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Dahle 20834EC Level 6 Cross Cut High Security Paper Shredder
- Chain driven providing slip free power
- Automatic Oiler Ready- Just buy, attach, and fill
- Fully Automatic
- Shred Size: 1mm x 4.7mm Cross Cut
- Security Level: 6
- Feed Width: 16"
- Capacity: 8 / 10 Sheet Capacity
- Speed: 35 ft/min
- Motor: 2 Hp 115V/li>
- Waste Volume: 35 Gal
- Waste Bag: 705
- Shred Box: 747
- Weight: 186 lbs
- Dimensions: 33 1/2" x 25 1/2" x 17"
- Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty on Cutting Cylinders, 2 Year on Parts, and Labor
Dahle 20834ec Level 6 Cross Cut High Security Paper Shredder Review
In any department, sensitive information can come from many directions, whether a fax machine or network printer or even in a memo. And while secure disposal of these items is important anywhere, the NSA has exacted specific standards for government and military agencies. Dahle's line of high security shredders exceed these expectations to provide the highest security available. Here are the details of their department model, the 20834ec.
Use of this machine is fully electronic. As papers are inserted into the feed, the device automatically turns on to shred them and turns back off when through. The automatic off is also activated by a full shred bag, an open cabinet door, or by overfed paper. An auto reverse function kicks in during a potential jam to send the excess material back to the user. Both audible and visual signals keep the operator informed of the machine's status.
The two horsepower motor is conveniently rated for continuous run. A sturdy chain drive connects the engine with the blades, providing slip-free power and durability. The blades sit in rubber shock mounts to significantly lower the sound output to about 53 decibels. That is about the noise level found in an average home and much more tolerable than the usual whine associated with shredders.
The extra wide 16 inch throat easily accepts computer printouts as well as standard and legal size documents. Up to 16 sheets can shred at once and are devoured at an impressive 35 feet per minute. The result is 15,500 particles from a single sheet of letter size paper. Each individual piece measures only 1mm by 4.7mm in size, providing a high level 6 security rating and exceeding the NSA's standards for document destruction.
Those tiny bits are deposited into a large 35 gallon shred bag. The bin sits in a wooden cabinet that is mounted on casters for easy portability.
Dahle backs this model with a one year warranty on the cutting cylinders. Parts and labor are covered for two years.
As with many high security devices, this one can only shred paper. While it may be tedious to remove staples and paperclips, the security gained is well worth it. If you don't need this high of security and would like the convenience of not worrying about document fasteners, then check out the 20822ec.
For optimum performance, it's recommended that this shredder be oiled for every 15 minutes of use. This can be a hassle to remember and it's hard to track exactly how much a machine is used without monitoring it constantly. We advise you to also get the optional automatic oil injection system to take care of this task for you. All you have to do is attach it to the pre-wired spot and fill it with oil.
The many strengths speak for themselves, the Dahle 20834ec is an ideal device for any department needing a high security shredder. Military and government agencies as well as research labs and other top secret facilities will appreciate the combination of high security and capacity. Moreover, the convenience of automatic use and quiet operation are an added bonus to this machine. We think the Dahle 20834ec is an excellent choice for your next high security shredder.