Our Breakdown of the Dahle 20835 EC High Security Shredder
After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Dahle 20831 EC Cross-Cut Shredder has proved to be a worthy machine. It's a fairly versatile machine with a not-too-crazy price tag eit...
After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Dahle 20831 EC Cross-Cut Shredder has proved to be a worthy machine. It's a fairly versatile machine with a not-too-crazy price tag either (but remember you can often get a better deal if you call or email :-) Overall we'd recommend this machine but I suggest that you take a look at the specs yourself.
This level 5 shredder is nearly unmatched when it comes to shred size. Level 5 was previously the highest shred level until the NSA adopted the new spec for high-security shredding at a level 6. This machine will absolutely shred your sensitive documents to an unrecognizable state. If you are buying this machine you are most likely involved with the government or government contracting. If you are not, we recommend that you save a little bit of money by looking at a level 3 or 4 machine.
The Dahle 20831 EC Cross-Cut Shredder can shred Paper, Paper Clips, Staples. If you need to be able to shred something else then we recommend that you look at a larger machine and/or look for something with a little bit lower security (the higher the security the less likelihood that the machine shreds something other than paper).
This shredder is rated for continuous operation. That means that theoretically you could shred all day long and the machine would not have to shut-down to cool off. Remember that results may vary under real-world operating conditions and things such as the temperature of the room will affect the ability of this motor to stay cool and continue to shred. We give this machine 2 pats on the back for being rated continuous duty and we know that you'll appreciate this feature in due time.
The Dahle 20831 EC Cross-Cut Shredder sports a hefty 35 gallon bin. We know that you're not messing around when you get up in this size. You'll be able to go quite some time before you have to actually empty that thing out. Fill up your machine, skip the gym and just carry the full bag around the office all day!
A 16 inch throat means that you can fit just about anything into this bad boy. Gone are the days of folding your oversized paper or crumpling and jamming your machine with regular-sized paper. This guy gets 2 thumbs up for the often underestimated large throat size.
With an Optional Auto-Oiler available on this machine we highly recommend that you get it pre-installed. The machine is pre-wired to accept an oiler so all the manufacturer has to do is hook it up properly and you'll never have to worry about messy oil again. Automatically oiling your machine takes the guess-work out of maintenance and will most likely increase the life of your machine.
The Dahle 20831 EC Cross-Cut Shredder comes with a 2 year limited warranty (parts/labor), lifetime warranty on cutting cylinders. This means that you have plenty of time to test out the machine and make sure that everything is running smoothly. Just make sure to properly care for your machine and you shouldn't have any issues.
With an MSRP of $6,995.00 this shredder is not the cheapest around but remember to NEVER pay the full amount. You can find discounts of up to 50% off if you look around on the web.
About the Manufacturer
When accuracy matters professionals prefer Dahle. Our German engineered trimmers feature a precision graduated, self-sharpening blade made of German Solingen steel. This blade cuts in either direction and maintains a perfectly honed edge every time it's used. Why trust your images with anything else? With over 75 years of experience, our products are designed to meet the strictest safety standards in both personal and professional grade products. You can have the peace of mind in knowing you are about to purchase a quality product that will provide many years of trouble free operation.
Known for their power and waste capacity, Dahle Department Shredders provide a practical solution for accommodating the shredding needs of even the busiest offices. These machines can continually shred large quantities of paper for long periods of time and are designed to shred between 2,000 and 12,000 sheets of paper per day. Their attractive design and large storage bin make them a nice addition to any large office, copy room or communications center.
So as I mentioned before, we think that the Dahle 20831 EC Cross-Cut Shredder is a worthy competitor and deserves a second look. If you have more specific questions I didn't answer here, feel free to give us a call and we'd be happy to help you out. I also wanted to remind you that real-world conditions do not always produce the same results that you might expect from the listed specs. Happy Shredding!
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