Continuous Duty Shredders
A product for nonstop shredding needs
A common complaint with many home and office shredders is the machines' need for numerous breaks and resting periods during an average shredding session. Most shredders use motors in order to run the blades, and after a certain amount of continuous shredding (between five to twenty minutes), those motors tend to overheat. At that point most shredders simply shut down to prevent permanent damage caused by heat. This can be frustrating, especially for people or businesses that require large amounts of documents to be shredded daily.
A possible solution to this problem is the continuous duty shredder. Continuous duty shredders have thermally protected motors and special heatsinks to draw in cool air and disperse heat throughout the machine. They are therefore able to shred paper nonstop without shutting down, jamming up, or overheating. A continuous duty shredder can potentially shred paper all day without needing a break.
Obviously, the benefits of this machine are numerous. Individuals and companies with large shredding needs don't have to sacrifice time and productivity because:
Businesses and individuals that are especially concerned about privacy and security (such as those bound by laws such as FACTA and HIPAA) usually opt for a cross-cut shredder, or a micro cut shredder. It's theoretically possible for an ambitious thief or snoop to piece together strips cut from a strip-cut shredder, reassembling the printed information into readable form. But even the most painstaking bad guy would find it much harder, if not impossible, to make sense of papers that have gone through a quality cross-cut shredder. A bit of history: Oliver North used a cross-cut shredder to destroy Iran-Contra documents in the mid-1980s.
The only big downside to this option is the expense. Continuous duty shredders start at around $400, and can cost as much as $3,000. For those who really need it, though, the hefty price tag might be worth it.