Formax FD 8400HS High Security Shredder Review

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In-Depth Review of the Formax FD 8400HS High Security Shredder

After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Formax FD 8400HS High
Security Shredder has proved to be a worthy machine. It’s a fairly versatile machine with a
not-too-crazy price tag either (but remember you can often get a better deal if you call or
email :-) Overall we’d recommend this machine but I suggest that you take a look at the
specs yourself.

Security
NSA Approved, this shredder sports level 6 security which shreds your paper into sand-like
particles. You only need this level of security if you are working in or with the government.
The downside to level 6 machines is that you can generally only do a few sheets per pass
and the cutting heads are more prone to damage from staples or paper clips so you should
always remove them to prolong the life of your machine. If you don’t need this level of
security we recommend you jusm to a level 3 or 4.

Shredable Material
The Formax FD 8400HS High Security Shredder can shred Paper. If you need to be able to
shred something else then we recommend that you look at a larger machine and/or look
for something with a little bit lower security (the higher the security the less likelihood that
the machine shreds something other than paper).

Continuous Motor
This shredder is not rated for continuous use. That simply means that you will have to shut
the machine down after a certain period of time to let it cool off. Now don’t let this scare
you away because most people will never reach that point unless they just sit down and
start shredding and shredding and shredding. If you plan on doing all your shredding at one
sitting then it is highly recommended that you get a machine with a continuous duty
motor, otherwise you’re just fine.

Bin Size
The Formax FD 8400HS High Security Shredder has a 20 gallon bin. We’re happy with this
size because it will give you a bit more time between emptying your bin. Although the size
may make it difficult to fit this shredder in a tight space, it’s always worth it in the long run
to get a bigger bin size and move your office around a bit.

Throat Size
We love the 10.25 inch throat on this shredder because you can put in odd sized paper and
it leaves plenty of breathing room when it comes to regular sized paper. Some of the
smaller machines will crumple the paper and eventually jam because the throat opening is
just not large enough.
Auto Oiler
With an Optional Auto-Oiler available on this machine we highly recommend that you get
it pre-installed. The machine is pre-wired to accept an oiler so all the manufacturer has to
do is hook it up properly and you’ll never have to worry about messy oil again.
Automatically oiling your machine takes the guess-work out of maintenance and will most
likely increase the life of your machine.

Warranty
The Formax FD 8400HS High Security Shredder comes with a 1 Year on Cutters/Machine.
This means that you have plenty of time to test out the machine and make sure that
everything is running smoothly. Just make sure to properly care for your machine and you
shouldn’t have any issues.

Price
The MSRP is $2,995.00 but you can find it for much less online if you look around. Don’t let
the price deter you until you do a little bit of comparison shopping first.

About the Manufacturer
Formax is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of paper processing
equipment for the office environment to large mailcenters. Formax solutions include
pressure sealers to process one-piece mailers, inserters, document folders and a wide
range of complementary products such as commercial-grade shredders, bursters, cutters,
letter openers, joggers and more.

Manufacturer Jargon
Formax office shredders are built to the highest standards for operator convenience, safety, and reliability in
a wide variety of models. Choices include a range of shred sizes, manual or automatic operation and various
sized feed openings. Whatever the application or security level, Formax shredders are designed to handle
your company's sensitive and private information


I hope that our break-down here has helped you make your decision on the Formax FD
8400HS High Security Shredder. We are always available to answer more specific questions
that you might have, so don’t hesitate to give us a call. As always, remember that the
manufacturer stated specs do not always match up to the real-world performance that you
get from the machine so keep this in mind when deciding on what to buy.




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