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How do I choose the right shredder?   What do the specifications mean?

As you probably found out, there are many different types of paper shredders out there.  We want you to be satisfied with the shredder that you choose.  You can do this in 3 easy steps.  So lets go through this, step by step and choose the right shredder for you.  You can always call us for a free consultation if you have any questions or concerns.  1-800-992-5279

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Step One:  Strip-Cut or Cross-Cut?

GBC strip-cut paper shredders shred documents into narrow, unreadable strips that can also be used as packing material as shown in this picture.

GBC cross-cut paper shredders shred documents into tiny particles, making them impossible to recreate as shown in this picture.

Strip Cut Pieces

Cross Cut Pieces

Can shred more paper at a time
Faster shredding speed
Lower maintenance
Less expensive

Greater security
Reduces shredded bulk meaning you do not have to empty  the bin as much (About 80% more than strip-cut)
So based on your preferences, make a choice between the two and lets move on to step 2.


Step Two: Feed Opening Width

The Feed Opening is the part of the shredder where the paper enters.  The width varies and increases as model numbers increase which ranges from 8 inches to 18 inches.  There are several reasons why this is important.

You must choose the shredder width based on the size of the documents you will be shredding.  (The standard paper size 8
1/2 x 11, easily fits in any GBC shredder.)

If you plan to shred continuous form documents wider than 12 inches, it is best to focus on our Production Shredders that offer a 16" feed opening which will allow you to shred continuously without constant watch.  (Office Shredders offers feed openings ranging from 9.25" to15".)

Continuous forms will constantly jam if you have a smaller feed opening.

So based on what size documents you will be shredding, choose the model with the appropriate feed opening.  If you will be only shredding standard size paper you can consider the smaller models but you will have to take into account the power of the shredder (Output) which is step number three.


Step Three: Output/Speed

The output is measured in pounds per hour and is an indication of the speed and power of the shredder.  You need to know what kind of power you want to work with.

Many times purchasing a bigger more powerful shredder pays off depending on your volume.  If you are doing very little shredding the low models will be sufficient.

So based on what kind of power (output) you are looking for choose the GBC Paper Shredder that best suits your needs.  Three easy steps is all it takes!


Keywords and Specifications

Shred Size: The size of the shredded pieces after the document has been shredded.
Sheet Capacity: The maximum sheets of paper the shredder can handle at a time.
Speed (ft./min.): The speed at which the shredder shreds measured in feet per minute.  (measure of power)
Output (lbs./hr.): The weight of the shredded pieces measured in pounds per hour.   (measure of power)
Feed Opening: The width of the mouth (entry point) of the shredder.
Electrical (V AC): The electrical power the shredder needs to operate.
Ship Weight (lbs.): The shredder weight along with the packaging.
Smaller, lighter shredder made for low volume shredding.
Mid-size shredder ideal for a small office, medium volume shredding.
High Volume
Bigger more powerful shredder that can even handle CD's and file folders and high volume paper shredding.  Ideal for a bigger office in a centralized position with higher volume shredding
High Capacity
Safer and more convenient than using an outside shredding service that can shred bound ledgers, ring binders, stacks of printouts, storage media such as tapes and CD's- even entire wastebasket contents can be fed into these powerful Industrial sized GBC shredders. 
Cutting Heads: The physical blades that cut the paper into pieces.
Warranty: GBC models offer 5-year warranty on this part.

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