Formax FD 8500SC Strip-Cut Shredder Review by monomachines

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Thinking of Buying the Formax FD 8500HS High Security Shredder? Here’s our Take

After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Formax FD 8500HS 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 8500HS 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 8500HS High Security Shredder has a 26 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
A 16 inch throat means that you can fit just about anything into this bad boy. Gone are the days of
folding your oversized paper or crumpling and jamming your machine with regular-sized paper.
This guy gets 2 thumbs up for the often underestimated large throat size.

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 8500HS 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 $4,495.00 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.

So as I mentioned before, we think that the Formax FD 8500HS High Security Shredder is a
worthy competitor and deserves a second look. If you have more specific questions I didn’t
answer here, feel free to give us a call and we’d be happy to help you out. I also wanted to
remind you that real-world conditions do not always produce the same results that you
might expect from the listed specs. Happy Shredding!




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