Olympia 1400.4 (18) Shredder Review

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Reviewing the Olympia 1400.4 (1/8") Strip-Cut Shredder

We recently took a look at the Olympia 1400.4 (1/8") Strip-Cut Shredder. Overall the
machine is quite nice but I’ll let you be the judge after you see the pros and cons below.
Always remember that the stated specs of a machine do not always translate precisely to a
real-world environment.

This is the second lowest level of security available rated at a 2. This strip-cut shredder is a
tad better than a level 1 machine but not a whole lot. If you are really concerned about the
information on your document s then we highly recommend that you start looking at some
of the cross-cut machines. The one benefit of the strip-cut machine is that you can shred
faster and more pages per pass. Just make sure that you are choosing the right security level
for your needs.

Shredable Material
The Olympia 1400.4 (1/8") Strip-Cut Shredder can shred Paper, Paper Clips, Staples. 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 11.2 gallon bin, the Olympia 1400.4 (1/8") Strip-Cut 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
The 9.5 inch throat on this machine gives you a little bit of breathing room when you’re
shredding regular size paper and the option to shred a few odd shaped things. If you really have
large paper, then you’ll need to look at machine with something larger than a 10” throat.

The 3 years parts/labor - 5 years cutters on the Olympia 1400.4 (1/8") Strip-Cut 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!
With an MSRP of $1,554.00 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
Keep things "top secret" with the intimus 402! (1/4" strip cut also destroys CD's) Handy mobile
casters included! Keep things top secret with the intimus 402 HS or choose one of the other
shred cut versions to meet your specific security needs. The 402 strip cut can also destroy CD
ROMs and credit cards! Compact and mobile to make it easy to keep your information

So as I mentioned before, we think that the Olympia 1400.4 (1/8") Strip-Cut 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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