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Formax FD 8400 Office Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Formax FD 8400 Office Paper ShredderOne of the biggest mistakes people make when purchasing a paper shredder for the office is the expectation that a department store shredder will handle an office’s shredding needs. The sad reality is these cheap shredders burn out and break down in a very short period of time and are ultimately a waste of money. If you’re looking for a solid office paper shredder, you really need to invest in a machine that can keep up with the needs of the office. One such shredder is the Formax FD 8400 paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Formax has been manufacturing paper shredders for years and their FD line of shredders have proven themselves over the years to keep up with office needs. The FD 8400 is an office shredder designed to be used by small department throughout the day. It is available as the FD 8400CC and FD 8400SC, depending on whether or not you need a cross cut or a strip cut pattern. Most people go with the cross cut pattern for the added security that it offers.

One of the biggest annoyances I have with many cheaper shredders is the small throat width. Many are set at just 9″ wide, which means you need to feed the paper in just right to ensure everything operates correctly. The FD 8400 has a 12.2″ wide throat width, that easily accommodates letter-size sheets of paper including larger sheets of paper. This width also makes it easy to feed in jumbled stacks of paper.

Speed is also a concern when shredding paper in an office setting. Nobody wants to stand around the shredder for minutes at a time trying to shred a small stack of paper. The FD 8400 shreds paper at a speed of 30 feet per minute, which is remarkably fast. This ends up being a foot of paper every 2 seconds. This means you can burn through a stack of paper very quickly. When it comes to capacity, the cross cut version shreds 18-20 sheets of paper at a time and the strip cut version shreds 30-32 sheets of paper at a time.

Another thing that bothers me with cheaper shredders is the overheating and cool-down period that you have to deal with. The Formax FD 8400 is built using a thermally protected continuous-duty motor. That means it never has to cool down. The powerful geared motor, which is connected to steel gears, can keep running throughout the day without batting an eye. It really is built that well. Considering the metal, motor and shredding blades used in these shredders, they are remarkably quiet. I have used this shredder at it does not distract at all.

As mentioned before, this shredder is available in a cross cut and a strip cut design. The cross cut is rated at a Level 3, which is HIPAA compliant, and the strip cut model is rated at a Level 2. The Level 3 cross cut shreds paper into 5/32″ x 1 1/5″ particles, where the strip cut version shreds paper into ¼” strips. Both models have a large 20-gallon shred bin, which holds a lot of paper between bag changes.

The FD 8400 comes built with a load detector that is visually displayed on the control panel. As the motor works harder, the load indicator lets the operator know. This makes it easy to increase or decrease the amount of paper being shredded. In the event that too much paper has been fed in, the shredder will automatically stop and reverse the paper back out. This office shredder also includes a bag full indicator, auto start/stop (via optical sensor) and a door sensor that stops the shredder in the event the door is opened. It also includes an oil indicator light, letting you know when it is time to oil the shredder blades. It can be fitted with an optional EvenFlow automatic oiler. This entire shredder sits on casters for easy maneuverability.

The FD 8400 is built with a self-diagnostic system. It records operation time, number of auto-reverse sequences, amount of paper shredded and more. This data can later be accessed by a service technician in the event of maintenance.

Both of these shredders are nicely priced and as of this article are available with free shipping. If you have additional questions regarding this shredder, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-658-8788. We can help provide you with a quote, service the warranty, provide parts or answer your questions.

You can find the Formax FD 8400 here, our entire lineup of Formax paper shredders here and all of our paper shredders here. Please feel free to post your comments, questions and suggestions here.

Formax FD 8600CC Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

Formax FD 8600CC Cross Cut Paper ShredderFinding a good departmental paper shredder for the office is tough. Chances are pretty good that you have a limited budget and you don’t want to keep asking for more money to replace the last shredder. If you’re in the market for a reliable office paper shredder that won’t break down every year, you should consider the Formax FD 8600CC cross cut paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Considered by many to be one of the best office shredder newcomers, the Formax line of paper shredders is quickly becoming favorites with business departments and the government. There are several reasons for this. The price is right and the quality is about as good as it gets.

The FD 8600CC is especially popular right now due in part to the increase in identity theft security, the price is certainly right and the build quality is what people expect. I can vouch from personal observation that the build quality on the FD8600CC is exceptional. It features a metal case, AC-powered metal gears and is a solid machine.

The FD 8600CC is a cross cut shredder, which means the shredder blade cuts paper in two different directions. The cut particles are small enough that this shredder qualifies as a security level 3. This is the most common security level found in offices and is more than adequate for most material.

The cutting blades on this shredder can handle up to 26-28 sheets of standard copy paper at a time. This is common for a strip cut shredder, but uncommon for a cross cut shredder. This means you can get the job done faster and make fewer trips to the shredder. The heat-treated cutting blades are designed to handle staples and paper clips.

One feature I really like in the Formax FD 8600CC is the thermally protected motor. This means you can use the FD 8600CC continuously without fear that it will wear out and break down. This shredder is large enough to be used in an office by 8-15 people without a problem. The noise level is low enough that it isn’t an annoyance like many other shredders.

You may or may not know this, but paper shredders need to be oiled to ensure proper operation. The FD 8600CC includes an oil indicator light that will remind you when it is time to oil the shredder. You can also get an optional EvenFlow oiler semi-automatic oiler for this system.

I could easily write a few more pages about the rich features found in this machine. Just a few include an extra-wide feed opening, LED control panel, auto-cleaning capability and much more. I highly recommend this shredder for office or government use.

You can find the Formax FD 8600CC cross cut paper shredder here. You can find the strip cut version, the FD 8600SC paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. Happy shredding!

Formax FD 8702CC Multimedia Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Formax FD 8702CC Multimedia Cross Cut Paper ShredderAre you looking for a durable office shredder that not only handles paper, but can also shred credit cards, CDs, DVDs and more? You may want to consider the Formax FD 8702CC multimedia paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Formax is one of the best-known manufacturers of office equipment. They make products such as paper folding machines, envelope inserters and more. They also make a wide variety of paper shredders, including cross cut and strip cut. These shredders are quickly becoming a favorite among businesses and offices for their reliability.

The Formax FD 8702CC is one of the most well-rounded paper shredders that we offer. This is because it not only shreds paper, but also shreds CDs, DVDs, digital video tape (DV Tape), credit cards and much more. This means the FD 8702CC can be used for a wide variety of data destruction.

While many shredders sacrifice paper shredding capacity to handle multimedia, the FD 8702CC does not. It is still able to handle an amazing 35-40 sheets of 20# paper at a time. That is a huge amount for a cross cut paper shredder.

The build quality…ah yes, the build quality. I would have to sum up the build quality as being some of the best I have seen. The metal case, metal gears, metal shafts and components are some of the best I have seen in a shredder. This comparison pretty much sums everything up: The FD 8702CC is to a 787 Jetliner as a department store shredder is to a paper airplane.

The continuous duty motor allows you to shred all day long, to your little heart’s content. There is no cool down period required. This makes the FD 8702CC perfect for use in a department or office. It is also pretty quiet for a shredder, making it less of an annoyance in the office.

The hardened steel blades are designed to stay sharp and hold up over time. They are able to handle paper clips and staples without suffering damaged blades, chips and other maladies.

I could probably write for pages with regard to the features in this shredder. Suffice it to say that this shredder is safe, extremely easy to use and is designed to prevent paper jams.

For the price, I have to say that the Formax FD 8702CC multimedia paper shredder may be one of the best values for the dollar out there. We have sold a lot of these shredders and I have yet to hear of a customer complaint.

You can find the Formax FD 8702CC multimedia paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here.

Formax Paper Shredders Reviewed

Monday, September 28th, 2009

I can still remember a few years ago when Formax, well known for their line of folder inserters, stepped into the paper shredder market. In all honesty I was initially pretty skeptical. They did have a few things going for them. The company itself has been around for some time, since 1987, and their line of folder inserters has stood the test of time.

I’ve seen dozens of makes and models, from other manufacturers, come into existence and land with a big thud. A big part of why a new line of paper shredders fails is the quality factor. Many new models, especially foreign imports, are made out of cheap components and don’t last long. I certainly never expected Formax to compete with the well-known quality brands, such as Destroyit, Intimus and HSM.

Formax was kind enough to send several models to us for testing. My first impression was, “Hey, this thing is made out of a lot of metal,” which is usually a good sign. They were also pretty heavy, which is another good sign for an office shredder. Upon looking over the Model 8600 shredder, I found control panel easy to use and it seemed to feature a lot of information.

Upon further review, I found the Model 8600 had indicators to let you know if the door was open, if the bag was full, if it was on manual or automatic mode and even had a level indicator to tell you if the shredder was under too much of a load (too much paper). We shot a video demo of the Model 8600 that day, which you can find here.

It has been several years now and Formax Paper Shredders are now synonymous with high quality and reliability. They are now purchased, with confidence, by many government entities. One thing we really like, here at ABC Office, is that we don’t have to deal with servicing issues because they seem to hold up so well.

You can view our entire line of Formax Paper Shredders here. I would highly recommend at least considering them prior to purchasing a high-end, high-quality paper shredder. Right now they even have free shipping!

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