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Frequently Asked Questions about Shredder

At DEC Office Solutions, Inc., we are proud to provide our customers in the Hackensack New Jersey area with the best possible solutions for office equipment, document solutions and managed print services. Many of our customers have questions surrounding one of our most popular products – the shredder. In today’s article, we will provide comprehensive answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about shredders.

shredders are invaluable office tools designed to help protect sensitive and confidential document contents from unauthorized access. shredders enable users to shred a range of materials, including paper, CDs, DVDs, credit cards, and even documents with staples and paper clips still attached.

This article will provide our clients in the Hackensack New Jersey area with answers to questions like, what type of shredding system should I purchase? What are acceptable amounts of paper to use in the shredder per use? How often should I shred my documents? And is there a type of shredder that can shred all materials?

Types of shredders

There are three primary categories of shredders: strip cut, cross-cut, and micro-cut. Strip cut shredders are the least secure among the types since the documents are simply cut into long strips. Cross-cut and micro-cut shredders are much more secure, as they take the document and cut it into tiny squares or diamonds.

Which shredder type should you select depends on the materials you plan to shred and the amount of security you need. For day-to-day shredding of non-sensitive documents, a strip-cut shredder may suffice. If you would like to keep sensitive information secure, a micro-cut shredder is the way to go.

Paper Capacity

Different types of shredders can handle different amounts of paper at once. Strip-cut shredders can handle anywhere from around ten to over 200 sheets of paper per pass. Cross-cut shredders will take even fewer sheets – typically between 4-8. Finally, micro-cut shredders have the lowest capacity compared to the other two types – these shredders usually take between 1-3 sheets in each pass.

It’s important to take into consideration the volume of shredding your office will typically use when selecting a shredder. Media shredders are another type of shredder designed for shredding a single CD or DVD at a time.

Frequency of Use

To protect sensitive information, it’s important to shred and dispose of documents on a regular basis. In many cases, it may be a good idea to use a shredder on a daily basis to ensure that confidential information does not fall into the wrong hands.

Depending on the type of shredder you select, shredding on a daily basis may be too much for the motor to handle. As such, it’s important to consider the type and volume of documents you plan on shredding when making your selection.

Universal shredder?

One of the most common questions we get about shredders is, “Is there a type of shredder that can shred anything?” The answer is – sort of.

Many mass-market shredders will claim to offer a near-universal level of shredding capability. While it’s true that these shredders can take on papery materials like documents, mail, CDs, DVDs, and credit cards, they cannot easily shred other items, like staples and paper clips.

For those needing to shred a variety of materials, including paper clips, staples, and more, you will need to look for a heavy-duty shredder. These types of shredders are designed to be able to handle a wide variety of materials with relative ease.


shredders, Office Equipment, Confidential Documents

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