Posts Tagged ‘Paper Shredders’

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!

What Are Shredder Blades, Cutting Cylinders and Rollers Made From?

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Dahle Cutting ShaftThere is a lot that goes into making a good paper shredder. This includes sound dampening technology, safety features, automation, capacity and much more. One feature that is often overlooked is the shredding blades. The blades on a shredder can vary widely as well as the quality. This can mean the difference between a shredder that lasts a year and a shredder that lasts a decade. I would like to cover how the shredder blades are built on a variety of our top brand paper shredders (found here).

At ABC Office we try to limit our paper shredder selection to the highest quality and reliable models out there. We have had opportunities to add cheaper shredders, but have opted not to for the sake of our customers. The shredders we sell are from reputable brands that stand behind their machines. Many of these companies offer a lifetime warranty on their shredder blades. I would like to cover the shredder blade technology that each of these manufacturers use.

  • Dahle – This manufacturer uses precision milled solid cylinders milled from a block of German steel. This allows for perfect alignment in an all-steel frame. Most of these shredder blades are guaranteed for life. These shredders are almost all made in Germany, ensuring excellent quality control.
  • Destroyit – These paper shredders are all made in Germany and their cross cut shredders use hardened steel cutting shafts. This allows them to accept staples, paper clips and credit cards without suffering any damage. Most of their standard cross cut cutting shafts feature a lifetime warranty and their super micro cut (SMC) feature a one-year warranty.
  • HSM – This is another German paper shredder manufacturer. Both their strip and cross cut shredders use hardened steel in their cutting rollers. Most of their strip and cross cut shredders are warranted to be free of manufacturer defect for the life of the shredder. Their higher-security shredders feature a five-year warranty on the cutting rollers from the date of the invoice.
  • Formax – This company has been manufacturing paper shredders for over half a decade now and their shredder lineup has proven the test of time. They use heat-treated steel cutters that are specially ground for longevity and require minimal oiling. Most of their shredders feature a lifetime warranty on the cutting head.
  • Kobra – Most of Kobra’s shredders use carbon hardened cutting knives in their paper shredders, which are unaffected by staples or paper clips.
  • Intimus – This company has been around for years. It used to be known as Intimus Schleicher International. The company is now owned by Martin Yale. They use hardened steel cutting cylinders. Many of their shredders use separate cutting blocks for shredding paper and digital media.

Each of the above mentioned brands have been around for years. They all make office shredders designed for daily continuous use. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. If you have additional questions about shredders, their features or warranties, please give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. Because we are an authorized dealer for each of these brands, we are also able to provide you with parts and service.

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.

How Many Particles are in a Shredded Document?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

Paper Shredder Security LevelsHave you ever wondered how many pieces of paper your document is cut up into when run through a shredder? You might be surprised. I know I was when I first found out. In this article I would like to cover the different security levels and just how much difference there is from one particle size to another. I would also like to provide you with some pictures on just how different one level is to another. You can find our paper shredders here.

Modern paper shredders are broken up into six different security levels with Security Level 1 being the least secure and Security Level 6 being the most secure. This scale was originally based on DIN 32757 specifications. This has since been updated with DIN 66399, which I will cover later in this article.

So here are the size requirements for DIN 32757 security levels, which is what all US paper shredders are currently classified under:

DIN 32757 Shredder Security LevelsSecurity Level 1:
(10.5mm Strip Cut)
(11.8mm Strip Cut)
(10.5mm x 40-80mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 2:
(3.9mm Strip Cut)
(5.8mm Strip Cut)
(7.5mm x 40-80mm)

Security Level 3:
(1.9mm Strip Cut)
(3.9mm x 30-50mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 4:
(1.9mm x 15mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 5:
(0.78mm x 11mm Cross Cut)

Security Level 6:
(1mm x 4-5mm)

As you can see, the higher the shredder security level, the smaller the particle size is. While these may seem like minor adjustments in particle size, each increase in security level equals a huge increase in total particles. I have taken the smallest size requirements for each of these six security levels and have broken them up into particle sizes based on a single sheet of 8 ½” x 11″ letter-size paper. Just look at how many more particles you get as the level goes up:

  • Security Level 1: 166 Particles
  • Security Level 2: 237 Particles
  • Security Level 3: 667 Particles
  • Security Level 4: 2,660 Particles
  • Security Level 5: 7,991 Particles
  • Security Level 6: 19,148 Particles

Obviously the more particles the harder the material is to read or re-assemble. Many people ask me which security level is needed for a typical business. I recommend a Security Level 3 for most businesses. This seems to provide adequate capacity and security. Keep in mind, the more particles the lower your capacity as this creates more strain on the shredder. If you don’t mind taking a small cut in capacity, a Security Level 4 (aka Micro Cut) isn’t a bad option either.

DIN 66399 Shredder Specifications

As mentioned earlier, the DIN 32757 has been superseded by the DIN 66399. DINE 66399 has 7 security levels divided into three protection classes. As of this article (May 2013), I have yet to see any manufacturers using the new DIN 66399 to label their shredders in the USA. The biggest reason for the change in DIN standard is due to the changing world in which we live. Many people are now shredding optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays), credit cards, film rolls, hard drives, USB drives, flash memory and much more.

DIN 66399 is broken up like this:

Security levels:
Protection Class 1

2

3

Protection Class 2

4

5

Protection Class 3

6

7

  • Security Level 1: General documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
  • Security Level 2: Internal documents to be rendered illegible or invalidated.
  • Security Level 3: Data media with sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to high
    protection requirements.
  • Security Level 4: Data media with highly sensitive and confidential data as well as personal data subject to
    high protection requirements.
  • Security Level 5: Data media with confidential information of fundamental importance for a person, company
    or institution.
  • Security Level 6: Data media with confidential documents in the case of extraordinary security precautions.
  • Security Level 7: For strictly confidential data with the highest security precautions.

DIN66399 consists of 6 data media types. These are P (paper), O (optical data), T (magnetic media), E (electronic data), F (information in reduced form) and H (hard drives).

Data media P, which is paper, has these Security Level Specifications with DIN66399:

  • P-1: Max strip width of 12mm
  • P-2: Max strip width of 6mm
  • P-3: Max particle size of 320mm squared.
  • P-4: Max particle size of 160mm squared.
  • P-5: Max particle size of 30mm squared.
  • P-6: Max particle size of 10mm squared.
  • P-7: Max particle size of 5mm squared.

DIN 66399 Shredder Particle Size Specifications

At ABC Office, you can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.  We have decades of experience with paper shredders and would love to help point you in the right direction. Our Specialists are knowledgeable and won’t try to push you into a sale.

I hope you have found this article helpful. Please feel free to post your thoughts on this article in the form of a comment. Have a great day!

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.

The Gloves Are Off – Intimus Vs. Destroyit Paper Shredders

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Destroyit Paper ShreddersIf you are a business, government agency or military organization and are looking for the best paper shredder around, you have probably run across the names Intimus and Destroyit (found here). Both brands of paper shredders have been around for decades. So when the dust clears, which of these two models should you ultimately consider using? Having used dozens of models from both manufacturers, I have my favorite and I’d like to explain why.

Before I explain my personal preference, I’d like to say that both Intimus and Destroyit make good shredders. Years ago Intimus was run by a German company called Schleicher. Back then Intimus was easily one of my favorite paper shredder brands. Several years ago they were bought out by Martin Yale. While Intimus is still a great brand, they have changed a little from what they once were.

Destroyit paper shredders are made by Ideal Krug & Priester and have been made in Germany since 1951. They are distributed in the USA by MBM Corporation. The continuity in German manufacturing and quality engineering has resulted in Destroyit being one of the most preferred names in the paper shredding industry.

So if I were lined up in front of an equally capable Intimus and Destroyit shredder, which one would I choose? Based on customer satisfaction and personal experience, I would have to pick Destroyit hands down. Over the years, Destroyit has simply developed into one of the most solid paper shredder brands around.

Here are a few reasons why I would consider Destroyit over Intimus:

  • Quality – Destroyit shredders continue to be made using the same high-quality standards that have been used for decades. The cutting shafts are made entirely of hardened steel and feature a lifetime warranty. Quality management by Destroyit is certified under DIN EN ISO 9001:2008 standards. Do I consider Destroyit shredders to be of better quality than Intimus? Yes, I do.
  • Simplicity – Have you ever used a paper shredder that had buttons and lights all over it that looked as if it was from a sci-fi movie? That can be very frustrating. Destroyit shredders, on the other hand, are EXTREMELY easy to use. The controls on their office are all contained in a simple rocker button. That button lets you turn on the shredder and put it in reverse. That same button also includes warning and indicator lights.
  • Safety – Destroyit paper shredders are by far some of the safest available. I especially like the transparent safety shield that they include in the feed opening. While I still recommend using common sense while operating a shredder, I don’t feel unsafe at all while operating a Destroyit shredder.

Here are some Destroyit paper shredders that I personally recommend:

  • Destroyit 2360 (found here) – This is one of the most affordable Destroyit paper shredders that features the new rocker button design that I absolutely love.
  • Destroyit 2604 (found here) – This is a great all-around office paper shredder. It is available in a strip or cross cut version and includes an automatic oiler.
  • Destroyit 2604 SMC (found here) – This is an excellent Level 6 high security paper shredder. It is a solid machine and includes an automatic oiler.
  • Destroyit 3105 (found here) – If you need a great departmental paper shredder that can be used by multiple people in the office throughout the day, this is the shredder for you.
  • Destroyit 4005 SMC (found here) – This is a great high-end high security Level 6 paper shredder. If you don’t want to fork out a lot of money for the Intimus 0077SL, this is a great alternative.

Hopefully this has helped you determine the right shredder for your office. You can find our entire selection of Destroyit paper shredders here and Intimus paper shredders here. If you still have questions about Intimus or Destroyit paper shredders, please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788.

Four Level 4 Micro Cut Paper Shredders You Have To See

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

If your office or business is in need of a paper shredder that produces double the shredding security of most traditional Level 3 cross cut shredders, you may want to consider using one of these affordable Level 4 micro cut shredders (found here). These four new paper shredders are made by New United and not only feature excellent security, but also have a great design that looks modern and classy. Here are a few reasons why these shredders are for you.

All paper shredders are rated by a security level. This level is used to determine the level of security that they offer. Security levels range from 1 to 6, with 6 being the highest level of security offered (high security). Level 3 is typically called cross cut and Level 4 (while a type of cross cut) is often called a micro cut paper shredder. Consider this, a Level 3 paper shredder has a 3.9 mm x 30-50mm cutting pattern and a Level 4 produces a 2mm x 15mm cutting pattern. Because there is more surface area to cut, Level 4 shredders typically won’t cut as many sheets at a time as their Level 3 cousins.

New United paper shredders are known for their exceptional quality and stylish good looks. These shredders are affordable, have a great cutting capacity and even feature a blue light that lights up the shred bin while paper is being shredded. I have used several of these shredders myself and I am impressed with how much better they are than your typical department store shredder.

We currently offer four Level 4 micro cut paper shredders from New United. These include the ST-6M, the ST-8M, the ET-12M and the ET-15M. These shredders come in traditional shredder designs and more modern side bid designs. Here are a few things you should know about each one.

Level 4 Micro Cut Paper Shredders from New United

  • New United ST-6M Micro Cut ShredderNew United ST-6M (found here) – This shredder is black and features a tower design with rounded corners. It can shred up to 6 sheets of paper at a time, which is great for a Level 4 shredder. This shredder features a slide-out side bin with a window that is extremely easy to empty. The window glows blue while shredding, making it easy to see how full the bin is. These shredder is perfect for use next to a desk.
  • New United ST-8M Micro Cut ShredderNew United ST-8M (found here) – This shredder features a traditional design with a modern twist. It combines a gray and black color scheme that looks great. The 5-gallon shred bin is easy to pull out and empty. It can shred up to 8 sheets of paper at a time and also features a blue LED light that shows through the bin’s window while shredding.
  • New United ET-12M Micro Cut ShredderNew United ET-12M (found here) – This is one of the most affordable micro cut paper shredders with a 12 sheet shredding capacity. This shredder has a tower design and is perfect for use in an office environment. It includes a separate slot for shredding CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and credit cards. It sits on casters, is easy to use, includes safety features, is energy efficient and has a slot in the shred bin that glows blue while shredding. This shredder is a great option for any business.
  • New United ET-15M Micro Cut ShredderNew United ET-15M (found here) – If you need Level 4 micro cut security, but also require a decent shredding capacity, you are going to love the New United ET-15M. This shredder has a 15 sheet shredding capacity and cuts paper into tiny 2mm x 8mm particles. This is perfect for shredding medical records, patient data, customer information and more.

I have used these shredders and am happy to say that they are all solid machines. Consider New United when shopping around for paper shredders. They also offer a great selection of Level 3 cross cut shredders (found here). Please call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. Have a great day and thanks for reading!

Overview of Paper Shredder Security Levels

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Paper ShreddersToday there are literally dozens of different brands of paper shredders and hundreds of different models. While there are a lot of factors to consider when purchasing a paper shredder, one option I recommend paying special attention to is the security level. The paper shredder’s security level will ultimately determine how safe and secure your shredded documents are.

Shredder security levels are based on a scale ranging from 1 to 6. This scale, excluding Level 6, is determined by DIN 32757. This is the European standard used for paper shredder security.  Security Level 6 requirements, established by the United States NSA, came out after DIN 32757 was created. Each of these security levels serve a purpose.

Security levels start off with 1, being the least secure, and end with 6, being the most secure. I will explain the pros and cons to each of these security Levels.

Paper Shredder Security Levels

Paper Shredder Security LevelsSecurity Level 1 – This level is the least secure and is rarely used for shredding sensitive information. It is typically used purely for shredding non-sensitive records or for creating padding or packaging material. This security level can be both strip cut or cross cut. These are the specific dimensions of DIN Security Level 1:

  • Strip Cut: 10.5-11.8mm
  • Cross Cut: 10.5mm x 40-80mm Cross Cut

Security Level 2 – This is the most common security level you will find in a strip cut paper shredder. This includes 1/8″ and ¼” strip cut shredders. It also includes some cross cut shredders that have larger cross cut particles. This can be used to shred a variety of material, and is hard to re-assemble, but is probably not enough security for most businesses. These are the dimensions of DIN Security Level 2:

  • Strip Cut: 3.9-5.8mm
  • Cross Cut: 7.5mm x 40-80mm

Security Level 3 – This security level is the most common used today by cross cut paper shredders in business. It is HIPAA and FACTA compliant and is good enough to shred client records, patient information, invoices, bills and other material. Material cut at a Level 3 is difficult to reassemble. This is the security level I recommend for most people. These are the dimensions of DIN Security Level 3:

  • Strip Cut: 1.9mm
  • Cross Cut: 3.9mm x 30-50mm

Security Level 4 – This is probably one of the least common security levels. It is more secure than Level 3, but not yet high enough to be considered high security. This is used by businesses and offices that want a little more security than the typical cross cut shredder, while still having a higher shred capacity than a high security shredder. These are the specifications of the DIN Security Level 4:

  • Cross Cut: 1.9mm x 15mm

Security Level 5 – Up until a few years ago this was the highest security level available and was used to shred all top-secret documents. While the Level 5 is still used to shred highly sensitive material, most government and military entities now use a Security Level 6. This security level is still commonly found and is still widely used. Particles cut at this level are near impossible to re-assemble. These are the dimensions of DIN Security Level 5:

  • Cross Cut: 0.78mm x 11mm

Security Level 6 – This is the highest security level available for a shredder. Paper cut by a Security Level 6 shredder almost looks like dust. A single sheet of letter-size paper is typically cut into 15,000+ particles. This security level is very popular for use with government and military. It is used by the U.S. Department of Defense, the NSA and many more agencies. These are the dimensions of the Security Level 6:

  • Cross Cut: 1mm x 4-5mm

Which Is Best?

The level you use will depend entirely upon what you are shredding. I can safely tell you that the Security Level 3 is considered by many experts to be the most well-rounded level for most individuals and businesses. A Security Level 3 has a good sheet capacity, can still cut paper into tiny particles and are affordable.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions about paper shredders.

Best Paper Shredders to Consider in 2012

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Best Paper Shredders 2012The new year is upon us, which means it’s time for another “best of” paper shredders list for 2012. The year 2011 brought us many new makes and models including the launch of the Dahle CleanTEC line of paper shredders. Last year I created a top 10 best paper shredders list. While I still want to recommend high-quality paper shredders, this list will be broken down by where the shredder will be used.

There are 4 main categories people typically consider looking at when buying a paper shredder. This includes, small business, departmental and high security paper shredders. I will include the top 5 best paper shredders for each category.

I am not going to include cheap “temporary” paper shredders that are designed to last 6-12 months. These paper shredders are hardy, designed to be used on a daily basis and should last for years. While there are other shredders out there that are equally as reliable, these are the shredders that not only offer quality, but also have a great reputation with our customers.

Best Home Office Shredders 2012Top 5 Best Home Office Paper Shredders 2012

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Best Small Office Shredders 2012Top 5 Best Office Paper Shredders 2012

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Intelli-Shred IS100 Cross Cut Paper Shredder Review

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

If you’re looking for a great deskside paper shredder for under $100, you may want to consider a great deal like the Intelli-Shred IS100 cross cut paper shredder by Intelli-Zone. This shredder is robust, compact, portable and is perfect for home or office use. I have used this paper shredder and this is my review.

When shopping around for a home or office deskside shredder, there are a few requirements that you should keep in mind. To begin with, it is a good idea to buy a cross cut shredder as the security is better than a strip cut shredder. I also recommend getting something that can handle the occasional staple or paper clip. It also isn’t a bad idea to get a shredder that can handle DVDs, CDs and credit cards.

The Intelli-Shred IS100 has all those bases covered. To begin with, it is a cross cut paper shredder, cutting paper into tiny 5/32″ x 2 1/8″ particles. This is far more secure than a 1/8″ or ¼” strip, which is normal for a strip cut shredder. The cross cut pattern makes shredded material difficult to reassemble. Most thieves won’t even bother sifting through cross cut documents.

Thanks to a 5-gallon bin, the IS100 is able to hold a lot of shredded particles of paper, decreasing the frequency of bag changes. Emptying the bag is easy. Simply remove the sliding bin drawer on the front of the machine. Emptying the bin is extremely easy and a clear window on the front of the bin makes it easy to see how full the shredder is.

With a 10 sheet shredding capacity, and an operational speed of 10 feet per minute, the IS100 can easily keep up with most individual paper shredding needs. While it is ideal for individual use, it is definitely not robust enough to be used as a centralized departmental paper shredder.

When using a shredder at home or in the office, it should be relatively quiet, right? The IS100 puts out 56 decibels of noise. While not silent by any means, it is quiet by paper shredder terms. This means it can be used in the office without causing too much of a distraction.

The Intelli-Shred IS100 is build with high quality materials, high-end electronics and is backed by an impressive one-year warranty. As of the writing of this review, it is priced at just $99. This is the perfect shredder either buy for your own home / office or as a gift for another person.

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