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The Pros and Cons of Strip Cut vs. Cross Cut Paper Shredders

Are you confused about what type of paper shredder to buy?  There are undoubtedly a lot to choose from, but the most commonly used office machines are either strip cut or cross cut paper shredders.

Strip cut and cross cut

Paper Shredder Cutting Blades

Each have their own advantages and disadvantages, so once you know what these are, you will quickly be able to decide which one is best for you. Here’s what you need to know.

Cost: Strip cut machines are less expensive than a cross cut paper shredder. This is primarily because the technology used in strip cut shredders is not as complex as that in their cross cut counterparts.

Capacity: Emptying the paper shredder is a fact of life in any busy office, but you will spend less time bagging shredded paper if you invest in a cross cut paper shredder. This is because the shredded paper it produces is smaller in size and takes up less space than the long strips from a strip cut machine.

Speed: Generally speaking, strip cut shredders are faster because they only make one continuous cut on the paper and they allow you to shred more sheets at once. The bi-directional cuts made on a cross cut paper shredder are not slow, but on a like for like machine, they are defintiely not as quick. They also cannot take as many sheets at one time because the blades produce more resistance and need a more manageable intake.

Security: Without a doubt, a cross cut shredder is more secure than a strip cut shredder. If you were to try to reassemble a shredded document, it would be significantly harder if you were starting with small cross cut shreds. Government agencies insist on cross cut shredders for this very reason, as do many security conscious businesses.

Maintenance: Keeping your shredder in peak condition literally means that it needs to run like a well-oiled machine. Strip cut shredders need oiled after about 60 minutes of continuous use, while cross cut shredders need oiled after every 30 minutes, and sometimes more often than that. However, shredder oil is relatively inexpensive, and you can install an Automatic Oiler to ensure that this is less of a chore around the office.

So, when choosing between these two types of shredders, it is less of about which one is best, and more about which one is best for you. A cross cut paper shredder is a popular choice, but there is still a lot to be said for strip cut shredders.

Dahle paper shredders are recognized the world over for their quality and reliability, so why not take a look at the models we stock to see which ones meet the needs of your organization.

 
Shredding Bank Statements | A Guide to Security Levels for your Paper Shredder

Shredding Your Bank Statements

Many businesses have internal systems and processes for shredding confidential and private information such as bank statements. While there is no definitive guide, standard or requirement for shredding personal documents such as banking statements, we have outlined a few helpful guidelines and best business practices to assist you in mitigating security risk and improving internal security over sensitive documents.

Cross Cut- Choose a shredder that cross cuts the paper documents makes them more difficult to read or reassemble. Yes, perhaps that might sound like document reassembly is the stuff that spy movies are made of, but there is a piece of mind that comes with knowing that documents have been properly destroyed.

Create a Shredding Process and System – Create a well defined system for destroying confidential bank documents or personal bank statements. This will ensure you mitigate the most risk and reduce your chances of identity theft.

Three Reasons to Shred (paper, not the slopes or half pipe)

1. Protect Your Company from Identity Theft and Fraud - shredding banking or financial documents is more than just a method to reduce paper volume in the office, shredding documents at the source helps protect from identity theft. According to research in 2006, there were 67,000 victims of identity theft. It is very difficult and nearly impossible for would be thieves to steal bank documents that they can’t read!

2. Improve Trust and Integrity – By keeping business materials confidential you build a better relationship with your clients confidential and important information. By paper bank statements or financial documents with bank bank information such as credit card numbers your customers know that you value their information and want to ensure that there is no chance of a security risk.

3. Help the Environment - Recycling paper is a primary concern for all businesses today and now it’s easier than every to recycle!

If your business entity is regulated by the Federal Government or has a requirement under HIPAA, Gramm- Leach Bliley, SOX or FACTA there may be other preferred or regulated procedures for document destruction that must be followed. Please consult your facilities security manager or boss.

If you are going to be shredding credit applications you can read more in the “How To” section of our blog.

 
How to destroy classified information

Classifications for document shredders are handled by the NSA. The official list of Approved shredders can be found on the NSA/CSS 02-01 Approved List. We at K.L. Security pride ourselves on carrying the best products available, which in this case is the Dahle line of shredders. With a shred size of 1mm x 4.7mm Dahle shredders provide the
security level you need when destroying all levels of Classified Information. As a trusted provider, our team will be sure to match your needs with the most suitable option available.

Call us today Toll Free at 866-867-0306 to speak with a US Government product specialist today! Or email Travis at teaster@klsecurity.com for same day answers to your secure document destruction questions.

 
Shredding Credit Applications | A Guide to Security Level Selection

While there is no standard for shredding confidential documents such as credit applications, there are several general guidelines or best business practices that mitigate risk and improve customer confidence in your organization.

Cross Cut- Choose a shredder that cross cuts the documents making them more difficult to read. It is also advised that you stir the shredded paper to make it more difficult to reassemble

Develop a Process and System – Create a well defined system for destroying confidential documents or credit applications. This will ensure you mitigate the most risk and improve customer relationships by building confidence and trust.

3 Reason to Shred

1. Protect Your Company from Identity Theft and Fraud - shredding documents is more than just an easy way to reduce paper volume in the office, it also helps protect from identity theft! According to research in 2006, there were 67,000 victims of identity theft. Remember that thieves can’t steal documentation that they can’t read!

2. Improve Trust and Integrity – By keeping business materials confidential you build a better relationship with your clients confidential and important information. By shredding credit applications and bank information your customers know that you value their information and want to ensure that there is no chance of a security risk.

3. Help the Environment - Recycling paper is a primary concern for all businesses today and now it’s easier than every to recycle!

If your company falls under a federal regulation such as HIPAA, Gramm- Leach Bliley, SOX or FACTA there may be other preferred or regulated procedures for document destruction that must be followed. Please consult your facilities security manager or boss.

In short, shredding credit applications is a simple process that is well worth the investment.

 
How to Shred Film, Plastic and Polyester Sheets
Polyester or Mylar Sheeting

4 Tips for Shredding Plastic sheets

We get asked by our customers about the various types of materials that can be shredded by every Dahle paper shredding machine and you’d be surprised at some of the things people want to shred! If you have a need for shredding film and plastic sheeting this can be accomplished, but it will require special use. Film can be shredded, but ONLY with the following precautions:

1.             Never shred film or plastic when the cutting head is hot.

2.             Shred paper periodically to help remove film particles that will get stuck to the cutting cylinders.

3.             Run your shredder in reverse mode to further remove film particles

4.             Keep the cutting head well lubricated with shredding oil.

If these guidelines are followed, you should have no problem shredding film or plastics!

Clean Cutting Cylinders