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Swingline Document Shredder for Small Business Security Needs

Posted By TJ McCue On November 5, 2012 @ 2:00 pm In Product Reviews | No Comments

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 [1] 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.

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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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