In‐Depth Review of the Dahle 20834 EC High Security Shredder
We recently took a look at the Dahle 20834 EC High Security 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.
NSA Approved, this shredder sports level 6 security which shreds your paper into sand‐like
particles. You only need this level of security if you are working in or with the government. The
downside to level 6 machines is that you can generally only do a few sheets per pass and the
cutting heads are more prone to damage from staples or paper clips so you should always remove
them to prolong the life of your machine. If you don’t need this level of security we recommend
you jusm to a level 3 or 4.
The Dahle 20834 EC High Security Shredder can shred Paper. 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
The Dahle 20834 EC High Security 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