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|With today's increasing interest in protecting
personal and business information from possible
illegal use, shredders are a convenient and
reasonably secure way to dispose of sensitive
Shredders destroy paper and other
by cutting it into straight,
or dicing it into small confetti
The smaller the strip or square,
protection you are given. If
you will be
using the shredder for small,
jobs, a lightweight shredder
without a built-in
basket might fit your needs.
Look for a model
that adjusts to fit on any shape/size
you have. For more frequent and
shredding, a heavier duty model
with a built-in
waste container basket will most
better for you.
When choosing a shredder, here
are some things
- Pick the fastest shredder that your budget
allows to reduce waiting time, as slow shredding
will discourage you from using the shredder.
Shredding speed is a function of the number
of papers you can shredded at one time and
the speed with which the pages move through
- Find a model with a large enough paper feed
opening to handle all the different size
papers that will be shredded. Many smaller
shredders require you to fold in half a page
before shredding. This is fine for small
jobs but not for shredding large numbers
- Shredders that produce confetti-like squares
are more secure than strip shredders as they
avoid the possibility of important data running
parallel to the cut and thus not being shredded.
- A reverse feed is essential to help clear
paper jams that occur.
- A warning light or buzzer that alerts you
when the waste container basket is getting
full is helpful.
- An automatic start/stop feature is convenient
so you don't have to manually turn it on/off
all the time. The machine should only be
triggered by paper or other material slipped
part way in.
- If you need to shred credit cards, CD's,
staples and the occasionally
left on paper
clip, look for a shredder with
designed to chop these tougher