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Dahle 40114 Deskside Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Dahle 40114 Deskside Paper ShredderDo you need a solid paper shredder for your desk? Are you tired of your paper shredder overheating, gears stripping and shredders that barely last more than a few months? If so, you may want to consider investing a little more money in a solid German built & engineered paper shredder like the Dahle 40114 (found here). There are many reasons why I consider this to be one of the best deskside shredders for your office.

When you buy a paper shredder, or any product for that matter, you usually see a “made in …..” somewhere on the label. The quality can often be determined simply by where a product is made. When it comes to paper shredders, having that shredder be made in Germany can mean a world of difference when it comes to quality. German engineered and German built shredders simply have the best track record in the industry. Nothing else even comes close.

The Dahle 40114 is one of the smallest and most compact German-made deskside shredders. At just 24 ¾” tall, this shredder fits nicely next to just about any desk or table. While it is small, it still weighs in at 53 pounds shipped, which gives you an idea just how well built the shredder is.

I have over a decade of experience with paper shredders and I have found two major complaints from customers regarding paper shredders. These are noise and overheating. Paper shredders can be loud and many overheat after just 20-30 minutes of use, requiring a cooldown period. Dahle has addressed both of these issues. Here is how they’ve done it:

Noise – The Dahle 40114 uses special rubber shock mounts. This allows the vibrations, typically the biggest culprit with noise, to be greatly diminished by being absorbed. I have heard people refer the Dahle shredders as being whisper quiet, especially compared to other shredders.

Heat – The Dahle 40114 uses a thermally protected continuous duty motor. It is designed to quickly dissipate heat, eliminating the need to cool down. This allows you to use it for hours on end without encountering any issues.

Dahle 40114 Cutting BladesThis shredder really is a miniaturized version of Dahle’s larger departmental shredders. It still features the precision milled solid cylinders found in Dahle’s larger shredders and the same slick design. It has a cabinet door design for emptying paper and incorporates a security level P-4 (formerly Level 3) cross cut pattern. This pattern is ideal for most shredding applications and is HIPAA and FACTA compliant for shredding records, client information and more.

The Dahle 40114 can shred anywhere from 8-10 sheets of 20# bond paper at a time. The 8 ¾” wide feed throat handles most paper sizes including letter and legal size paper. The 8 gallon shred bin is remarkably big considering this is a deskside paper shredder. The hardned shredding blades not only shred paper, but can also handle staples and paper clips often found in paper documents.

As you would expect with any modern shredder, the Dahle 40114 features an auto on/off, a bag full sensor, reverse button, load indicator and many safety features. This shredder can easily be used at home or in the office.

Dahle 40114 Control PanelOverall I consider this to be an excellent deal and a remarkable shredder when you take the quality into account. I highly recommend this shredder for deskside use by an individual or a couple of people. You can find the Dahle 40114 here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to give our offices a call at 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our Paper Shredder Specialists. They should be able to help answer all of your questions. Have you used this shredder? Please post a comment about your experience. As is the case with all of our shredders, we have a Service Technician that can help provide you with replacement parts, bags, supplies and service.

Dahle 507 & 508 Personal Rotary Paper Trimmers Review

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Dahle 507 & 508 Rolling Paper TrimmersI’ve spoken to a lot of people over the years who are looking for a solid scrapbook or craft paper cutter that can cut through their card stock, photos and is easy to set up. One model I frequently recommend is the Dahle 507 and 508 personal rotary trimmers (found here). These compact rotary paper cutters have been around for years. I have personally used them and would like to share my experience with you.

I hear a lot of complaints from people regarding cheap department store paper cutters. I have heard everything from it just feels cheap to the blade dulls too quickly. I have heard my fair share of complaints. Dahle has been around for decades and is known for their paper cutters. The Dahle 507 and 508 cutters, especially considering the price, do an excellent job.

So what is a rotary paper cutter (aka rolling trimmer)? A rotary cutter is a type of trimmer that uses a round cutting blade. This blade usually sits in some sort of housing that slides along a rail. These types of cutters are especially known for their precision. The are also immensely popular with scrapbookers.

Let me go into just a little more detail on the blade. Many “cheap” rotary cutters, such as those made by a company that rhymes with whiskers, use blades that roll along a rubber or plastic base. This often results in poorly trimmed paper or situations where the bottom sheet doesn’t cut at all. These Dahle cutters use a blade that actually slides up against a metal bar. This produces a very clean cut. This same cutting process also helps to sharpen the rolling blade, thus dramatically extending the lifespan of the trimmer.

Both of these cutters share several things in common. Both of these cutters feature a 7 sheet paper cutting capacity based on 20# bond paper. Both of these cutters are also German engineered. Both of these trimmers feature a plastic clamping mechanism that helps keep the paper in place during the cutting process, which really helps with keeping the cut straight during the entire trimming process. Both of these trimmers also feature a metal base that has a preprinted guide for easy paper alignment.

I would like to cover a few specifications between the two trimmers:

  • Dahle 507 – This trimmer has a 12 ½” cutting length, making it perfect for cutting photos and letter size paper. This is the most popular size for scrapbookers and hobbyists. It is extremely lightweight and very easy to carry around.
  • Dahle 508 – This trimmer has an 18” cutting length, allowing it to easily cut paper larger than letter size. It is excellent for trimming down larger photos, signs and small stuff as well.

Many scrapbookers out there like to use a rotary paper trimmer that has the option of using special cutting blades. You can actually buy the Dahle 507 as the Dahle 507K (kit). This kit includes the standard straight blade as well as a wavy blade, deckle cut blade and a perforating blade. The blades are extremely easy to swap out.

In conclusion, I have to say that both the Dahle 507 and 508 are excellent budget paper trimmers. If you are OK with the 7 sheet capacity, and don’t plan on using them in a print shop for heavy-duty use, I think you will really like these cutters. They are perfect for home or small business use and make great gifts.

If you still have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help answer your questions. You can find the Dahle 507 and 508 here and our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Top 10 Best Office Paper Shredders of 2013

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Best Paper Shredders 2013Office paper shredders need to be able to put up with a lot of daily use. You don’t want an office shredder that’s going to require a cool down time, period. For an office, you need something that is tough, time tested and capable of holding up for years. At ABC Office, we offer a huge selection of office paper shredders (found here). Many of these shredders are excellent products, however, I would like to point out 10 that have truly proven themselves as “best shredders” for 2013.

I have come up with criteria of 5 features you need to have in a solid office paper shredder.

  • Bin Size – I recommend you get a paper shredder that has at least a 10 gallon capacity. The larger the bin, the less you are going to have to empty it. I would put 10 gallons as the minimum size for an office.
  • Throat Size – I generally recommend you go with a paper shredder that has a throat width that is at least 10″. The first model I am going to recommend is 9.5″, but the rest are 10″ or wider. A 10″ throat width easily accommodates letter-size paper and the added width helps prevent jams.
  • Security – I recommend you use a paper shredder that uses a cross cut shredding pattern. I have found that a Level 3 is more than adequate security for most businesses.
  • Sheet Capacity – When it comes to sheet capacity, I recommend you buy a shredder that handles at least 10 sheets of paper at a time if not more.
  • Continuous Duty – I never recommend a shredder with a cool down period. I find it a nuisance and often a sign of cheap construction. I recommend you buy a shredder with a continuous duty motor that is thermally protected. All of the shredders I am going to recommend have continuous duty motors.

Top 10 Best Office Paper Shredders of 2013 – These are listed in order of price.

  1. Dahle CleanTEC 41214 (found here) – This shredder is compact and perfect for use with a small department of people. It is extremely quiet, is energy efficient and helps cut down on dust. It is German built and is a solid piece of equipment.
  2. Destroyit 2604 CC (found here) – This is a very affordable paper shredder, especially when you consider what it does. It has a nice 26-gallon bin, is energy efficient, has a Level 3 cross cut pattern and is German made. This shredder sits nicely next to a wall and can be used by several different people throughout the day.
  3. HSM B34 Securio (found here) – This shredder is has capacity, speed and security. The German made Securio line of shredders from HSM are all solid pieces of equipment. This particular model features a Level 4 security and has a nice 26.4 gallon shred bin.
  4. Formax FD 8400 (found here) – This paper shredder has a nice 12.2″ wide opening and is remarkably affordable considering the cross cut version can handle up to 18 sheets of paper at a time. This shredder is also fast, operating at 30 feet per minute.
  5. Destroyit 3104 CC (found here) – This is a great small to medium-duty paper shredder. It has a 12″ opening and can be used to shred on a continuous basis. A 32 gallon bin holds a lot of paper and this shredder is rated as a Level 3.
  6. Destroyit 3804 CC (found here) – This is one of the most affordable Destroyit shredders that includes a wide 16″ shredding width. This German-made paper shredder is solid and features an extremely easy-to-use control interface. It is safe and powerful, making it an excellent choice for most offices.
  7. Destroyit 4002 CC (found here) – Destroyit paper shredders, by Ideal, are German build and feature hardened steel shredder blades. A huge 44 gallon shred bin and a 16″ wide throat means this shredder will handle just about any size of paper and won’t need to be changed very often. This is an excellent departmental paper shredder.
  8. HSM Securio P40C (found here) – This is one of HSM’s most well rounded heavy-duty office shredders. It has a 13″ shed width, an 18 sheet per minute speed and can handle 35-37 sheets of paper at a time. IT can also handle CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, floppy disks and credit cards. It is extremely quiet and features V-TEK hardened rollers.
  9. Formax FD 8650CC (found here) – This shredder can safely be categorized as a heavy-duty office shredder. It is designed for daily operation and can hold up to 53 gallons of paper! It includes an AutoOiler, which means you don’t need to remember to oil it. This shredder can handle most sizes of paper (up 16″ wide) and is blazing fast at 30 feet per minute.
  10. Destroyit 4005 CC (found here) – If you need power, combined with sold German engineering, the Destroyit 4005 is the shredder to have. This shredder is powerful, with a 16″ wide throat and a 59-gallon shred bin. It is available in a Level 3 or Level 4 cross cut pattern. This shredder will easily service an entire building and will keep up with your daily shredding needs.

So there you have it! These are 10 extremely tough cross cut paper shredders that are excellent options for an office. Unlike many cheap department store shredders, these are build to hold up and last for years.

If these shredders are out of your price range, but you would still like something that is tough, you may want to consider the Destroyit 2360 (found here). This shredder is still tough and is an excellent choice for use by a few people throughout the day. I also highly recommend most shredders from Dahle, HSM and Destroyit.

If you still have questions about a paper shredder for your office, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. We have decades of experience with paper shredders and should be able to help you out. You will find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Top 10 Best Guillotine Paper Cutters

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Best Guillotine Paper CuttersGuillotine paper cutters (found here) have come a long way over the years. These cutters used to be known as sharp blades attached to wood bases and were known for their keen ability to cut you. These same cutters, while you can still purchase the old school models, are now refined pieces of metal engineering with several integrated safety features.

Guillotine cutters are probably some of the most well rounded paper cutters available and can be used for cutting paper, photos, laminated material and more. So which models are considered the “best?” Having a decade of experience with these cutters under my belt, I would like to share with you some models that I like and have a great track record with our customers.

One thing I have found that over the years is that German is closely associated with quality in the paper cutting industry. German engineered and German built paper cutters are amazing. Another high-end feature to look for is Solingen. Solingen steel, again from Germany, is some of the strongest steel available and holds its edge remarkably well for cutting purposes. As a result, I have found Kutrimmer (by Ideal) and Dahle to be two very reputable manufacturers.

Here are what I consider to be the top 10 best guillotine paper cutters available (sorted lowest to highest price):

  1. MBM Kutrimmer 1134 (found here) – This is a 13 ¾” paper cutter that is perfect for trimming letter-size paper. It includes all the necessary safety guards and features a razor-sharp Solingen steel blade.
  2. MBM Kutrimmer 1135 (found here) – This cutter is similar to the 1134, but includes an automatic clamp with an Easy Lift release lever.
  3. Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine (found here) – This quality cutter comes from Dahle and is 14 ½” long. Unlike the Kutrimmer cutters that use a Lexan safety guard, this cutter has a corkscrew plastic guard that projects the blade during the cutting process.
  4. MBM Kutrimmer 1046 (found here) – This cutter features a nice 18″ cutting length. It includes an adjustable back gauge and a cutting line indicator. This is a nice cutter for trimming a wide range of paper sizes.
  5. MBM Kutrimmer 1035 (found here) – If you need to cut up to 50 sheets of standard paper at a time in a single pass, this 14 ¾” guillotine cutter is a great option. It features a very sturdy paper clamp to help keep those 50 sheets in place during the cutting process.
  6. Dahle 565 Premium Guillotine (found here) – The Dahle 565 premium guillotine has a 15 ½” cutting length and a 35 sheet trimming capacity. It includes a scale bar, an adjustable backstop and all the bells and whistles you would expect in a premium cutter.
  7. MBM Kutrimmer 1058 (found here) – This guillotine trimmer has a long 23″ cutting length while still being able to cut up to 40 sheets of paper at a time. As with all Kutrimmer paper cutters, this one includes a nice Solingen steel blade.
  8. MBM Kutrimmer 1071 (found here) – The 1071 ups the ante with a nice 28 ½” cutting length. It includes a nice paper clamp, an adjustable back stop and is still capable of cutting up to 40 sheets at this nice length. This is excellent for trimming a wide range of material.
  9. Dahle 567 Premium Guillotine (found here) – The Dahle 567 features a 21 ½” cutting length and a 30 sheet cutting capacity as well as a limited lifetime warranty. It ships equipped with a hand clamp, a lockable blade and an adjustable back stop.
  10. Dahle 569 Premium Guillotine (found here) – This is the largest premium guillotine Dahle offers, with a 27 ½” cutting length and a 30 sheet cutting capacity. As with the 567, this cutter includes a limited lifetime warranty.

There are some larger Kutrimmer trimmers available that would probably make this list other than the fact that they are extremely big and typically only used by print shops and businesses that deal with larger paper. You can find those larger cutters and our entire selection of guillotine paper cutters here.

If you have questions about any of the above-mentioned models, please feel free to give us at call at 1-800-658-8788. We have a lot of experience with these cutters and would love to help you out. We are also able to help with replacement blades and parts for all Kutrimmer and Dahle cutters.

Shopping for 18″ Rotary Paper Cutters – Q&A

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Rotary Paper CuttersI recently had a conversation with a customer that was looking for an 18″ rotary paper cutter (found here). They had several good questions. Upon passing a few questions and answers back and forth, I was able to come up with some great options for the customer. I would like to share some of those questions and answers in an effort to try and help you find the right paper cutter for your applications.

  • Customer: We do a lot of our own printing and cutting in house, and I mean a lot. We need a new paper cutter and need something that can trim down anything from cardstock to labels. What type of paper cutter do you recommend?
  • Me: You mention you cut a lot of paper. Just how much do you cut at a time?
  • Customer: We need something that can cut multiple sheets of paper, but the most important feature we need is to be able to see exactly where the cut will be made. Many of the cutters we use make it difficult if not next to impossible to see where the cut will be made.
  • Me: If you need to see exactly where the cut will be made, you may want to consider one of our MBM Kutrimmer paper cutters (found here). Many of them now feature an optical cutting line, making it easy to see where the cut will be made.
  • Customer: Thank you for the suggestion, but I am more interested in a rotary paper cutter. I like how compact the rotary cutters are and need something that won’t get in the way. I need something that has an 18″ cutting length.
  • Me: When it comes to rotary paper cutters, the Rotatrim Professional Series (found here) are considered to be the best. The cutting head slides along two rails for added stability and you can get a good idea on where the cut will be made thanks to the included clamping mechanism. It also comes in an 18″ version.
  • Customer: I really like that cutter, but am not sure if I will be able to fit it into my budget. Do you have a couple of additional recommendations? I need 3 different models in order to make a decision.
  • Me: While the Rotatrim Professional is my first choice, Dahle makes some great rotary cutters. Their Model 552 Professional Rotary Cutter (found here) is 20 1/8″ long. While it is slightly longer than 18″, it is still a great option that is both affordable and currently features free shipping.  Another affordable option is the Rotatrim Mastercut (found here). There is an 18″ Mastercut available and it is also extremely affordable. While it isn’t quite as heavy-duty as the Rotatrim Professional Series, it does use a square rail that provides a lot of support to the cutting head.
  • Customer: You have been a great help. I will hand this list off to my Purchasing Manger and let him choose from there.

So there you have it! These are some great questions and answers you may even want to ask yourself when shopping around for a paper cutter. If you have questions that need answers, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of rotary paper cutters here.

Seven Features to Look for in a Guillotine / Tabletop Paper Trimmer

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Tabletop Paper TrimmersIf you are shopping around for a tabletop paper trimmer, sometimes referred to as a guillotine paper cutter, you may be in need of a little guidance. There are several manufacturers out there and many different models. Having used many of these trimmers myself (found here), I have come up with seven features that you need to have if you are going to purchase a good paper trimmer.

I have compiled this list of features into seven must-have features and three optional features. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did writing it.

Seven Features To Look For in a Guillotine / Tabletop Paper Trimmer

  1. Solingen Steel Blade – German Solingen steel is considered to be some of the most resilient and durable steel on the planet. That is why it is so popular with kitchen knives. Paper cutters that use Solingen steel typically stay sharp for longer and get the job done faster.
  2. German Engineering – Paper cutters are made all over the world, but those made in Germany have the best reputation. Whether it is the precision engineering or the high quality manufacturing process, German tabletop and guillotine paper cutters & trimmers are known for holding up through some of the toughest jobs. They also have a reputation of lasting for years.
  3. Safety Guard – When cutting paper, you want to make sure your fingers are out of the way of the cutting blade. Most reputable and modern tabletop cutter manufactures have plastic shields installed that prevent you from chopping off a limb. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be careful, but cutters with safety shields are far safer to use than the old wood base trimmers.
  4. Metal Base – A durable metal base helps add to the overall stability of the cutter and the overall lifespan of the cutter. I personally recommend metal base guillotine trimmers over wood base trimmers.
  5. Back Gauge – An adjustable back gauge makes it easy to make repetitive cuts. Simply slide the back gauge to the necessary position, lock it down and your ready to go. A back gauge also helps ensure a straighter cut and is excellent for trimming down photos, paper, card stock, laminated material and more.
  6. Cutting Guides – Cutting guides are diagrams printed on the base of the cutter. These guides typically show common cutting patterns and make it easy to quickly set up a cutter for common cuts. Some paper cutter manufacturers even include a grid for additional alignment support.
  7. Clamping Mechanism – A clamping mechanism may be one of the most important features you’ll want in a tabletop paper trimmer. This helps keep the paper in place during the cutting process and eliminates annoying crooked cuts that are found in older wood base cutters that don’t have a clamp. Some cutters feature basic clamps that activate as the cutting arm is brought down. Other cutters have independent heavier-duty clamps that require one hand to keep in place while the other hand cuts the paper. Never get a tabletop cutter without a clamp!

These are features that are optional, but nice to have:

  1. Line guide – Many modern cutters now include an optical cutting guide or line guide. This is usually a red light or laser that shines on the paper, letting the operator know exactly where the paper will be cut.
  2. Front Gauge – Some tabletop trimmers feature a front gage to help assist in paper alignment, which is usually adjustable via a knob on the front of the trimmer.
  3. Fold Away Paper Support – Some tabletop cutters feature paper supports that are designed to help keep lighter weight and thin paper from flopping over the edge of the cutter. This helps ensure paper lays flat against the cutter’s base and ensures more accurate cuts. This isn’t as big a deal with photos, card stock and other thick material.

Hopefully these tips help you find a solid tabletop paper trimmer. I have used dozens of tabletop cutters over the years and have to say that I personally recommend all of MBM’s Kutrimmer line of tabletop trimmers and most of Dahle’s lineup of guillotines. You can find our entire selection of paper cutters here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with your questions.

Reviewing the Dahle CleanTEC 41334 High Security Shredder

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Dahle CleanTEC 41334 Level 6 High Security Paper ShredderHigh security paper shredders, while not for everyone, serve a very valuable purpose when it comes to National Security and the destruction of extremely sensitive documents. One model, which qualifies as a Security Level 6, is the Dahle CleanTEC 41334 high security shredder (found here). This is my review.

A Security Level 6 is the highest security level that a paper shredder can be given. This means it can be used to shred top secret information and some of the most sensitive documents. In the case of the Dahle CleanTEC 41334, it can shred a sheet of paper into 1mm by 4.7mm particles. This means that it will turn a single sheet of 8 ½” x 11″ paper into 15,500 particles. Try reassembling that. It is impossible. That is why these shredders are so popular with the DOD (Department of Defense), NSA (National Security Agency), federal government, military and more.

This shredder features a large 23 gallon shred bin, which easily pulls out (via a cabinet door) for easy emptying. The wide 10 ¼” throat width is wide enough to handle most paper you will find in an office. The Dahle CleanTEC 41334 has an 8 sheet maximum shredding capacity. While 8 sheets may not seem like much, keep in mind how small the paper is being cut. Higher security level shredders always have smaller sheet capacities.

The Model 41334 carries the name CleanTEC because of its special filtration technology. All paper shredders generate dust. The higher the security level, and the more cuts made, the more paper dust that is created. This dust can easily become airborn and can cause surface dust on furniture and can agitate people’s respiratory system. The CleanTEC filter, located in the back of the shredder, filters and traps 98% of that dust. This provides a much cleaner and healthier work environment.

While the  CleanTEC technology is very impressive, this German-made paper shredder features a lot more perks that are rarely found in comparable machines. The CleanTEC 41334 implements a full safety package. One of its most impressive features is its voice recognition capabilities. While you can turn this shredder off by pressing an emergency shutoff switch (found on the back of the shredder) or by tapping the cover of the machine, it will also turn off by simply saying “stop.” The mouth of the paper shredder also contains sensors that can detect the presence of fingers, which will also turn the shredder off.

While every shredder has a maximum shredding capacity, nobody ever actually counts out the sheets to make sure they aren’t going over capacity. The 41334 has ESP (Electronic Sensing Protection) that will gauge how much stress the motor is under and will visually let you know if you are reaching the maximum capacity. If for any reason the capacity is breached, the shredder will turn off to prevent damage, allowing the operator to adjust the amount. Green means the shredder is fine, yellow means it is getting close to maximum capacity and red means you have reached the maximum capacity.

Cross cut paper shredders have very complicated cutting blades and high security shredders, like the Dahle 41334 has an extremely intricate design. Because so many cuts are being created, and so much friction is involved, a lot of heat is generated. The 41334 has an automatic oiler, called the Dahle Evenflow, which will keep all necessary parts lubricated. This dramatically extends the life of the shredder and ensures proper shredder maintenance. I especially like this feature because few shredders offer auto oilers, requiring the shredder to be oiled manually.

The final feature that really sets the Dahle CleanTEC 41334 apart from the competition is the SmarPower energy management system. Paper shredders use electricity, and paper shredders that are inactive typically still draw electricity, often referred to as a vampire draw. The CleanTEC 41334 will put the shredder in standby mode after 10 minutes and will completely shut the shredder down after 20 minutes of inactivity. This saves energy and cuts down on electricity costs.

Overall this is a solid paper shredding machine. It is packed with features, touts precision German engineering and Dahle has a great reputation with our customers. You can find the Dahle CleanTEC 41334 high security shredder here and our entire selection of high security paper shredders here.

Please feel free to contact one of our experts at 1-800-658-8788 with any high security shredding questions.

Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine Video Demo

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Dahle 561 Premium GuillotineIf you’re looking for a no-nonsense guillotine cutter that creates straight and professional cuts, the Dahle 561 premium guillotine might be a great option. This cutter is all metal and features the latest in cutting technology, including many safety features. I had a chance to play around with this cutter a few weeks ago and we shot a video demo.

I have never been a huge fan of the old wood-base guillotine cutters. I have too many memories of trying to cut a school project, which I had spent hours on, only to have it create the most wobbly and crooked cut you ever saw. Guillotine cutters have come a long way since those days. Both Kutrimmer and Dahle manufacture the best guillotines available. Nobody else even comes close.

The Dahle 561 has a 14 ½” cutting length. This is more than enough for most people who are cutting paper and photographs. While the cutter itself isn’t terribly heavy, it is made out of all-metal construction. The only plastic components are the handle, guard shield and guide. The blade, blade, cutting arm and clamp are all metal.

This is a quick video demo of the Dahle 561 Premium Guillotine in use:

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I have cut stacks of standard copy paper and card stock with this trimmer. It was all extremely easy to do, the cuts were straight and accurate and I was personally very pleased with the results. It has a 35 sheet cutting capacity (20 lb paper), which is very impressive for a guillotine in this price range.

The Dahle 561 features a German Solingen Steel blade. If you aren’t familiar with Solingen steel, it is considered to be the best steel available for knives and cutting blades. There is no need to think about the clamp. It automatically actuates when you pull down the cutting arm. The extremely sharp blade, combined with a very solid clamp, keeps the cuts where they need to be.

The base on this cutter, which is metal, features a nice printout of common cuts. The top and side of the cutter also features a ruler in inches and centimeters, which really helps square things up.

You can find the Dahle 561 premium guillotine here and our entire selection of Dahle and Kutrimmer guillotine trimmers here.

Dahle 20612EC Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Dahle 20612EC Office Paper ShredderEfficiency, durability and ease-of-use are all features that we should expect in our paper shredders. A good office paper shredder should get the job done quickly without giving you any headaches. One reliable paper shredder that has been on our list of “favorite” shredders for some time is the Dahle 20612EC office paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Dahle paper shredders have been around for years, and while not widely known among the general public, they have been a huge hit with the government and military. Dahle shredders have developed a solid reputation for being solid machines. These German engineered shredders have all the features most businesses require along with a few additional perks.

The Dahle 20162EC paper shredder is designed for office and departmental use, able to be used by multiple people throughout the day. There are many reasons why you may want to consider this particular model for your company. Here are a few reasons:

Feed Width
– The Feed width on the Dahle 20162EC is 10 ¼”. This is a very convenient width for many reasons. This side of shred width can be used to shred envelopes, letter size paper, folded documents and much more. Simply put, it removes a lot of the hassle you find in shredders that only have an 8 ½” wide opening.

Electronic Controls – The controls on the Dahle 20162EC are very intuitive and easy to use. There are only three buttons, with most of the shredder’s operations being automated. These include an on/off, forward and backwards buttons. LED indicator lights let you know when the door is open and when the bag is full. A built-in optical sensor automatically detects paper, turning the shredder on and off as needed.

Chain-Driven Motor
– A durable chain-driven motor easily chews through paper. Because this shredder isn’t belt driven, and doesn’t use nylon gears, it easy handles stacks of paper without suffering damage or premature wear. It is very reliable.

Rubber Shock Mounts
– Rubber shock mounts have been strategically placed throughout this shredder. These mounts are used to absorb vibrations and noise. Dahle shredders are considered to be some of the quietest paper shredder around.

Security Level 4
– The Dahle 20162EC cuts paper into tiny particles that qualify as a security level 4. These particles measure in at 1/12″ x 9/16″ in size. This is more than enough security for most businesses.

Waste Bin
– This shredder has a large 16-gallon bin that holds quite a bit of paper before needing to be changed. This results in fewer back changes on your part.

Overall this shredder is extremely easy to use and easy on the eyes. The sleek design of this shredder allows it to sit next to a wall, near a desk and blend in with existing office equipment.

Even if you aren’t a government or military entity, I highly recommend the Dahle 20162EC for office use. It can easily be used by several people throughout the day, and thanks to a thermally-protected motor, it can be used continuously without the worry of overheating.

You can find the Dahle 20612EC office paper shredder here and our entire selection of Dahle paper shredders here. If Dahle isn’t what you’re looking for, you can find our entire selection of hundreds of paper shredders here.

What is a Hopper Fed Paper Shredder?

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Hopper Feed Paper ShreddersDo you use, own or want a paper shredder but don’t want to hassle with jogging paper together to try and fit it all through a tiny slot on the top of a shredder? If this scenario sounds familiar to you, you may need what’s known as a hopper fed  paper shredder. These shredders are versatile and often ideal for office environments.

Hopper fed paper shredders are commonly used for office and departmental use as they are designed to be used by multiple people throughout they day. These types of paper shredders essentially feature a top loading feed hopper that sits above the paper shredders blades. They are typically designed for high-volume / continuous use.

The top loading feed hopper allows you to empty jumbled, disorganized and crumpled paper into the shredder. Some of these shredders allow you to dump an entire stack of paper, while other feed hopper shredders have a separate slot for stacks of paper. The hopper is often assisted by paddles that help pull paper into the shredder blades.

Shredders with feed hoppers are typically ideal for high-volume paper shredding and are known for their convenience. Because the hopper can take crumpled and jumbled paper, there is no need to tray and straighten or align paper prior to being fed into the shredder.

At ABC Office we offer a few different hopper-style shredders. Here are the four most popular models we offer:

  1. HSM 412.2 Office Hopper Fed Shredder
  2. Destroyit 4605 High-Volume Top Loading Feed Hopper Shredder
  3. Dahle 20452 and 20453 Strip and Cross Cut Hopper Shredders
  4. Intimus 852CC Industrial Top Loading Hopper Style Paper Shredder

Hopper fed shredders often accept entire magazines, newspaper and other paper. Some, like the Intimus 852CC industrial shredder, have hoppers that can even accept CDs, DVDs, credit cards, 3.5″ disks, passports, ID cards, Microfiche, audio cassettes and more.

This is a demo of the Destroyit 4605 high-volume hopper fed shredder.

I hope this helps you understand exactly what a top loading hopper fed paper shredder is. These shredders are convenient, great for high-volume shredding and are typically extremely fast. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.

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