In‐Depth Review of the Dahle 20813 Cross‐Cut Shredder
After looking over the Dahle 20813 Cross‐Cut Shredder we were quite pleased with its specs. Now
it may not be the cheapest on the market but we think that the few extra bucks you’ll spend will be
worth it. Check out the specs below and judge for yourself.
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 20813 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 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 20813 Cross‐Cut 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 around
the office all day!