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Paper Shredder FAQs

By Bethany Taylor August 17, 2020 0 comments

We have compiled some of the most common paper shredder questions from our customers and have put them together in this useful paper shredder FAQs. If you are trying to learn more about paper shredders, or are in the initial stages of looking for a machine, this section is perfect for you.

What are the different categories of paper shredders?

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Typically, modern paper shredders are broken down into various categories based on the volume they are designed to shred. These include home, office, departmental, industrial, and high security.

Strip cut vs. cross cut, what is the difference?

Strip cut shredders cut papers into thin strips of paper about 1/8 to ¼-inch wide. Cross cut paper shredders cut paper in numerous "criss-cross" shapes and make the paper harder to read. Most shredder users consider the cross cut paper to be more secure.

Is there a difference between cross cut, diamond cut, and particle cut shredders?

These are all alternative expressions for the same type of cut. There is no difference between the three terms. 

Can all shredders handle paper clips and staples?

Most modern paper shredders can handle the occasional staple. Paper clips are tougher for paper shredders to handle. It is prudent to check the shredder specifications before shredding paper clips. Additionally, read the manual to understand how to fix a shredder that won't shred, which can be caused by a stuck clip or staple.

Can all shredders handle credit cards and CDs?

Not all document shredders can handle credit cards and CDs. Most modern shredders can now handle credit cards, even though most cannot handle CDs or DVDs. You will need to check whether or not a shredder can handle credit cards or CDs before buying.

Is there a way to cut down on shredder dust?

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Some paper shredders come with an optional dust extractor. The extractor uses a vacuum-like system to eliminate dust. Most shredders do not have this option. If your shredder does not have the option of utilizing a dust extractor, using shredder bags will be useful to cut down on dust.


What is a continuous-duty motor?

A continuous-duty motor is designed for continuous shredding without burning out or having to cool down. The motor is thermally protected. This is ideal if you will be shredding a huge volume of papers regularly. A shredder without a continuous-duty motor will wear out quickly or require a cool-down period if used too much.

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