Swingline SM20-08 Strip-cut Jam Free Shredder
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Swingline SM20-08 Strip-cut Jam Free Shredder

Part #: SWI-1758494
Brand: Swingline
  • Shred Capacity: 20 - 22 Sheets
  • Cut Style: Strip Cut
  • Security Level: Level 2
  • Waste Bin Capacity: 8 gal.
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Product Description

The Swingline SM20-08 strip-cut shredder is the right choice for a professional level of power and performance in a personal/small business shredder. Swingline's Jam Free technology prevents paper jams like no other shredder on the market. The SM20-08 provides super-quiet operation while it shreds CDs, paper clips, staples and credit cards, and up to 22 sheets of paper at once in a strip-cut shred style. The SM20-08 is ideal for low usage by 1 to 5 users requiring low security. The SM20-08's level 2 security is perfect for internal documents with non-sensitive information. The 8 gallon pull out drawer and auto shut-down of the SM20-08 provides convenience and conserves energy. The SM20-08 is noticeably quieter, up to 10 decibels less sound than competitive models, making it a wonderful addition to any small business, home or office environment. For professional level power, security and performance in a personal/small business shredder, choose the Swingline SM20-08 strip-cut shredder. Swingline offers a generous manufacturer limited warranty of lifetime on the cutters and 2-years on the machine.

Product Details

  • Jam Free operation means no mess made, no time wasted
  • Strip-cut, up to 22 sheets
  • 8 gallon waste bin
  • Shreds CDs and credit cards
  • Up to 10 decibels quieter than competitive models
  • Eco friendly power save mode with auto wakeup
  • Pull out bin: makes waste removal a snap
  • Security level 2 - best for non-sensitive documents
  • Fits next to or under desk

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Item Specifications

  • Number of Users: 1-5
  • Model: SM20-08
  • Swingline Item Number: 1758494
  • Cut Style/security level: Strip-cut/2 for internal documents with non-sensitive information
  • Sheet Capacity: 20-22
  • Waste Capacity: 8 gallons
  • Entry Width: 9"
  • Max run time/cool down: 20/10
  • Shreds per 8.5" x 11" sheet: 37
  • Shred Speed (feet per minute): 7fpm
  • Cut Size: .25"
  • Shreds CD/credit cards: Yes
  • Bin full indicator: Yes
  • Anti-Jam Technology: Yes
  • Super Quiet: Yes
  • Sound level: 60db
  • Self-cleaning cutters: No
  • Automatic oiling: No
  • Eco Friendly: Yes
  • Finger safe/ Safety Agency: Yes/CSAus
  • Machine Dimensions: 22"H x 17"W x 13"D
  • Weight: 39lbs
  • Manufacturer limited warranty (cutters/machine): Lifetime/2yrs
  • Plastic waste bag item number: 1765016
  • Oil item number: 1760049

Staff Review

Swingline SM20-08 Strip-Cut Jam-Free Shredder Review

Swingline is known as the manufacturer of high-quality staplers but they also happen to make some great paper shredders. One of their machines is the SM20-08, a strip-cut device that just may be the right shredder for your office. Let's take a look at this shredder's strengths and weaknesses so you can make an informed decision....


  • The SM20-08 has an incredible shredding capacity. It can destroy up to 22 sheets at a time so your documents will be gone in a flash. You can even leave staples and paper clips attached to them. The machine can also shred CD's and credit cards for additional security.
  • This machine is perfect for shared work areas. It has an 8-gallon waste bin so you and a coworker can share the device. Also, this shredder runs quietly so it won't distract people.
  • The SM20-08 is engineered to give you jam-free performance. This will help you save a lot of time and it makes shredding hassle-free.
  • If you want to save energy, the SM20-08 is a great choice. This machine has an eco-friendly energy-saving mode that will kick in after a period of non-use. The shredder will wake up automatically when you're ready to shred again.
  • This shredder's dimensions are 22" (height) x 17" (width) x 13" (depth) so it's small enough to fit next to or under your desk. The machine is perfect for small work areas.
  • The SM20-08's cutters are backed by a lifetime warranty. The rest of device is covered by a 2-year warranty.


  • This machine is a strip-cut shredder so it simply doesn't offer as much security as a cross- or micro-cut device. The SM20-08 will produce shreds that are 1/4" wide.
  • Although this shredder can take care of CD's and credit cards, there isn't a separate waste bin for them. Thus, all of your shreds will be mixed together which will make recycling a bit challenging.
  • The SM20-08 has a 9-inch feed opening. While this is perfect for letter- and legal-sized documents, it means you'll either have to cut or fold larger sheets in order to shred them.

The Swingline SM20-08 is a good strip-cut shredder for office use. This machine has some very helpful features such as the 22-page shredding capacity and the ability to shut down in order to save power. It's great that the device can handle stapled documents, CD's, and DVD's. Not only will this help you save time, it gives you additional security. Also, the shredder is small enough to fit under a desk and it comes with great warranty coverage. However, keep in mind that the SM20-08 does have a few weaknesses, namely that it doesn't offer as much security as a cross-cut shredder. Also, both your plastic and paper shreds will be mixed together. If those weaknesses don't bother you, then the SM20-08 might be the perfect shredder for your office. Check it out today if that happens to be the case.

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