dealsdahle 20434 paper shredder for $1,671.00

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You are a serious smart ass. My old shredder was purchased around 2003; this one looks to be smaller in the amount of space it takes up. You know that after it's shredded, it goes through a complicated process that ends with it being burned.

Yep. Wouldn't work for recycling anyway, since shredding of ANY kind damages the fibers.

This one actually looks nice. I wish I could justify spending that much money on a shredder. It would make me happy to have something that created paper dust again. It's the only way to be sure.

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@shrdlu: The NSA also supposedly also has hard drive shredders too, after they erase and degauss, they physically shred the hard drives, or so I've been told.

I always thought it was silly they shredded so fine, when they just incinerate the documents in the end.

BTW: I never would have known something like this existed if you hadn't mentioned it.

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@catbertthegreat: They only shred the platters. I am an expert in disassembling disk drives, of all sizes. The paperwork for a disk drive (to show that it's been destroyed, and that the platters are on their way to the magic destructo-machine back east) is the worst part. Paperwork is always the worst part.

I had someone ask me if it was hard to find screw drivers to open up some of the disks. I showed him the diamond drill bits, and drill, and reminded him that we aren't going to put them back together, and we aren't concerned about voiding the warranty.

I love the magnets in the old SCSI drives. HUGE. I could put one on either side of a wooden door, and then wait for someone to walk by, so that we could move the magnet, and listen to them get "surprised."

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@dangela424: On the assumption that this was a serious question, that phrase just means it's expected to run continuously for one hour (or better) without overheating. I would guess that this feature is almost NEVER tested in any place that would do this kind of shredding, since it implies that someone would be standing over it for an hour (or better), shredding documents. The one I had in my office (that was similar to this) would run for 30 minutes, and I would never EVER have tested this, or allowed someone else to do so.

As the security officer (I wore many hats, and that was one of them), I'd have questioned why anyone had kept so many documents that they needed to shred for that long. Two or three hundred pages isn't even five minutes. I can't even picture what amount of documents would take an hour, but the bag would probably be full long before that hour was up.

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Are the shredding teeth made of Platinum? I would say gold but it is way too soft of a metal.

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@shrdlu: I've actually had the task of purging old files by means of a shredder. I was employed at an agency that had to keep files for a certain length of time, as many are, but it was my task to go through and find the ones that were no longer needed. I rigged the shredder to shred into a 55-gallon bag with the help of a paper clip and tape and proceeded to shred for 4 or 5 hours.

I believe there was a lunch somewhere in the middle, though.

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Toyota should hurry and buy this machine before they sell out.

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Lol, I think you were looking for ripoff.woot

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@shrdlu: I just recently removed the magnets from an old HD that had 5" platters. For funzies I built a mounting bracket to house the magnet and also protect it--complete with brass handle on the outside! Nothing more joyous than to let two large magnets smack together.

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@gluonconcerto: I wish there were pictures. I love magnets. I have a current collection on the steel posts of the fence at the side of the house. Their curve fits the curve of the pole precisely. It's rather beautiful, in a functional sort of way.

I left my original collection at hazmat when I retired. The last thing I wanted to move was 50-60 large magnets. I loved putting them on the side of the old color monitors. Man, that was some serious distortion. Hey, where's the degauss button on my flat panel? :-D

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@shrdlu: Oh but there can be! But first, sleep.

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I've always used http://www.opsus.com for their mobile shredding services - i didn't realize you could purchase such a high power shredder non-commercially.