How Well Does the Dahle 30114 Cross‐Cut Shredder Stack up Against the Competition?
We recently took a look at the Dahle 30114 Cross‐Cut Shredder. Overall the machine is quite nice
but I’ll let you be the judge after you see the pros and cons below. Always remember that the
stated specs of a machine do not always translate precisely to a real‐world environment.
At a level 3 security, this cross‐cut shredder gets the job done. Although there are higher levels of
security, a level 3 machine provides a sufficiently small cut size to put your identity theft worries to
bed. We also like the cross‐cut because it takes up much less space which means that you won’t
have to empty your bin as frequently as you would with a strip‐cut machine. There is really no
reason to jump up to a level 4 machine unless you have some ultra‐sensitive documents you need
The Dahle 30114 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 8 gallon bin, the Dahle 30114 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 recommend that you jump up to something with a bigger b