Here is another paper shredder that makes for an interesting choice for small to mid-size businesses. It offers a large bin and plenty of shredding power for those sensitive documents. It is the Tru Red 100-Sheet Micro-Cut Auto-Feed Commercial Shredder.
We are big fans of the auto-feeding models as it makes life so much easier. Just drop in a stack of papers and walk away. It offers auto-start/stop so that you don’t have to turn anything on or off, as well as auto-reverse and anti-jam (although anti-jam features of any shredder only go so far). It also has overload protection which helps prevent it from burning up (it will shut down and force a cool-down period to prevent any damage to the motor).
It can roll around, making it easier to move from location to location if your shredder shares space/use with others. The 6-gallon bin can hold a lot of shredded paper before having to empty it out, and the auto-feed tray can hold up to 100 sheets at once, which isn’t bad (most shredders don’t even offer an auto-feed capability).
The motor is powerful enough to chip away at everything you load into its tray. Keep in mind that it can only work non-stop for up to 10 minutes before it needs a cool-down. This was the only thing we didn’t fully like about this model as there are a few others than can perform longer (for those shredding marathon moments). For example, the Amazon Basics equivalent model is only limited to 10 minutes via the manual feed. However, it could run up to 60 minutes with its auto-feed tray before needing a cool.
Micro-cut shredders are absolutely the way to go when it comes to protecting important information that you don’t want to get out there. These are some of the smallest cuts you can make to paper without having to hire a professional shredding service (and even then, not all of them can promise better outside of the quantity of paper needing to be shredded).
It’s nice that it can be fed from the top for both manual and auto-feed, making it easy to drop and run. Quite similar to a top-loaded printer. It’s both user-friendly and familiar.
Like any shredder with auto-feed, you always want to remember to remove staples. Auto-feed needs to be able to pull one sheet at a time. So if something is still stapled together, it will likely cause a jam or will trigger the anti-jam features of the shredder. Forcing you to have to run it in reverse to try to get the sheet of paper back out and start over.
As mentioned, this is a great option for small to mid-sized businesses. Larger businesses would benefit from looking for something that has a longer run time though unless you have these scattered about, allowing the workload to be shared. It is a powerful shredder with all the options you’d look for and features a large bin.
We do find that we prefer the Amazon Basics model over this one though for both performance and price. The price of this model is all over the place between retailers, and higher than the price of the Amazon Basics model. The Amazon Basics model can also shred up to 150 sheets of paper, where this one is limited to 100. So in the end, it comes down to user preference of brand. Else the Amazon Basics model is the way to go for most.
We look forward to future models from the company. There is plenty of potential in this unit still and future models could easily compete better with the top options out there.
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- Dimensions: 21.8″H x 14.6″W x 11.2″D
- Weight: 22.5 lbs
- Auto Feed: up to 100 sheets at a time
- Cut Size: 4mm x 12mm / Micro-Cut
- Supported Materials (manual feed): Credit cards, staples, and paper
- Supported Materials (auto feed): Paper
- P-4 Rated
- 10-minute continuous run time with a 60-minute cool down between cycles
- Bin Size: 6-Gal capacity
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