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Buying advice for Paper Shredder?

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by GGardner, Mar 1, 2021.

  1. GGardner

    GGardner Friend of Leo's

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    Cleaning the basement and found boxes of bank statements and other docs that should be shredded. I was surprised to see that home shredders are relatively inexpensive (ranging from $50 to $350).

    Any recommendations of models to consider or avoid?

    Some online sites have customer videos that gives you an idea of the speed and noise level. Very helpful.

    Thanks.
     
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    I don’t know where you live but a lot of places have shred bin services for like $75 they will deliver a locked bin and come back and take it away when you fill it up, they will then do all the disposal. If you have a large amount of paper to get rid of this is the best way. At home shedders will work for small household bills but you don’t want to go through boxes of paper with them.
     
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    Just get a cheap cross cut or diamond cut machine. I have owned 2 fellows brand shredders in 20 years. Can’t complain.
     
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    Beat me to it.
    I've had a basic Office Depot-branded crosscut for about 15 years now. It got dropped during a move and doesn't auto-detect anymore but still runs fine using the power switch, enough that I haven't bothered to replace it.
     
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    I have not been satisfied with any consumer grade shredder, they simply are not made for volume or speed. They are for occasional use when you need to shred a page or two.

    A burn barrel or a large used grill like a Weber, lighter fluid, and a long lighter are cheaper and more effective.
     
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    Nope. But it would be fun.
     
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    It does credit cards too.
     

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    My wife would never go for it. She's leans on the paranoid side (in a nice, charming way).
     
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    I do the two-step: the shredded paper stuff works well for lighting charcoal for the grill in one of those charcoal starter chimneys, along with a few twigs.
     
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    I have a decent cross-cut. But I am too lazy to do it on a regular basis. So the shred pile gets huge, then I don't want to bother. I pack it up and take it to Staples or UPS and pay them to do it. Usually $5/pound. My credit union does it twice a year for nothing.

    If you have a big pile and it is a one-time deal, I would pay a service as mentioned above.
     
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    The one I have is a Fellowes model 99CI and it kicks butt.

    No matter what shredder you use, keep it oiled and it will last a long time, and the blades will stay sharper and honk right through the paper. Do not waste money on shredder oil; it is canola oil and it's cheaper at the grocery store. You pour a little oil on a piece of paper and send it through. I generally send an oil sheet through once every 10 minutes of use.

    Most banks and credit unions offer free shred service for their clients, so long as you're not bringing in 50 lbs in at a time.
     
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    Gone through 3 crosscut models in 3 years....not impressed at all as they all clog up and then you are screwed.

    I just take them all down to a local shredding company. Costs me less than $25 to shred 3 moving boxes worth of paper.
     
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    I can't recommend a brand, but I've found that the Ativa shredder that my wife gave me a few years ago does a good job, but it's very picky about how the paper is inserted into the slot - the paper has to go in at the proper angle or the shredder doesn't start. It was almost impossible to use when under a counter; now I've located it so I can load from above, but it's still picky.
     
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