Choose the right shredder. SELECT USAGE Determine where the shredder will be located and how many people will use it CUT STYLE The more sensitive the information, the higher security level you need CAPACITY Choose the highest sheet capacity, bin sizes and duty cycles to meet your organization’s needs STEP 1: Number Of Users / User Group Start with number of users and look for the user group. Each user group corresponds to a section on our website. Average business use can vary between 5 and 20 sheets per person per day. 1 PERSONAL 1-5 SMALL / HOME OFFICE 5-10 DEPARTMENTAL 10 - 20+ LARGE OFFICE STEP 2: Security Level / Cut Style Once you have narrowed your search to a user group, look for the security level/cut style that ﬁts your security needs. See chart below. Higher levels create smaller shreds and provide greater security. Cut styles are “names” of various security levels. SECURITY LEVEL/ CUT STYLE # OF SHREDS PER 8.5” X 11” SHEET RECOMMENDED FOR: Level 6: High security 13000 Top-secret or classiﬁed documents, company secrets, government documents Level 5: Super micro 6700 Finance, HR and legal department documents, conﬁdential documents with ﬁne print Level 4: Micro 3000 Documents with personally identiﬁable information, those related to pricing or cost information such as price lists, vendor costs, ﬁnancial analysis reports 300 Everyday documents like emails, draft and ﬁnal reports, extra copies of presentations– this is the minimum level of security recommended for most users 34 strips Junk mail, most shipping documents, old documents with expired information Level 3: Cross (also diamond cut) Level 2: Strip STEP 3: Look for Sheet / Waste Bin Capacity Combination to Meet Your Needs. SHEET CAPACITY Refers to how many sheets of 20 lb. bond paper used in most ofﬁces the shredder can shred at a time. WASTE BIN CAPACITY Amount of shredded material the shredder can hold. Expressed in gallons or # of sheets of shredded paper that can ﬁt in the bin before it needs to be emptied. Additional considerations when choosing a shredder SOUND LEVEL Refers to the sound level in decibels that the shredder creates when operating. Look for machines with less than 70 decibels for shared environments to minimize noise. 40db 50db Quiet Home Office 60db Normal Conversation 70db 80db Inside Car Typical Stereo ANTI-JAM JAM PROTECTION JAM PREVENTION Anti-jam features help protect the shredder against the long-term wear and tear caused by paper jams. Even with the best of technologies, jams may occur sometimes. For best results, choose carefully and follow manufacturer’s instructions. ANTI-JAM LEVEL/ FUNCTION PROS EXAMPLES Anti-Jam 4 Multiple vertical sensors that help prevent jams before they happen Alert before shredding if too much paper is inserted. Continues sensing as the paper passes through to stop most excess paper before it gets caught in the cutters. Swingline Non-Stop Jam Free™ Anti-Jam 3 Sensors that help prevent jams Alert before shredding starts if too much paper is inserted. Swingline Jam Free™; Fellowes 100% Jam Proof Anti-Jam 2 Auto stop on jam and auto reverse No alert before shredding starts, reverses paper upon jamming making it easy to take out excess paper. May or may not include automatic forward and reverse function. Swingline Jam-Stopper ®; Swingline Auto+; Fellowes Turbo Jam; HSM Jam Stop (some models) Anti-Jam 1 Auto stop on jam Stops paper from jamming too far down the throat. HSM Jam Stop (some models) Anti-Jam 1 No anti-jam protection, may have manual reverse Low cost. most personal shredders SelfOil™ Self-Clean Lack of oiling is among the top causes for service calls on shredders that are used a lot and/ or those that are security level 4 and higher. Most users either forget to oil their shredder or oil it much less often than it needs. Automatic oilers help take the guess work out of oiling. Shredders with self-clean cutters rotate the cutters in alternating reverse and forward motion to get rid of shreds caught in the cutters. Automatic Shredding Lets you throw in an entire stack of paper and walk away so you don’t spend time feeding papers. Maximum Run Time From Cold/ Cool Down Time Maximum run time from cold refers to how long a shredder can operate when started from being at rest, e.g., at the start of a day. Cooldown time refers to the amount of time a shredder needs to cool down after continuous operation before it’s ready to shred again.
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