STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 17593 posts, RR: 50 Posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 2068 times:
I need a good paper shredder, I have bank/credit card/health care statements pilling up on my desk. I've purchased several shredders over the years and they all were slow and eventually broke. I need something that can really tear through papers quickly, and something sturdy.
The most i've paid for a shredder is $100 for something I got at Staples, it was slow and broke.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
If you're going through shredders like water, I'd invest in something from GBC designed for office use. We had one at an office where I worked that you could stack up to 100 sheets in at a time. It'd blow through those like nothing, staples and all. We eventually sold it on craigslist when we went to a professional document destruction pick-up service, since housekeeping didn't want to deal with big bags of shredding any longer.
PacNWJet From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 980 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2010 times:
All shredders have a motor. All motors eventually burn out. Any shredder manufactured for home use will not last forever. As the previous poster observed, if you need a heavy duty shredder you should buy one designed for commercial, not home, use. Otherwise, treat a shredder as you would a coffee maker, hair dryer, or even an automobile, i.e., with the expectation that eventually you will need to replace it.
okie From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3808 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 2007 times:
Quoting PacNWJet (Reply 2): Any shredder manufactured for home use will not last forever.
For what ever reason home shredders seem to be rated by the number of sheets of paper they will handle at one time.
The problem being that they are not rated for a continuous duty cycle. The electric motor has a short duty cycle, so if you are like me then you have a tendency to want to shred a large batch at one time which really shortens the life of the motor as it overheats. I have found that when I get on a shredding binge to shred for a minute or two and come back to it later to finish the job, seems to stretch the life of the units from months to years. So you kind of end up with either buying a commercial/office unit rated for continuous duty or batching on a home unit.
Kirkseattle From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 378 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1920 times:
I got a Fellowes DM12C from Costco that has been great. It cost about $90USD. I did have some of the compact shredders in the past, but they busted pretty quick and couldn't handle the volume I had to shred. First day with my new shredder was like the last day at Enron. LOL.
That's a typical unit for the home. (You can tell by both the description and that the bypass only holds 6 sheets.) What I referred to in my post is a professional model. Something that starts at at least the $500 level with the kind of heavy-duty motor others have described as well.
cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 5057 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1845 times:
Go for a commercial/office model. The home ones are useless. Slow and they wear out fast.
Where I used to work - I'd end up with so much paper work, most of it pointless, that I'd have to shred things. That'd be a good ten minutes worth - if the shredder wasn't already jammed full. Then someone decided that it'd be more efficient to have those document disposal bins instead.