19 April 2021

The Difference between Strip and Cross Cut Shredding Machines

The fundamental part of shredding machines; is that the paper and other data carriers are cut into smaller pieces, ensuring the confidential information enclosed cannot be easily seen and becomes illegible.

The shredded pieces are cut into different sizes, depending on what type of shredder you are using. For this blog, we will explore the difference between strip and cross-cut shredders.

What are Strip-Cut Shredding machines?

The strip cutter shredder is generally seen as the most basic shredding system which allows you to shred large quantities of sensitive waste.

One example utilising this type of shredding machines would be a home user who has a low level of security but wants to protect information from identity theft or corporate accounting waste that needs to be recycled.

Strip-cut refers to the shredding of paper or media such as credit cards or CD’s that are cut into long parallel lengths. The length of the stripes tends to be as long as the type of media you are looking to cut.

The advantages of strip-cut shredders are that they are more cost-effective and will shred more sheets of paper per pass.

Understanding Cross-Cut Shredders

The cutting cylinders cut paper widthways plus lengthways, resulting in small particles that look like confetti. Depending on your security level, you will be left with between 300 and 1500 tiny pieces from a single A4 sheet of paper.

This type of shredder has become increasingly popular, as they are very secure and the waste shreds will compact better in waste bins. This means less emptying which saves money on waste bags.

The Leading Shredding Machines Suppliers

Here at AfterPrint, we offer our customers the choice of strip and cross-cut industrial shredding machines. If you have any questions about any of our shredders, please do not hesitate to contact us now. Our team of specialists will be more than happy to help.