Posts Tagged ‘High Security Paper Shredders’

Introducing: The Formax FD 8730HS High Security Level 6 Shredder

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Formax FD 8730HS High Security Level 6 Paper ShredderHigh security paper shredders, while not common in offices, are abundant in different makes and models. Most military and government agencies that use Level 6 shredders typically have to sacrifice the ability to shred CDs, DVDs or Blu-rays when using a high security shredder. A new shredder from Formax, the FD 8730HS (found here), has both high security shredding capabilities as well as the ability to destroy optical media.

At ABC Office we currently offer nearly 3-dozen different makes and models of high security paper shredders. While most of the shredders we sell are top-notch products, I am personally fond of Destroyit, Dahle and Formax shredders. Simply put, they are all solid machines. Formax, in particular, is such a great deal right now. Formax paper shredders have one of the best reputations with our customers.

The new Formax FD 8730HS is a unique beast. To begin with, ths NSA evaluated shredder can cross cut shred paper in a Level 6 pattern. This ends up being 1/32″ x 3/16″ (0.8mm x 4.8mm). This is as good as it gets when it comes to shredding top-secret information. A Level 6 cut document cannot be put back together, hence the title high security shredding. This shredder meets NSA/CSS specification 02-01 for Level 6 shredding.

The FD 8730HS has a very nice sheet capacity, capable of shredding 14-15 sheets of paper at a time. Considering the tiny cut pattern and the amount of cutting involved, that is a great sheet capacity. To compliment this capacity, the FD 8730HS is equipped with a generous 31-gallon bin. It takes a lot of shredding to fill a 31-gallon bin with paper. The feed opening measures in at 9 3/8″, which is wide enough to handle most paper.

Most military and government entities that destroy paper also need to destroy sensitive records stored on optical media. An independent slot, which measures in at 4 7/8″ inches, can be used to shred and destroy CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, credit cards and even CR-80 ID badges (30 mils thick). Having this independent slot eliminates the need to have two different shredders. The FD 8730HS even includes an independent 18.5-gallon bin to catch and separate the optical media particles from the paper particles. This is ideal for sorting and for recycling purposes.

The FD 8730HS keeps the operator in the know during the entire shredding process. The control panel lets the operator know exactly how much stress the motor is under by means of load indicator lights. The control panel also has a series of LED lights that let you know when the door is open, bag is full, when a jam occurs and much more.

The feature that I really like, which is uncommon in most paper shredders, is the automatic oiler. An oiler lubricates the intricate cutting blades as needed, which is a very nice feature to have on hand. It is well known and documented that oiled paper shredders last significantly longer than non-oiled shredders.

This shredder is fast, reliable and is a great value. As is the case with all Formax shredders, the FD 8730HS features durable metal construction, pristine cutting blades and the best electronics available for paper shredders.

You can find the Formax FD 8730HS 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 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.

Best NSA / DOD Approved Government Paper Shredders 2011

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Government Paper ShreddersIf you work for the federal government, state government, local government or a branch of the military, you probably need a high-quality paper shredder that can be used to destroy sensitive documents and paper. At ABC Office we offer a wide range of government paper shredders that are NSA and DOD approved.

Having sold paper shredders to the government for over 30 years, we have a great idea as to which shredders you want or don’t want. We have come up with a list of our top 10 government paper shredders for 2011. These paper shredders have established themselves as industry leaders, customer favorites and reputable machines that should last for years.

While this top 10 list isn’t put out by the government, these are NSA / DOD approved shredders.

Top 10 Best NSA / DOD Approved Government Paper Shredders 2011
(Listed Alphabetically)

  1. Dahle 20434 Level 6 Paper Shredder
  2. Dahle 20634EC High Security Shredder
  3. Dahle 20834 EC NSA Approved Shredder
  4. Destroyit 2360 SMC Document Shredder
  5. Destroyit 2604 SMC DOD Approved Shredder
  6. Formax FD 8400HS Business Shredder
  7. Formax FD 8500HS NSA Paper Shredder
  8. HSM 125.2HS Particle Cut Shredder
  9. HSM 411.2HS High Security Paper Shredder
  10. HSM 225.2HS Level 6 Paper Shredder

You’ll notice that these shredders all feature a high security level 6. This is the highest security level you can get in a paper shredder. A security level 6 (SL6) is any shredder that uses a cross cut pattern that measures in at a 1mm x 5mm size or smaller. If you look at that on a ruler, you’ll realize just how small this is.

A security level 6 paper shredder is small enough to be used to shred extremely sensitive, top secret and confidential documents. You can find our entire selection of high-security paper shredders here.

We are able to provide GSA pricing on our entire line of government / high-security paper shredders. If you need GSA pricing, please call one of our paper shredder specialists at 1-800-658-8788.

What is a Miro Cut Paper Shredder?

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Micro Cut Paper ShreddersIf you are looking for a cross cut paper shredder, you may have come across the term micro cut shredder. So exactly what is a micro cut paper shredder? Based on the name, you would assume it was a paper shredder that cuts paper into tiny particles, but isn’t that what a cross cut paper shredder already does? I will explain the subtle differences.

To begin with, a cross cut paper shredder is a shredder that cuts paper in multiple directions, creating tiny particles of paper. Cross cut paper shredders are often called particle cut shredders, diamond cut shredders and confetti cut shredders. These terms all mean the same thing.

A micro cut shredder is a type of cross cut shredder, but not all cross cut shredders are micro cut shredders. I hope that isn’t too confusing. What it all boils down to is the term micro cut shredder is synonymous with the term high security shredder. While the term high security shredder is probably the more common term used, many manufacturers (such as MBM Destroyit) like to use the term micro cut.

Let me break this down even further. A micro cut paper shredder (high security shredder) is any shredder that falls within security level 5 or security level 6 specifications. On paper, this is what it means:

Micro Cut Paper ShreddersSecurity Level 5 – Anything that falls within 0.78mm x 11mm. Security level 5 used to be the highest security level available up until a few years ago. It was used for all government “high security” shredding.

Security Level 6
– Anything that falls within 1mm x 4-5mm. A few years ago the NSA established the security level 6 standard for the most top-secret documents. Few shredders are available in a security level 5 as almost all high security micro cut shredders are now level 6.

Do you need a micro cut paper shredder? I would say most people do not require a micro cut, unless you are government or a business that is worried about professional-level espionage. Most individuals and businesses will receive more than enough security from a level 3 cross cut pattern, which measures in at 3.9mm x 30-50mm.

You can find our entire selection of micro cut paper shredders here. Remember, micro cut and high security shredders are the same.

What Is a Security Level 6 Paper Shredder?

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Security Level 6 Shredded PaperWhen it comes to shredding paper, you may have noticed that paper shredders are often categorized by a security level. One of the most coveted shredder levels is the security level 6. So what exactly is a security level 6 shredder and why would you ever need one? I will explain that and much more in this article.

Shredder security levels are used to categorize the shred particle size of a shredder. The shredder level scale goes from 1 to 6, with level 6 being the most secure. A security level six is any shredder that cuts paper within a 1 x 4-5 mm size. This size is extremely small, some comparing it to dust.

Level 6 paper shredders are sometimes called high security paper shredders, top-secret shredders and confidential shredders. This is because level 6 shredders are used to shred the most sensitive documents, hence the reason they are so popular with the government and military. Documents cut down to a level 6 size cannot be re-assembled.

NSA / CSS Approved Level 6 Paper ShreddersMost level 6 shredders are DOD approved and fall within NSA / CSS specifications.

Typically, as the security level increases, the sheet capacity of the shredder decreases. This is because higher security level shredders require more cuts, which in turn requires more pressure and cutting force to cut a sheet of paper.

So do you need to use a level 6 paper shredder? For most business, home and office use, the answer is no. Most businesses will be fine with a shredder security level 3 shredder, whose cutting range falls within a 1.9 mm strip cut or a 3.9 x 30-50 mm cross cut. Few non-government sponsored entities have the ability to re-assemble a level 3 cut document.

A level 3 shredder blends security, affordability and maximum sheet capacity into a well-rounded paper shredder. This type of paper shredder can safety be used to shred client and customer information, receipts, bills and other personal documentation.

You can find our entire selection of level 6 paper shredders here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

Would you like to know more about paper shredder security levels? You can read more about them by reading our useful paper shredder guide found here.

MBM Destroyit 2360 SMC (Super Micro Cut) Paper Shredder Review

Friday, April 8th, 2011

MBM Destroyit 2360 SMC (Super Micro Cut) High Security Paper ShredderDo you need a compact and affordable Level 6 paper shredder for office or business use? Most Level 6 shredders are large and a bit of an investment. One affordable option is the Destroyit 2360 SMC Level 6 paper shredder (found here), designed for top secret and high security shredding. This is my review.

Level 6 shredders provide the highest level of confidential shredding available. Particles have to fall within a 1mm x 4-5mm range, which is extremely tiny. These types of shredders are extremely popular with government entities, the military and for many businesses. Destroyit is known for making some of the best high security shredders available.

The MBM Destroyit 2360 SMC (Super Micro Cut) is not only a Level 6 paper shredder, but is also DOD approved, adhering to the most strict NSA / CSS specifications. Break out a ruler and try to grasp this size. The Destroyit 2360 SMC cuts a sheet of paper into 0.8 x 5 mm particles. That is literally thousands of pieces of paper. This is why the 2360 SMC is perfect for high security shredding.

Now that you have an idea on why you may want to use the 2360 SMC, let me go into the build quality. This shredder is German engineered and built. I say this because this shredder is night and day difference from the competition when it comes to durability and quality. The cutting shafts used in this shredder are made from hardened steel and carry with them a one-year warranty. The gears are made from high-quality material and are fully enclosed in a dust-free environment, prolonging the life of the shredder.

The 9 ½” wide throat on this shredder can handle 5-7 sheets of paper at a time. You may say to yourself, “Only 5-7 sheets? That doesn’t seem like much.” You need to remember the complexity of the cutting shaft used in this shredder. A lot of force and engineering complexity is required to cut a sheet of paper into 0.8 x 5 mm particles.

The smaller the cut, the fewer the amounts of sheets the shredder can handle. For the price, and the security level, 5-7 sheets isn’t bad. Be aware that this shredder is fast. Once you feed it 5-7 sheets, you will be ready to feed another stack in just seconds. This shredder uses a photo cell to detect paper and will automatically start shredding as soon as paper is detected.

The control panel on the 2360 SMC is very user friendly. Destroyit has managed to integrate pretty much all the controls into one button that they call the “Easy Switch.” This large round switch lets you turn the shredder on and reverse the motor. It also includes lights, color codes and backlight symbols to let you know what is going on at all times.

An office shredder should have the ability to be used throughout the day, right? The Destroyit 2360 SMC utilizes a thermally protected motor that allows it to be used continuously throughout the day, without the need to “cool down.” The single-phase motor is also insulated in a way that it is very quiet while in use.

In conclusion, I have to say that if you have the need for light to medium-volume high-security shredding, you won’t be disappointed with the MBM Destroyit 2360 SMC. This shredder looks great, is easy to use and gets the job done right.

You can find the Destroyit 2360 SMC Level 6 paper shredder here and our entire selection of high security paper shredders here.

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.

Formax FD 8500HS Level 6 High Security Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Formax FD 8500HS Level 6 High Security Paper ShredderLevel 6 paper shredders provide the highest level of security available for shredding paper. If you are in need of a shredder with high security shredding capabilities for use in a department or office setting, you should take a look at the Formax FD 8500HS high security paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, most businesses are going to be fine with a Level 3 or Level 4 paper shredder. However, if you are shredding top secret and extremely sensitive documents, you may need a higher security level. Level 6 paper shredders are designed for shredding the most sensitive material. This type of shredder is almost entirely used by the government, Department of Defense (DOD) and military.

The Formax FD 8500HS uses a shredder blade capable of cutting paper down to a 0.79 x 4.8 mm particle (1/32″ x 3/16″). Break out a ruler and measure that on a piece of paper. That is an extremely small particle of paper and is impossible to re-assemble. The FD 8500HS is able to do this to 4-5 sheets of paper at a time.

While the sheet capacity may seem small, keep in mind what is involved. Because a sheet of paper is being cut into such small particles, a lot of surface area is cut at once. This puts a lot of strain on the cutting head, resulting in fewer sheets being shred. This is the case with all high-security shredders. This is also why most strip cut shredders can cut more paper than their cross cut counterparts.

A couple of features that I personally really like about this shredder is the wide 16-inch shred opening and the 26 gallon bin. Because the opening (throat) on the shredder is so wide, it is able to accept most sizes of paper. The 26-gallon bin is able to hold a lot of paper and requires few bag changes.

Unlike many paper shredders of this size, the FD 8500HS has no special power requirements. It is designed to work with a 110V, 50/60 Hz power supply.

Formax shredders are known for their all-metal construction, great built quality and longevity. This shredder will have no problem keeping up with office demands. It can be used all day long without any issues. For the price, you’re really getting a lot of shredder.

Here is a video demo of the Formax FD 8500HS:

Overall I consider this shredder to be a great fit for government and military applications. You can find the Formax FD 8500HS high security paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of high security paper shredders here.

Do you still have questions? Call 1-800-658-8788 to speak with one of our paper shredder specialists.

Intimus 0077SL High Security Level 6 Paper Shredder Review

Monday, September 20th, 2010

Intimus 0077SL High Security Level 6 Paper ShredderAre you looking for a solid and reliable high security paper shredder? One model, arguably considered to be one of the best around, is the Intimus 0077SL High Security Level 6 Paper Shredder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, the Intimus line of paper shredders has been around for decades. In fact, Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North used the Schleicher Intimus 007-S shredder to shred documents during the Iran-Contra scandal. Simply put, Intimus shredders are very popular with the government. The Intimus 0077SL carries on this tradition.

The Intimus 0077SL is frequently asked for by name. This is due in part to the reputable history Intimus has as a brand and because the 0077SL is one of the most secure paper shredders available. It is NSA / CSS approved for shredding and Destroyit top secret and highly sensitive documents.

Here are a few things you may be interested to know about the 0077SL. To begin with, it is rated as a security level 6 shredder. Level 6 is currently the highest security rating to be placed on a shredder. The particles that come out of the 0077SL are 0.64 mm x 2 mm in size (0.025″ x 0.0788″). Break out a ruler and measure that. That is extremely tiny and is impossible to reassemble.

Not only does the 0077SL shred paper into tiny particles, it can shred up to 14 sheets of standard copy paper at a time. For a level 6 shredder, 14 sheets is considered a lot of paper. High security shredders have tiny cutting blades that have to cut a lot of surface are at one time, decreasing the amount of sheets that can be shredded at a time.

A big benefit of the 0077SL is the shred bin. This shredder has a 45-gallon shred bin. That is a lot of paper, and considering how tiny the particles are, this shredder does not need to be emptied often.

The 16” wide opening on the 0077SL can handle most sheets of paper. This may range from an envelope up to a legal-size document. With a wide opening, there is less chance of a jam occurring.

The Intimus 0077SL is ideal for use in departments, offices and organizations that need high-security shredding capabilities throughout the day. There is no need to wait for the 0077SL to cool down. It can be used continuously without any issues.

I give the Intimus 0077SL high marks. Not only is it popular with our customers, it has proven itself over the years to be reliable.

You can find the Intimus 0077SL High Security Level 6 Paper Shredder here. You can find our entire selection of high security paper shredders here. Still have questions? Call one of our paper shredding experts at 1-800-658-8788.

Formax FD 8400HS High Security Paper Shredder Review

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Formax FD 8400HS High Security Level 6 Paper ShredderHigh security paper shredders are some of the most sought after paper shredders by both government and military. If you’re in the market for a tough high security paper shredder, you may want to consider the Formax FD 8400HS high security paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

To begin with, Formax makes a wide variety of office equipment and products. This includes paper folding machines, folder inserters, bursters, paper shredders and more. Formax currently makes two different high security paper shredders. This includes the FD 8400HS and the FD 8500HS.

The FD 8400HS is a high security paper shredder designed for departmental use. It is rated at a security level 6 (NSA/CSS specification 02-01 approved). This means it can be used to shred the most sensitive and confidential documents. This is also why this paper shredder is so popular with the U.S. government and military.

The particle size is 0.79 x 4.8 mm. That’s small. That’s so small that it is impossible to re-assemble. Upon first glance, the shredded particles almost appear to be dust.

The Formax FD 8400HS rings in at just over $2,000. While there are Level 5 shredders that cost less, this price makes the Formax FD 8400HS one of the least expensive Level 6 shredders available today. This is also another reason why the shredder is so popular with our customers.

The FD 8400HS has a shred sheet capacity of 6-7 sheets. While that may not seem like many sheets, you need to consider the security level involved. Level 6 shredders are not known (or able) to shred large volumes of paper at a time. This is due in large part to the complex nature of the cutting blades. It does, however, have a continuous duty motor, which allows this shredder to be used all day long.

The 20-gallon shred bin holds a lot of paper. Because the cut particles are so small, they really compact well in the shred bin. This means fewer bag changes.

The shred opening on the FD 84000HS is 10.25-inches wide. This means that it will easily handle 8 ½ x 11-inch sheets of paper. I find shredders with 10+ inches easier to use because you don’t have to worry so much about the paper going in straight.

Overall the FD 8400HS is a solid shredder. I would have no problem recommending this shredder to a friend for high security shredding. We also have a Service Department and are able to service this machine and honor the warranty.

You can find the Formax FD 8400HS high security paper shredder here. You can find our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here and high security paper shredders here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any paper shredder questions.

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