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How do I choose the right shredder?
What do the specifications mean?

As you probably found out, there are many different types of paper shredders out there. We want you to be satisfied with the shredder that you choose. You can do this in 3 easy steps. So lets go through this, step by step and choose the right shredder for you. You can always contact us for a free consultation if you have any questions or concerns. We also repair most makes of shredders, see our repair page. We sell oil and bags for all brands.

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Strip-Cut
strip-cut paper shredders shred documents into narrow, unreadable strips that can also be used as packing material as shown in this picture on the right.
Advantages:
Can shred more paper at a time
Faster shredding speed
Lower maintenance
Less expensive

Cross-Cut
Cross-cut paper shredders shred documents into strips, making them impossible to recreate as shown in this picture on the left.
Advantages:
Greater security
Reduces shredded bulk meaning you do not have to empty the bin as much (About 50% more than strip-cut)

Micro-Cut
Micro-cut paper shredders shred documents into tiny particles, making them impossible to recreate as shown in the top centre of this picture.
Advantages:
Maximum security
Reduces shredded bulk meaning you do not have to empty the bin as much (About 80% more than strip-cut)


The Feed Opening is the part of the shredder where the paper enters. The width varies and increases as model numbers increase which ranges from 8 inches to 18 inches. There are several reasons why this is important.

You must choose the shredder width based on the size of the documents you will be shredding. (The standard paper size 8 1/2 x 11, easily fits in all our shredder.)

If you plan to shred continuous form documents wider than 12 inches, it is best to focus on our Production Shredders that offer a 16" feed opening which will allow you to shred continuously without constant watch. (Office Shredders offers feed openings ranging from 9.25" to15".)

Continuous forms will constantly jam if you have a smaller feed opening.

So based on what size documents you will be shredding, choose the model with the appropriate feed opening. If you will be only shredding standard size paper you can consider the smaller models but you will have to take into account the power of the shredder

The output is measured in pounds per hour and is an indication of the speed and power of the shredder. You need to know what kind of power you want to work with.

Many times purchasing a bigger more powerful shredder pays off depending on your volume. If you are doing very little shredding the low models will be sufficient.

Specialty shredding? Hard drive shredders? Cardboard shredders? Pill bottle shredder? Call for more information 866-788-1444

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