How Well Does the Dahle 20514 Cross‐Cut Shredder Stack up Against the Competition?
After looking over the Dahle 20514 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 20514 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.
The Dahle 20514 Cross‐Cut Shredder has a 16 gallon bin. We’re happy with this size because it will
give you a bit more time between emptying your bin. Although the size may make it difficult to fit
this shredder in a tight space, it’s always worth it in the long run to get a bigger bin size and mov