How To Buy a Paper Shredder

Five Things You Should Know

Do you need a paper shredder? If so, you may want to pay close attention to what I'm about to tell you, it could save you a good chunk of change and legal fees. Most people who buy a shredder often try to get by with the cheapest model they can find, only to have it break down in a short period of time or discover too late that their machine is sorely inadequate.

Following these five key shredder buying steps will save you time, money, liability, and a lot of frustration:

Step 1

First ask yourself. "What do I mostly need to shred?" This seems like a no-brainer, but it's important to take a minute to think about the stuff you typically shred. Is it mostly computer printer paper, invoices, receipts, etc.? Make a note of the items you regularly shred and move on to the next step.

Step 2

Shredder volume. How much shredding are you doing each day? Are you shredding reams of paper or just a few sheets? This will help you find a machine that can keep up with your workload.

Step 3

Security. Are you shredding sensitive material? If you run a business, you are responsible for shredding customer information including transaction receipts and other vulnerable documents. If a dumpster diver pulls this kind of information from your garbage bin out back, you may be liable for losses and damages.

Step 4

Oil your shredder. Hardly anyone follows this critical step. Oiling your shredder on a regular basis will preserve the shred head and double the life of your shredder. A good rule of thumb is to oil your shredder at least once a week (depending on your shredding volume).

Step 5

Buy a paper shredder that comes with a good warranty. Most reputable brands will warranty the heads on your shredder for at least a couple of years. And be sure to buy from a retailer that offers service and technical support after the sale.

For more information on how to find the right shredder for you, visit the <a href="http://www.officezone.com/shredder_guide.htm" target="_blank" title="Shredder Guide">shredder guide</a> at Office Zone.
 

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