In‐Depth Review of the Dahle 20330 Cross‐Cut Shredder
After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Dahle 20330 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
The Dahle 20330 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 not rated for continuous use. That simply means that you will have to shut the
machine down after a certain period of time to let it cool off. Now don’t let this scare you away
because most people will never reach that point unless they just sit down and start shredding and
shredding and shredding. If you plan on doing all your shredding at one sitting then it is highly
recommended that you get a machine with a continuous duty motor, otherwise you’re just fine.
At 7.5 gallon bin, the Dahle 20330 Cross‐Cut Shredder is a personal/deskside machine. You won’t
be able to shred too much before you have to empty it, but presumably you won’t be shredding
that frequently. If you will, we recomme