Looking for a paper shredder? Wondering about the different kinds?
Here's some quick and concise help.
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What's a paper shredder?
Paper shredders are machines that are used by individuals and companies to reduce idea and identity theft by shredding documents into strips or pieces, making it difficult to read important information like social security numbers or account numbers.
What are the different kinds of paper shredders?
There are two basic kinds of paper shredders:
Straight-cut or strip-cut shredders cut the paper into long strips of 1/8 to 1/2 inch in width. They can handle a high volume of paper and don't require much maintenance.
Cross-cut shredders cut the paper both length and width-wise. This means they do a more thorough job. These shredders usually cost more and can require more maintenance. In an article on identity theft, Consumer Reports recommends you use a cross cut shredder.
How do I feed it?
If you're using the shredder for your home office and don't plan to shred a large volume of paper, you'll probably be happy with a model that will only take single sheets at a time.
For higher volume use, be sure to get a model that takes at least 4 sheets at a time.
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