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Paper shredders make it simple to protect sensitive information that is no longer needed. From personal models that handle a few sheets at a time to heavy-duty machines that rip through stacks of paper and even credit cards, Staples carries shredders from Fellowes that meet the needs of most offices.
What to Consider When Choosing Fellowes Shredders Choosing the right shredder depends on how much paper waste is generated each day and the overall security needs. Small home models can handle up to 12 loose pages that don't contain staples or other metal bindings. Medium size machines shred up to 18 pages at a time for up to 30 minutes per use. Some of these machines can handle credit cards, paperclips and staples, maximizing productivity by eliminating preparation time. Heavy-duty options can operate for 45 minutes at a time and shred up to 38 pages that include staples and paperclips. Consider heavy-duty paper shredders for large and busy offices that need to protect client information each day.
Which Security Level Is the Right Choice? Shredders come in four different security levels, which describe how small the paper particles are after destruction. Level P-2, which are called strip-cut devices, cut each sheet into 39 strips, making it a good choice for pages that only contain names and addresses. Cross-cut shredders are available in levels P-3 and P-4. A P-3 Fellowes shredder slices each page into 302 particles, and a P-4 results in 397 pieces per sheet. Businesses that need to comply with federal guidelines for destruction will benefit from a P-5 or micro-cut shredder. These models turn each page into 3,770 particles to ensure confidentiality and protection of sensitive information. High-security P-7 Fellowes shredders are government approved to provide maximum security by reducing each full page into 15,081 pieces.
Features That Meet the Needs of Any Office Paper shredders come with several different features that make them ideal for specific situations. Machines designed to provide quiet performance minimize distraction and annoyance in shared work spaces. Models with safety blades and features prevent injuries and accidents, making them a good choice for pet-friendly offices and daycare centers. Jam-proof shredders eliminate the frustration of paper jamming in the blades and maximize productivity during use.
Shredders also come with bins in varying sizes. Small 4-gallon bins work well in offices with minimal shredding needs. Large 16-gallon baskets keep destruction projects moving by minimizing the time spent on emptying. Medium and large bins are ideal for businesses that shred daily. Look for locking baskets for additional security when the shredder is left unattended.
Are There Options That Shred More Than Paper? Shredders that can handle thick stacks of paper are ideal for busy offices, but they can't handle thicker objects. Some models have additional blades that destroy credit cards and even CDs that contain valuable information to meet the demands of today's workplaces. Consider a Fellowes shredder that chops through paperclips, staples and other fasteners to speed up the destruction process and cut down the time spent on shredding information.