How Well Does the Dahle 20831 EC Cross‐Cut Shredder Stack up Against the Competition?
After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Dahle 20831 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
The Dahle 20831 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 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 20831 EC 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 h