oiler on the 2604 SMC is just that, automatic. It will oil the shredder as is needed without any special attention. The only thing you need to worry about is making sure the oil bottle is full.

The control panel on the 2604 SMC is extremely easy to use and very intuitive. The rocker switch glows green when on and a capacity indicator lets you know how much stress is being put on the shredder.

The 10 ¼” opening handles most sizes of paper and envelopes without a problem. Sensors will let you know when the bag is full and the door is open. This shredder is very safe to operate. The motor is designed for continuous use.

I know this review sounds a little one-sided, but it really is that good. Very few other shredders out there compare to the quality and dependability of the Destroyit 2604 SMC for Level 6 shredding.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 2604 SMC (Super Micro Cut) paper shredder here and our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here.

Best Placement Of Secure Document Containers & Bins

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Secure Document Containers & Paper BinsSecure document containers cost less and are typically easier to deploy than departmental shredders. They provide an easy and convenient way to dispose of sensitive documents. Most are securely locked down and make it impossible to later access disposed material.

Whether you have a service that disposes of secure documents or later shred the material yourself, secure document containers provide a secure and useful service. So where are the best places to put a secure document container?

While the size of the document container may play a small part in where you deploy secure document containers, the amount of people using them will ultimately be the determining factor.

I generally recommend having one secure document container per every 6-10 employees. If you have a business of 100 employees, you will probably want 10-16 secure document containers strategically placed throughout the office. This is assuming the bins are emptied every 1-2 weeks. If the budget doesn’t allow this many secure document containers, at least be sure there is one per level of your building.

Make sure that secure document containers are easy to access. You don’t want employees getting into the bad habit of throwing secure and sensitive documents into the garbage.

Most secure document containers and bins are capable of holding 20-40 gallons of paper. Most of these bins have a front door that can be opened, providing access to a liner that contains the paper. This liner can then be hauled off to a shredder or be placed on a work cart for transport.

If the bin becomes too heavy, we offer hand trucks that can be used to easily transport these bins from one area to another. You can find our document container hand trucks here.

We currently offer 6 different models of secure document bins & containers. These six models are available in a wide variety of colors. Some of our secure document containers are even fire safe.

  1. Witt Industries 24 MSR Secure Document Container
  2. Witt Industries 28 MSR Secure Paper Bin
  3. Witt Industries 32 MSR Secure Document Container
  4. Witt Industries 36PSS Platinum Series Bin
  5. Witt Industries 008h Secure Document Container
  6. Witt Industries 008L Platinum Series Secure Document Bin

You can find our entire lineup of secure document containers & bins here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Best Paper Shredder Security Level For The Office

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Intelli-Shred IS120 Level 3 Cross Cut Paper ShredderSo you need to get a paper shredder for your office, but you’re not sure which security level is the best for your situation. You’re not alone. Many people aren’t sure which security level to go with. There are a total of 6 different security levels to choose from. Unless you are making hamster bedding or are a top security government agency, one particular security level should work well for most situations.

To begin with, there are 6 different security levels. Security level 1 is the weakest with security level 6 being the most secure. Strip cut paper shredders typically fall under the level 1 or 2 security level. Dust up to tiny 1mm x 5mm particles typically fall under the level 6 category.

The most common security level is the level 3 security level. These are the DIN 32757 specifications for what is considered to be a security level 3:

Security Level 3
Designed for shredding confidential documents and personal data.

STANDARD MEASUREMENT

  • (Approximately 1/16″ Strip Cut)
  • (Approximately 1/8″ x 1 1/8 to 1/8″ x  2″ Cross Cut)

METRIC

  • (1.9mm Strip Cut)
  • (3.9mm x 30 up to 3.9 x 50mm Cross Cut)

Cross cut particles and tiny 1/16″ strips are very difficult to read and are almost impossible to re-assemble. This level can be used for shredding just about anything and is 100% FACTA compliant.

Level 3 shredders are common, affordable and can be used without worry at home or in the office. These types of shredders provide the best blend of security and affordability. Many can even shred credit cards and CDs.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. You can read more about paper shredder security levels by reading our paper shredder guide here.  Do you still have questions about paper shredder security levels? Feel free to call one of our paper shredder experts at 1-800-658-8788.

How To Clear A Jammed Paper Shredder

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Clearing A Jammed Paper ShredderOne of the most common issues with paper shredders is the feared paper jam. This almost always occurs when someone feeds too much paper into a shredder. Typically the motor becomes overwhelmed and simply stops. While these jams can often be cleared out by simply pulling back on the paper, this will not help the most severe shredder jams. Here are a few tips that should help you out.

ALWAYS unplug the shredder when trying to clear out a paper jam! You don’t want to injure yourself. Remember, shredders use sharp jagged metal to cut paper. You don’t want to hurt yourself.

If your shredder has jammed, do not keep trying to run it. This may cause damage to the motor, gears and other components.

Fixing A Jammed Paper Shredder

  1. My first bit of advice is to unplug the shredder, remove the shredder head and try removing the paper from underneath the shredder. The underside of a shredder head provides the easiest access to the blades. Many shredder jams are the result of paper winding around shredder blades, causing the shredder to stop. You can often clear out jammed shredder manually from the blades. A screwdriver can often be used to fish out paper particles. Be careful not to cause further damage to the shredder blades with the screwdriver.
  2. If you are unable to manually remove paper from the jammed shredder, I recommend pouring shredder oil along the width of the shredder throat and waiting 15-30 minutes for the oil to soften the paper. This will often allow the jammed paper to pass through.
  3. If your shredder jam is the result of shredding a CD or a credit card, I recommend using needle-nose pliers to try and remove the jammed plastic particles from below the shredder. Pliers are often able to remove plastic particles far easier than by hand.
  4. Check to see if your shredder has a reverse switch. While this isn’t a common feature, many shredders have a reverse switch. This will often back out the jammed paper, making it easy to remove, thus remedying the situation.

Worst Case Scenario

If you are still unable to clear the jam, you may need to have the shredder serviced.  We have a Service Department that should be able to at least offer advice, ship replacement parts and if needed, repair it.  If the gears are broken, chain is stripped or shredder blades are irreversibly damaged, our Service Department is still often able to repair the shredder.

If your shredder is ruined, or will cost more to repair than the shredder’s value, you can find our entire selection of new paper shredders here.

Cross Cut vs. Strip Cut Paper Shredders On A Mechanical Level

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Destroyit Paper ShreddersAs you probably already know, strip cut shredders cut paper into tiny strips of paper and cross cut shredders cut paper into tiny particles of paper. While it may be as simple as placing paper in a machine and pressing a button, there is a lot going on under the hood. There is a lot of sophistication in your shredder’s blade. I’ll go into more detail.

To begin with, a strip cut paper shredder blade is far less sophisticated than a cross cut shredder blade. This should come as no surprise as much less cutting is involved. Strip cut paper shredder blades usually consist of a few perforated or sharpened wheels that sit across a shaft. A lot of strip cut shredders have pretty flimsy cutting blades.

A cross cut shredder blade involves a lot tougher, heavier-duty and thicker cutting blade. There are a lot more moving parts in a cross cut shredder head than there are in a strip cut shredder head. Cross cut shredder heads, in my opinion, are far tougher than strip cut shredder heads.

Today I grabbed a digital camera to show you the visual difference between a strip cut and a cross cut shredder head. My back is now covered in shredded paper (from laying down), but I think it is worth the sacrifice. These pictures are taken from the underside of the shredder head.

The first picture I am showing you is the shredder head of a Rexel 1250 S2 strip cut paper shredder.

Strip Cut Shredder Blades

This second picture is of the shredder head on a Destroyit 2604 CC.

Cross Cut Shredder Blades

Do you notice the difference in sophistication between the two shredders? Pretty neat.

Cross Cut & Strip Cut Paper Shredder Blades

Strip cut shredders rarely need to be oiled. There just aren’t as many moving parts as there are in a cross cut shredder blade. A cross cut shredder has a lot of moving parts and involves a lot of friction. I personally recommend oiling a cross cut shredder every time you empty the bag. This should help the cross cut shredder last for years. You can find our shredder oil here.

Is your shredder head damaged, nicked, dull or in desperate need of repair? Contact our Service Department. They are often able to find you replacement parts for Destroyit, Martin Yale, Intimus, Rexel, Kobra, HSM, Fellowes, Olympia, Dahle, Formax and many other brands of shredders. Our Service Department can even swap out old shredder blades and replace them with new blades, giving your shredder a new lease on life.

We also offer a huge selection of brand new paper shredders from reputable brands. If a shredder is junk, we simply won’t include it on our site. You can find our entire line of new paper shredders here. Questions? Call our experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Fellowes P-35C Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Fellowes P-35C Personal Cross Cut Paper ShredderAre you in the market for a small, compact paper shredder for use at home? There are a lot of no-name brand shredders floating around out there. One brand that stands above the rest, for home paper shredding, is Fellowes. One great little shredder you may want to consider buying is the Fellowes P-35C cross cut paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, Fellowes has established itself as a reliable paper shredder for home and small office use. While there are more robust shredders out there, Fellowes shredders are inexpensive and carry a tough warranty. The Fellowes P-35C personal shredder has a limited 3-year warranty, which is hard to come by in the paper shredder market.

The Fellowes P-35C is a compact little shredder. It measures in at 14″ H x 13″ W x 8″ D and only weighs in at 10 pounds shipped. Don’t let this small size discourage you. To be honest, the P-35C isn’t designed for high-volume shredding. If you only need a shredder for occasional home use, the P-35C easily fits the bill.

Unlike many comparable shredders out there that feature a strip-cut design, the Fellowes P-35C uses a higher security Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is great for most shredding applications. A single sheet of paper is turned into 5/32″ x 1-9/16″ (4mm x 40mm) particles.

The P-35C is not designed for high-volume use. The motor and shredder head are capable of shredding “up to” 5 sheets of paper at a time. Remember that 5 sheets is the maximum amount. Don’t try and press it above that limit or you will run into trouble. I would personally scale that amount back to 3-4 sheets at a time.

Because the Fellowes P-35C is so compact, it can easily sit next to a desk, and in many situations, under a desk. I have even heard of people that have placed this shredder in a pantry for shredding junk mail.

One thing I personally really like about the P-35C is the design. It looks great. I don’t know what it is about black-colored office equipment, but I think it looks slick. The P-35C will easily blend in with your existing office décor.

Overall I have to say that I really like this shredder, but must caution those of you who want to use it for large office or departmental shredding. It is simply not designed to be used all day long. It is best suited for occasional “every-so-often” shredding, ideally in a home or small office environment. It is called a personal shredder for a reason.

You can find the Fellowes P-35C cross cut paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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