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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 [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.


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.

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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.