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Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:39 pm

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.

Recommendations?..
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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:51 pm

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.
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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:22 pm

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.
 
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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:37 pm

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.

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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sat Mar 19, 2011 10:55 pm

I would like to suggest you start here
http://www.consumersearch.com/paper-shredders
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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:38 pm

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.

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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:05 pm

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
If you're going through shredders like water, I'd invest in something from GBC designed for office use

People seem to give GBC good reviews.

http://www.google.com/products/catal...ZGUA8i4twejpIzOBA&ved=0CGUQ8wIwAg#
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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:25 pm

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 6):
People seem to give GBC good reviews.

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.

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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:15 pm

If you're not a city critter I suggest and old tin can and a pack of matches. Works wonders and is nearly free, and if you add water and stir nobody can ever read what you burned.  
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RE: Paper Shredder Recommendations

Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:14 am

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.   

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