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What Are Continuous Duty Shredders and Do You Need One?

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Continuous Duty Paper ShreddersHave you ever used a paper shredder only to have it stop working after 20-30 minutes due to an overheated motor? This can be a major annoyance, especially if you are a business that needs to shred all day long. An overheated paper shredder can quickly result in stacks of unshredded paper and can ultimately develop bad habits among employees by leaving sensitive information out in the open that should be otherwise destroyed. What you need to be using is what’s known as a continuous duty shredder.

Before I start going off on why you need a continuous duty shredder, I would like to state that non continuous-duty paper shredders, which require a cool down period, aren’t all bad. If you are a home, a home office or a small business, or if you simply need a compact deskside shredder, a standard “non continuous” shredder is just fine. These shredders are designed to shut off after a certain amount of use to prevent permanent damage from heat.

So what is a continuous duty paper shredder? A continuous-duty shredder is a shredder that’s designed to work for hours on end without overheating. This style of shredder is designed for office use, however, there are home paper shredders designed with continuous duty shredders as well. This type of shredder is perfect for use by multiple people in a departmental or centralized location.

Continuous Duty Paper ShreddersSo how does a continuous-duty shredder motor work? The key to keeping a paper shredder running continuously is to disperse damaging heat. As is the case with any electric motor, they begin to warm up and even become extremely hot after some time. A continuous-duty shredder uses a thermally protected motor. These motors are designed from the ground up to not overheat. Designs to prevent heat vary from heatsinks and motor positioning to overall design and current draw.  Many continuous-duty electric motors utilize several methods to disperse heat and keep cool.

Most German-made and Korean-made paper shredders feature thermally protected motors. Most Chinese-made paper shredders have a cool-down period. Brands such as Dahle, Destroyit, Intimus, HSM and Formax all manufacture the majority of their shredders with continuous-duty motors. I have personally used shredders from each of these manufacturers and have to say that they are all solid.

If you are a business or organization, and are in the process of shopping around for a paper shredder, I would recommend going with a continuous-duty paper shredder right off the bat. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be future-proof, even if you don’t expect to need continuous shredding at this time.

Darn Paper Shredder Keeps Overheating

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Overheated Paper ShreddersThe subject line of this article was taken directly from someone experiencing problems with their shredder. In fact, there are literally dozens of people every day complaining online that their shredders are overheating. Here are just a few comments taken directly from Twitter over the last few days:

  • Darn paper shredder keeps overheating… >=(
  • Shredder overheated forgot to bring my programming book to study
  • shredder finally overheated
  • Too much shredding happening. Overheated the shredder. 🙁 Half a bag of items still to go. Already filled half a yard trash bag!
  • i overheated the shredder whoopsie
  • The shredder over heated so im just laying on my bed as it cools down.
  • The shredder over heated.
  • The paper shredder keeps over-heating.
  • Shredding 13 years worth of stuff is a daunting job for a little shredder. Poor thing keeps overheating on me.

So what exactly causes a paper shredder to overheat? The culprit is the motor and a safety sensor. As a shredder is used, the motor begins to generate a lot of heat. As a fail-safe, many cheaper shredders will shut the motor off after it gets too hot. This is done to prevent permanent damage to the shredder (such as melting plastic, etc). Most shredders will let you know that the shredder is in “overheated” mode.

Overheating is typically an issue that only occurs with “cheap” department store shredders. Most of these shredders are designed for light use, and when used for more, begin to overheat. I have read many manuals for “cheap” shredder that mention the shredder should be left off for 30 minutes after 30 minutes of use.

If you work in an office, or do serious shredding on a regular basis, an overheating shredder simply does not cut it (pardon the pun). Business operations simply cannot wait 30 minutes to begin shredding again. Most businesses need a shredder that can be used continuously.

Most business shredders use what’s known a continuous-duty motor. The motors used in these shredders are thermally protected, designed to quickly dissipate heat and keep on shredding. A continuous duty shredder doesn’t need to be turned off for cooling down.

Over 90% of the paper shredders we offer feature continuous duty motors. Brands such as Destroyit, Formax, Intimus, Dahle and Kobra all utilize continuous duty motors. You can find our entire selection of continuous duty paper shredders here.

Are you having a bad experience with your shredder or simply have a question about continuous duty motors? Post your questions in a comment! I would love to hear from you.

You are also more than welcome to call one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper shredder questions.

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.

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