MyBinding Knowledge Base
Paper Shredder FAQ
Shredding your confidential documents before you discard them is your first line of defense against identity theft. Here then, are some of the most frequently asked questions about paper shredders.
1. Why Do I Need A Shredder? These days, with identity theft ever on the rise, you need a shredder, I need a shredder, everyone needs a shredder. Whenever you dispose of any documents containing confidential information – anything with your social security number, account numbers, credit card number, and any sort of financial or health related info, you should shred those puppies and shred them good. If you operate a business, you are required by law to shred or otherwise completely destroy any documents you are disposing of that contain this type of info about your customers or employees under penalty of law. Basically, if you would be unwilling to show a piece of paper to a random stranger walking down the street, then you should shred it.
2. What is the Main Difference Between Shredders? Usually that would be the type of cut they produce, and the relative security that the cut provides. Strip cut shredders work fast and shred a lot of paper, but the long spaghetti like shreds they produce leave the sheets fairly easy to reassemble, and thus don’t give you much security. Cross cut shredders shred documents into confetti, and are almost always the way to go – are, in fact are what is required by law when your business are shredding the documents described above.
3. What is Meant By Sheet Capacity? That refers to the number of sheets that a shredder can shred in one pass. You can usually find that number listen in the manufacturer’s specs of any given shredder, though most machines will behave a little better is you don’t meet that number, but work below it just a little bit. There are other kinds of capacity as well, such as feet per minute, sheets per day, and motor speed. To find what is right for you, just estimate the number of sheets you will need to shred in a typical day and find the classification that your ideal shredder resides in (personal, small office, etc) and compare prices and abilities from there.
4. What Else Can I Shred? A fair number of the better shredders on the market can not only handle paper, but can take the odd staple and paper clip as well without any trouble. There are also machines that are able to shred credit cards, and some shredders that can handle compact discs as well. This is something that you will want to consider, as confidential information is often found on these types of discs, and the can be rather difficult to safely get rid of otherwise.
5. What Are The Sizes Of Shredders? It varies a little between manufacturers, but in general you will find shredders that are meant for personal use, some that are meant for small offices of a handful of people, departmental shredders, and large, conveyor-belt fed industrial shredders. To find the type of shredder that is right for you, simply create an estimate of the number of sheets you will likely need to shred in a given day, and work from there. These stats are listed my most manufacturers as well as retailers, so with a little research, you should be able to find the shredder that is right for you.
< Over the years, a number of customers have asked me whether they can use twin loop wire with their plastic comb binding machine. These customers often don’t want to have to buy a brand new machine but like the look and feel of twin loop wire binding. However, the answer to their question isn’t as simple as it seems. You see, they actually do make twin loop wire that is designed to work with the plastic comb binding hole pattern. With that said, if you want to use these wires you are going to need a way to close the wires. What is Spiral-O Wire?Let me explain a little bit more…There is a product that we carry called Spiral-O Wire. This wire has 19 loops and is designed to work with the hole pattern from a plastic comb binding machine. Spiral-O Wire is sometimes called Wire Combs or Ibico Wire and was originally designed for use with some of the older Ibico binding machines. A number of the older Ibico plastic comb binding machines also included a twin loop wire closer on the front of them to allow users to use both plastic combs and wire. This 19 loop wire was designed for this purpose.What Equipment is Needed? As the Ibico brand has been phased out by GBC and all of the older Ibico plastic binding machines have been replaced with new models, they no longer have the twin loop wire closer on the front of them. This presents a problem in trying to use these spiral-o wires since you can’t use the wires without a way to close them.One of the only options left is to purchase a Twin Loop wire closer. However, since twin loop wire closers are not incredibly cheap this option usually only appeals to users who have larger electric plastic comb binding machines. Otherwise, it is often advisable to simply buy a low end 3:1 pitch twin loop wire binding machine (the supplies are cheaper). This being said, if you have one of the older Ibico binding machines that has a wire closer included you are in luck. The Spiral-O binding supplies that we carry will work perfectly with your machine and you will be able to use both plastic combs and wire depending on your needs. These Spiral-O binding supplies are available in Black, Silver, White, Blue and Red and in sizes up to 1″ in diameter.If you aren’t sure what type of wire binding supplies that you need to work with your machine simply give us a call. Our trained sales representatives will be glad to help you find the correct supplies for use with your machine.(Read More)