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Paper cut is a crucial parameter when choosing a shredder. There are three types—strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut. Each offers a different level of security and is suitable for different applications. In this article, we will look at how these three types differ and why you need to consider the type of cut when choosing a shredder.

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Type of Paper Cut in Shredders

Shredders can offer three different types of paper cuts. So, what is the difference between a strip-cut, cross-cut and micro-cut?

  • A strip-cut offers a basic level of shredding. It cuts documents into longitudinal strips and is suitable for P-1 and P-2 DIN class shredding. These types of shredders can often only handle small amounts of paper at a time.
  • A cross-cut offers a medium level of security according to P3 and P4 DIN classes. Cross-cut shredders feature two blades that cut paper into smaller pieces. The advantage is the ability to process larger quantities of paper at once.
  • A micro-cut offers the highest degree of secrecy (DIN levels P5 and P6). It shreds the paper into minuscule particles that are virtually impossible to put back together.

Why Do I Need to Know About the Paper Cut?

A shredder's type of paper cut tells you about the shredder's level of security. A shredder's job is to prevent documents from being read and misused. With this in mind, it is clear to see that smaller pieces mean greater security. Particle size is clearly specified in the legally-binding DIN 66399 scale for personal data and classified documents. So, the type of paper cut you need depends directly on the type of classification required for the documents you wish to shred. For more information on particle size and DIN class, see this DIN classification table.

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