Cross cut and confetti cut paper shredder differences!
Posted on Thu, Nov 05 2015 3:45 pm
by Advantage Business Equipment
is no practical difference between a confetti-cut shredder and a cross cut
shredder. Both use two drums rotating perpendicular to each other to chop documents
into small pieces, known as chad. Some cross-cut shredders produce rectangles
of paper rather than confetti-like squares or diamonds; otherwise the two kinds
of shredders are virtually identical.
a paper shredder helps protect you, your family, and your business from
identity theft by destroying sensitive documents. The familiar strip-cut
shredder only cuts documents in one direction, resulting in long, narrow strips
of paper that a dedicated criminal could reassembly glean your personal data.
Use a paper shredder marketed as a cross-cut or a confetti-cut to shred
sensitive documents into tiny paper scraps, obscuring the information more
levels of shred size are available so look at the article - Shredder Cut Security Levels - to see what cut
size fits your needs. Level four and
higher shredders are fine for most of us but carefully consider what cut is
best for you.
top secret document destruction, the US Government requires paper to be shred
into 15,081 particles per sheet or into pieces no larger than 1/32” x 3/16” in
size. This is considered a level 6
requirement is considered safe after the DARPAR Challenge in 2011. The DAPAR challenge was an event sponsored by
the Pentagon where teams were offered an award of $50,000 if they could
successfully solve puzzles written on paper that was shred into 6,000 chads per
only one team out of 9,000 who entered was able to decode all the puzzles and
claim the government prize, the DOD determined a level 6 shredder to be secure.
well as securing your data, cross-cut and confetti-cut shredders also have
other advantages. You'll also need to empty your shredder less often as the
chad (paper scraps) take up less room than the bulky paper strips created by
strip-cut shredders. These tiny scraps take up less room in your household or business
waste than heaps of strips.
can find cross-cut and confetti-cut shredders with various useful features,
such as the ability to shred paper with staples and paper clips attached without
causing blade damage. Some are capable of shredding thicker materials such as
cardboard which can be useful for packing material.
have a “Multi-Media” slot dedicated to CD’s and DVD’s while others accept this
material in the same slot as the paper. A
credit-card shredder ensures that no-one can make use of your unwanted credit
or debit card. The most important feature of a cross-cut or confetti-cut
shredder is the shred size; the smaller the chad, the less likely it is that
someone will be able to re-assemble your documents.
that not all domestic paper recycling services will take shredded paper,
especially chad from a cross-cut shredder. You may have to arrange for it to be
recycled by a commercial company. You can also use paper chad around the home;
in paper briquettes, for children's crafts or as animal bedding, for instance.