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How do I choose between a Cross-Cut and Strip-Cut Shredder?

Christopher Pitts posted this on Jul 9, 2015

Buying a paper shredder is a great idea if you want to protect private information to prevent lawsuits and identity theft. Choosing the right shredder, however, can be difficult because you need to choose between cross-cut and strip-cut machines. Here’s what you need to consider when making your decision:

  • Speed and productivity. If you want a fast shredder, you should definitely choose a strip-cut device. That’s because these machines simply turn paper into a bunch of strips. A cross-cut shredder is slower because it cuts the paper into littleFellowes DS-3 Cross Cut Paper Shredder pieces.
  • Bag changes. Changing a shredder bag is a drag because it’s too easy to make a wrong move and end up with paper bits all over the floor. If you choose a cross- or confetti-cut machine, you won’t be changing the bag as often as you would be with a strip-cut shredder.
  • Maintenance. The only thing you really need to do to maintain your shredder is oil it on a regular basis. Keep in mind that cross-cut machines require a lot more oiling than their strip-cut counterparts since they cut more. Your machine’s instruction manual should have information on how often you’ll need to oil the device.
  • Security. Security is one of the most important considerations when choosing a shredder since you need a machine that will help you dispose of private documents. Cross- and confetti-cut shredders definitely offer the most security because they can tear your paper into countless pieces. Since the document is in pieces, it can’t be reconstructed, so your information is safe. If you work with highly confidential and/or proprietary information, you might want to get a shredder that’s been approved by the National Security Agency or Department of Defense.
  • Price. Finally, you should get a shredder you can afford.  Due to higher demands, a lower level cross-cut shredder is now about the same price as a similar strip-cut shredder. The higher the security level, the higher the price will be(this has less to do with strip-cut vs. cross-cut). Almost all personal shredders on our site are cross-cut, which means the cheapest(but smallest) shredders are cross-cut! 
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