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What is a Shredder?

A paper shredder is a mechanical device used to cut paper into strips or fine particles. Government organizations, businesses, and private individuals use shredders to destroy private, confidential, and otherwise sensitive documents.  Security experts recommend that bills, tax documents, credit card and bank account statements should be regularly shredded, as well as other items which could be used by thieves to commit fraud or identity theft. Euroffice has a fantastic range of shredders from brands such as Fellowes, HSM, Rexel and 5 Star, and we are sure to have a machine to suit your requirements at an unbeatable online price.

What type of Shredder do I need?

Types

Shredders range in size and price from small, personal and inexpensive units meant for a few pages daily, small office models for higher capacities, professional grade machines for regular high volume shredding, and finally, heavy duty commercial units designed for multiple users and large offices.

 These machines are also classified by the standard of security they provide, according to the size and shape of the shreds they produce, levels 1 and 2- strip cut, level 3- cross cut or confetti , level  4- micro cut, up to level  7- small particles, being the highest available.

Features to consider when choosing a shredder:

Level of security: Your security needs depend on the sensitivity of the materials you are shredding, the smaller the cut size, the better the protection against identity fraud.

Location: At the desk side, in a larger office, or for the whole department. Note the number of people that will be using the shredder, and how much paper they will need to shred at once.

Run time: This is the length of time a shredder can continuously shred for before it needs to cool down. In larger office environments multiple users may need to continually shred one after another.

Sheet capacity: This is the number of sheets of paper you can shred at once, the higher the sheet capacity, the quicker you can shred large piles of paper.

Bin Capacity: The volume of waste that can be collected before emptying and the use of liners to facilitate the clean removal of shreds. 

Safety Features: Shredders have varying levels of personal protection, and can include technology which automatically stops the shredder when hands touch the paper opening.

Paper Jams: Some machines can include anti jam features, as well as manual reverse to clear blockages.

Oiling: Shredders need regular maintenance and lubrication, auto oil features can found on some machines which will help extend the life of the unit.

Quietness: Operating noise for minimum disturbance on the telephone or in conversation.

 Other Materials: An important criterion to consider is what materials in addition to paper may need shredding. Some shredders have the capabilities to shred additional materials such as staples, paper clips, credit cards and CD's. You may also need to handle larger documents up to A3 size.

Automatic or manual operation: Auto feed shredders automatically start to shred your documents, simply load the paper and close the lid.

Energy Saving: Some shredders offer  saving features, such as auto shut off , which powers down the machine after a period of inactivity, or an energy savings system that reduces in use energy consumption and  also powers down when not used for any length of time.

 

Consumables: Euroffice can help you with bin liners and waste sacks as well as shredder oil to help maintain your machines and keep them running efficiently, always at the best online prices.

We can also supply Cardboard Shredders

Nowadays, as we try to be more diligent about recycling, a cardboard shredder from Euroffice is an eco-friendly, cost-effective solution that can assist with this objective. The Adpac shredder is an operator friendly, single phase unit, with dust extraction, and will quickly convert small quantities of your waste cardboard into lots of loose fill or padding mats to protect your mailing contents. This is great for helping the environment, and reducing your packaging budget at the same time.

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