October 31, 2014

Swingline Document Shredder for Small Business Security Needs

As a device, a document shredder does not generate a lot of passion. But Swingline has created a sweet office model that I felt would help many small business owners who spend monthly on a document security service.

Swingline sent me a temporary loaner unit for review purposes, with the promise that I would be impressed. I am impressed. You see, I have the occasional need in my company to shred secure documents and I either have to feed those documents one, two, or 11 at a time into my basic shredder. When the document stack grows to a ream or two of paper, it is a royal pain. That’s where this Swingline shredder would be ideal.

Right out of the gate, the price tag may shock many solopreneurs or home office business owners, but again, it depends on your need. At a street price range of $770 (NewEgg) to $1079 (OfficeMax), the Swingline Stack-and-Shred 250X is ultra-quiet and powerful. Thankfully, they offer less-costly models that are definitely better than the $50 models you might be used to purchasing and replacing every year, which is what I currently do.

I stacked 250 sheets with lots of regular staples in the autofeed chamber, closed the lid, and it proceeded to chomp its way through it all. When it hit a tough spot, it slowed down, and took tiny bites, slowly cutting its way through.

What I really like:

  • This bad boy shreds CD and DVD discs.
  • It has a nine-inch wide opening and if you have seen others with 8.75, that slight little bump makes a difference.
  • It is super QUIET. I love that.
  • The 250X will munch even small paperclips, no need to remove them or staples. Big ones are a no-no, however.

What I’d like to see:

  • At this price point, it would have been nice to have a small quantity of the shredder oil recommended for regular maintenance.
  • The simple one page instruction sheet shows that you plug it in, and turn on the switch in the back. It does not tell you to press the iPhone-looking power button on the front, too, but I eventually figured that out… I am, after all, a technology product review editor.

Overall, if you have to shred more than a handful of secure documents per day, this powerful little machine (or a slightly smaller capacity model) will save you time and effort. Swingline promised I would be impressed and they kept their promise.

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TJ McCue - Product Editor


TJ McCue TJ McCue served as Technology/Product Review Editor for Small Business Trends for many years and now contributes on 3D technologies. He is currently traveling the USA on the 3DRV roadtrip and writes at the Refine Digital blog.

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