Dahle Shredder Terms

Dahle Shredder Terms

The shredder industry uses many terms and specification ratings. To help you understand the differences between these terms and how shredders are rated, we have included a list of those used most frequently. For purchasing information or to request a quote please contact a Dahle Customer Relations Representative at (800) 995-1379.

Strip Cut

Documents are cut into thin unreadable strips. Generally the strips will be the length of the document.

Cross Cut

Documents are cut in two directions producing small particles. The size of these particles offer greater security and are self compacting, which reduces overall bulk.

High Security

Engineered to meet the demanding requirements for Top Secret data destruction. High Security shredders are perfect for military, Federal, State and local government agencies as well as defense contractors.

Feed Width

The size of the opening where paper is inserted into the shredder.


The number of 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of paper that can be shredded at one time. Generally shown as two numbers, the first using 20 lb paper and the second using 16 lb paper. These numbers are only a guideline. Paper quality, type of paper and atmospheric conditions can effect the capacity rating.

Shred Size

Also referred to as particle size, it describes the overall dimensions the paper is reduced to. Shown as one number for Strip Cut models and two numbers for Cross Cut models.


Shown in "feet per minute", the number is determined by shredding continuous forms and calculating the length of paper shredded over a given time.


Measured in horsepower, it is the available shredding power that is calculated from the wattage specifications of the motor.

Auto On/Off

Shredding action starts automatically when paper is inserted into the feed opening and stops after the paper has been completely shredded. It is controlled by the paper contacting a mechanical sensor or by breaking a light barrier.

Bag Full-Auto Off

When the waste bag or bin reaches a pre-set level, a sensor turns the shredding action off. This is accompanied by an audible and visible warning. This feature is available on select models.

Auto Reverse

To help prevent paper jams, the shredder will automatically reverse, momentarily, if an overfeed occurs. This is accompanied by a flashing light on the command dial. This feature is available on Small Department Shredders and larger.

Waste Capacity

Measured in gallons, it is the volume of paper that the waste bin can hold.