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Formax FD 8704CC Multimedia Paper Shredder Review

Posted by: James on June 18th, 2013

Formax FD 8704CC Multimedia Paper ShredderModern businesses have many needs and often need tools that support their often versatile and constantly changing working conditions. For this reason, Formax has made the FD 8704CC multimedia paper shredder (found here). This shredder is designed from the ground up to keep up with the needs of modern businesses and help them stay on top of the curve, especially when it comes to data and information destruction. I would like to share a few of these features with you in this article.

While paper destruction and HIPAA / FACTA compliance is extremely important, not all data and sensitive information is stored on paper. Many businesses use optical or magnetic media to store patient and customer records, important plans, research and much more. This is where the Formax FD 8704CC really finds its mark. This shredder is equipped with paper, optical and magnetic media destruction capabilities. Let me go into more detail.

Before I go into too much detail on how the FD 8704CC’s capabilities shredding material, I would like to cover how many other manufacturers approach multimedia shredding. The ability of a shredder to destroy optical media is often an afterthought with other shredders. All shredding is done via the same slot. That’s not to say they are bad shredders, but the separation of the paper and multimedia material found in the FD 8704CC is by far superior in my personal opinion.

The FD 8704CC has two dedicated shredding slots. One is designed for paper, found in the front, and the other is dedicated for CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays, floppy discs, mini DV cassettes and zip discs. Because there are two dedicated slots, each does it’s own proprietary job extremely well. Amazingly, Formax didn’t go chintzy on the paper shredder. It handles up to 45 sheets of paper in a single pass!

The cross cut shredding pattern falls in at a Level 3 and the particle pieces are 5/32″ x 1 5/8″ in size, which is more than what most offices need. The feed slot is 9.4″ wide, so it easily handles letter-size paper and smaller. You can even shred larger paper, it just needs to be folded in half. The shredding blades themselves are made from heat-treated steel. Formax didn’t cut corners on the quality. Even the gears are made from high quality materials.

Have you ever used a shredder and had to turn it off after 20 or 30 minutes to cool down? This is what’s referred to as the duty cycle when it comes to shredders. The Formax FD 8704CC is what’s known as a continuous duty shredder, meaning there is no duty cycle. It uses a thermally protected motor that can be used continuously through the day. This is especially nice in an office where there may be several people using the shredder throughout the day.

If you have ever used an office shredder, you may have discovered that some almost require a degree to use, if not at least a manual. The FD 8704CC is extremely easy to use. It has a control panel with LED lights to let you know what’s going on. It lets you know when the shredder door is open, when the bag is full and when the shredder needs to be oiled. It also includes a photoelectric sensor that automatically turns the shredder on when material is detected. A load control indicator lets you know how hard the motor is working. If the light goes up into the red, it is working too hard. If it is shredding too much, it will shut off, reverse the paper back out and let you adjust the quantity. You could almost say this shredder is jam proof.

Overall I just have to say that this is a solid piece of machinery and an EXCELLENT shredder for the office. I can’t stress enough just how well put together this shredder is. It is ideal for use in a centralized office location. You can find the FD 8704CC here. Still have questions? Give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here.


Best Types of Stack Paper Cutters

Posted by: James on June 17th, 2013

Stack Paper CuttersWhen it comes to stack paper cutters (found here), there are many things you should be aware of. Quality ranges greatly and the types of machines available are many. I would like to cover what I have come to learn about stack paper cutters over the past decade of working with them. I will answer a some common questions and cover several popular terms in the industry.

So what is a stack paper cutter? A stack paper cutter is a machine that is designed to cut a stack of paper in a single pass of the blade. The amount varies, but it is typically several hundred or more sheets at a time. This type of paper cutter is popular with businesses that produce paper, printed material, marketing material or handle paper on a daily basis. Because these cutters are capable of trimming down so many sheets at once, jobs are done quickly and output is high.

So what are the different types of stack paper cutters? While it can be argued that there are over a half dozen different types of stack cutters, I like to break them down into three categories. These are manual stack cutters, electric stack cutters and hydraulic stack cutters. Here is what each entails:

  1. Manual Stack Paper Cutters (found here) – These are the most affordable stack cutters available. They don’t feature any kind of motor and are totally manually operated. While manual and cutting stacks of paper don’t seem to belong in the same sentence, these machines actually make cutting paper easy. These cutters use a long handle that is pulled down to cut paper. While not all manual stack cutters are equal, most are very easy to operate and require little force to cut through paper. Popular brands include Triumph, Dahle and Intelli-Cut. These cutters also feature a manual clamping mechanism. Manual stack cutters are ideal for light to medium-volume cutting.
  2. Electric Stack Paper Cutters (found here) – These types of paper cutters use a powerful electric motor to do all of the cutting. These types of paper cutters range greatly in features. Some include an electric clamp, where others have a manual clamp. The backstop also varies a lot. Some adjust themselves and others require the operator to turn a hand crank to adjust the back stop. These are the most popular paper cutters for higher-volume jobs. Depending on the cutter, these can be used for medium to high-volume cutting jobs. Some cutters are also programmable, allowing the operator to simply input some data and the machine does the rest. Some include the ability to remember these settings for repeat and common cutting jobs.
  3. Hydraulic Paper Cutters (found here) – If you are cutting thousands of sheets of paper per day and need the most powerful cutting force available, then a hydraulic stack cutter is what you need. These cutters use hydraulics to drive the cutting blade, producing an amazing amount of force. These cutters are excellent for daily repeated cutting of chipboard, card stock and much more.

Things To Look Out For – When it comes to shopping around for a high-quality stack paper cutter, most electric and hydraulic machines are solid. I find most quality issues in the manual cutter category. This is because there are a lot of cheap imitation machines made that simply aren’t up to par. Most of these fall in the sub $500 category. That isn’t to say you can’t find a good cutter under $500, but I can’t think of any off the top of my head. Unfortunately when it comes to stack cutters, you often get what you pay for.

I highly recommend you get a stack paper cutter that has a clear plastic guard in the front and back of the machine that prevents access to the cutting blades during the cutting process. Most brands, such as Dahle, Intelli-Cut and Triumph implement many safety features. You just can’t be too safe when dealing with a powerful machine like a stack paper cutter.

If you still have questions about stack cutters, feel free to give us a call at 1-800-543-5454. We would love to help you out.