Reviewing the Dahle 20630 EC Cross‐Cut Shredder
After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Dahle 20630 EC 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 machine.
The Dahle 20630 EC 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
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 time.
The Dahle 20630 EC 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