Posts Tagged ‘Paper Shredder Reviews’

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.

Destroyit 4002 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Destroyit 4002 Cross Cut Paper ShredderI just spoke to a guy on the phone today who was commenting to me about how much he hates to wait for his shredder to cool down every 20 minutes before he can use it again. Unfortunately this person had purchased a paper shredder that was woefully inadequate for his needs. If your office is in need of a solid departmental-level paper shredder, the Destroyit 4002 (found here) is an excellent option. We actually have one of these shredders in our building here at ABC Office and I have used it on many occasions. I would like to share my feedback and experiences with you.

The very customer I spoke about earlier continued on to ask me which paper shredder brand I would personally recommend. I explained to this customer that one of my personal favorite lines is the Destroyit line. He then said, “What makes this shredder any better than the others out there?” I went on to explain that Destroyit paper shredders are German engineered and German built, which gives them a huge leg up on many other brands. To be frank, German paper shredders are the pinnacle of the paper shredding industry.

The Destroyit 4002 is a departmental paper shredder to its core and is one of my personal favorites for use in an office by several people throughout the day. It uses a thermally protected motor that allows it to run all day without overheating. The cross cut version, which I have personally used, can shred anywhere from 24-26 sheets of paper at a time, which is more than adequate for most businesses. The 1 ¾ horsepower motor doesn’t stutter and shreds the paper at a speed of 25 feet per minute into 3/16” x 1 ½” particles. This particular shredder is a Level 3 (P-4 on the new scale).

Because this shredder is designed to be used throughout the day, it comes equipped with a massive 44-gallon shred bin. I have personally shredded boxes of material in a single sitting with this shredder without filling the bag. I LOVE not having to continually empty this shredder over and over again. It can be used to shred paper, credit cards and CDs. Be cause it is built with hardened steel cutting shafts, it also accepts staples and paper clips without missing a beat. After an hour of inactivity, it will go into an energy saving mode.

One thing I really like about this shredder is how quiet it is. Cross cut shredding paper requires a lot of cutting and effort on the part of the shredder. Many comparable models out there sound like a lawn mower or a wood chipper. Nobody wants to hear that grinding / whirring noise in the office. This shredder is comfortably quiet. Having used it many times, I really think you could use this right next to a group of professionals in the office without annoying them.

You can’t jam this shredder, which I love. While it shreds 24-26 sheets of paper at a time, who is going to sit around and count out each sheet? This shredder can detect the stress being put on the motor. If it is fed over capacity, it will stop and back out the paper rather than continue to run (which burns the motor out on other ill equipped shredders).

The control panel on the Destroyit 4002 is as simple as a round rocking button. Tilt it forward to turn it on and tilt it forward again to turn it off. Tilt it back to put the shredder into reverse. LED lights built into the button will also alert you when the shredder is full, door is open and more. The wide 16” throat on this shredder includes a safety shield which prevents dangerous access to the shredding blades. To top it all off, this shredder rests on casters, making it easy to wheel around the office.

I love this shredder. Can you tell by my review? You will not be disappointed with this shredder in an office setting. It really is that good.

If you have more questions about this shredder, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help answer your questions. Because this is in our office, we can also provide you with a live video demonstration over the Internet if you would like to see it in action. You can find the Destroyit 4002 paper shredder here and our entire selection of paper shredders here.

We are an authorized MBM Destroyit dealer and have a fully staffed Service Department that can help you out with every little detail on your shredder. They can service it for you, find someone in your local area to service it for you or provide you with parts and supplies as needed.

Thank you for reading my review. If you own one of these shredders, please post your experience at the end of this article in the form of a comment. Thanks for reading!

Formax FD 8500CC Office Paper Shredder Review

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Formax FD 8500CC Cross Cut Paper ShredderPaper is abundant in the office. Regardless of the size of the office, all dispose of various documents on a daily basis. One of the best ways to destroy a document is by shredding it with something like the Formax FD 8500CC cross cut paper shredder (found here). This shredder is a workhorse and is designed for use in the office by multiple people throughout the day. So is this the shredder for your office? Read on and find out more.

Formax currently makes about 18 different models of shredders, which many of those featuring a strip and cross cut variation. These shredders range in size and capability depending on how many people need to use it per day, the security level desired and the material being shredded. As far as quality goes, Formax shredders are right up there with the German brands such as Destroyit, HSM and Intimus.

The Formax FD 8500 is a mid-level shredder. That means it is ideal for use in a small or medium size business. It can even be used in a larger business on a departmental level. This isn’t some deskside paper shredder. It is large and it means business, keeping up with most shredding needs. Here are just a few reasons why you may want to consider using it in your office:

  • Security Level – The FD 8500CC has a Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is considered to be the most ideal pattern for standard use in an office. The particle size measures in at 5/32” x 1-1/5”. This ends up being over 600 particles of paper per single 8 ½” x 11″ sheet of paper. This pretty much renders material unreadable.
  • Sheet Capacity – This shredder can handle about 16-18 sheets of paper at a time, which is an excellent amount for standard office use. A load indicator on the control panel will let you know if the motor is being over exerted, which means you don’t have to count out sheets prior to shredding the paper. If for any reason too much paper is fed in, the shredder will stop and reverse the stack back out.
  • Throat Size – The throat size is the maximum width of paper the shredder can handle. This can also be one of the most annoying bottlenecks on a shredder. In the case of the FD 8500CC, it has a 16″ wide opening. Luckily this is more than enough room to handle most shredder jobs. With a 16″ throat, this shredder can handle even large sheets of paper without a problem.
  • Motor Capabilities – Have you ever used a shredder that required to you wait for it to cool down after 20 or 30 minutes of use? This is not a problem you’ll have to deal with. The FD 8500CC has an AC geared thermally protected motor designed for continuous use and operation. This shredder is not a toy; it means business.
  • Control Panel – The control panel on this shredder is very informative, yet takes up little space. It has indicator lights that let you know when the shredder is in auto or manual mode, running in reverse, stopped, full or if the bin door is open. Below the lights is a start, stop and reverse button. To the right is a load indicator that lets you know how much stress the motor is under.
  • Bin Size – The bin size is another weak point on a lot of shredders. Many shredders have excellent features, but a bin so small that it has to be emptied every hour. The FD 8500CC has been built with a 26-gallon bin, which holds a lot of cross cut particles of paper. This means fewer bag changes on your part. This shredder will let you know when the bin needs to be changed.
  • Build – This shredder is built using an all-metal cabinet that is set on casters for mobility. It is build using high-end electronics and the motor is mated with heavy-duty steel gears. This has al been put together in a way that the shredder produces minimal noise, again making it an excellent choice for the office.

Do you still have questions about this shredder? Feel free to speak with one of our Paper Shredder Experts by calling 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a full-time Service Department that can help repair, service or provide parts for your shredder.

You can find our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here and all of our paper shredders here.

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.

Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

If you need a paper shredder that can handle in excess of 10 sheets of paper at a time using a Level 3 cross cut pattern, the New United ST-12C from Intelli-Zone (found here) is a great choice. This Level 3 shredder is compact enough to be used next to a desk and is excellent for shredding old documents, records and other paperwork. Is the ST-12C a good option for your business? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

The Intelli-Zone New United paper shredder lineup features a wide range of great-looking machines that work as well as they look, which is great. The ST-12C features more of a traditional front cabinet style design, but with a modern twist. The ST-12C has a matte black with a reflective gray two-tone finish. Angles are soft and rounded and there are no hard or sharp angles. It is excellent if you need a shredder that fits in well with your existing office’s equipment and furniture.

The ST-12C has a 12 sheet cutting capacity (based on 20# bond paper) and it cuts documents into 3.9mm x 38mm particles.  This level of shredding security is far superior strip cut shredders. This cutting pattern is both FACTA and HIPAA compliant. As paper is shredded, it is deposited into a 5-gallon shred bin. Considering this shredder is only 22″ tall, that is a lot of bin capacity, which means fewer bag changes for you.

Safety and convenience are built into this shredder. This shredder will not operate if the bin is not securely in place and it includes a built in load protector. If too much strain is being put on the motor, the ST-12C will stop, reverse the motor and notify the operator that it is over capacity. This technology helps prolong the life of the motor and prevents damage to the motor, gears and shredder blades.

When it comes to noise, the New United ST-12C makes very little. This shredder only produces 60 decibels of noise, which is very comfortable in an office environment. Having used this shredder for myself, I can confirm that it is remarkably quiet for a cross cut shredder.

While most shredders can only handle paper, the ST-12C can also be used to destroy credit cards and optical discs such as CDs, Blu-rays and DVDs. The shredder blades are also hard enough that they can handle paper clips and staples without suffering any nicks, chips or other damage.

This is a video demonstration of Intelli-Zone’s New United ST-12C in use:

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You will find this shredder at home or in the office. While it is a deskside shredder, it can be used by multiple people throughout the day. It looks great, is very affordable considering what it does and is a must-have shredder for offices, businesses, churches, homes and more.

This shredder features a very impressive two-year warranty with a five-year warranty on the shredder head. This is excellent; especially considering this is a deskside shredder. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Intelli-Zone ST-10C Cross Cut Shredder Review

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C Cross Cut Paper ShredderI’m going to be frank. When it comes to office deskside shredders out there, a lot of them are garbage and are barely worth the plastic they’re made from. I have used everything from over the can shredders to the local Wal-Mart special without much luck. The problem is that many of these shredders are made using the cheapest parts available and they just aren’t up to par with the paper we need to shred resulting in catastrophic failures. One deskside shredder that I have personally used, and I feel is up to the challenge, is the Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C (found here). This is my review.

The New United line of shredders, by Intelli-Zone, feature a very modern design and all share several features in common. While aesthetics ultimately doesn’t make the shredder work any better, I still consider it important, as it is a “piece of furniture” that you have to look at. The New United shredders, including the Intelli-Zone ST-10C, have eye-pleasing curves and colors that look great. The ST-10C even includes a nice blue LED light in the shred bin that turns on when the shredder is running. This blue light pours out of the bin’s window adding to the ambiance.

One thing I really like about the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is that it actually shreds what it says it can. How many times have you used a shredder that said it could shred “X” amount of sheets, but could barely handle 60% the amount? I have certainly had that issue. The ST-10C handles all 10 sheets without struggling. It can probably even handle more. Because it has load protection, it will actually stop and back the paper out if you put too much in. This means where other shredders would choke, jam and break, the ST-10C protects itself from suffering over feeding damage. This is pretty cool.

The Intelli-Zone New United ST-10C shreds paper in a Level 3 cross cut pattern. This is the most recommended pattern for standard office shredding and is both HIPPA and FACTA compliant. The particle sizes measure in at 3.9mm by 50mm. The particles fall into a 4-gallon bin that can be easily emptied by simply pulling it out front of the shredder. A window makes it easy to see how full the shredder is and it will automatically let you know when the bin is full by stopping the shredder and indicating “bag full” via an LED light on the top.

Another thing I really like about the ST-10C is that it can also be used to shred optical media such as CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays. It can also shred credit cards and will handle staples and paper clips. I personally recommend shredding any optical discs you need to discard as a CD or DVD can hold volumes more data than a stack of paper.

While everything I have mentioned about is excellent, my favorite feature about he ST-10C is the noise level. Cross cut shredders cut paper multiple times, often generating more noise than a strip cut shredder. The ST-10C has noise baffling technology that muffles the noise down to a pleasing 55 decibels. This shredder really is quiet, and I noticed this when using it. A quiet shredder makes an excellent office shredder and also ensures happier co-workers around your desk.

Here is a video demo of the ST-10C being used and operated:

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In conclusion I would like to say that the Intelli-Zone ST-10C is an excellent value. I rate it a solid 5 out of 5 stars. The New United line of shredders by Intelli-Zone are available in 8 different models and can all be found here. At ABC Office we offer hundreds of different shredders. You can find our entire lineup of paper shredders here.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. We have over three decades of experience with office machines and are more than happy to answer your questions.

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.

Intimus Pro 175CC3 Cross Cut Shredder Review

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Intimus Pro 175CC3 Cross Cut Paper ShredderWhen businesses ask me which shredder security level they should go with, I usually recommend a security level 3. The level 3 particle size offers a nice blend of security and capacity. If you’re a business and are looking for a level 3 shredder that can be used by 6-8 people throughout the day, you may want to consider the Intimus Pro 175CC3 cross cut shredder (found here). This is my review.

The Intimus brand has been around for some time. Several years ago the line was run and managed by Schleicher, but is now run by Martin Yale. Intimus shredders are considered to be some of the best shredders around. They first gained worldwide recognition in the 1970s, due in part to Oliver North using an Intimus 007-S to shred sensitive information during the Iran-Contra scandal.

Intimus shredders are known today as being easy-to-use, reliable and extremely durable. Most Intimus shredders are still made in Germany, designed using precision engineering and made from high-quality materials.

The Intimus Pro 175CC3 carries on the Intimus name and reputation. This departmental shredder offers an excellent blend of security and capacity. This shredder cuts paper down into 5/32″ x 1 13/16″ particles, which qualifies as a level 3 shredder according to DIN 32757 standards. It also offers an excellent capacity, capable of shredding up to 50 sheets of 20lb paper at a time. This is enough speed and security to keep up with most business operations.

Not only does the Intimus Pro 175CC3 shred paper, but it can also handle CDs, DVDs, floppy disks and plastic cards. A wide 16″ cutting width handles most sizes of paper. This includes envelopes, receipts, letter size paper, legal size paper and even larger computer forms paper.  The hardened steel cutting shafts can also handle staples and paper clips without suffering nicks and damage. The cutting shafts are also covered by a lifetime warranty.

While the specifications on this shredder are impressive, it’s the “Extra” features that really sell this shredder. Let me go over a few of the most impressive features.

i-Control – The i-Control management system is very robust. It informs and notifies the operator regarding the shredder’s status. This includes a child safety lockout, an oil indicator, a paper jam notification, bin full status and a bin open alert.

EcoLogic
– Being green not only makes sense for the planet, but also for energy savings. The 175CC3 uses an EcoLogic system that puts the shredder into sleep mode when it has been sitting idle. While in seep mode, this shredder uses zero power.

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– A special sensor, built into the shredder head, can sense the amount of paper being run through. This data is then converted into changing colors via a light strip (like traffic lights) that show up in the shredder’s feed area. This lets the operator know whether the shredder is being overburdened or not. This really helps the operator gauge how much paper is being fed without having to manually count the sheets prior to shredding.

The Intimus 175CC3 also includes several features that are now the “norm” with shredders. This includes an auto on/off and reverse switch. It also includes a light that notifies you when the shredder needs to be oiled, which is a hug plus for shredder longevity. Casters make this shredder extremely easy to move around the office.

This is a very robust shredder, weighing in at 198 pounds, and should easily be able to keep up with most business shredding needs. This shredder definitely makes an impression on me and I believe you will appreciate it too.

You can find the Intimus Pro 175CC3 cross cut shredder here, our entire line of Intimus shredders here and our broad selection of office paper shredders here.

Formax FD 8202CC Cross Cut Deskside Shredder Review

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Formax FD 8202CC Deskside Office Paper ShredderA good deskside paper shredder should be capable of keeping up with daily paper shredding operations. It should be reliable, functional and easy to use. With several options available for deskside shredding, it can be tough to find a shredder that fits the bill (figuratively and literally). One paper shredder you may want to consider for your daily operations is the Formax FD 8202CC cross cut paper shredder (found here). This is my review.

Formax is one of the big three manufacturers of office paper shredders. The currently make shredders designed for home office use all the way up to industrial use. Their shredders are known for being tough. The Formax FD 8202CC is their entry-level machine.

What is a deskside paper shredder? A deskside paper shredder is generally smaller than your average office shredder, typically designed to fit next to a desk (sometimes under a desk). They are typically designed for use by one person, although some higher-end machines (like this one) can be used by 2-3 people. The FD 8202CC is about as compact as a wastebasket, which is nice for portability and space.

The FD 8202CC isn’t designed for high-volume use, but it isn’t a cheap piece of plastic either. It is perfect for shredding bills, receipts, old documents and more. It is capable of taking your sensitive material and shredding it into tiny pieces of paper.

The Formax FD 8202CC shredder utilizes a Level 3 security level cut. The higher the security level, the tinier the particles. Shredders are rated on a scale of 1 to 6, with a Level 6 being capable of shredding top-secret documents. This shredder is compact enough to shred paper into 5/32″ x 1 1/8″. You should be aware that a Level 3 security level is more than enough to handle sensitive material and is the most common security level used by businesses.

While the FD 8202CC can be used to shred paper, it is versatile enough to shred other material as well. This includes CDs, DVDs and credit cards. A special flap folds down over the opening of this shredder, allowing for easy insertion of optical disks.

Many cross cut shredders require that staples and paper clips be removed prior to shredding, the Formax FD 8202CC can easily handle staples and paper clips without suffering any damage.

The Formax FD 8202 is packed with sensors, making shredding jobs easier. This includes an auto start sensor that detects paper as it is inserted, automatically starting the shredder. It also has an auto sensor that detects when the bin is full, automatically stopping the shredder (preventing potential damage).

In conclusion, this is a great compact paper shredder for deskside or home use. It is portable (only 7 pounds) and can shred up to 20 sheets of paper at a time!

You can find the Formax FD 8202CC cross cut paper shredder here and our entire selection of Formax paper shredders here. You can find our huge selection of office paper shredders here.

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