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Best Paper Shredders Under $100

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Intelli-Shred Paper ShredderSo you need a home paper shredder and are looking for something under $100? You are entering the danger zone. That is, the sub $100 paper shredder range can be one of the scariest price ranges for shredders. There are a lot of garbage paper shredders out there and many of them float under the $100 price level. Here are a few tips that should help you stay in the clear.

Capacity, durability and reliability are all features you need in your shredder. Don’t settle for less. Be aware, however, that sub $100 shredders aren’t designed for office use. This range of paper shredders is specifically for home use….and occasional use at that. If you need something for the office, that can be used throughout the day, you’re going to need a shredder that costs more than $100. That said, here are a few sub $100 shredders that you should be happy with for home use.

Best Paper Shredders Under $100

  1. Intelli-Shred IS100 Paper Shredder – This is probably the best $100 shredder around. It is an excellent value for the dollar. I know, it is technically $109, but I had to fit it in this list. It is just too good a deal not to mention.
  2. Martin Yale 1000 Paper Shredder – These guys make Intimus, which is a highly reputable brand of shredders. Considering this shredder is a cross cut, it is a great value for the dollar.
  3. Fellowes P-35C Cross Cut Shredder – This is one of the least expensive home paper shredders available today. It isn’t designed for continuous use, but is excellent for shredding mail, receipts, invoices and other material.
  4. GBC SC032 Strip Cut Shredder – This is a great shredder to have at home and can even be used next to a home office desk. It is safe to use and features quality components that make paper shredding both easy and convenient.
  5. Fellowes DS-2 Paper Shredder – This shredder was designed from the ground up for home use. It has a nice Security Level 3 cross cut pattern and includes a nice bin opening for the discarding of other material.

This 5 paper shredders are all a great value and a great option for home paper shredding. If you need something a little more robust, or perhaps for the office, you can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

If you still have questions, feel free to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists by calling 1-800-658-8788.

How Do Manufacturers Keep Paper Shredders Quiet?

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Paper Shredder Rubber BushingsHave you ever used a paper shredder that sounded like a lawnmower? I certainly have. Lawnmowers belong outdoors, not in the office. So how do manufacturers try and keep their paper shredders quiet? There are a few techniques used. Here are some of the most common “silencing” methods.

To begin, strip cut paper shredders tend to be quieter than cross cut shredders. This is because there is less cutting going on and fewer moving parts. The only downside is that strip cut shredders don’t provide as much security as cross cut shredders. Luckily many of our paper shredder manufacturers have made significant improvements in paper shredder noise.

Rubber Bushings – One significant improvement that many manufacturers are making is by using special rubber bushings in the design of their shredders. These bushings are placed around joins and mounting points where reverberations and vibrations are the worst. These rubber bushings act like motor mounts, dramatically cutting down on noise-making vibration.

Wooden Cabinets
– You’ll often find on many of the cheaper paper shredders that a lot of plastic is used in the construction. This is because plastic is cheap to use in manufacturing. The downside is that plastic can break and crack easily and has very few noise absorption properties. Many plastic cabinets used with lower-end shredders can even amplify sound. Most modern paper shredder manufactures try to use wood with their cabinets. Wood has natural noise absorption properties.

Auto Oilers – Many office and departmental paper shredders feature auto oilers. These auto oilers help keep moving parts and shredder blades properly lubricated, cutting down on metal-on-metal noise.

Tight Construction
– Tight construction, utilizing high quality bolts, screws and materials, can help cut down on sound by eliminating vibration caused by loosely fitted pieces. This feature is more difficult to tell with the naked eye and is generally a product of high-quality manufacturers.

Insulated Shredding Head – Some paper shredder manufacturers actually try and insulate the motor with noise absorption material, often called insulation. A well-insulated motor typically runs cooler and emits less noise.

What if you already own a shredder and it is loud? If you already own a shredder and are growing sick and tired of the noise, I highly recommend oiling it. You would be surprised how much noise can be reduced by eliminating friction in the shredder blades. Not only does this quiet a shredder, but it also prolongs its life.

Hopefully some of these tips help you in your quest to find a quiet shredder. Believe it or not, quiet shredders do exist, however, all shredders will make a little noise. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Feel free to call us at 1-800-655-8788 for advice and recommendations on quiet paper shredders.

Dahle 30114 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Dahle 30114 Cross Cut Personal Paper ShredderReliable personal paper shredders are hard to come by. This isn’t because there aren’t a lot of shredders available. Heck, you can find literally dozens to hundreds of cheap plastic “toy” shredders in just about any department store. The only problem is that when you decide to do some real shredding, they often break, overheat or continuously jam. If you are tired of wasting your time with cheap paper shredders, you should consider using the Dahle 30114 cross cut personal paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Dahle has a long and rich history in the paper shredding industry. They make shredders ranging from small personal shredders up to high-end commercial paper shredders. Regardless of size, one common theme with Dahle is quality. Their paper shredders work and are reliable. You can’t ask for a lot more.

The Dahle 30114 paper shredder is a Level 3 cross cut shredder, which is the most common cut size used by offices in the United States. This is shredder is categorized as a personal shredder. This is because it is small enough to be used at home or next to a desk in the office. It can be used for daily shredding, but is not designed for departmental use.

This shredder was designed with the intention of handling up to about 100 sheets of paper per day. For personal use, this is pretty impressive. As mentioned earlier, this is a cross cut shredder. Once a sheet of paper is fed through the opening, it comes out the other side in 1/8″ x 1 9/16″ particles. Just try and reassemble that! You won’t, and that’s a good thing.

The opening on the Dahle 30114 is 8 ¾” wide, which easily accepts most letter size, legal size and smaller documents. The opening of the shredder is recessed back into the shredder head for safety purposes. This is designed to help prevent personal injury. The shred bin holds about 8 gallons of paper before needing to be emptied.

The Dahle 30114 is packed with several high-end features. This includes an auto on/off sensor that automatically shreds paper as it is placed through the shred opening. It also features a bag full sensor that turns the shredder off once the bin is full.

One of the most annoying features of shredders is the noise they can produce. The Dahle 30114 is set in a wooden cabinet, which helps to absorb vibrations and dampen noise. While there is no silent shredder, this shredder is relatively quiet, especially compared to plastic bin shredders that reverberate and amplify noise.

The build quality is amazing. As mentioned earlier, many shredders this size are absolute garbage, made from cheap plastic components. The Dahle 30114 is German engineered and made to perfection. The material construction and workmanship makes this shredder extremely reliable.

Remember this is a small shredder designed for individual personal use. It shreds 6-7 sheets of paper at a time, up to 100 per day (recommended). If you feel this isn’t up to par with what you need, you may want to consider using a more robust shredder. While it is a personal shredder, it is immensely better than most comparable shredders.

I highly recommend this paper shredder for home, under the desk or next to the desk in a small office environment. I would recommend this paper shredder to my own friends or family.  What more can I say?

You can find the Dahle 30114 cross cut personal paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Dahle 20422 Level 4 Office Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Dahle 20422 Level 4 Cross Cut Office Paper ShredderThe modern-day office is filled with paper, confidential information and sensitive records. To prevent identity theft, records should be shredded prior to disposal. It makes good sense and can really save your business’s bacon. No business wants a data breach. One great way to combat identity theft and fraud is to use a paper shredder. One great model for small office use is the Dahle 20422 office paper shredder. This is my review.

Dahle, a leading manufacturer of paper cutters, is also well known for their line of paper shredders. They currently manufacture several dozen different models, making Dahle one of the leading manufacturers of high-end office paper shredders. Their shredders are known for being reliable and are especially popular with the US government.

The Dahle 20422 is a Level 4 cross cut paper shredder. Shredder security levels range from Level 1 to Level 6. The higher the security level, the more secure the cut becomes. Once a sheet of paper is fed through the 9 ½” wide opening, it ends up in 1/12″ x 7/16″ size particles. This is an excellent security cut and is perfect for shredding most sensitive information.

This particular shredder is ideal for small office use by 2-3 different people. Ultimately the Dahle 20422 is best suited for shredding on average 100 to 400 sheets of paper per day. This is more than adequate for most small business applications. It can be used to shred tax information, client proposals, patient records and much more.

When I’m looking around for an office shredder, I not only want a good design and cut, but I also want a paper shredder that is relatively quiet as not to cause too much of a distraction. I consider anything in the 60-decibel range to be decent. The Dahle 20422 sounds in at 56 decibels, which is excellent.

The control panel on the 20422 is very straightforward. It consists of a switch that can be toggled from off, to on and to reverse. When in the “on” position, this shredder will automatically detect paper and turn on and off accordingly. In the event of a paper jam, the reverse motor can be activated to back everything out and clear the jam.

This paper shredder features a cabinet door that allows access to shredded material. An included 10-gallon shred box holds all the shredded paper, which can be removed and emptied when full. To help keep things cleaner, an optional Dahle shredder bag may be used.

The shredder blades on the Dahle 20422 are solid, made from hardened steel. They are designed to not only shred paper, but also to accept paper clips, staples and credit cards.

The build quality on the Dahle 20422 is exceptional. It is designed for continuous use throughout the day. There is no need to worry about the motor overheating or waiting for it to cool down.

I would personally recommend this shred to any co-worker or friend that needs a solid paper shredder for medium-volume use in a small business environment. It has a great track record with our customers and has an excellent reputation.

You can find the Dahle 20422 office paper shredder here and our entire line of Dahle paper shredders here. You can find our entire line of paper shredders here.

Dahle 20614ec Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Dahle 20614ec Level 3 Cross Cut Paper ShredderAre you looking for a good departmental paper shredder that can be used by 4-6 people throughout the day? Finding a good continuous-duty paper shredder that is designed from the ground up for office use is tough. A lot of shredders out there require 30-minute cool down periods, have limited shredding capacities and aren’t designed for use by multiple people. One solid shredder that a lot of our government customers like to use is the Dahle 20614ec cross cut paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Dahle has been making solid paper shredders for well over a decade. This includes strip cut, cross cut and high-security shredders. I can’t tell you why, but Dahle shredders are especially popular with the U.S. government. That is probably due in part to the fact that Dahle makes solid, no-nonsense paper shredders.

The Dahle 20614ec is a level 3 paper shredder with a cross cut pattern. Particles created by the Dahle 20614ec measure in at 1/8″ x 1 3/8″. While Level 3 isn’t the highest security level available, it is more than adequate for most people. Just try assembling a document cut into 1/8″ x 1 3/8″ particles. It simply isn’t going to happen.

Many modern shredders, perhaps as a result of cost-cutting measures, use belts to turn gears and shredder blades. While a belt works for light to some medium-duty shredding, the belt ultimately wears out and can often be the weakest part of a shredder. The Dahle 20614ec is chain driven. This chain is strong, durable and perfect for continuous shredding.

One significant feature that I personally really like about the Dahle 20614ec is the use of rubber shock mounts. These mounts are utilized throughout the shredder, which absorb vibrations caused by the motor and moving parts. This absorption helps to significantly reduce noise, making this shredder an ideal machine for office use.

The control panel on the 20614ec is pretty nice and easy to navigate. The top button turns the shredder on. The next button down puts the shredder in forward mode. The button below that puts the shredder in reverse mode. That’s it. Three buttons. A couple of LED lights bellow the buttons let you know when the shredder is full and when the door is open.

The mouth on the Dahle 20614ec is 10 ¼ wide, allowing this shredder to accept most common paper sizes. This allows the 20614ec to shred envelopes, letter size & legal size paper, credit cards, CDs and other documents. This shredder can be used to shred patient records, client information, contracts and more.

I personally think that the Dahle 20614ec has a very soft and non obtrusive appearance. It blends in well with existing office equipment without drawing too much attention.

This shredder can easily be placed in a centralized office location for use by multiple people. It is rated by Dahle as being able to shred between 400 and 2,000 documents a day and has a shredding capacity of 20-25 sheets. These specs are perfect for most people.

I give the Dahle 20614ec high marks on reliability alone. When we ship these out, we never hear back from the customer unless it’s to order replacement shredder bags. That’s a good thing.

You can find the Dahle 20614ec cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of Dahle paper shredders here. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

MBM Destroyit 2270 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

MBM Destroyit 2270 Cross Cut Paper ShredderIf I were to be asked which paper shredder I would personally like to have next to my desk for daily office shredding, I would have to say that one of my personal choices would be the MBM Destroyit 2270 cross cut paper shredder (found here). This shredder comes from a long line of quality shredders, is made in Germany and is relatively compact. This is my review.

While paper shredders may not be the most exciting topic in your list of daily conversations, I have literally worked with them for over 10 years. Over those 10 years, I have come to appreciate paper shredders for their engineering and technological sophistication. There are a lot of paper shredders available today, and while they all do the same thing, the differences between different models are almost as stark as night and day.

The MBM Destroyit 2270 is technologically innovative, due in part to the German roots of this shredder. From the ground up, this shredder has been built to handle most jobs thrown at it. While it is a deskside shredder, designed for use by one person, it can be used continuously without a hiccup.

Rather than trying to accommodate a paper shredder blade for other uses, Destroyit has incorporated two separate feed openings in conjunction with two separate cutting heads. One opening is used for paper, measuring in at 8 ¾” wide, and the other is designed to shred CDs, DVDs and credit cards. This ads a huge degree of versatility to the shredder. The hardened steel blades on the paper shredder opening are tough enough to handle paper clips and staples.

One huge concern with any paper shredder is safety. You’ve probably heard the horror stories of babies getting their fingers caught in shredders or dogs getting their tongues cut off. Put those fears to rest. The Destroyit 2270 utilizes several safety features. This includes a transparent safety shield in the feed opening that only allows paper to be fed through. The shredder also turns off when the cabinet door is open.

The actual use of this shredder is fairly easy. You’ll notice on the picture of this shredder that there is only one switch. You can turn the shredder on, off or throw the motor into reverse. When on, the 2270 uses a photocell to detect paper, which in turn activates the motor. It is very easy to operate.

The build quality on the MBM Destroyit 2270 is excellent. Just try lifting the shredder head off of the cabinet. It is tough to do, in large part thanks to the heavy-duty materials used in the Destroyit 2270’s construction. The entire shredder, including the bin, weighs in at 32 pounds.

Design plays a huge roll in my purchasing decisions. I know this shouldn’t always be the case, but you want your shredder to look nice. The Destroyit 2270 is a great looking machine. The clear window on the waste bin looks classy and lets you know how full the shredder is.

Overall, if the budget allows, I would highly recommend the Destroyit 2270 for your deskside office use. This is a solid, reliable and relatively quiet shredder. I give it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. Remember, however, that it is really only designed for individual use.

You can find the MBM Destroyit 2270 cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here. Destroyit also offers this shredder in a strip cut design found here.

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.

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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