Choose the right shredder.

Choose the right shredder.
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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