Dahle 30434 Level 6 Cross Cut High Security Paper Shredder
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Dahle 30434 Level 6 Cross Cut High Security Paper Shredder

Part #: DA30434
Brand: Dahle
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  • Shred Capacity: 7-9 Sheets
  • Cut Style: Cross Cut
  • Security Level: 6
  • Waste Bin Capacity: 19.5 gal.
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Product Description

In order to protect our National Security, military and government agencies require higher levels of security from their paper shredders. This Dahle High Security Shredder is NSA approved for NSA/CSS Specification 02-01. Known for its power and waste capacity, this Dahle High Security Shredder provides a practical solution for accommodating the shredding needs of even the busiest offices. Its attractive design and large waste bin make this a nice addition to any large office, copy room or communications center. Dahle's 30434 Department Shredder has a maximum sheet capacity of 7/9 sheets at a time and features a large capacity waste bin capable of holding 35 gallons of shredded material. It features state-of-the-art electronics that are easily controlled by a user friendly control pad. Soft touch buttons provide the ability to choose between auto on/ off, continuous run and reverse. LED status indicators display warnings for Door Open, Bag Full and Overfeed. This Dahle High Security Shredder is a serious machine capable of reducing a single sheet of paper into over 15,500 tiny particles. These particles are so small that they have been rendered impossible to reassemble. In a world of uncertainty one thing's for certain, whatever you put through these shredders, we guarantee will never be seen again.

Product Details

  • 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: 12"
  • Capacity: 7 / 9 Sheet Capacity
  • Speed: 30 ft/min
  • Motor: 1 1/4 Hp 115V
  • Waste Volume: 19.5 Gal
  • Weight: 128 lbs
  • Dimensions: 35" x 20 3/4" x 19 1/4"
  • Warranty: 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty on Cutting Cylinders, 2 Year on Parts, and Labor

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Dahle 30434 Level 6 Cross Cut High Security Paper Shredder Review

Offering the highest level of paper-shredding security, the Dahle 30434 is rated for use by government agencies and their contractors. We took a look recently at the 30434 and put together a list of what we consider to be its strengths and weaknesses.


  1. The 30434 is a Level 6 security shredder meaning that it is approved by the National Security Agency for the shredding of top secret documents. This level of security is what is required for the military and other government agencies and research organizations (as well as some of the businesses contracted by them), and may be a bit of overkill for the average private sector business. Still, if you need this level of security, the 30434 shreds paper into impressively tiny 1mm by 4.7mm bits (or 15,000 particles per page), and you may rest assured that once a document has been put through this shredder there is no chance it will ever be read again.
  2. The 30434's cutting system is one of the most effective and durable on the market. Dahle mills its cutting shafts out of a single bar of German steel, meaning that they are perfectly matched and will not flex. The cutting heads are operated by a gear and chain system which virtually eliminates the slipping that can lead to paper jams.
  3. The feed width of 12 inches will easily accommodate letter and legal sized papers which are by far the most common sheet sizes. This will get you through the huge majority of shredding jobs.
  4. The state of the art controls make operating the 30434 a very simple process. You can choose between auto on and off, continuous run, and reverse. The machine will also turn itself off if the cabinet door is open or if the shred bag needs to be emptied, and there is an auto reverse function in case of a paper overfeed.
  5. The 30434 is a well designed machine as well. The shred bin holds an impressive 35 gallons of waste, and with particles so small, you will find that you have to empty it much less often than other types of shredders. As far as aesthetics go, we think that this is one of the better looking office machines out there, for those of you who are concerned about such things.


  1. In the world of shredders, you will often find that the higher security level a machine offers, the lower its sheet capacity is likely to be. That is simply one of the tradeoffs. While the 30434's stated capacity of 12 sheets at a time is not bad for a Level 6 machine, if you are a private business that is simply looking to comply with federal laws regarding the destruction of documents containing the personal and confidential information of your clients and employees, you can accomplish that with a Level 3, 4, or 5 machine. Those systems will offer better capacities for less money.
  2. Because the cutting heads are only guaranteed for one year (most of Dahle's other machines guarantee them for life), you will want to make sure you oil them on a regular basis, and may want to avoid putting anything but paper though the cutters.

Questions & Answers

Thank you for your question. The bags that are compatible with the Dahle 30434 shredder can be found here .

Answered by MyBinding
4 years and 3 months ago ago

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