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.


Auto Feed Paper Shredders – Why You Should Use One

Posted by: James on October 22nd, 2012

Auto Feed Paper ShreddersHave you ever stood by a shredder, feeding in a handful of paper at a time until the entire stack is shredded? This isn’t exactly the most exciting activity in the world. When shredding a large stack of paper, and depending on the model, it could take 15+ minutes to finish. This is where auto feed paper shredders (found here) have a huge benefit.

I was just speaking to a customer last week. They said, “I need a paper shredder that I can just put in my paper and walk away.” I explained to the customer that they could either purchase a high-capacity paper shredder or go with an auto feed paper shredder. I went on to suggest a few models.

So what is an auto feed paper shredder and why might you want one? Auto feed shredders have a feed tray, much like a printer, where you can set a stack of paper. The shredder will then pull in one sheet at a time, much like a copy machine, and shred it. Most auto feed paper shredders can accept 100 plus sheets of paper at a time. You can literally set a stack on the shredder, start it up and leave.

Auto feed paper shredders cost a lot less than a high-capacity shredder. So basically if you need to shred 50 sheets of paper at a time, you can either purchase a shredder that can shred 50 sheets of paper at once or you can buy an auto feed shredder that takes 50 sheets and shreds them one at a time. Sure the high-capacity shredder will be much faster, but if speed isn’t what you need, the auto-feed will do the same job at a much lower price.

One auto-feed shredder that I have personal experience with is the Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed (found here). One reason I like this auto feed shredder is because it has a slot for auto feed shredding and a separate slot for manual feeding, much like any other shredder. It sits on casters, has a front cabinet door for emptying the shredder and it looks like any other paper shredder.

The auto feed tray on the Formax FD 8500AF can handle 175 sheets of 11″ x 17″ paper at a time, making this shredder ideal for the office. The 16″ wide hand feed opening can accept 16-18 sheets of paper at a time. These two options make this a great centralized office shredder for use in an office department.

The FD 8500 AF also features the typical whistles and bells such as an auto on/off sensor, a load indicator that lets you know when you are shredding too much paper and an oil indicator light that lets you know when the shredder needs to be oiled. It also features a thermally protected continuous duty motor.

Here is a video demo of the Formax FD 8500 in action:

In conclusion, if you need to shred a lot of paper, but you are limited by a budget, you should seriously consider using an auto feed paper shredder. They handle a lot of paper, are safe to use and best of all they usually won’t break the bank. If you have questions about auto feed paper shredders, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-543-5454. You can find our entire selection of high-quality paper shredders here.


New Product Review: The Formax FD 6102 Tabletop Inserter

Posted by: Morgan on April 27th, 2012
Formax FD 6102 Tabletop Inserter

Formax FD 6102 Tabletop Inserter

Have you ever been an unwilling participant in a late-night paper folding/envelope inserting “party” at the office? You know the situation: The marketing department is pressed to make a deadline with the post office and hundreds, or even perhaps thousands, of letters with multiple sheets must be folded, inserted and mailed by the next day.

Thankfully, innovative companies such as Formax provide an affordable solution to this type of unwanted hassle and stress to your career. It used to be that the type of machine that could tackle a somewhat technical process was too much of an investment for most businesses.

Formax recently introduced the FD 6102 Desktop Inserter. Why is this newly designed machine such a big deal? Well, for one, the FD 6102 is the most affordable low-volume paper folder inserter in it class. The machine’s impressive lineup of powerful features makes make it the best low-volume paper folder/inserter option available today.

The FD 6102 can process paper up to 14 inches in length. It also has the capability of folding and inserting up to five sheets of paper, stapled or unstapled, at a time. This impressive possibility alone makes the FD 6102 a significant value. This Formax model sports two fully automatic sheet feeders; with one automatic insert feeder. This feeder gives you the option of inserting a business reply envelope, or BRE, into a No. 10 business flap envelope.

The FD 6102 delivers a wide range of paper folding and inserting capabilities. Paper fold types include half, letter and double parallel. Other impressive innovations include a color touch screen, revamped internal engineering, new feeding systems and a user-friendly interface with job wizard. The FD 6102 also has an impressive total 15 programmable jobs. You can expect to process up to 5,000 mail pieces per month with this unit. The model 6102 also offers the ability to process half folds for 6” x 9.5” envelopes.

The 6102’s new feeding system is based on proven technology borrowed from the Formax FD 6202 series. Also included are green foam paper fold rollers that reduce toner build-up from copy paper. They also improve folding consistency. Internal mechanics are easier to access and document catch points have been eliminated.

Intuitive icons have been added to help users better understand how to load paper and envelopes.  Formax is an industry leader in the design, engineering, sales and support of office machines. The company has a strong reputation in the industry for continually introducing new and innovative products.

Be sure to contact Office Zone today for further information about the Formax FD 6102 paper folder and inserter.



How Does an Envelope Stuffing Machine Work?

Posted by: James on September 15th, 2011

Envelope Stuffing MachinesRemember that Seinfeld episode where George’s fiancé died from licking envelopes? Here untimely demise could have been averted had she just used an envelope stuffing machine instead of licking them herself. Envelope stuffing machines tend to be cost prohibitive for casual home or wedding use, but they are a must have for businesses that send out large volumes of correspondence.

Envelope stuffing machines do exactly what they sound like. They insert correspondence, such as documents, letters, invoices, remittance, statements and even wedding invites that have been folded into an envelope. Most of the higher quality envelope stuffing machines will perform a combination of tasks, such as folding the sheets of paper, stuffing the envelope and then sealing the envelope for mailing.

When considering which envelops stuffing machine to purchase, remember that not all envelopes are compatible with an envelope stuffing machine. Some envelope stuffing machines are only compatible with standard business style envelopes. Higher end envelope stuffing machines are able to accommodate manila and side open envelopes.

Envelope stuffing machines are mostly automated, and require minimal user effort or supervision. They can run from start to finish on their own. Although features and settings may vary from model to model, envelope stuffing machines all work using the same steps.

The envelope stuffing machine operator begins by adjusting the settings on the machine to match the paper and envelop size, as well setting the fold style for the paper. Most combination folder and envelope stuffing machine are preset with all the standard folds, (V-Fold, Letter Fold, Z Fold, Gate Fold, etc.), and a few customized folds.

Envelope Stuffing Machine EnvelopesThe operator will then place the envelopes to be stuffed into the envelope tray and the paper to be inserted into the hopper, or feed tray. How many sheets a hopper can hold will depend on the size of the machine, itself. Some envelope stuffing machines have one hopper, while higher end machines will have multiple hoppers, sometimes as many as seven, for larger envelope stuffing jobs. Envelope stuffing machines with multiple feed trays or hoppers accommodate larger jobs can hold as many as 325 sheets each and the envelope tray holds up to 250 envelopes at a time. These machines are used for folding and stuffing correspondence with multiple pages into one envelope. Envelope stuffing machines with multiple feed trays are also useful for inserting return envelopes, inserts, buck slips and more. Envelope stuffing machines have a range of being about to stuff 1,350 sheets of paper per hour in entry level machines to high performance machines that can fold and stuff 4,300 sheets per hour.

The operator then turns on the machines and observes while the machine does the rest. The friction rollers feed the sheets of paper into the machine where the fold plates crease the sheets into the desired fold. The friction rollers then feed the folded sheets into the envelopes loaded in the machine. The machine folds the envelope flap down to close the envelope, applies moisture to the sealing glue on the envelope, and then applies pressure to seal the envelope. The envelope stuffing machine then releases the sealed envelope into a catch bin. Please note that friction rollers are not compatible with glossy paper. If you need an envelope stuffing machines to fold and insert glossy paper then you’ll need to purchase a suction-fed envelope stuffing machine instead. Envelope stuffing machines are able to fold and stuff hundreds of sheets of paper per hour into hundreds of envelopes.

There are some manufacturers that make better envelope stuffing machines than others. Formax is one of the foremost brands of envelope stuffing machines on the market. Along with producing exceptional products, Formax has exceptional customer service. Their envelope stuffing machines and other office machines have a high user satisfaction track record. You can find Office Zone’s entire selection of Formax envelope stuffing machines here.


Top 10 Best Office Paper Shredders 2011

Posted by: James on June 22nd, 2011

Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper ShredderAre you in the market for a new paper shredder? Perhaps you need a model because last year’s model broke down or burnt out. Regardless of the reason you’re looking for a paper shredder, chances pretty good you want something that will hold up. With literally hundreds of different models floating around, it is probably tough to sift through the clutter and find a shredder that fits your bill. I have compiled this list of highly reliable office paper shredders.

Before I provide you with my list of best office paper shredders 2011, let me familiarize you with the “best” paper shredder manufacturers available. These brands may not be as familiar to you as many of them are not commonly found in your local department store. These shredders are, however, very well known among the government and military.

Top Paper Shredder Brands

Do these brands sound familiar? These brands compile the best office paper shredders modern technology has to offer. They have proven track records, have been around for years and to be honest, our Customer Service Reps love them because the don’t have to deal with after-sale issues.

So what do I consider to be a good shredder? I have a few requirements:

  • To begin with, a paper shredder must have a continuous-duty motor. You shouldn’t have to wait around for a shredder to cool down, especially in an office.
  • An office shredder needs to have a nice shredding capacity. You don’t want to have to wait around a paper shredder like water cooler, waiting for a few sheets to finish shredding before you insert the next 5-6 sheets. You need something that allows you to shred at least 15+ sheets at a time. Stay away from wimpy shredders.
  • An office shredder needs to have a nice bin size. I recommend at least a 15 gallon bin or larger. If you can afford it, go with a shredder that has a 30 gallon bin or larger. Larger bins mean less bag changes and time saved for you!
  • Get a shredder with a nice feed opening. I personally like at least 10″ or wider for office use. A wider opening will be able to handle disorganized stacks of paper better and will also be better able to handle computer forms. Some higher-end departmental shredders have openings as wide as 16″!

So here you go, my list of the top 10 best office paper shredder for 2011. Shredders are arranged alphabetically.

  1. Dahle 20614EC Heavy Duty Shredder
  2. Dahle 30414 Cross Cut Paper Shredder
  3. Dahle 20800EC Office Paper Shredder
  4. Formax FD 8500 Office Shredder
  5. Formax FD 8650CC AutoOiler Office Paper Shredder
  6. Formax FD 8500AF AutoFeed Paper Shredder
  7. MBM Destroyit 4002 Heavy Duty Shredder
  8. MBM Destroyit 3104 Cross Cut Office Shredder
  9. MBM Destroyit 3105 Office Shredder with Auto Oiler
  10. HSM 411.2 Departmental Paper Shredder

So there you have it! The top 10 office paper shredders (designed for departmental use) for the year 2011. These 10 shredders are all from the top 4 paper shredder brands available today. I wish I could have added a few more shredders, but wanted to keep the list around 10. All four of these brands offer other models that may be better suited for smaller businesses.

Of these shredders, 70% of them are German engineered and German built. I have personally found that German paper shredders tend to hold up better than shredders made in “other” countries. This isn’t always the case, but is a good rule of thumb.

You can find our entire selection of paper shredders here. Please feel free to call one of our shredder experts at 1-800-543-5454 with any questions.


Looking for a High-Volume Paper Folding Machine

Posted by: Morgan on May 6th, 2011

Formax FD 38X Automatic Tabletop Paper FolderQuestion

We are looking for a High Volume Folding Machine as per specifications :-

– Folds up to a minimum of 10,000 pieces per hour

– Minimum 500 sheet feeder

– Support different folds (Single-fold, Double-fold, Letter or C-fold, Offset C-fold, Z-fold, Gate-fold)

– Load on the fly

– Support cross-folding capability

– Can accommodate a high-capacity stacker or optional

Ajay B.


We recommend the Formax model FD 38X Automatic Tabletop Paper Folder. This powerful unit will fold up to an amazing 20,100 sheets per hour! If you plan to fold letters on a daily basis, you require an automatic folding machine that’s tough as nails. The Formax FD 38X automatic paper folding machine makes the paper folding process as fast and easy as possible. The machine’s paper hopper/feed tray will hold up to 500 sheets at a time. Its conveyor exit system will also hold up to 500 folded sheets, making this paper folder a highly productive model.

The FD 38X will execute all of the different folds you requite. You simply select the pre-programmed fold from the unit’s menu. Once selected, the FD 38X will automatically adjust itself to the desired fold. The FD 38X is a relatively quiet paper folder, especially when compared to competing models. This is a highly versatile machine. It features a patented multi-sheet feeder that allows you to manually insert up to 4 sheets of stapled paper at a time for folding.


Check Signing Machines

Posted by: Morgan on April 5th, 2011

Check Signing MachineQuestion

Dear Sir / Madam,

We are a firm of security printers, based in the UK. I have an overseas client that is interested in a machine for signing cheques. I note from your web site that you market various machines:

I understand, first of all, that these machines would be capable of printing a signature on to a cheque? Can you please confirm? I was wondering also if you could advise which model would be the most suitable for my customer.

We are tendering for the printing of their cheques, continuous format, size 3.1/3” x 215 mm wide (including sprockets), single part, and a quantity of 2,000 – 10,000. My client is in Africa and, with all due respect to them, would be looking for something cheap and cheerful, and not too complicated.

Could you please advise?


Cas A.


Yes, all of the models listed will print a signature on to a check. However, some models are more automated than others. If you need a machine that’s affordable, yet capable of signing up to 10,000 checks, we recommend the Martin Yale 930A Check Signer.

Check signers are highly efficient and significantly increase productivity.  Some of our customers who now own an automatic check signer, had to in the past manually sign hundreds of payroll or accounts payable checks a week. A check signer machine can do it in minutes. Using check signing machines saves considerable time and prevents writer’s cramp.


Our Company is Interested in a Mail Tabber

Posted by: Morgan on March 30th, 2011

Formax FD 260 Tabbing MachineQuestion


My company is interested in purchasing a tabber that will specifically attach a label that is 3.375 x 3.125 to a 24pt Card that is 3.375 x 4.375 and needs to do around 15,000 tabs per hour.  Please send me any info and pricing you can offer.

Thank you.

Niky P.


It’s commonly known that U.S. Postal Service regulations change on a frequent basis. A significant change in the office equipment industry came about recently thanks to the Post Office’s new self-mailer requirements. The regulations made several existing tabbing machines obsolete overnight. Fortunately, the new Formax FD 260 Tabbing Machine solves this mailing dilemma. The unit easily adapts to ever-changing USPS tabbing regulations. It delivers a high-speed tabbing solution for most self-mailer needs.

The machine is capable of tabbing up to 15,000 mail pieces per hour. The FD 260 will also process a variety of mail tabbing materials including clear and translucent plastic and paper. I’m assuming your supplied tab measurements are in centimeters. Those should work just fine on the FD 260. The tab sizes that you can use on this machine may range from one inch to 1-1/2 inches in diameter. You may also run paper up to 1/4-inch thick through the machine, whether it is coated or uncoated stock. The FD 260 mail tabbing machine currently sells for $3,449.


Need High-Volume Paper Burster

Posted by: Morgan on March 17th, 2011

FD 676 High-Volume BursterQuestion

Hi, I am with the assessor office.  We need to get a burster that will take different size paper from a tractor feed and separate it.  We do a high volume of paper during different times of the year.  Could you let me know which one of your machines can handle a high volume, not constantly but occasionally, and handle different sizes of paper and cards, taking off the sides also.  thanks

Theresa S.


You need the model FD 676 High-Volume Burster from Formax. The FD 676 is a high-volume industrial burster. This is one tough machine designed for heavy use. It comes with integrated forms slitters that can trim the sides of each form. Most of our customers like this feature so that they can remove the tractor-feed holes from their forms. The Formax FD 676 can slit, separate, and stack forms in a neat pile. This model is capable of bursting an impressive staggering 30,000 feet per hour. A convenient exit conveyor comes standard with his model.


Can a Paper Folder Fold Three Sheets Together Automatically?

Posted by: Morgan on March 7th, 2011

Formax FD 38X Automatic Tabletop Paper FolderQuestion

Can you please recommend a few different paper folders that will fold up to 3 at a time without me loading each individual paper? I would like to be able to put two stacks in the machine and have them fold each one together.

Please let me know.

Janet T.


We recommend two models. If you are looking for a high-speed paper folding machine that can literally withstand continuous operation every day, the Formax FD 38X Automatic Tabletop Paper Folder is an excellent choice. We have personally tested the FD 38X. This is quality machine that will last for decades with the proper care. It includes a patented multi-sheet feeder that lets you manually insert up to four sheets of stapled paper for folding at a time.

If you are working with a modest office equipment budget, the model 10560 Letter Folder by Dahle is a good option. The Dahle 10560 folds up to three sheets of paper at a time. This is a low-volume machine, but it still does quite well at folding multiple sheets at a time. Unfortunately, there is not a paper folder on the market today that will pull and fold sheets from two separate stacks. You still have to feed the paper manually. However, you could upgrade to a paper folder/inserter to automate the process. You would simply disable the envelope inserting feature on the machine.