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How Well Does the Olympia 1500.8 CD Media Shredder Stack up Against the Competition?

After pulling out our microscope and taking a closer look, the Olympia 1500.8 CD Media 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
At a level 3 security, this cross-cut shredder gets the job done. Although there are higher levels of
security, a level 3 machine provides a sufficiently small cut size to put your identity theft worries to
bed. We also like the cross-cut because it takes up much less space which means that you won’t
have to empty your bin as frequently as you would with a strip-cut machine. There is really no
reason to jump up to a level 4 machine unless you have some ultra-sensitive documents you need
destroyed.

Shredable Material
The Olympia 1500.8 CD Media Shredder can shred CDs, Credit Cards, 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 rated for continuous operation. That means that theoretically you could shred all
day long and the machine would not have to shut-down to cool off. Remember that results may
vary under real-world operating conditions and things such as the temperature of the room will
affect the ability of this motor to stay cool and continue to shred. We give this machine 2 pats on
the back for being rated continuous duty and we know that you’ll appreciate this feature in due
time.

Bin Size
With a 13.46 gallon bin, the Olympia 1500.8 CD Media Shredder can hold a bit more shred than the
smallest machines out there, but you’ll still be finding yourself emptying the bin fairly frequently. It
is great if you need something to fit in a smaller space, but if you shred frequently we recommend
jumping up in bin size.

Throat Size
With a 4.85 inch throat this shredder gets the job done but doesn’t leave much room for error.
Your paper will fit in just fine but you’ll just need to make sure that it doesn’t bunch up and cause
problems. If you have odd sized paper, you may want to think about getting something with a
larger throat.

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 3 years parts and labor - Lifetime on cutters on the Olympia 1500.8 CD Media Shredder is one
of the best in the industry so rest assured that you are covered. Just make sure that you oil your
machine and avoid inserting any foreign object in the cutting heads and you’ll be just fine!

Price
With an MSRP of $4,499.00 this shredder is not the cheapest around but remember to NEVER pay
the full amount. You can find discounts of up to 50% off if you look around on the web.

About the Manufacturer
Martin Yale Industries is a US manufacturer of office and mailroom equipment designed to make
work life more productive and secure. Founded in 1940, Martin Yale has over 68 years of
experience designing, engineering, and manufacturing quality products for the office.

Manufacturer Jargon
CD ROM's and disks contain enormous volumes of data. Portable and compact their "exposure"
could have potentially devastating effects. Special shredders are required to cut these media so
that they are totally illegible. The intimus range includes tried and tested efficient solutions. This
special purpose shredder is perfect for shredding CD-ROMS and 3.5" floppy disks. Up to 1200 units
can be shredded per hour. Separate collection bins for disposing of shredded CD's and disks.

So as I mentioned before, we think that the Olympia 1500.8 CD Media 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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